Archive for August, 2012

“Your Faith is a Joke”

August 31, 2012
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The Most Interesting Atheist in the World

August 29, 2012

 

*Yes, it should say “deconvert”.

The Colors of Evil

August 27, 2012

Santa vs god

August 27, 2012

If you believe you need a magical being to help get your children behave, which is better: Santa or god?

Sky Cake!

August 25, 2012

Which is worse? Both.

August 20, 2012

As much as I despise statism (the belief that “governing” is a legitimate activity) I recognize that the worst statism is that which is tainted by religion.

Remove the religious delusions and you don’t get Sharia Law, witch burnings, “vice” laws, and most of the rest of the evil things governments do.

You’d probably even eliminate most of the evil done by supposedly (according to the religious people) “atheistic” states like Nazi Germany and the USSR (and other Communist distopias).

Seriously?  Yes.  Because, at its heart, the belief in government IS a religion.  The State is the God.  This God grants access to Heaven (“cradle to grave” protection).  It also can condemn you to Hell (prison, or at least a marginalized existence).  It grants favors/answers “prayers”- or doesn’t, according to its whim.  It has the power of Life or Death.  It makes the Ten (Billion) Commandments that you are expected to know and obey.  There are rituals and sacraments and holy writings (which are cherry-picked as necessary to justify anything the God wants to do).

And, above all else, the God evaporates as soon as you stop believing in it.

So, really, there isn’t much of a distinction between the two delusions.

Romans 13 proves Christianity is either false or EVIL

August 16, 2012

I feel I am a witness to the “Cognitive Dissonance Apocalypse“. I have seen so many people recently who are so desperate to excuse what the US government has become that they are turning their backs on a lifetime of values.

One person I know has said she sees nothing wrong with the TSA’s porno-scan machines or their groping gauntlet, and wouldn’t object to being subjected to either procedure to be allowed to travel, even though she has spent a lifetime opposing this sort of thing when done by freelance molesters. To her it is apparently OK when done by those who have a government job that includes molestation and producing and viewing child pornography as a condition of employment.

I find this absolutely disgusting and vile, and hypocritical in the extreme. But, I know where it comes from.

At the heart of a lot of this support for the US police state is Romans 13. I, being an atheist, have no dog in this fight other than the fact that I am opposed to the use of coercion and theft no matter who is doing it, and no matter what excuse they grasp for. Making it “legal” doesn’t make it right.

Romans 13 (read it for yourself, in your choice of 16 translations) is said to justify government, but does it really? A lot of Christian liberty-lovers try to claim it doesn’t, while Christian government-lovers say it does.

Some of their arguments center around the belief that since it says “the good” have nothing to fear from “authority”, and yet this is quite obviously not the situation we find ourselves in, the apparent “authorities” are not “ordained by god” and therefore not really “the authorities”.  You have no obligation to obey or respect them.

Maybe, but I think this is stretching what is written waaaaay past the breaking point. The truth is much simpler, and much more disturbing to delusionoids who might feel a hint of the reality.

Because if Romans 13 actually does justify government, even evil government, as it certainly seems to do, then that is just another strike against Christianity being based in reality and morality. Government is evil– some is worse than others. Excusing it can’t be good. Not ever. Anyone or anything that justifies support of government is wrong. The Bible is saying that since Hitler was the “authority” in (and before) WWII Germany, he was ordained by God for “the good” of those he murdered. What a disgusting claim from an utterly disgusting book. If you use Romans 13 to justify your support of evil, then spending an eternity with you would be hell, regardless of where it happened.

Why Knock Christians?

August 13, 2012

Peggeen here. Since Square Peg gave me a chance to post on his blog, I’ve been surprised at the words boiling out of me.

Some people reading this blog might think that both Peg and I (who, by the way, don’t even know each other) are obsessed and venomous.

So far from true.

I never wanted to grind axes or butt heads with anybody. I prefer not to hate or even disparage. I just want to know what’s right and true. I’ve spent a lifetime hoping to find the truth that other people find in religion. I’ve studied. Read everything I could get my hands on. Gone to churches. Talked by the hour with believers. Cried out in the middle of the night to an unresponsive god. Seeking, always seeking. Always listening respectfully.

Until very recently. When I finally had enough.

You want to know why I’ve now come out — although anonymously — to knock Christians and Christianity?

Because not only does the evidence say that Christianity is delusion. But all my life Christians have knocked me, sometimes in the cruelest possible ways. And I’m finished being polite about it.

From infancy, Christians informed me that I was a worthless, sinful piece of shit. Christians told me god was spying on me 24 hours a day and making black marks in his big book every time I made the smallest slip-up. Christians gave me “holy” commands backed by “holy” punishments whose sole purpose was to control me through terror.

Sunday School teachers terrorized their little charges by telling us that any day now, any minute, all the good people (defined solely as those who shared their opinions) would disappear, leaving only us bad ones behind, even leaving little children like us alone to fend for ourselves in a world filled with criminals and sinners.

More recently, Christians have called me a fool for questioning their holy book. When I got no response from their god, they’ve called me stubborn. Every time one of their dogmas failed, they blamed me, my evil, my sinfulness, my … humanness.

Always, there has been the falsely cheery “Jesus loves you!” followed, sometimes within seconds, by the much more sincere, “You’re going to burn in hell forever!”

Yes, yes, I know somebody’s going to say that’s not the real spirit of god. That the “real” spirit of god is sunshine, unicorns, teddy bears and LOOOOOOVE.

Well, buddy, have you really read your bible? Read the OT, then tell me all about all that kind, gentle teddy-bear looooooove.

I’m tired of lies: “Seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” I’m tired of supposedly intelligent people whose quality of persuasion would get them flunked out of Logic 101. People who contradict themselves at every turn. People who don’t know their own scriptures. People who have never studied history and have no idea at all about the corruption, murder, and imperial politics that formed their own church’s history. People who think that, in the face of horrific facts, they can win me with a combination of bland platitudes and terroristic threats.

People who then call me names and wish eternal pain upon me simply because they can’t persuade me to agree with their opinions.

In short, I’m tired of being polite and respectful toward arrogant, hate-filled people.

Even now — now that I’m finally speaking out — I can speak only anonymously, because if I even mention in passing that I’m not a believer, it’s a sure thing that religionists will descend on me, damning me to hell in amazingly gleeful smugness.

So yeah. I’m angry. Angry at having been terrorized, threatened, lied to, and constantly put down by Christians. I was willing to leave you in peace with your beliefs, but you didn’t have the decency to respond in kind.

So may I politely say f&^%$ck you and the foul religion you rode in on.

You learn something every day…

August 8, 2012

While listening to the utterances of a truly despicable individual, who is clingy and needy in the extreme, I just learned that the opposite of clingy and needy is “Independent, on your own, and slutful“.

Yep.  That sounds like the kind of people whose company I enjoy.

Dreaming of death

August 6, 2012

Last night was one of those nights where I woke up remembering several dreams.  Among them was a strange one.  I died.

I dreamed I woke up from a colorful dream into a grainy, black and white “reality” where I was lying in a bed.  In my “reality” I knew I was dying.  I mean seconds or less away from death.  I couldn’t move, and I knew my face was completely numb.  My vision, such as it was, was fading rapidly.  The grainy black and white world was receding as if down a black tunnel.  Drawing inward to a shrinking point.  Fast.  It was similar to what I have experienced as anesthesia took effect.

Strangely, I was not frightened.  There was no thought of “heaven or hell”; just a sadness that “this is it”.  I knew that my experiences were coming to a close; to be measured in mere moments that were ticking away very fast.  I wasn’t ready for “me” to end.  I did feel a bit of curiosity- would my consciousness continue?  I was thinking if it didn’t I would never know.

Then I died and as I did I “woke up” into another reality.  One of color.  There was no “instant” or “pop”, just a smooth transition.  Oddly, I am not sure if I was actually awake at this point, or just dreaming that I was awake.

What a bizarre thing the human mind is.  I understand how myths can begin without intentional deception.  What I can’t figure out is how they could continue for thousands of years without intentional deception.  I don’t think they can.