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Friday 16 October 2015

"Dr. Carson, Your Leg Called Your Mouth...It Wants Its Foot Back"

In a recent interview, Ben Carson said: “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed...I'm telling you there is a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first."

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In his lame attempt to rollback his ignorant comments, Carson said: "Basically, what I said is that when tyranny occurs traditionally around the world, they try and disarm the people first. And that is exactly what happened in Germany...You know, mid- to late 30s they started a program to disarm the people and by mid- to late 40's, look what had happened."

The obvious, ridiculous implications are: 1) The US Government is trying to take people's guns away, and 2) The US will end up being like Nazi Germany if we let the government take our guns.

It's preposterous to anyone with a lick of common sense. The problem is, his supporters, the folks he's speaking to, are people who DON'T have much common sense, people who REALLY BELIEVE that a virgin gave birth, and that a snake talked, and that Noah really built an Ark and put two of every animal in the world on it, and that the world is going to end soon when Jesus comes back.

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It's hard for a sane, rational person to understand that mindset. But when you look at it from a psychological standpoint, understanding that delusion is defined as: "an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder," it all makes perfect sense.

Fortunately, those people are the minority, and Carson doesn't stand a chance of winning the White House. All he does is expose the degree of ignorance that's, not only out there in our country, but within himself.

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Friday 9 October 2015

Republican Anti-Intellectualism is Killing America

Republican anti-intellectualism is just another phrase for Fundamentalist Christianity. It all starts with believing in the Bible. Parents take the little, developing brain and nervous system of an infant, a work in progress, and mold it to believe in crap like Noah's Ark, and that they're born sinners who are inherently bad, and that the world is going to end soon. Ever heard that song Amazing Grace?

"Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see."

A wretch like me. And later it goes...

"The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, The sun forbear to shine; But God, who called me here below, Will be forever mine."

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow. They actually believe, worse than that, they HOPE the world will end soon.

Think about it, in a Bible believing family, the child is number 3. The Lord is number 1, and the spouse is number 2. In reality, "the Lord" is imaginary. Right? So a child in a family like that knows his or her parents love something completely obscure and mysterious and unknowable more than they love their own children. No wonder they're so disturbed.

And their rejection of science is also a big problem. Science can't support anything in the Bible, so they simply denounce science without even knowing what "science" is. Science is just a process, a way of thinking. It isn't "the answer." Through science you might get to an answer, but it's just a method of gaining information. NOTHING about the Bible is about gaining information. Just the opposite. The Bible says: "Here's your information. Believe it, or go to Hell," so kids are taught to reject science because it says that virgins can't give birth, and the Earth is more than 6,000 years old, and snakes don't talk. To these kids, the world is a big mystery, but God made it, so evolution is crap, and climate change isn't real, and people choose whether to be gay or not, and abortion is murder.

The scary thing is...that's how most Americans think. That's embarrassing. Sorry, rest of the world, some of us Americans know we've been overrun by a bunch of delusional wackos who talk to an invisible man in the sky, and ask him for things, and can't wait to meet him. Some of us know that's insane.

Did I just go over the top by saying Bible believers are delusional and insane?

Well? Are they?

Delusion: "an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder."

Insane: "in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill."

Both definitions perfectly describe every Bible believer I've ever met.

If you don't understand how Bible believing Republicans think, and why they do the ill-advised things they do, just think of them as insane for just one second, and then everything they do makes perfect sense.

Thursday 8 October 2015

An Open Letter to Republicans

Dear Republicans,

Your party obstructs progressive legislation that would help most Americans in favor of giving more money to billionaires.

Your party restricts healthcare for women. Your party restricts voting rights. Your party held back marriage equality all this time. Your party is blocking any kind of sensible gun legislation. Your party is wasting our time and our tax dollars with this crazy Benghazi committee that they ADMIT was intended to damage Hillary Clinton politically.

And not only that, your party devastated our economy. Your party put our country at war needlessly, costing us all tremendously. What else could we have done with all that money we spent on those wars? Made our schools better? Improved our roads and bridges? Helped our own citizens?

Your party sent American jobs overseas because the labor is cheaper. Your party is trying to get rid of Social Security and Medicare. Your party denies climate change and is putting off doing anything about it.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, please consider another party, because yours is making the United States worse off for my daughter when she grows up.

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Trying to Use Science to Support the Bible, Huh?

I saw this YouTube video where an Atheist 6th grader was asking a Pastor about Noah's Ark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yAeUW8RisA

The Pastor was condescending, then tried to use the science of tectonics to support his belief that the Noah story was true. I had heard this theory before, from Ken Ham in his famous debate with Bill Nye: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6kgvhG3AkI

Trying to use the science of tectonics to explain the Bible? Why, you condescending ignorant Bible believers. You're not allowed to use science or logic or reason or even common sense to support your archaic, unscientific, completely unsupported, and, more importantly, untrue beliefs.

Science can't support anything in the Bible because everything about science denounces everything about the Bible. Science is a process, a way of thinking. It isn't "the answer." Through science you might get to an answer, but it's a just method of gaining information, that's all it is.

NOTHING about the Bible is about gaining information. Just the opposite. The Bible says: "Here's your information. Believe it, or go to Hell." Sorry, that's NOT science.

I've read the Bible, that's why I'm an Atheist.

Kudos to that brave kid who had to endure idiotic answers from thoughtless, condescending, ignorant, stubborn, delusional, and, in my opinion, insane Bible believers. Look up the definitions of delusional and insane...better yet, I'll save you the trouble...

Delusion: "an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder."

Insane: "in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill."

Both definitions perfectly describe every Bible believer I've ever met.

Thursday 1 October 2015

Benghazigate

Lame Duck Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), is caught admitting what we already knew, that the Benghazi Committee was not intended to find the truth, but to hurt Hillary's election campaign.

Shame on Republicans for using this tragedy for political gain. "The longest Congressional investigation in history." Par for the course for the "Stupid Party."

Here's the story on All In with Chris Hayes: http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/oops--the-truth-of-benghazi-committee-exposed-535655491717?cid=eml_mda_20151001

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Vote for Reality

The problem is that people who believe in the Bible vote, and they vote for candidates who think like THEY do, Creationists who believe in Noah's Ark, and have conversations with an imaginary man in the sky.

Isn't that the definition of delusion: "an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder," or even insanity: "in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill,"?

If that's the case, half of America is seriously mentally ill, and, apparently, they're WAY more organized and motivated to vote than Atheists. Nothing's gonna change until Atheists get out and vote for people who think like THEY do, people who respect Science and live in reality.

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Where Are the Smart Voters?

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Monday 28 September 2015

7 Things You Must Agree On In Order To "Believe In The Bible"

A lot of people say they believe in the Bible, but not very many people actually do. Are you a true Bible believer, or do you just say you are?

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Here's a simple test, "7 Things You Must Agree On In Order To 'Believe In The Bible.'" No ifs, ands, or buts - you either simply believe these 7 things, or you don't. You don't have to do any work to take this test, all you have to do is answer truthfully what you honestly believe right now.

Either way, it's okay! The truth can't hurt you, but not knowing the truth about yourself probably can. Do you really believe in the Bible, or do you just say you do? You might find out the truth about yourself today. Are you ready to face it?

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But please proceed with caution. If you're not really ready to learn the truth about yourself, or anything else, please don't continue. You can always come back and take this test another time, there's no time limit.

Remember, if you disagree with ANY of these things, you do NOT believe in the Bible, and you should not be saying that you do. You might just believe in only certain parts of the Bible, or something else entirely, and that's okay! Practically everyone on Earth believes in certain parts of the Bible.

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Remember, the truth can't hurt you, but not knowing the truth about yourself probably can. Are you ready to learn the truth about yourself?

Then let's begin...

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1. You must agree that you were born a sinner. Sin is bad, and you were born with that bad sin already inside you because Eve ate an apple from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Now, every human that's born has inherited Adam and Eve's original sin and guilt, which can only be removed from inside you by believing that Jesus is God, and that God loved the world so much that he sent his only son here to die so that those sins could be removed.

2. In order to honestly say you believe in the Bible, you must understand that the Earth is about 6,000 years old. Adam and Eve were the first humans, and you can trace their lineage, umbilical cord to umbilical cord, all the way to Jesus, who was born about 2,050 years ago.

3. In order to be a true Bible believer, you must honestly believe that Noah built an Ark, and it took him 120 years to do it. He was 480 years old when God told him to build it, and 600 years old when the flood came. Two of every animal on the planet went aboard the Ark for a year, and that includes 1,000,000 species of insects. No one really knows how Noah did this, but in order to say you believe in the Bible, you must believe that these events really occurred.

Again, if you don't really believe that you were born a sinner, or that the Earth is 6,000 years old, or that Noah really built the Ark, it's okay! Knowing yourself, and knowing the truth about yourself, the truth about how you really, honestly feel about things, is a good thing! It's okay to only believe in certain parts of the Bible, that's how most people on Earth feel. But you really can't say you "Believe in the Bible" if you don't really believe in ALL of the Bible. If that's the case, you only believe in certain parts of the Bible, and that's just fine!

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Let's continue...

4. In order to honestly say you believe in the Bible, you must think that a virgin once gave birth. A woman, who had never had sex, had a son, and this proves that the child was God.

5. In order to be a true Bible believer, you must accept the fact that Jesus died for your sins, You, personally, YOUR sins, and then he came back to life. Jesus was mercilessly crucified because you were born a sinner, and that was the only way that you could be forgiven for your sins, and be able to go to Heaven when you die. Then Jesus came back to life and ascended to Heaven.

6. In order to honestly say "I believe in the Bible" you have to know who created the universe. God created the universe in six days, about 6,000 years ago.

And finally...

7. If you really believe in the Bible, then you know how the world will end. Jesus will return, and a fierce battle will ensue between Good and Evil. Jesus and the forces of Good will win, and a new, glorious Heaven will replace the old Earth. There will be no more suffering or death. God will come to dwell with humanity in the New Jerusalem, and the curse of sin will end.

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There! That was easy, wasn't it? It's easy to be honest with yourself and express how you truly feel inside. How'd you do? Did you agree with everything or just some of the things? If you agreed with everything, then you can proudly call yourself a Bible Believer, and be truthful about it.

If you disagreed with anything, you truthfully do not believe in the Bible, and that's not a bad thing. Maybe you just believe in certain parts of the Bible, which is perfectly fine! Again, pretty much everyone on Earth only believes in certain parts of the Bible.

Whatever your results are, hopefully, you now know the truth about yourself, and, remember, the truth can't hurt you...ever, but not knowing the truth about yourself probably can.

Hopefully, this little exercise has helped you learn the truth about yourself.

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Thursday 24 September 2015

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Dinosaurs in the Bible

Thinking the Earth is 6,000 years old is like thinking the distance between Los Angeles and New York is 20 feet, that's how big the degree of error is.

I can't imagine what the world must look like to people who have conversations with an imaginary man in the sky, or who really believe that a guy named Noah built a big boat and put two of every animal in the world on it, or that a snake actually talked, or that a virgin gave birth, or that one day soon a bunch of people are going to just disappear when Jesus comes back.

How can you blame people who think that way for getting it wrong in so many other areas (abortion, gun control, immigration, voting rights, climate change, education, economics, REALITY)? Some kindly call them "ignorant," but that just means "lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated," and is only a comment on the amount of information contained in one's brain.

I hesitate to call them "stupid," that's a mean word, but it's defined as "lacking intelligence or common sense," which is kind of what's going on.

Probably better to just call them retarded, which is defined as "less advanced in mental, physical, or social development than is usual for one's age" (Oxford Dictionary), and is a comment on their brain development, capacity, and/or evolution.

And if you don't like using "retarded," just call them "Bible Believing Republicans," then ask yourself: "Do I want ignorant, or stupid, or even retarded people making laws for MY children," because that's exactly what's happening.

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Friday 18 September 2015

Ted Cruz

Is it just me, or can other people tell just by looking at him that Ted Cruz is insincere?

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Maybe I have a special gift, a sixth sense maybe, that allows me to see something in someone's eyes that other people can't see.

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It's so obvious to me, the guy's a complete fraud. I don't understand why other people don't see it, too.

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Oh, sure, people say the same thing about Barack Obama, but those people think he's a Muslim, and believe in talking snakes, and Noah's Ark, and think the Earth is 6,000 years old, so they've already proved themselves to have very poor judgement.

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They say "Don't judge people," but I think it's okay to judge people. I mean, we ALL do it. I don't believe in God, so I'm going to Hell, right? You can't get more judgmental than that.

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PPP (Planned-Parenthood Pandering)

It's so obvious to me what's going on with this whole Planned Parenthood debate...

The billionaires who control the Republican party don't believe in the Bible, and they want the politicians they buy to make laws that favor them, but they know that the majority of Americans are Bible believers who oppose abortion because they mistakenly think it goes against God's wishes, and they've learned that in order to get their pawns elected they have to win the Christian vote.

This whole attack on Planned Parenthood is just another way of pandering to the emotions of that ignorant (Bible believing) base so they'll be tricked into voting for their champions who will protect fetuses, and, at the same time, pass laws that favor the Atheistic billionaires who fund their campaigns.

What else would you expect from candidates who's supporters believe in Noah's Ark? Don't blame the candidates, blame the "low information voters" who have empowered them. People support candidates who think like they do...nincompoops like Bush, Trump, Carson, Santorum, Walker, Rubio, Huckabee... What a bunch of ignorant men.

And I didn't even mention Ted Cruz!

Tuesday 1 September 2015

The Donald

I love The Donald. He's a kook, but he's damn entertaining. He's just saying what 30% of Republicans are thinking. The problem is the ignorant electorate who think he'd make a good president. This recent PPP poll shows how out of touch Republican voters are...

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In case you don't know, or don't care, Ted Cruz was born in Calgary (Alberta, Canada), and Barack Obama was born in Honolulu (Hawaii, U.S.).

The hard truth is the most ignorant Americans are the ones who agree with what Trump is saying (sorry if you're reading this and agree with Trump's immigration policy, or think Obama isn't really our president because he wasn't born in the US, or think that John McCain isn't a war hero and is a loser because he got captured...I guess I'm calling you stupid, and I don't blame you for getting mad at me and thinking I'm a pompous ass who thinks he's better than everyone else...kinda like how Trump thinks of HIMself). He's appealing to the dumbest of the dumb, the worst examples of what it is to be an American.

Trump's a fluke, there's never been anything like this before in politics (if you can call it politics), and nothing like this will ever happen again because when this is all over, he will have dragged the Republican party down by exposing just what a bunch of idiots you guys are. My DREAM is that he wins the nomination, or, better yet, forces the gutless Republican party to stand up to him, then exercises his "leverage," as he calls it, and runs as a third party candidate. "Be nice to me or I'll hand the election to Hillary." It's extraordinary how much power he has over the Republican party (at this point, anyway).

What is Trump going to say when he loses, he'll never admit to losing anything. He's a case for the psychologists, an egomaniac, a racist, a sexist... I DO, however, agree with some of his tax and trade policies (charge a tariff on foreign goods coming into the US like we did for 200 years before Reaganomics destroyed our economy, and tax businesses who ship jobs overseas, making them manufacture their products here like we did for 200 years before Reaganomics decimated our workforce).

Bottom line, Conservatives have, more or less, been on the wrong side of history since...forever...and this is just another example of how out of touch with they guys are (especially those of you who believe a guy named Noah really built a big boat and put two of every animal on the planet aboard it).

Sorry. I know I'm being a little harsh, but I'm just calling it like I see it, kinda like The Donald does. But I'm not half as harsh as a guy who tells the world that Obama's not an American, or makes sexist comments about Rosie O'Donnell on national television, or insults war heroes, or says that Mexican immigrants are rapists...the only people who can get away with that are Republicans.

Saturday 18 July 2015

An Open Letter to All Bible Believers in America

Dear Bible Believers,

The Republican party has been using you.

Karl Rove used Bible believers to get George W. Bush elected president in 2004 by putting anti-gay marriage initiatives on the ballot in 11 states, including 4 battleground states, and look what happened, two needless wars (started with deceit about WMDs) and a tanked economy. Trillions of dollars spent that should've gone to Americans, our schools, our families, our infrastructure, our children...

Some Republican policies reflect Christian values (pro-life, anti-marriage equality, anti-immigration), but fighting for those values hasn't gotten you anywhere. Roe v. Wade will never be overturned. Marriage equality is now the law of the land. Relaxed anti-immigration laws are coming soon. What else is there to fight for? I bet you're gonna see them come out now and say "They're trying to destroy religion!! They want to end Christianity!!"...

Republicans led our country to the brink of collapse, and then shut down our government! What have the Democrats done? Made sure your grandmother always had her social security check (that Republicans are trying to take away). Made sure your neighbor, who lost his job, received his unemployment insurance benefits (that Republicans are trying to take away). Made sure you, your wife, and your children all have access to affordable health care (that Republicans are trying to take away).

You can call yourself a Conservative, a Liberal, or a Moderate, but when it comes time to vote, you have to pick a side. I just pray you pick the side that's going to get you into Heaven.

Friday 17 July 2015

C'mon, Man

When I told a friend of mine, who's Christian, that Jesus would've been a Democrat, he said: "Jesus wouldn't be Democrat or Republican...or Libertarian. He has been and always will be an Independent." There was a smile emoticon after that statement. I told him...

Everyone knows Independents caucus with the Democrats. And you know as well as I do that Jesus is a Liberal Democrat (Remember what Lawrence O'Donnell pointed out: Liberals got women the right to vote, and African-Americans the right to vote, created Social Security, ended segregation, passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, created Medicare, passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, legalized marriage equality. What did Conservatives do? They opposed every one of those things).

How can anyone who earns less than $100,000,000/yr be on the side of the Conservatives? They bust unions, raise taxes on the poor, lower taxes for the wealthy, ship jobs overseas, keep people from getting free healthcare... I hesitate to throw the word "evil" around, but just look at their policies. I don't know what else to call it, other than "bad for America." Just look what 30 years of Reaganomics did to our economy...tanked it. Look what Citizens United has done to our political system...turned it into an oligarchy. Look what plunging us into two needless wars has done...caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and nearly bankrupted our country. And Republicans want to go back to doing more of that now!!

Seriously. What's the attraction? Is it all about trying to overturn Roe v. Wade? Is the result you're getting really worth trying to please your imaginary deity? C'mon, man. We can do better than this.

TERRIBLE Decision-Making

This is just my opinion, but I believe that people who believe in the Bible are delusional, if not flat out insane, especially the ones who talk to imaginary beings that give them instructions, or believe in talking snakes, or virgin births, or boats with two of every animal on Earth aboard, or that the son of God is going to come back one day soon and all his believers will just disappear. That's nothing short of sheer lunacy! Mental illness? I'm not sure. Yeah, it's probably some sort of mental illness. At the very least it's terrible decision-making. And to indoctrinate a child into a cult of human sacrifice...that's child abuse, plain and simple. No doubt about that at all.

How Could Anyone be Both Christian & Republican?

How could anyone be both Christian and Republican? Jesus sure as Hell wouldn't have been a Republican, because he said feed the poor, heal the sick, and love your neighbor, remember? In case you're not paying attention, Republican policies fight viciously against feeding the poor ("those lazy bastards"), healing the sick ("screw Medicaid"), and loving our neighbors ("send all those disease-ridden criminals back").

If you haven't figured it out by now, Jesus was obviously a Socialist. And whether you're evolved enough to admit it or not, so are you (if you've ever used roads, or schools, or are okay with someone you love getting a Social Security check).

See? You're a Socialist, too. Just like Jesus. So don't feel so bad. It's actually a good thing. Maybe you'll realize it one day. I don't know, maybe you won't.

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Tuesday 14 July 2015

From Sam Harris, in the debate vs. William Lane Craig "Is the Foundation of Morality Natural or Supernatural?"

‎Ask yourselves, what is wrong with spending eternity in Hell? I’m told it’s rather hot there, for one. You are not offering an alternative view of morality. The whole point of Christianity, or so it is imagined, is to safeguard the eternal well-being of human souls. Now, happily, there’s absolutely no evidence that the Christian Hell exists. I think we should look at the consequences of believing in this framework, this theistic framework, in this world, and what these moral underpinnings actually would be.

Nine-million children die every year before they reach the age of five. Picture an Asian tsunami of the sort we saw in 2004, that killed a quarter of a million people. One of those, every ten days, killing children only under five. That's 24,000 children a day, a thousand an hour, 17 or so a minute. That means before I can get to the end of this sentence, some few children, very likely, will 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 you, this is all part of God’s plan. Any God who would allow children by the millions to 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 to. He is therefore either impotent or evil.

And worse than that, in your view, many of these people will be going to Hell because they’re praying to the wrong God. Just think about that. Through no fault of their own, they were born into the wrong culture, where they got the wrong theology, and they missed the revelation. There are 1.2-billion people in India at this moment. Most of them are Hindus, most of them therefore are polytheists. In your universe, 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. Now, is there the slightest evidence for this? No. It just says so in Mark 9, and Matthew 13, and Revelation 14. Perhaps you’ll remember from The Lord of the Rings, it says when the elves die, they go to Valanor, but they can be reborn in Middle Earth. I say that just as a point of comparison.

So God created the cultural isolation of the Hindus. He engineered the circumstances of their deaths in ignorance of revelation, and then he created the penalty for this ignorance, which is an eternity of conscious torment in fire. On the other hand, on your account, your run-of-the-mill serial killer in America, who spent his life raping and torturing children, need only come to God, come to Jesus, on Death Row, and after a final meal, he’s going to spend an 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.

And please notice the double-standard that people like you use to exonerate God from all this evil. We’re told that God is loving, and kind, and just, and intrinsically good; but when someone like myself points out the rather obvious and compelling evidence that God is cruel and unjust, because he visits suffering on innocent people, of a scope and scale that would embarrass the most ambitious psychopath, we’re told that God is mysterious. “Who can understand God’s will?” This “merely human” understanding of God’s will, is precisely what believers use to establish his goodness in the first place. Something good happens to a Christian, he feels some bliss while praying, or he sees some positive change in his life, and we’re told that God is good. But when children by the tens of thousands are torn from their parents’ arms and drowned, we’re told that God is mysterious. This is how you play tennis without the net.

And I want to suggest to you, that it is not only tiresome when otherwise-intelligent people speak this way, it is morally reprehensible. This kind of faith is really the perfection of narcissism. “God loves me, dontcha know. He cured me of my eczema. He makes me feel so good while singing in church, and just when we had given up hope, we found a banker who was willing to reduce my mother’s mortgage.”

Given all that this God of yours does not accomplish in the lives of others, given the misery that’s being imposed on some helpless child at this instant, 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 other human beings. And if God is good and loving and just and kind, and he wanted 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. Now, of course, there is a way of not taking these questions to heart. According to your 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.

This moral attitude is completely delusional. There’s no reason to believe that we live in a universe ruled by an invisible monster Yahweh. And this is a total detachment from the well-being of human beings. This so easily rationalizes the slaughter of children. Just think about the Muslims at this moment who are blowing themselves up, convinced that they are agents of God’s will. There is absolutely nothing that you can say against their behavior in moral terms, apart from your own faith-based claim that they’re praying to the wrong God. If they had the right God, what they were doing would be good, on Divine Command theory.

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 gonna turn them into the body of Elvis Presley, you have lost your mind. But if you think more or less the same thing about a cracker and the body of Jesus, you’re just a Catholic.

And I’m not the first person to notice that it’s a very strange sort of loving God who would make salvation depend on believing in him on bad evidence. If you lived 2,000 years ago, there was evidence galore, he was just performing miracles. And so now, we all inherit this very heavy burden of the doctrine’s implausibility. And the effort to square it with what we now know about the cosmos and what we know about the all-too-human origins of Scripture becomes more and more difficult. And it’s not just the generic God that you're recommending; it is God the Father, and Jesus the Son.

Well, I hate to break it to you, but Christianity is a cult of human 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. “God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” John 3:16. The idea is that Jesus suffered the crucifixion so that none need suffer Hell...except those billions in India, and billions like them throughout history. This doctrine is astride a contemptible history of scientific ignorance and religious barbarism. We come from people who used to bury children under the foundations of new buildings as offerings to their imaginary gods. There, in vast numbers of societies, people would bury children in postholes, people like ourselves, thinking that this would prevent an invisible being from knocking down their buildings. These are the sorts of people who wrote the Bible. If there is a less moral framework than the one you are proposing, I haven’t heard of it.

- Sam Harris, in the debate vs. William Lane Craig "Is the Foundation of Morality Natural or Supernatural?"

No Hate Here

It's not hate coming out of me. It might feel that way to you, or it might feel like you're under attack, but it's not hate coming out of me. It's truth. I'm sorry if the truth smacks of hate to you. No hate. Not hateful at all. Just truthful. I'm sure you can't understand. You're brain won't allow you to. It's all very fascinating to me. To say you're delusional is not hate-speak. It's the truth. God watches over you, right? Do you have a guardian angel? Does God talk to you? Do you hear him in your mind? Do you talk to him? I'm sorry to be the one to break it to you, but that's the definition of delusion. No hate here. Just facts, honesty, reality, and truth. If it hurts you it isn't because I'm hating and putting my hate into you, if it feels like hate and is painful to you it's because...the...truth...hurts.

Thanks for your understanding and your love. But will you really feel sorry for me when I'm burning in agony for all eternity, crying in pain and torture as I bake in Hell? Because, in your mind, unless I have a pretty dramatic turnaround, that's where I'm going. Right? ALL non-believers will go to Hell, right, even the billion Hindus who never got the chance to be saved. And you call THAT "love?"

You're stubborn, and ignorant, and crazy. I can say that because it's true. You could say that about me, that I'm stubborn and ignorant and crazy, but I'd just disagree with you, and ask to see your proof. I've got my proof. It's every time you pray for something you want. It's every conversation you have with an imaginary being who gives you instructions. It's your belief in things like virgin births, or boats with two of every animal in the world aboard, or resurrections, or miracles, or angels, or raptures when the son of God comes back to Earth and all his believers just disappear...

It's actually very disappointing to me that people still believe in that ridiculous stuff.

"Delusion" and "Insane"

"Christianity: The belief that a cosmic Jewish zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree." - Richard Carrier from "Are Christians Delusional?"

"Isn't it better to embrace reality, bleak as it sometimes may be, than to avoid it and live a lie?" - Richard Dawkins from "The Genius of Charles Darwin"

Virgin births, miracles, death and resurrection, all happened centuries before Jesus. Read up on Horus (2,500 BC), Buddha (6th century BC), Krishna (4th century BC), Mithra (1st century BC), all virgin births. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, miracles, miracles, miracles, miracles. Study Ancient Egyptian and Greek religion. Osiris (25th Century BC) was killed by his brother and resurrected by Isis. "Asclepius (8th century BC) was killed by Zeus only to be resurrected and transformed into a major deity. Achilles, after being killed, was snatched from his funeral pyre by his divine mother Thetis and resurrected, brought to an immortal existence."-Wikipedia

delusion |diˈloō zh ən| noun an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder : the delusion of being watched.

insane |inˈsān| adjective in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill • (of an action or quality) characterized or caused by madness: • in a state of extreme annoyance or distraction: • (of an action or policy) extremely foolish; irrational or illogical: ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from Latin insanus, from in- ‘not’ + sanus ‘healthy.’

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