Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2012
A great essay
It makes a great point
During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after doing its duty in but a lazy and indolent way for eight hundred years, gathered up its halters, thumbscrews, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood.
Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry. Who discovered that there was no such thing as a witch – the priest, the parson? No, these never discover anything. At Salem, the parson clung pathetically to his witch text after the laity had abandoned it in remorse and tears for the crimes and cruelties it has persuaded them to do. The parson wanted more blood, more shame, more brutalities; it was the unconsecrated laity that stayed his hand. In Scotland the parson killed the witch after the magistrate had pronounced her innocent; and when the merciful legislature proposed to sweep the hideous laws against witches from the statute book, it was the parson who came imploring, with tears and imprecations, that they be suffered to stand.
There are no witches. The witch text remains; only the practice has changed. Hell fire is gone, but the text remains. Infant damnation is gone, but the text remains. More than two hundred death penalties are gone from the law books, but the texts that authorized them remain.
Why would any intelligent person join an organization that is this appalling?
Islam Thomas on 24 Sep 2012
The following cartoon is posted on Facebook. Note that it is posted on the Facebook page for an American group of atheists. Note that the cartoon is funny:
Many of the responses to the comic contain an amazing display of savagery. Here is a collage of some of worst:
[Facebook does not provide a way to link to a post, but if you go here and scroll down a bit in the timeline, you can see the post and the more than 800 comments.]
Over on Reddit, there is an attempt to understand/explain why Muslims behave in this way:
This is a religion of peace and love? How can a religion of peace and love have so many violent followers? How can it have Burqas? Honor killing? The argument might be, “these violent people do not represent the true Muslim faith.” But if they do not, why are there so many of them following the religion? Why are Arab countries filled with these sorts of people? Why would kind, decent people want to be a part of a religion that provides harborage for people like this? It would be like a kind, decent person joining the KKK.
The following post provides another take on the Muslim faith:
Why would decent people behave like this?
In the past week there have been unbelievable demonstrations in the Muslim world that make Muslims look like savages. Signs like this and this show just how ridiculous believers in the Muslim faith can be. Christianity can be just as bad – denying civil rights to people they hate for no reason, and bullying those people to the point where they commit suicide.
That is why we are starting to see the world’s leaders separating themselves from religion. The Dalai Lama posted this on Facebook:
All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.
Hilary Clinton made this public statement this week:
“As long as there are those who are willing to shed blood and take innocent life in the name of religion, the name of God, the world will never know a true and lasting peace.”
What Clinton is saying is that we need to end religion. The Quran and the Bible have violence baked right in, and there is no way to separate the religions from these repulsive books. Watch this video to see how truly repulsive the Bible is:
One would think that modern, intelligent people would easily reject such a repulsive book.
Christianity Thomas on 08 Sep 2012
Here is a YouTube video from Allen West’s campaign entitled “Three Times”:
Of course the delegates said NO to adding God to the platform. Any intelligent person knows that God Is Imaginary.
Christianity Thomas on 02 Sep 2012
This is no surprise to any rational person who watches conservative Christians, or to any rational person who watches conservative politicians (who are generally Christian in the U.S.) in the news, but there is a new study out that documents the fact that conservative Christians have a dishonesty problem. Yes, Christians talk a good game about their morality, and they go on and on about the Ten Commandments, but the fact is that Christians tend to lie.
Akin’s claim stood out due to its highly offensive nature, but it’s reminiscent of any number of other parallel cases in which conservative Christians have cited dubious “facts” to help rationalize their moral convictions. Take the twin assertions that having an abortion causes breast cancer or mental disorders, for instance. Or the denial of human evolution. Or false claims that same-sex parenting hurts kids. Or that you can choose whether to be gay, and undergo therapy to reverse that choice. The ludicrous assertion that women who are raped have a physiological defense mechanism against pregnancy is just part of a long litany of other falsehoods in the Christian right’s moral and emotional war against science.
Lies, Lies, Lies. We all know this: conservative Christians tend to lie. A lot. The Republican convention had many examples on display, as seen in these articles:
- Fox News calls Paul Ryan a liar
- Paul Ryan’s breathtakingly dishonest speech
- The biggest of all Paul Ryan’s big lies
- Factchecker: Romney’s ’12 million jobs’ promise
- Why Do Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Tell Small, Dumb Lies?
Paul Ryan caught a lot of guff last week—correctly—for delivering a vice presidential acceptance speech which was festooned with lies and false assertions. It was so bad that when the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein and his staff scoured the speech looking for truth, lies, and misleading statements—they produced a grand total of two “true” policy items. Two.
Why do conservative Christians behave this way? It is so simple: They must lie to themselves constantly to believe in their imaginary God. Since they are lying to themselves constantly, it is predictable that lying becomes second nature and infects other parts of their lives and their thinking.
Are you a Christian? Would you like to stop lying to yourself about your imaginary God? See the light: GodIsImaginary.com