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
Don't Stop DeceivingDon't Stop Deceiving3 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
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
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
To the BelieversTo those who dirty their knees in prayerTo the Believers3 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
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
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
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 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
The Sanctity of LifeI heard that life is sacred, but I don’t know what that word means.The Sanctity of Life3 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
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.Honesty3 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
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.
Atheism, what it REALLY isWhenever I'm having arguments with theists, or when I'm looking up what people think the word ''Atheist'' actually means, I notice how misinformed people actually are about us. I'm not only talking about the religious fanatics, but also about the casual theists, and even many people who don't want to admit that they are technically Atheists. This article is meant to combat the stereotypes related to Atheism.Atheism, what it REALLY is3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Let's start with the definition of Atheism. An Atheist is (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism#Definitions_and_distinctions):
1. Negative Atheism: Someone who doesn't have believe in any kind of god (either he/she has never heard of God, doesn't take a stand regarding the existence of god, or simply believes that God's existence is unlikely, without believing that the statement ''There's at least one god'' must be false). In this case, Atheism is simply LACK of theism. This means that most agnostics are also Atheists, even though they don't like to admit it.
9 Stupid Arguments Against Gay RightsThese days gay rights are a huge issue for many people. There are many people that are for and against it. I am for gay rights. I see a lot of people against gay rights, because, although I am non-religious, I haven't always been that way and still keep in contact with a lot of Christians via social media. My immediate family is also Christian, and mostly against gay rights, even though they avoid bringing up the issue with me. I have never heard a rational argument against gay rights. In this article I am going to refute some arguments against gay rights.9 Stupid Arguments Against Gay Rights2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Just so we're clear on it's medical and psychological effects, here is an article written by the American Psychological Association that talks homosexuality in a little more depth http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/sexual-orientation.aspx.
Stupid argument #1: We're fighting to protect traditional marriage. Really? I don't see how allowing gay marriage would prevent straight peo
I've Got 99 Problems with Christianity......And here's one. I think I'll try to share while I drink some mead.I've Got 99 Problems with Christianity...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Christianity is divisive. Christianity blows families apart, and not by accident. Matthew 10:34-36: "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man's enemies will be the members of his own household." While doing some research for this, I came across a website I've run across in the past -- Gotquestions.org. Here's how they explain this passage:
"In Matthew 10:34-36, Jesus said He had come at this time not to
Knock on DogwoodI once kept a crucifix on a chainKnock on Dogwood3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
To remind me there's a purpose
And salvation in pain.
But there's not always a rainbow
After 40 days of rain.
Hell will rise up
Again and again.
God let me drown
With the sin in my heart,
Though I was baptized in fire,
And my ashes blown apart.
I starved for Lent in front of Noah's ark.
Knock on dogwood,
Just one more fresh start.
I sang out with the angels
And I knelt when I prayed,
But the LORD came to me in a dream and said,
"I command you, make Isaac bleed red.
Be not of the world
And listen instead."
And the more that I listened,
The more that I feared,
For God's voice sounded like
The serpents I hear.
As He twisted the verses I once held so dear,
The halos on his prophets
As I wandered through the Valley of Death,
The Tree of Knowledge
Called my name,
And I saw Eve's body, enlightened and maimed,
Warning me not to wind up the same,
But my stomach growled
And I swallowed my shame.
I bit the apple and plunged into Pur
To WriteTo write is to be free, to always be meTo Write4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
To give words to thought portrays a lot,
Nothing else can be, I write to be free,
So I share misery that is within me.
Anger, joy, sorrow, fear, I can put it all here,
I can write when I'm mad, and even be sky clad
I will not be alone, I can do it on my own
This I will condone, that writing's art be known.
I live to read and write, to develop my sight
So that I have the light, to see clearly at night.
To face my fears at last, the dye will be cast,
The words are amassed, today they came so fast.
Let this poem be read, let it always be said,
That a poem is fed, by inspiration's stead.
The words from school, a poet is no fool,
The mind the fuel, the pen the eternal tool.
To Pro-Life Folks: On Choice (Updated)Update:To Pro-Life Folks: On Choice (Updated)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'd like to share some additional information that I have gathered. Some people seem to believe that Pregnancy is far less dangerous than a safely performed Abortion is. After some research, I've been able to compile statistics - yes, real life statistics - regarding the mortality rates relating to pregnancy and abortion. I started with the information provided by NGB-ProChoice, and went on from there. Hope you find it helpful!
The information is available at the bottom of this journal!
Well, apparently I'm a frothing-at-the-mouth pro-choice/anti-circ wacko, or at least that's how I look to pro-life folks, being a pro-choicer myself. You know, both sides are very passionate about their cause, and sometimes it seems like the arguments for or against abortion are so far out there, insulting or degrading, that it feels like the actual arguments are lost beneath layers of name-calling and giant billboards of aborted fetuses.
So, in an a
How the Bible should have endedNote: Some of these monologues are actual Bible verses which I slightly edited to fit in the sketch. Please read the notes in the description bar for further information about some of the sketches.How the Bible should have ended3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
God: Hey guys. This entire garden is yours, and that of your offspring. You are free to eat from any tree in the garden.
Adam: Any tree?
God: Well, of course. I mean, did you think I put a tree there with fruit that, if you ate from it, would make both you and all of your offspring, a.k.a the human race, suddenly sinful?
Adam: Of course not. Why would you ever think about doing something like that?
God: I know right! Now how about I create a wife for you?
Adam: Also out of dirt?
God: No, by putting you to sleep and tearing out one of your ribs. Of course dirt!
Genesis (alternate take):
Satan: Looks like that whole ''humanity'' thing is going to work out pretty well.
God: Of course it does. After all, I'm perfect.
Satan: Yeah, about that.. How would you like it if I went down there a
Myths About Circumcision You Likely Believe (pt 1)Original article by Lillian Dell'Aquila Cannon and Darcia Narvaez. I'm sharing what was posted via Psychology Today. This was not written by 8manderz8Myths About Circumcision You Likely Believe (pt 1)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
When I was pregnant with my first child, I just thought that circumcision was what you did, no big deal, and that every man was circumcised. Then one day I saw a picture of a baby being circumcised, and everything changed. Just one tiny, grainy photo was enough to make me want to know more, and the more I knew, the worse it got. It turns out, circumcision really is a big deal.
Part 1 - Circumcision Surgery Myths
Myth 1: They just cut off a flap of skin.
Reality check: Not true. The foreskin is half of the penis's skin, not just a flap. In an adult man, the foreskin is 15 square inches of skin. In babies and children, the
What to Do About You?You're so obsessed with all of the medias liesWhat to Do About You?3 years ago in Concrete Poetry More Like This
that you haven't even noticed the nations demise.
That shocked expression, look of surprise
makes me question
Am I in love with you
or just the things that you do?
And Am I flying or falling?
Why am I still stalling?
These thoughts are sending me sprawling
over the edge.
I hold you in my heart like a bullet shell,
your love hurts, it hurts like hell.
What will my life turn into,
if I start to believe everything that's so untrue?
So what on Earth will I do