Poison in The Well
Keep it secret
On Safeharbor, it's encouraged to refuse any discussion on religion. While there are several factors, the main reason is to avoid impacting impressionable youths. We felt they should choose for themselves. When we arrived at Safeharbor, it was agreed to let the old faiths die. Most earth-born humans are agnostic, and fear our troubled history regarding the subject of religion. There may be some among us who still practice the more resilient of Earth's many faiths, particularly the Abrahamic religions, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Be this as it may, they would never admit to it. To do so would make them pariahs in the eyes of their peers. It;s bes not to ask. Asking could make them rather upset, regardless of what they believe. Just the thought of being viewed as a person of faith is enough to instill panic in the accused, and yes, the question will certainly feel like an accusation.
You will find names of many figures pulled from old earth religions in Safeharbor's culture. We name ships after gods and monsters of myth and legend. While Stargazing, we tell stories passed down after countless generations, painting their protagonists in the stars above us. This was intentional. Many believed that presenting these figures as mere stories would impact their religious value, painting them as fiction despite our ancestors belief in their authenticity. The practice is surprisingly effective. It also acts as a form of catharsis for those who still believe in secret, allowing them to express their faiths under the guise of fiction without fear of persecution. In this way, we buried our gods, for we no longer needed them. I imagine most abandoned their faiths when presented with the current state of our species. How could a god let such horrors occur? How could a god exist, and value humanity above all when there were so many other candidates to choose from? Regardless, religion is an artifact of our past, and has no place in our future.
A need for comfort
I understand why religion exists, even on Safeharbor. Now more than ever, we need comfort. It makes sense that many would find solace in believing they are here for a reason and something watches over them. It makes sense that they would hold to these ideals regardless of evidence to the contrary. Do not fault them. Our universe is cold, and unwelcoming. We sit, isolated on a lonely rock, floating in the void with little hope of progress. Even I ponder the existence of a life beyond this one from time to time. It's okay to not know what can't be known. Perhaps, one day we will learn of it, and negate the need for belief. Perhaps pur technology will reveal the truth, the dangers of faith pacified once and for all. Until such a time, we must remain cautious of indulging our desire for warmth when lost in the cold.