My Admiration Of Intelligence....leads me to be really frustrated when people with obviously high IQs also happen to be highly religious.
Now, before you jump all over me for saying religious people are dumb, let me explain. That is not what I mean at all. I used to be religious, but it was my above average intelligence, coupled with my fascination with science and technology, to start questioning what I had been taught in church by the time I was 9 years old. There was a long road from there to atheism, but I have been on that very clear path for a very long time, and by the time I was 17 I was agnostic, at which time I did a lot of unbiased research from a completely agnostic POV, and by the age of 21 I was a bona fide non believer. In 2006, Richard Dawkins' infamous book, "The God Delusion," was released. I closed the cover on that book, and, ever since, I have been an open and avowed atheist (though that is what I was long before I ever used the term to describe myself).
Now back to intelligence and religion. No matter what religious belief/faith/whatever you wish to call it does for you, there is simply no way you can justify following 2k year old holy books, take them as truth, live by them in the 21st century, and claim you have a "relationship" with a being you cannot see, touch, speak to, or prove exists in any way and say that there is anything logical about it. That is where my frustration comes in. Perfectly reasonable, logical, intelligent people choose to abandon reason in favor of fairy tales, and, in turn, twist reality so that they can keep up belief in said fairy tales, thus hindering progress. It is unfortunate that otherwise rational, intelligent, right thinking people hinder themselves and the greatness they could achieve, all in order to follow something for which there is no reason to follow other than indoctrinated fear.
Religion is a business. Nothing more. It is also a tool for control, fear, and bigotry. It is for weak minded, intellectually stunted people who cannot cope with life on their own. Shame...so much intelligence ruined by dogma.