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Neither one exists

December 27, 2017

I heard an amusing exchange over Christmas.

A young relative- in a highly religious branch of the family- has gotten to the age he has started seeing through the “Santa Claus” myth.

He hasn’t seen Santa, and was planning to set traps to catch his mom playing Santa, and the relatives were trying to keep him believing a little longer.

So, what was their argument in favor of the existence of Santa Claus?

“Well, you haven’t seen God, either, and you know he exists…”


The kid may shake off the superstition, after all. If they aren’t careful to keep him from thinking…


Pray, or help

November 7, 2017

If someone has a problem you can help with, or even solve, but you only pray for them, you are horrible. Worse than useless.

No, you aren’t obligated to help, but pretending to help by praying, and expecting to be considered a good person for it, is messed up.

If you can’t really do anything to alleviate their problem, then letting them know you are praying for them can be an act of compassion. But only if they know you are praying. They need to know you care, and would help if you could.

Religions of death

June 23, 2017

If your religion requires death, your religion is disgusting.

Doesn’t matter if it is the death of infidels, the death of God’s son on a cross, the death of sacrificial animals. the death of captured warriors, the death of heretics, or the death of atheists.

If your religion requires death, your religion is disgusting.

“The Resurrection” is meaningless

May 24, 2017

Christians latch onto their belief that Jesus did the impossible by coming back from the dead as proof of his divinity, and believe everything else they claim to believe must then be true.

But, why?

Yeah, it might have seemed like a miracle (if it actually even happened), but how many people have been declared dead in modern times, only to come back? Probably hundreds. Many of them while on a slab in the morgue, not during an attempt at reviving them.

These are people declared dead by modern doctors, not by primitives without medical training or experience. I would assume it is much less likely for a modern doctor to mistakenly declare someone dead than some untrained people without the medical instruments to measure imperceptible bodily processes. And, that it would be an easy mistake for the average person to make, even today.

Returning from the dead doesn’t make someone a god now, and it didn’t prove someone was a god back then. It’s just more wishful thinking.

You don’t say…

October 27, 2016

The headline says “Religious and Supernatural Belief Linked With Poor Understanding of the Physical World“.

I could have told them that. From hundreds of discussions with believers of every sort, that is the one unifying feature I have noticed in them all.

And where their poor understanding leaves holes, they fill the holes with “beliefs”.

I recommend reading the article linked above. It may give you insight into your believer friends and family, and may just make you feel a bit sorry for them.

It’s his fanclub that’s the problem…

July 1, 2016

I have frequently seen Muslims referred to as “Mo’s morons“. And I have wondered whether “Allah’s a**holes” might not be more fitting.

But Mohammed and Allah don’t have a monopoly on vile followers.

I have often encountered “Jesus’s jerks” and “God’s goons“, too.

“God” is…

June 10, 2016

To Christians (and possibly some other people) “God” is an imagined consciousness which can experience all things everywhere at all times, and which has absolute power over all those things and events, and the spacetime in which they exist.

Who to feel smugly superior to?

June 6, 2016

Some people were debating the Garden of Eden story, and whether it was evil for God to punish Adam and Eve for disobeying God when it wasn’t possible for them to understand “wrong” until after they did it, since the fruit they ate gave them the “knowledge of good and evil” which they lacked before. Obviously, without it, there is no way they could have known that to disobey was “wrong”. It’s a fatal flaw in the story.

But, as long as you don’t take it seriously, as though it’s reality, it isn’t a problem.

I pointed out that the debate was what happens when people believe fairy tales.

So, of course, one of the religious commenters asked “…without theists, who would you have to feel smugly superior to?

Wow, what an easy question to answer! Here’s a short list:

Flat Earthers.
Those who try to justify theft and aggression.
People who believe in homeopathy.
Those who pledge allegiance to a flag and believe government militaries are “fighting for our freedom”.
People who believe in astrology.
People who believe Bernie Sanders knows what he’s talking about.
And probably a lot more.

They really need to think it through before they ask such a simple question.

Atheists can be more Christian than Christians

May 26, 2016

It’s sad when an atheist has to point out to Christians how unchristian they are acting. Or when he bites his tongue instead of pointing it out to them.

That’s the position I have found myself in recently.

A house 2 doors down from my parents has sold and is being used to house seasonal workers from Mexico. My parents hate Mexicans (although they’d deny it if asked point blank).

So, they have been trying to use the force of the State to get the people kicked out.

Bear in mind that my parents will complain when the force of the State gets in their way of doing what they want. Liberty for me but none for thee?

I don’t remember anywhere in the Bible anything about sending the government after foreigners, or “securing the borders”, or anything like that. I do remember some things about loving your enemy- even though these people from Mexico have been nothing but polite, so I can’t figure out how they can be considered enemies. They just are too numerous and have too many cars, I suppose.

I guess Christian neighborliness ends at imaginary government lines, and depends for its existence on how many there are and how they park their cars.

I am embarrassed for my parents and wish they could see themselves through my eyes.

God is narcissistic

January 24, 2016

God. If he were real, he would be the poster boy for narcissism.

I mean, just look at the stories about him: He creates the world, then demands constant praise for doing so. For billions of years (so far) after doing so. Not just praise, but outright worship! Never ending.

Then, if someone doesn’t provide the eternal, constant adoration¬†he demands, he will punish them eternally. In the most cruel manner he could dream up.

He created the Universe for himself, alone. No one asked him to do it. If he hadn’t, no one would have ever been doomed to Hell. Most humans would be infinitely better off by never having existed. And that’s if you ignore the pain and suffering that goes along with being alive.

Obviously, God as described by believers would be mentally ill. Undeserving of admiration.  Worthy of contempt and pity.

I think narcissism as a diagnosis is being kind. What would God’s complete psychological diagnosis be? I did do a quick search and didn’t see that anyone has ever diagnosed his problem. But they should. And then figure out what that means about those inclined to worship him.