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The good lord almighty

If a search engine guided you here and you are looking for something nice and religious then this isn’t it.  Stop reading now if you are ever so easily offended by my ridiculing your faith.  I don’t really respect it, I would never say you shouldn’t have a faith, none of my business.  Just like I don’t respect motorcyclists, don’t like them, but if they want to ride a bike it is nothing to do with me.  I like football as a pastime, some people would think it is barmy to follow a football side.  Anyway I think I have made my initial point, if you are still reading that it.

It dawned on me the other day that God (I’ll use the Abrahamic one here) really wants you to have nothing in life but him.  I was watching a You Tube video of some preachers laying into pokemon saying it was evil and the such.  He is only saying that because it pushes praying time to the lord out a bit so kids go to bed with less god.  If you’re playing pokemon your’re not praising the lord.  You look at any activity apart from manual labour, procreative sex, praying, eating, drinking, and sleeping then it is the Devil’s work.  In this life we are technically not allowed to do anything interesting, as harmless as it may be.

In a place of work many years ago there was this religious chap.  He was softly spoken and read his bible diligently every lunch time until one day he started handed out lists to certain people.  I didn’t get one but someone else told me it was a list of companies that were evil and did deals with the devil.  All your run of the mill everyday companies.  Crisp companies, detergent companies, and sweet companies, etc.  I remember asking about this one afternoon, he told me to mind my own business, so I had a big rant at him, like I normally did, and he went off to tell my supervisor.  That fell on death ears because neither of us liked him, but I was called ‘an angry young man’.  No, I just hate bullshiters.   He moved from a church in one town to another because there was a black cloud over the former, a metaphorical one that only he could see.  He did manage to piss off most people until he was made redundant, and then piss them off further by visiting everyone, bar me, to apologise for his actions.

His life revolved around religion and it was as frugal as you can imagine.  But to be a true religiosio you have to abandon everything that might be ‘fun’.  Eurgh, imagine doing something that didn’t involve praying to the lord, how repulsive.  The world is full of people who have this attitude.  Ones that don’t drink and in some countries opiate painkillers stronger then tramadol are banned.  Going to church is seen as the highlight of someone’s life.  They go to be shouted at and made fearful, to not like Fireman Sam this week, or whatever.  What a shit life, and what a shame for the poor children who get sucked into this.  Sucked in for a lifetime of praying and being godly.  I am so glad I didn’t have to suffer that.  Having religious parents must be pretty horrific.

So to make my point clear.  Anything that doesn’t involve god is evil.  Even having a shag, and enjoying it can be seen as sinful. Of people are going to live their lives like that then they shouldn’t expect anything at the end of it.  They will die and nothing.  Their body will rot and it constituent parts will decay into new life. All that time praying would have been in vain and their one shot at life and learning about it will be gone, forever, and ever.

 

Church of England to have greater control over more school

This article depressed me.  Why can’t religion just, well fuck off away from education?  And Michael Gove can too.  It seems like a grotesque oxymoron to allow this to happen to more schools.  Religion isn’t about progressing the human spirit but retarding it in dogma and chastity.  And by spirit I mean the endeavour to learn, not what we already know but what is yet within our grasp, or the perinormal as coined by Richard Dawkins.

Yet, my son goes to a church of england school, so this doesn’t sit easy with me.  But I went to the same school.  My mum went to a public school run by nuns, along with my uncle (and we’re all ardent atheists).  Maybe it is just a tag name but it is free advertising for a faith.  You don’t see schools run by banks, software companies, or search engines all though I expect a school run by Google would be quite an experience for the good I would imagine.

Maybe I can look at it in a different way.  These places churn out atheists.  When I went to primary school every part of the religious routine was excruciatingly boring.  The same hymns, the same nativity plays at Christmas, the same moral stories by the local vicar, it’s as if they are doing all they can to turn kids away from church.   They are the equivalent of a really boring circus coming to town.  I can’t remember any of my peers going to church on a Sunday, either.

Looking at it like that perhaps fills me with a little heart but I’m still not happy about it.  Religion is no different today from what it was five hundred years ago, minus the burning at the stake and torture.  Yet sixty years ago computers used to fill classrooms, now they fit in your pocket.  Science has progressed.  Religion has not.

Can’t Gove just say thanks for setting up schools all those decades ago but we’ll take it from here.  Just leave it to us.