Statement of an unbelieverReligion: The poison in your ear?
On May 1st 2007, the late Christopher Hitchens released the book "God is not great: How religion poisons everything". Judging by his writings, the title was not just a sensationalist attempt at increasing sales, but the genuine sentiment of its author. Having immersed myself in the subject of religion contra reality, the influence it has, I lean towards Hitchens' side- religion appears harmful to me, doing more ill than good to society at large.
Religion is, in the world at large, probably the greatest yoke any country, civilization or ethnicity faces when trying to progress, to move forwards. It creates division, isolation between groups, inspires hate where there would be none before. Religion narrows the mind. It creates division, clouds judgment and endorses intolerance. To quote Richard Dawkins: "I oppose religion... because it teaches people to be satisfied with an incomplete explanation of how the world works."
In March 2009, Pope Benedic
The Damage of FaithTo many people in the world, the concept of a religion is a welcome one. Their faith provides them with warmth, hope, and an assured protection that is impossible to get from the cold, cynical reality. Theists swathe themselves in a bubble of mental protection, content in the knowledge that thousands, if not millions, of other people are also doing this. Indeed, the very idea that one could do this and not feel part of something greater is absurd. Truly, the theist believes themselves to be part of a large social group, and sees themselves as accepted. How then, you ask, can this warm, bubbly benefit be of any harm to our society? The answer is shockingly obvious, and deliciously simple.The Damage of Faith3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Religion is a perverse entity, surrounded in half-truths, and violent mystery. It is the greatest, and most obstructive barrier any nation, culture, or ethnicity meets when trying to progress for the better. For religion does no good to mankind, I'm afraid to say. Instead, religion breeds ignorance, an
Atheist LifeGod is good, God is greatAtheist Life2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Then why do his people spread so much hate
Sparing the spoiling and using the rod
Why would I want to follow this god
My fellow being may treat me with kindness at first
But the second I say I don't believe it takes a turn for the worst
I tell them I don't believe, I don't follow, I won't give praise
Then they disappear into a cloud of haze
Am I less of a person just because I don't believe?
Because I refuse to accept the stories the faiths weave?
Do I not deserve your friendship and consideration
Instead of your hate, aggression and alienation?
For a person of God you hardly act out the word
So therefore even you must find it at least slightly absurd
For if you didn't then I do not understand
Why you preach and act with a different hand
I am still me, nothing has changed just cause I don't read the bible
I still feel emotion, play outside, breathe and eat, all without praising some idol
There was a time when we cared not for beliefs or gods
But now that subje
Don't Stop DeceivingDon't Stop Deceiving2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
[To the tune of Don't Stop Believing by Journey]
[In response to the Catholic Church's constant cover-up of sexual abuse]
Just a small town priest, living life by his beliefs,
He took the one-way street going to the church
Just a little boy, faith in God has been destroyed
He took the one-way street going to the church
A sermon in a smokey room
A smell of myrrh and cheap bless you’s
Don’t you tell, God’s watching you,
It goes on and on and on and on
Priests are, waiting, up and down the path to “God”
Their shadows stalking after rites
Cover up, pedos. Just to save your filthy asses
Somehow, priests earned special rights
Working hard to earn your trust,
Just for God a little touch,
Sayin’ anything to cover lies
Just one more time.
Some will win, some will lose
The Christian ScamMany of you may have heard of Original Sin, which is one of the most important aspects of Christianity. According to most Christians, we are all born with original sin because of what Adam and Eve did. According to them, Jesus died on the cross to forgive us for our sins, and if we accept his forgiveness, we are saved.The Christian Scam3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
As I explained in several of my other articles, the whole Original Sin story doesn't make any sense. My article ''With Great Power...'' explains why the Fall doesn't make sense, while ''God and (in)justice'' partly explains why Jesus's sacrifice wasn't necessary. Besides, there's no evidence that the story of genesis is actually true, and while Jesus may have existed, it doesn't conclude that he actually died for people's sins. For more reasons why the sacrifice doesn't make any sense, check ShakeySurgeon's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYf1Vyln8zo
However, what I want to talk about now is not how little sense Original Sin makes, but what the actual point of it i
Noah's ArkOut of all the violent, genocidal, incestuous stories in the Old Testament, there is one violent, genocidal, and incestuous story that finds itself as one of my favourites. The scale of its disaster and human murdering is far higher than any hyperbolised Hollywood film, and its conclusion is filled with more carnal details than a porn magazine mixed with 'A Game of Thrones'; this story is Noah's Ark. The real reason for my adoration of this story, however, comes from the startling psychological ramifications it possesses. Despite the obvious logical, mathematical, and even moral failings, this story is still held dearly in the hearts of otherwise perfectly sane men and women. Instead of viewing this story as a myth, or as an over exaggerated image of some obscure Biblical metaphor, this story is instead seen as fact; it's taken at face value. The entire concept is laughable, yet people use it as a literal example of a historical, factual world-wide flood.Noah's Ark3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
It's depressing to see the dep
EchoesBy some amazing cosmic chain of events, humans are priveleged with thoughtEchoes3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
but we make sure to kill as much of that as we can early on,
so all that's left is an aimless concentration of emotion and confusion,
and we're completely ignorant of what caused it.
our inability to face up to our own meaninglessness-
it's beautiful, actually, if people would just give it credit-
and our subsequent coping devices
and tradition (fuck you)
anything that will pat a person on the head
and say "don't worry, we have the answers"
These things, they mutilate everything beautiful and sacred about the mind and soul.
We condone all of this; resign ourselves to it; forget about it;
not realizing that we're
any chance we had for true thought and feeling, we're
our time, we're
and we just smile and say "six o'clock again ALREADY?"
It makes me
to think that in a couple of minutes, I,
just like everyone else,
am going to, fumi
To the BelieversTo those who dirty their knees in prayerTo the Believers2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Who beg for forgiveness all night and day
I say your Almighty Lord is not there
Can't you see you're wasting your lives away?
What is this deity, but a tyrant?
The source of anger, ignorance and pride
In his name wars are fought while good men stay silent
Who can be beaten, with God on their side?
He's all too human, as one would expect
Of a being born in flawed mammal minds
We're worshipping ourselves, when we reflect
On the qualities of man that spellbind.
No divine hand moves o'er the lands and waters
The cosmos don't rely on a design
As for us, the stars above are our fathers
Our mother the earth and it's sea of brine.
From childhood on we are taught to despise
Our desires and that which makes us human
For these things are unfit in God's shrewd eyes
As is the love of a man and a woman
There is no need for fear, or guilt, or shame
Have the courage to seize back your freedom
No original sin, nor hellish flame
Will cause torment once you have g
The Book of JobLet's take a look at the Book of Job, one of the most revolting stories ever told. For those who have never heard of Job, he is the title character of the Book of Job. He was a wealthy man with many possessions, servants, a wife, 7 sons and 3 daughters. He was a good man who cared about his family, his friends, and the people around him. He also praised God and shunned evil.The Book of Job3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
One day, however, Satan (actually not the same being as Satan from the New Testament), has something to say about this:
So Satan answered the Lord and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!"
And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person."
So Satan went out from the pres
Moderates, chose your side.There are two types of Christians. The first type believes that the stories in the Bible are historically true, and have actually happened. These Christians are very common (especially in the USA, where they are the majority). These are the Christians that I (and most other Atheists) are especially trying to reach, because they often harm others with their believes.Moderates, chose your side.3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
The second type of Christians believe that the stories in the Bible (like Genesis) are not meant to be taken literally, and are simply parables or metaphors. These Christians are quite common, but to a much less degree than the other type of Christians. While these Christians are often not fundamentalists, they are quite annoying in their own way.
The reason these kind of Christians are so annoying is because they usually target Atheists instead of other Christians, even though they often agree more with Atheists than with other Christians. They accuse us of taking the Bible literally, and try to make us look just as ignora
The Greatest Experiment in Capitalism: AnalyzedWhat gives the government the right to forcibly redistribute wealth from the rich to fulfill the needs of the poor?The Greatest Experiment in Capitalism: Analyzed3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The above seems to be the battle cry of many free market idealists, which inspired me to write this article. Surprisingly, many people who offer this contention aren't rich, and are unwitting beneficiaries of government control.
My initial thought was a bit cheeky. The middle class is currently paying about 50% of their income in taxes, while the rich pay about 15%. The rich buy politicians to keep it this way. What gives a rich person the right to steal from the middle class not for their needs but for sport?
Although there is a lot of truth to that, it's still important to address the main point: the aversion to the government using force to redistribute wealth. This sounds good in concept, and if you keep it in abstract terms it's hard to disagree with it. However, the supe
You're Selling Broken Souls?You sell already broken soulsYou're Selling Broken Souls?3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Blaming your customers for soul corruption
You're trying to sell us Free Will
Which we already own in abundance
Next, you tell us you know the cure
for the sad souls you barter
"Give us back that free will
or we'll just make your lives harder!"
You sell pre-corrupted souls
to hook us on the dream
You slander me, "Fool!"
for calling out your scheme
To vote against gays and women?
Then I will truly be free?
Turn around and call ME intolerant
When it's YOUR OWN bigotry being screamed
You sell me a damaged soul
that I neither want, nor need
You expect ME to fix YOUR product
Before YOUR god can feed!
Repeating meaningless praises
just to ignore his greed
Who cares about evidence?
Or Life itself?
When your place in heaven is "guaranteed"
You sell me a soul jam-packed with your filth
- a soul you have yet to show me
You claim the crime of an ancestor is my guilt
Hah! Well, you can go ahead and blow me!
If you can sway me without ins
Vagina Vagina VaginaSo I heard about this happening in which Michigan House Democrat Lisa Brown was banned from speaking after she said vagina. Specifically referring to her own vagina. “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested my vagina, but no means no.” She and other representative are fighting for women's reproductive rights and I could see it if she referred to her vagina in a derogatory way but..all she said was vagina.Vagina Vagina Vagina3 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you watch the video, she talks about how religious freedom doesn't mean someone can force their religious beliefs on others. She being jewish, keeps her kosher practices at home and even her religious beliefs say the life of the mother is more important than a fetus. Why not force her religious beliefs on everyone then?
Lisa Brown actually wasn't told why she was banned but she jokes that she might never know if she was banned for being Jewish or saying vagina.
An Experiment for the TheistIf you could prevent a senseless tragedy, would you?An Experiment for the Theist3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
If I had all the power in the world and knew about the plan in advance, yet did nothing to stop it, you would surely decry my inaction with all the hate in your heart. "How could you just stand by," you would ask as you watched the aftermath of the carnage on the television; "How can you live with yourself now?" You might call me a murderer myself, or assign some level of blame for my unwillingness to act despite every capacity to do so.
What if I told you that I had my reasons? That I didn't stop the event because I wanted it to draw the nation together, or some other reason that I kept secret from you all. Would you be satisfied with that answer, or would you demand I explain my inaction? What if it was your mother that was killed, or your brother, or your sister, or any other family member or friend? Would you accept any excuse?
If you loved me before, would you still love me then?
Your supposedly all-knowing, all-powerful god sno
The Sanctity of LifeI heard that life is sacred, but I don’t know what that word means.The Sanctity of Life2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
A woman outside a clinic told me that a tiny mass of cells was a person, but I didn’t think it looked like one. I heard her say that the bundle of cells was just what a person looked like when it was very small. She said it had the same genetic makeup and all of the same DNA as a fully grown person and therefore had the same right to life. I watched her scratch her nose, dislodging a thousand skin cells containing her full set of DNA, which described her entire genetic makeup. The skin cells died.
The bundle of cells in a pregnant woman’s abdomen would grow into a fully developed human being, she said. That is, unless they didn’t, as was frequently the case. But, the bundle of cells had the potential to grow into a real person. The woman outside the clinic told me that life begins at conception.
If she had said before conception, I might have believed h
Light upon her skin.I want to beLight upon her skin.2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
In love with someone
And watch the light
Dance on the tips of her skin.
Like the sea,
I'll be the ebb,
And she'll be the flow
Moving together in perfect rhythm .
I want that feeling
Of confusing, alternating, maddening
Love to fill me from within
And to know how it feels,
To hear the words –
Saved From Being Saved“ You are lost and need to be saved!”Saved From Being Saved2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Excuse me for enjoying being lost in these woods,
Excuse me for saving myself.
Sleeping (River/Doctor)He was so tired. Even Time Lords can't go on forever. And there was River, in his bed.Sleeping (River/Doctor)3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The Doctor plodded down the Tardis corridor. He was so tired.
He didn't usually get tired. Not like this. But even Time Lords can't go on forever. His eyes blinked and his feet dragged. He was too exhausted even to yawn.
He pushed open his bedroom door and stopped in the doorway. River was curled up in his bed, asleep.
He didn't know how she got in. Maybe she waited until he left and stowed away. Or maybe she'd found some way to materialize inside with her vortex manipulator, although that should have been impossible.
Right at the moment he didn't care. Every once in a while she'd just show up, asleep in his bed.
He pulled his bow tie loose with one heavy hand. He tossed his jacket off carelessly and unwound his arms from his braces. He unbuttoned his shirt and pulled it loose and kicked off his shoes. He didn't bother with the rest.
He stumbled toward the bed, his eyesight waverin
HonestyTo anyone who wants to claim that 'reparative' therapy (to convert homosexuals to heterosexuals) should be legal for minors: at least be honest about what you support.Honesty2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Systematically dehumanizing patients by telling them that they are dirty, broken, and shameful. Verbal abuse is a central part of the therapy.
Isolating patients from their friends and family and removing any methods of contact like phones and computers. Only approved people are allowed to be contacted at all. Phone calls are often monitered by therapists, violating any hope of privacy. Letters are read before being sent and, if the counselor does not approve of the content, they are discarded.
Coercing frequent confessions from the patients about how they are sinful or worthless. Often privileges like the ability to contact family or leave the facility are withheld until the counselor feels the patient expresses e
You Always Dance at WeddingsYou Always Dance at Weddings5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Did you dance?"
The Doctor smiled, he knew that voice. He pivoted on his heel, still smiling knowingly.
"Well, you always dance at weddings, don't you?" River said, a gently amused tone in her voice.
"You tell me." He said coyly, knowing she wouldn't reveal one second.
"Spoilers." Was her expected reply.
He smiled again, moving towards her. "River Song, the woman who is a mystery yet." His voice was gentle, his gaze tender.
"Not for long Doctor. No, not for very much longer." She said, her tone light, but her eyes sad.
There was something bittersweet in their coming future, something that gave her joy- and broke her heart at the same time. The Doctor could sense it. That kind of pain couldn't be erased or acted over, but tonight, he wanted to at least help her forget it.
"I always dance at weddings." He repeated, gingerly placing his hands on her waist. The tender music from the slow dancing inside was drifting through the summer air into the garden, the warm glow of the lights spilli
Bedmates - (Doctor/River)River finally has the Doctor exactly where she wants him... Sort of...Bedmates - (Doctor/River)3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"Move over, sweetie," River said, bumping him with her hip.
"I can't move over, I'll fall out of the bed," the Doctor protested. "And stop hogging all the covers!" He jerked irritably at the comforter and she rolled closer into him.
She wiggled against him, giggling.
"River, stop it!" he said, fending off her hands and spitting her hair out of his mouth where it brushed his face.
"I'm just reaching for your sonic screwdriver."
"Tha..at's! Not where I keep my sonic screwdriver!" he said with a squeak.
"Yes, it is, sweetie." She patted him on the bum and pulled the sonic screwdriver out from under him.
"How'd that get down there?" he asked.
"You weren't paying attention," she said suggestively.
"Well, if you wouldn't keep distracting me..."
"Sh... Someone's coming." She laid a finger to his lips and they froze, trapped together, wrapped up tight in the quilt, ears straining in fear they would
The Doctor and You 2The Doctor and You 25 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
You are cramped, too warm, blind, and it feels like your heart will never slow down. It's been in your throat for as long as you can remember, and you are sure they can hear you.
They are everywhere. And the one alien you need right then is nowhere to be seen.
Another one goes gliding silently by you, and despite the heat, you feel an aching cold pass through your stomach and you curl up even tighter, trying to disappear.
Where could he be? He promised to keep you safe. "I would take a bullet for you." He had said, holding your hand to his chest. "I really would. Both hearts. You're going to be fine. I'm going to get you out of here."
That's what he said before they dragged him away. And you would be worried about him, except the creatures have been whispering, and panicking about an escaped prisoner, and you can still understand them. So he is alive. Free. Conscious. Alright.
So why hasn't he come for you already?
And why haven't they found you yet? It's not like y
Christian Persecution in the USAA lot of Christians seem to be fond of crying about the oppression they experience in American society. My first response is to laugh, but a lot of these people take themselves very seriously so I feel like I should give them a semi-serious answer to some of the claims I've heard. By "semi-serious", I mean I will include some facts but I will still have a deriding attitude. I can only try so hard. Now usually, I don't like formatting a question-answer session against an imaginary opponent since it seems unfair, but this isn't really an imaginary opponent. All of these statements or questions have been put to me before so, as far as I'm concerned, they are fair game.Christian Persecution in the USA2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"Christianity is becoming endangered."
Honey, this is America. Christians are the vast majority in this country. A 2007 poll places the percentage at 78.4% Christian . The vast majority of our politicians and even our president identifies as Christian. The fact that people were