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
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
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.
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
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.
Wouldn't it be Nice if......People followed these "rules"?Wouldn't it be Nice if...3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
1)Opinions should be backed up by facts.
2) Do not take every single opinion as a personal attack. I very doubt you will ever find a person with the exact same views as you.
3) Have a realistic outlook on life. Don't be over-over-over pessimistic, but whatever the fuck you do, being a bubbly optimist can make you pretty useless.
4) Don't say things you are unsure of like it's muscle memory. You'll look extremely ignorant when someone calls out your bullshit.
5) Learn about the Dunning-Kruger effect. If you think you are great at something, and people on a credible level criticize you and pretty much tell you it's shit, you're most likely not as good as you thought you were.
6) To prove you are a mature person, don't say "I am mature; you are not." It has the opposite effect.
7) Use proper grammar. If you abbreviate some things like "assoc." for "association," that's fine. But please don't type/write to me like you just learned the alphabet and is compl
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
Protest You thought you had us silenced,Protest2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
But now we're getting loud.
You thought you had us beaten,
You thought you had us cowed.
But we rose up to fight you
It's a battle to be heard.
You're fighting us with silence
So we'll fight you back with words.
Ten ways christians are hypocrital1- "We hate how communists sacrifice the individual in name of the group. That's why we do the exact same thing to gay people."Ten ways christians are hypocrital2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
2- "Homosexuality isn't natural!" [is told it is] "Ah, but we shouldn't follow animals!"
3- [Random passage about Jesus' psychotic outbursts] "You're taking things out of context!" [then proceeds to use biblical passages against homosexuality without considering the cultural meaning]
4- "Pride is a sin!" [then proceeds to use "I'm proud to be a christian!"]
5- "We respect free will! That's why we prevent gay marriage from even being a possibility!"
6- "You heathens act so holier than thou, thinking you know the truth! That's why we are the chosen ones, and you're only going to be saved if you think exactly like us!"
7- "We must do charity! That's why we just pray istead of donating like those heathens do!"
8- "You totally shouldn't lump us with Tomás de Torquemada! That's why we lump all non-christian people in the same pile of evil heathens!"
9- "Haha, you th
Black voidsA black void escapes my lips.Black voids2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
As the infection of pain takes over.
I’m screaming to an empty room.
In it lays all my fears.
My eyes are filled with parasites.
Seeing nothing but black.
Which leaks it’s way into my heart.
Trembling fingers, and sweaty palms.
Bugs clinging to my hair.
Nesting in my skin.
I have been contaminated.
By the sins of others.
Nobody can harm me now.
I have been contaminated
By the whispers of the heartless.
Reaching forth for some light.
It only seems to burn my skin.
My right eye has been removed.
And left with a hole.
Head spinning round’ and round.
Sitting in this dirty contaminated room.
A perfect fit for me.
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
Alone- Doctor WhoShe was gone.Alone- Doctor Who4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
She left me here in the box, all alone.
I became depressed. I barely ate or slept.
I cried her name out every night.
Why did you leave me?
Little Amelia Pond.
Why did you leave me?
Your Raggedy Doctor.
You left me.
Amy, it hurt.
It still hurts.
I miss you. Do you miss me?
I showed up at her house one night. Out of the blue.
She was sleeping. I climbed in her window and sat on the floor.
I didn't mean to wake her up with my sobs.
She sat straight up, shaking her ginger locks out of her face.
She came and sat on the floor with me as I bawled into her shoulder.
"How long has it been?"
"It's been four months."
"Amelia, I've missed you."
She turned and kissed me.
I kissed her back.
I mean, I kissed her face.
We kissed, our tongues dancing.
I pulled off her nightgown.
She grabbed my shirt and nearly ripped it, and my braces, off.
I ran my
The Doctor As A ConstructThe Doctor As A ConstructThe Doctor As A Construct4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Amelia. Can you hear me? No, of course you can't, you're not even real. Not anymore. Silly Doctor. Silly mad man with his silly blue box. Amelia Pond, the little girl all alone in the empty house, waiting with her apple, for a silly old man. I never wanted you to grow up, not really. How could I tell you that? Would've been a bit weird really...and rude. Not that that would have stopped me. Hasn't stopped me before. Did I ever tell you about my last face? I said I was rude then. If I could have known me now. Rude, rude Doctor. I'm much more rude now. And I have a fez. Oh, don't tell River. She thinks she's got rid of them all. She didn't think to check the rocking horse in the conservatory.
Where was I? Amelia. I feel like it's my fault you grew up, but how could I have stolen a child? I'm too dangerous for grown-ups let alone little Amelia Pond. I think I would have done it. I think the TARDIS... I think she stopped me. She knew I'd be so stupid, that
A ThoughtThe best art is madeA Thought2 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
By those who care not for fame,
But who love their craft.
In a perfect world,
The Bard's name is a secret,
But his tale is known.
Calling all Questioning and Ex-Christians!Were you once a Christian?Calling all Questioning and Ex-Christians!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Are you now Deist, a Pantheist, a Pagan, a Satanist, an Agnostic/Atheist, or something else?
Or are you currently questioning your faith in God and Jesus? Confused about the many contradictions within the bible?
Are you looking for someone to lean on? Or possibly looking to hear some personal stories from fellow questioning or ex-Christians?
If this is you, or even if you are just curious, drop by Ex-Christians.
There, you will find a growing community of supportive ex-Christians who can help you through this difficult time.
You will also find a safe space for you to explore your options, where proselytizing of religious beliefs, attempts of conversion, preaching, promotion of religious beliefs, harassment, belittling comments, threats (both real and of God's wrath) are NOT permitted.
You will also fi
1The moon and the stars12 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
Are extremely lovely, but
You are much brighter
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
11:11:1111-11-1111:11:114 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
D: Come along, Ponds, it's starting!
R: What's starting?
A: Doctor, I'm not doing this. I look ridiculous.
D: Nonsense, Amy. I wear that stuff all the time and look how cool I always am!
R: Wait you put her in your clothes?
D: Don't be silly, Rory. I put her in some of my clothes. Clearly I'm wearing mine.
R: Actually the point I'm trying to make is how come she's the one in men's clothes but you made me dress as a giant flower?
D: Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realise you were such a bigot. Shall we ask Amy if she'd like to stay at home, cleaning ovens and knitting you nose-warmers?
A: If the money's good, I won't knock it.
D: Ugh, anyway, it's not a 'giant flower'. You're a powerful symbol of Earthly origin, especially important on this day in particular.
R: Yeah, thanks. I do know what Remembrance Day is. Somehow I don't think this is exactly appropriate. And another thing: why did you make us change in separate r