Archive for September, 2012

How to suck at your religion

September 27, 2012

From The Oatmeal.

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Teaching Christianity to children is child abuse!

September 21, 2012

Peggeen here. The longer I live, and the (hopefully) wiser I get, the more I believe that it’s abusive to indoctrinate children into religion. And that’s aside from shoving an insane fear of eternal punishment into their vulnerable little brains — though that, and the doctrine of original sin are certainly the worst of it.

Teaching little ones, before they are capable of critical thinking, that Mommy and Daddy believe that an invisible friend in the sky is both protecting us, spying on, and planning to squish us like bugs if we misbehave teaches delusion. Teaches subservience. Teaches dependency.

Add to that the myriad of other teachings ranging from merely fanciful to the utterly irrational (Jesus can turn water into wine and raise the dead, but he curses a fig tree for refusing to provide him with fruit out of season). And what you’ve got is some very damned unhealthy training of human minds.

Early indoctrination teaches us not to ask the hard questions. It teaches us to live with cognitive dissonance when, in fact we should be learning that dissonance signals the need to stop and examine our premises.

And of course you always have to come back to the sheer terror of it all. And the pervasive belief that we’re just little pieces of shit whose only job on earth is to worship, obey, and cringe before invisible authority.

How much better off we’d all be if our minds were left free of such pernicious nonsense. Then, once we reached adulthood, we could research, evaluate, and decide our view of religion for ourselves.

But of course …

Illustration source: The Atheist Meme Base.

More on those horrible Democrats!

September 19, 2012

I know the political conventions are last week’s news. But I just have to do this follow-up to my earlier blog on the political parties and god.

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September 12, 2012

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September 12, 2012

Dems, Republicans, god, and grownups

September 6, 2012

So .. the Republicans (in the person of token mainstream Christian Paul Ryan) twitted the Democrats about — horrors! — their failure to put the word “god” in their party platform. Never mind that party platforms are, at best, a pack of damnable irrelevancies and never mind that god is imaginary.

The Dems — brave, independent thinkers that they are! — immediately added “god back in.

Where, oh where, oh where are the grownups in this world? The rational adults who don’t need invisible friends? Where on earth have they gone?

Where are the people who understand that the world is in deep, deep shit and “god” — let alone the mere word “god” — isn’t going to fix what needs fixing?

Has the entire world gone mad? Or is it just me?

“God is Dead”?

September 4, 2012

No.  God is not dead.  No more than Santa Claus is dead.  To be dead, you have to have once been alive.  Leprechauns can’t die, and neither can God.

The more accurate statement would be, “God is imaginary“.

Stay Armed, My Friend

September 1, 2012

I have always been armed.  Originally I was armed in order to shoot for fun.  I also just enjoyed the craftmanship that went in to guns.  Then I stayed armed for self defense when I realized the importance of this responsibility.  Then I came to the conclusion that government is a greater threat than are criminals of the lone variety.  I remain armed in case Islam takes over America or the US government, and in case Christianity does the same. Either one would be disastrous, but guess which one is actually the more imminent threat.  Hint: It has nothing to do with Muslims…