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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.

Teeth vs god

January 6, 2016

Need more evidence that god’s existence is imaginary?

Look no further than teeth.

Teeth show god’s nonexistence.

Teeth and modern dentistry show that god couldn’t plan ahead (or couldn’t see ahead. Either answer works)- he didn’t know what our modern diet would be like and that we’d be living so much longer. He made teeth vulnerable to decay and wear, and made them non-replaceable.

And god is apparently unwilling to fix his mistake now by making teeth decay-proof and/or replaceable through divine intervention (which could have been disguised as evolution).

And that’s not the only obvious mistake he made.

You have the digestive system and metabolism, which in the modern (and apparently unforeseen) world with our new (relatively) diet results in obesity and other health problems.

So many things an omniscient, omnipotent god should have seen coming and planned for, or should have fixed when they came up. And yet didn’t.

Evil or powerless?

On the other hand, considering the alternative- that we evolved without any plan beyond “survive until you can reproduce”- completely explains why our bodies are unprepared for the modern realities, and haven’t had time to adapt.

Science will eventually fix what god screwed up- unless you admit god is imaginary.

The value of religion

January 3, 2016

I understand that belief in a god might have some value.

And that the same could be said for going through the rituals of worship services- whether a god is believed in or not.

I know the value of community that can be had by belonging, and by believing in something/someone watching out for you.

After my daughter died, my parents- who are active church members- got many sympathy cards. I got 4. I think. My parents were offered lots of food (they turned down the offers because we all had to travel to the services and the food would have been wasted). My parents’ church did give me a Thanksgiving box, probably because my parents were involved.

I got lots of love and support from online acquaintances and friends, but almost none locally.

So, I see the value.

I just can’t become a part of that community when I don’t believe in their imaginary friend. As much as I might sometimes want the support system that comes with it. I know from previous experience I can’t keep my mouth shut when absurd claims- lacking in scientific understanding, historical evidence, or simple logic- are made. I can be a pain. So I might not get much support anyway.

In this area, if you want a social life you must belong to a church, be a sports fan, or worship government. I do none of those so I am on my own.

“Vote the Bible”

December 19, 2015

I recently saw a bumper sticker that said “Vote the Bible”?

What? Vote the Bible? Why not rape the Bible? If you can vote Biblically, then you could do anything Biblically.

If you are going to try to justify one act of aggression with the book, why not try to justify other acts of aggression with the same book?

It’s disgusting that anyone could even believe such a thing, and then openly advertise their ignorance for everyone to see.

But, that’s why they are delusionoids.

Comfort in atheism?

November 23, 2015

Worst week of my life… and I’ve had some doozies in the past.

My young adult daughter was killed in a car accident. Her death was quite probably instantaneous- she may not have even seen the other car coming in time for it to register. The loss of my beloved daughter hurts- as it should.

This, of course, brought out the religious crazies, with their “god’s plan”, “god knows your time”, etc. Not actually helpful.

That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate those who say they are praying for me. In a situation like this, no one can fix it. I see prayer as a desperate attempt to grasp at straws when you can’t actually do anything. I accept what they offer in the spirit in which it is offered. What else can I do?

But, surprisingly, my absence of faith in superstitious things has brought me some comfort.

Unlike religious people, there’s never the fear she’s burning in Hell. I don’t have to question why god would allow such a thing to happen. I don’t even have a reason to get angry at god. Things happen.

I know her suffering is over. She’s not thinking of me, or watching over me. She’s just gone. To her… there is no more her. Just as it was at the Big Bang, and so it will be when the last proton that was once a part of her body decays in trillions of years. She is no more. Period.

Someday I will be the same.

That’s not to say I don’t have memories of her. And pictures and videos and gifts she gave me. I have those things, and I treasure them. I still love her, and always will.

I also cry because she’s gone. I will miss her all the rest of my life. I feel insecure about life, and suffering. I hurt along with the Christians in my family. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I’m going through.

But to say that Christians are somehow saved some of the grief atheists are doomed to suffer is ridiculous. They may (or may not) hide it better- and that varies by individual- but I’ve never seen a consistent difference.

Who’s stalking whom?

November 1, 2015

When I read a person’s religious blog post or Facebook post, I don’t comment. I just move on to something else.

However, I notice religious people simply can’t bring themselves to do the same. Or so it appears.

Anywhere they think they can insert their religion, they do.

Constantly, after I comment on someones science post, or their religion-mocking post, religious people come running.

I posted a nice picture of myself wearing my Halloween costume yesterday. Nothing evil or Satanic, even. But the very first comment was to tell me that I was now going to spend eternity in Hell. Because I wore a costume on Halloween, which meant I was participating in a Satanic ritual.

My reply was that any Supreme Being who would see this as the deciding factor isn’t one I want to be near, anyway. And after the Christian made more comments about those who celebrate Halloween, I posted the following meme:

Once again I laugh at the “Christian persecution”.

When I was a participant in their religion- and fully lived it- I never felt persecution (even though I was constantly surrounded by those saying how persecuted we were). Once I came out as an atheist, the persecution truly began. But it’s worth it.

I constantly read Christians commenting about how atheists are always trying to push their opinion on Christians, in rude ways, and can never just let them express their faith in peace. Really? That’s not what I see happening, not in real life nor online (although I know atheists may comment on things after I have moved on). But post one “atheist” (reality based) comment and see who comes out of the woodwork.

I’ll continue to be the bigger person; the more polite person. Unlike the majority of those Christians who dissolve into profane fits when someone continues to point out the gigantic holes in their premises, I won’t call them obscene names or wish eternal torture on them. I won’t tell them that after we die we’ll see who’s right and they’ll be sorry (after we are dead, neither of us will be seeing anything nor feeling anything).

But, when minding my own business and being confronted with in-your-face religious people, I will not be silent. I’ll just be polite while making them look like idiots.