There are no atheists in foxholes.


Why religious people always say that there are no atheists in foxholes? If you really believe that God is protecting you, why do you need to take cover in a foxhole? Why? God works in mysterious ways? It seems to me that anyone who takes cover in a foxhole is an atheist, even if they say they believe in God. Like it or not, their actions are that of an atheist. If there is really a God who answered your prayers there would be no need for foxholes in the first place.

“God works in mysterious ways” is like saying “I have no fucking explanation for bullshit”.

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My Anger


Anger implies that you have a stake in the outcome. It implies that you care.

I don’t.

There’s a heightened, intensified, theatrical anger that you need to convey some thoughts. I am not personally an angry man, I’m not personally angry about certain things. They’re wonderful, in fact, because I root against the Human Species. I came to a realization, and this freed and transformed me, that I really do not care about the outcomes that are going to occur on this planet. I don’t care what will happen to this species that was given great gifts and has great potential but squandered them.

It squandered them. Instead, this species is always showing poor ways of organizing itself (socially and politically). It made a wrong turn when it came to buying the hocus pocus that the spiritual leaders gave. We turned it over to the priests and the traders. Commerce and Religion ruined and spoiled the potential of this species. In my country, these things are true.

In reality, I just don’t care what happens to this country. I just don’t give a flying fuck. The only anger that I recognize in me is a reflection of disappointment, disillusionment, and being let down by my species.

We had such great possibilities and they’re not being realized. They talk about poets and philosophers. How much influence do they have? None. There are more people making poems than there are who are reading poems. Imagine that. Well, I guess that’s true. I know what it feels.

I think that’s my anger. It’s a frustration. It’s a let down.

2 Cents.

Hats!


Here’s a civic custom that I don’t understand:

Taking off your hat when a flag passes by or when you pass by a flag, or when some jackoff sings the national anthem they tell you to take off your hat.

What the fuck does a hat have to do with being patriotic? What possible relationship exists between the uncovered head and the feeling that is said to live in your heart?

Suppose your hat has the colors of your flag? Suppose you have a hat made out of a flag, why would you take it off to honor the flag? Wouldn’t you leave it on and point it toward the flag?

What’s so bad about hats that you have to take them off? I start to question this hat-shit when I was a kid. When I was a kid, I was a Catholic… Well, at least I reached the age of reason. During that time, one of the things that they told us was if a boy or a man went into a church he has to remove his hat in order to honor the presence of God but they’ve already told me that God was everywhere, so I used to wonder

Well if God was everywhere, why would we own a hat? Why not show your respect by not buying a hat at all?

Just to confuse things further, they told the women exactly the opposite. Catholic women and girls had to wear cover their heads when they go inside the church. Jewish men cover their when they go to temples and the Jewish women aren’t allowed to cover their heads so try to figure this shit out.

Catholic men, Jewish women = No hats

Catholic women, Jewish men = Hats

Somebody’s got the whole thing totally backwards, don’t you think?

What is this religious fascination with head gears? Every religion’s got a different hat. Do you ever notice that? Turban, Yarmulke, Kufi, Mitre, Wimple, Kalimavkion,  everybody’s got a hat! Personally I would not want to be a member of any group where you either have to wear a hat or you can’t wear  a hat.

I think all religion should have one rule and one rule only and that is

Hats optional.

That’s all you need to run a really good religion.

The stupid shit about angels.


Here’s another question that I’ve been pondering.

What is all these shit about angels?

Have you heard that 3 out of 4 people believe that angels EXIST? What are you, fucking stupid? Has everybody lost their minds or some shit? Angel shit. Yes, I draw angels but it doesn’t mean I believe in them! You know what I think it is? I think it is a massive, collective, psychotic, chemical flashback of all the drugs smoked, snorted, shot, and absorbed rectally by everyone from 1960-2000. 40 Years of adulterated street drugs of “Get yourself some fucking angels, my friend!”.

Angel shit.

What about goblins? You never hear any of them except on Halloween and it’s always negative shit. Zombies. Where the fuck are all the zombies?! That’s the trouble with zombies. They’re unreliable.

I say if you’re going to buy the angel shit, you might as well go for the zombie package as well.

Fallacies


The so-called “link” between Religion and Morality is everywhere in our culture. It underwrites Religious Moderation and its Fundamentalism to a significant degree. The idea that without Religion, something fundamental will be lost to us in moral terms is questionable when you look at the books.

To speak specifically of The Bible, not even an Orthodox Jew or a Fundamentalist Christian can take God at his word given how sadistic God is in books like Deuteronomy, Exodus and Leviticus. If you’re making your to-do list out of a book like Leviticus, you would make Mullah Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban, look like Franklin Roosevelt. It creates a vision of life so horrible, so subversive of the basic project of creating a sustainable society where human happiness is even possible.We effectively have edited The Bible, even Fundamentalists have.

It is important to point out that nobody says these passages are immoral, or the idea that you stone a woman to death when you uncover that a woman is not a virgin on her wedding night, the idea that you stone homosexuals to death, or the idea that you stone to death your children when they talk back to you. You go to a town and see a man who worships a foreign God so you have to kill him, his family, and everyone in the town. These are not metaphors or analogies of some spiritual struggle from within, these are explicit directives to kill people for theological crimes. No one has ever said that this is immoral. Christians say that they don’t have to do these anymore because Jesus brought us the doctrine of grace. Well, incidentally, Jesus also said that every jot of the law has to be fulfilled. The Inquisitors of the middle-ages have a rationale for practicing this kind of law.

I can assure you that Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas have read The Sermon on The Mount. They managed to square the ministry of Jesus with their impulses to kill people for thought crimes.

Wow.

From the point of view of Fundamentalism, The Bible and The Qur’an is the “best book we have” because it is literally been dictated by the creator of the Universe. From the point of view of Moderation, these are the “best books we have” but who knows what their sources are. Just the “smartest people of their time” wrote this books, they’ll say.

If The Bible is the best book we have, we should, in ethical terms, be practicing slavery. The creator of the Universe expects us to keep slaves. It simply tells us not to beat our slaves so severely that we pull out their eyes and their teeth.

Jesus expected us to keep slaves. He never criticized the institution of slavery and he uses slaves in his analogies.

“All slaves should show full respect for their masters so they will not bring shame on the name of God and his teaching.” – 1 Timothy 6:1

The abolitionists were on the wrong side of the theological debate. If this is the wisest book we have, the American slaveholders of the South were right. On so many questions this is true. If this is the wisest book we have, we should be beating our kids with rods.

“Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.” – Proverbs 23:13

Incidentally, Fundamentalist Christians in our country are beating their kids with rods, or rod-like objects, or whatever they can use to spank them. In the American state of Alabama, some years ago, 40,000 kids were paddled in their schools. It is legal in their state and this is a faith-based initiative.

It’s important for us to recognize that we decide what is good in a good book, but we cherry-pick these books based on our ethical intuitions. All we have to decide are questions of Ethics are our own ethical intuitions and the ethical intuitions of other whom we are in conversation with.

You can put your faith in a 21st Century conversation about Ethics or you can put your faith in a 1st Century conversation as preserved in these books.

The shit that religious people are trying to spread.


Ask yourselves this:

What is wrong with eternity in Hell?

I was told that it’s rather hot there, for one.

The whole point of Christianity, or so it is imagined, is to safeguard the eternal well-being of human souls. Happily, there’s no evidence that the Christian Hell exists. I think we should look at the consequence of believing in this framework, this theistic framework, in this world and its moral underpinnings would be.

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9,000,000 Children die every year before they reach the age of five. Picture an Asian tsunami, like the one that occurred during 2004 that killed a -/+ 250,000. One of those every 10 days, killing children only under five. 24,000 Children a day, a thousand an hour, 17 or so per minute. That means before I get to the end of this sentence, some few children, very likely, would have died in terror and agony.

Think of the parents of these children. Think of the fact that most of these men and women believe in God and are praying at this moment for their children to be spared, and their prayers will not be answered. But according to some douchebag motherfucker, this is all part of God’s plan.

Any God who would allow children by the millions suffer and die in this way, and their parents to grieve in this way, either can do nothing to help them or doesn’t care about them. He is therefore either impotent or evil.

What’s worse is that many of these people will be going to Hell because they are praying to the wrong God. Think about that. Through no fault of their own they were born into the wrong culture, where they got the wrong theology and they miss the revelation.

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There are -/+ 1,200,000,000 people in India this moment and most of them are Hindus and therefore most of them are polytheists. In the words of a religious fanatic, no matter how good these people are, they are doomed. If you are praying to the monkey-God Hanuman, you are doomed. You’ll be tortured in Hell for eternity. Is there a slightest evidence for this?

No. It’s said in Mark 9, Matthew 13 and Revelation 14.

Perhaps you’ll remember from The Lord of the Rings that when the Elves die they go to Valinor but they can be reborn on Middle-Earth. I said that just for the point of comparison.

So God created the cultural isolation of the Hindus. He engineered the circumstances of their deaths in ignorance of revelation, then he created the penalty for this ignorance, which is an eternity of conscious torment and fire.

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Let’s say that you are a run-off-the-mill serial killer in America, who spent his life raping and torturing children. You need only come to God, come to Jesus, on death row, and after a final meal of fried chicken, he’s going to spend his eternity in Heaven after death.

One thing should be crystal clear to you: This vision of life has absolutely nothing to do with moral accountability. Notice the double standard that people use to exonerate God from all these evil. We’re told that God is loving and kind and just and intrinsically good. LOL. I just point to them the obvious and compelling evidence that God is cruel and unjust because he induces suffering on innocent people of a scope and scale that would embarrass the most ambitious psychopath.

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We’re told that God is mysterious. Who can understand God’s will? This is precisely what believers use to establish his goodness in the first place.

If something good happens to a Christian or he feels some bliss while praying or he sees some positive change or changes in his life, he’ll tell us that God is good.

When children by the tens of thousands are torn from their parents’ arms and drowned, he’ll tell us that God is mysterious.

This is how you play tennis without the net. It is not only tiresome when otherwise intelligent people speak this way, it is more of reprehensible.

This kind of faith is the perfection of narcissism. It’s like saying,

“God loves me, don’t you know? He cured me of my eczema! He makes me feel so good while listening in Church and just when we’ve given up hope, he found a banker who is willing to reduce my mother’s mortgage!”

Given all the things that this God of yours did not accomplish in the lives of others, given the misery that’s been imposed on some helpless child at this instance, this kind of faith is obscene! To think in this way is to fail to reason honestly or to care sufficiently about the suffering of human beings.

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If God is good and loving and just and kind, and he want to guide us morally with a book, why give us a book that supports slavery? Why give us a book that admonishes us to kill people for imaginary crimes like witchcraft?

But there’s a way of not taking these question to heart!

According to the Divine Command Theory, God is not bound by moral duties. God doesn’t have to be good. Whatever he commands is good, so when he commands the Israelites to slaughter the Amalekites, that behavior becomes intrinsically good because he commanded it.

You are being offered with a psychopathic and psychotic moral attitude, can you not see? It’s psychotic because it’s completely delusional. There’s no reason to believe that we live in a Universe ruled by an invisible monster called Yahweh. It is psychopathic because it is a total detachment from the well-being of humanity.

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Just think about the Muslims, at this moment, who are blowing themselves up. They are convinced that they are agents of God’s will. “They are praying to the wrong God” has no say here. If they have the right God, what they were doing would be good. That’s under the Divine Command Theory.

I’m not saying that all religious people are psychotic or psychopaths, but this to me is the true horror of Religion.

It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions what only lunatics could believe on their own.

If you wake up tomorrow morning thinking that saying a few Latin words over your pancakes is going to turn those into the body of Elvis Presley, you have lost your mind. If you think more or less the same thing about a cracker and the body of Jesus, you’re just a Catholic.

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I’m not the first person to notice that a very strange and sort of loving God would make salvation depend on believing in him on bad evidence.

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2,000 Years ago there was evidence of the Lord and he was performing miracles but apparently he got tired of being so helpful, and so now we inherit this very heavy burden of doctrines and plausibilities and the effort to square it with what we know as the cosmos and what all know about the human origins in the scriptures becomes more and more difficult to understand.

I hate to break it to you but Christianity is just another cult of sacrifice. Christianity is not a religion that repudiates human sacrifice, it is a religion that celebrates a single human sacrifice as though it were effective.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” –John 3:16

The idea is that Jesus suffered the crucifixion so that none of you will suffer in Hell… Except for those billions in India, and billions like them throughout the history.

This is a stride, a contemptible history of scientific ignorance and religious barbarism. We come from people who used to bury their children under the foundations of new buildings as offerings to their imaginary Gods.

Think about that. Vast numbers of societies. People would bury children in post holes thinking that it would prevent an invisible being from knocking down their buildings. These are the sorts of people who wrote The Bible.

Impeaching The Bible


Who really wrote The Bible?

Most biblical theologians who study this stuff seriously will tell that, in fact, we don’t know who exactly wrote The Bible.

Some will say that it is an authorship that is guided and inspired by God.

There are other gospels that we’re just beginning to hear about that did not make The Bible, like the Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Marcion, Gospel of James, Gospel of Peter and the Gospel of Judas. They did not make The Bible? Why did they not make The Bible?! They’re the inspired words of God! You have to ask why they aren’t in The Bible. They will answer you with this:

The committee that decided did not put them in.

Committee? Committee?! What, they voted?! Well, that’s what basically happened.

So, obviously, it is an edited volume.

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Examining The Bible is important because the book, in its mindset, is so ingrained in our culture. It’s all about that little list called The Ten CommandmentsWhat’s amazing about the Old and New Testament are the number of moral precepts that stand the test of time, that are not chronologically or culturally limited, that are applicable for all times.

Here’s a big problem with  The Bible as a guide for moral behavior and moral thought. : Which parts you are going to use and which parts you aren’t going to use. In the one passage that conservatives always site in The Bible about a man should not lay with another man and therefore homosexuality is a sin. It is

Leviticus 20:13 – “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

Then they skip to a certain book with a certain passage and it says that we should stone to death disobedient children. It is

Deuteronomy 21:21 – “Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.”

What they do is they pick and choose the passage(s) that we want. That is not consistent and that is not fair.

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Now let use The Bible to impeach The Bible. Yes, The Bible. Here we go!

(No context bullshit)

Exodus 21:7 – “When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are.”

Exodus 35:2 – “For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.” (Are you really going to feel good about enforcing that one?)

Corinthians 11:14 – “Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him”

Leviticus 15:19-24 – “When a woman has a discharge, and the discharge in her body is blood, she shall be in her menstrual impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening. And everything on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean. Everything also on which she sits shall be unclean. And whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. And whoever touches anything on which she sits shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. Whether it is the bed or anything on which she sits, when he touches it he shall be unclean until the evening”

A Christian wrote: “God did not create evil. Evil is simply the state where God is not present.”

If “God did not create evil” then what of the following?

Isaiah 45: 7 – “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things”

Judges 9:23 – “God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem, who acted treacherously against Abimelech.”

1 Samuel 16:14 – “Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him”

Micah 2:3 – “But this is what the Lord says: ‘I will reward your evil with evil; you won’t be able to pull your neck out of the noose. You will no longer walk around proudly, for it will be a terrible time.'”

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If you believe that this is your God and your God is infallible, it can’t throw out some of the rules just because you do not like them. Did you know that The Bible has written all over it the fact that it is human edited, socially constructed collection of books put together by people over many centuries?

People are making a mistake of liking their belief in faith and religion to actual, factual tenets. The stories in The Bible are not factual stories that are to be taken as historical events. Taking The Bible literally is to miss its point.

Try to put The Bible on the top of your list of what to read. Stick with it cover to cover, not because it teaches history (Which, in reality, does not) but read it to see for yourself what The Bible is all about. It sure is not great literature. If The Bible would be published as fiction, no review will give it a passing grade. There are some vivid scenes and some quotable phrases but there is no plot, there is no structure, there’s a tremendous amount of filler, and the characters are painfully one-dimensional.

Don’t read The Bible for moral code. It advocates prejudice, cruelty, superstition and murder.

Warning (Or something like that): Reading the whole, Bible will make you an Atheist faster than you think.