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 Scam4 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 Life3 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
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 Job4 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
EchoesBy some amazing cosmic chain of events, humans are priveleged with thoughtEchoes4 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
You're Selling Broken Souls?You sell already broken soulsYou're Selling Broken Souls?4 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
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 Vagina4 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 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: Analyzed4 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
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.4 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
An Experiment for the TheistIf you could prevent a senseless tragedy, would you?An Experiment for the Theist4 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 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
Black voidsA black void escapes my lips.Black voids3 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.
Light upon her skin.I want to beLight upon her skin.3 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 –
Inside YouSeek through the calm waterInside You5 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
a mirror who can never say a lie
Let it tell a story
beneath the shadow of those misery
Break the calmness with a simple touch
and look a glance in a second chance
for you are not standing alone
in that crystal reflection
Look at me inside you
LiveI wish I could turn back the time,Live5 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
moments when I can sit forever with you
Waiting for a train that never showed up
It was fine, I did not mind
as long as you were there for me
Your hand in mine,
my head on your shoulder
I could wait there forever
Years were felt like seconds,
bitter turned into sweet,
rain was just another bright day for us
But what can we say
if fate has spoken its will?
The train finally arrived
and this will be our last glance
Goodbye my dear
Let us leave with head straight up
full of dignity and the remaining of joy
that we shared in that station
This is not the end,
just another adventure to experience
A story called Live
I WishFelt just like yesterdayI Wish6 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
When I walked through that gate
Learned to be a human for the first time
Without any burden on my white pure heart
To think about for the next day
I could see it slowly
Yes, those dark clouds in front of me
I could hear the thunder
And the wind blew my hair
I knew they will come for me at the end
The clock started to move
That moment finally came to me
Hit me hard to the ground
I was scared and desperate for a door
"Someone help me!" I shouted to the sky
I hid behind a rock
From those horrible nightmares that haunted me
I closed my heart and waited on the dark
For many years on sadness inside me
I often wished to the sky
To take me back to that moment
Be a happy person on the frame
Not the sad person who looked it with tears on her eyes
I wish I could turn the time back
I couldn't ask for such a thing
But I could not give up yet
Gave up on those sweet memories of mine
I stepped out from the shadow
And welcomed to the bright scape
Felt the warm air on my face
Moon SonataI stood by myselfMoon Sonata5 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
leaned on the edge of the window
With the guitar and lonely cloud
who dreamt for his diamond of the night
Would this moment be over soon
let the wind blow it
the same as the previous nights
I ignored the star's smile
for I was not singing for her
These notes were still free
unbound by my thoughts and feelings
But the time was over
as your shadow hugged me tenderly
Closing the window behind my back
and took this soul out for a joy
My guitar will sing
for you my dearest
Rest, NowI.Rest, Now3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The mist of the mountains
Like the breath of a giant
Soft, as if sleeping
Cool this time of year
Settles in around me
Damp and grey
The air is murky
I begin to feel alone.
Darkness comes quickly
The sun is saying goodnight
Over the tops of the peaks
And leaving in a hurry
He is my friend, the sun
Stretching his arms out to warm me
But betraying me at last
Leaving me to the murky gloom.
It is midnight when I hear it
Quiet, at first
Almost like a secret
Then louder, forgetting stillness
Beautiful, like a hundred harps
And wretched, like a dying thing
The sweet melody shatters my soul
And I know it is for me.
The stars lighting my way
I see her there
Black hair, blacker than the night
Pale dress, paler than the moon
Blood stains on her hands
Her task, I see, is washing
Cleansing my garments of life.
Translucent, in the water
Like the ghost of an angel
Her voice sings of
Words never spoken
Love never shared
Ways never parted
Yellow WallI write on the wallYellow Wall3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
to convince myself
all things can fade.
But this is of pencil
and my sorrows are
written in sterner ink.
The Science of Usi. Geometry promisesThe Science of Us3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
eloquent lines, run from toes
to midsection, perplexing
angles in eyes and
and eyes, again.
And your mouth would be a sphere,
curved and perfect,
ii. and spinning on its axis.
Physics tells the truths
of the matter,
like behavior of bodies in motion
through space and how they want
to collide with one another
even bending time itself
to shorten the distance.
guided by the gravity
iii. of everything learned.
The Wisdom in IfsIf you think it is impossible,The Wisdom in Ifs6 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
then it will be impossible for you
If there is a will,
there is a way
If someone can take on a difficult task,
why can't you do the same?
If there is a way to be reasonable,
then there is no need to be unreasonable
If no one can do the same thing as the other,
then there is no need to be just like them
If you can think positively,
then there is no need to be prejudiced
If there is a chance,
why aren't you gambling a little with it?
If you are in a dead end,
will you just sit there and wait for what will happen next?
If you can look the path in front of you,
there is no need to look the steps behind us
If you can see the depth of the sky,
why do you only see the