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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.

 

Atheism

Atheism is the wedge that is being driven into a log of religious thinking.  The axe is falling harder with each passing day as we make progress to spread humanism.  What is controlling the axe?  Nothing, it has no metaphoric value, as I preferred to use the wedge as a collection of people who strive for atheism to get bigger.  But I would hate to see humanism become evangelistic, which it won’t, but will be accused of being so.  Atheists don’t gather to pray to anything each week, and a great term by Aaron Ra was atheists are like cats, and you cannot herd cats.

I personally think atheists won the argument years ago.  As we have become technologically advanced, religion has become more obsolete.  Yeah you see thousands strumming their banjo strings when they see some silly old man wave at them from St Peters in the Vatican.  Funny because they probably all have iphones using superior advancements to take photos of a glorified yak herder.

The World wouldn’t come to an end if organised religion did, and I don’t think atheist’s aim is to rid the World of religion entirely.  More so to coerce people with clear, clarified arguments, explaining science and showing them about how they think of things.  There will always be people who are so ardent the World in 10000 years old and will never be drawn away from it.  But there are people on the fringes who could be convinced after being show just a few good You Tube videos.  It could never work the other way.

Religion is slipping away, and it will pass slowly as pews stay empty and people cancel direct debit that gave the church access to their salary.  Atheism is much more interesting.  Really, really interesting.

 

Argument from ignorance.

I had a bust up with some religious people on facebook yesterday, in a depression group.  All I said was is it necessary for people to keep posting religious mantra all the time, not helping anyone.  I got a backlash of how I should respect other people’s feelings and belief.  So what, am I not allowed to have an opinion then?

Religios (people who can’t go five minutes without praising the lord) seem to think they should be immune from criticism and we should just put up with it.  But if I wanted immunity from believing the blue ghost in the kettle I would get laughed at, and rightly so.  They are predominantly right wingers, the Religios, when they are on the offensive, but as soon as you upset them they become all left wing and liberal.  They get all upset and feel victimised, well surely it is about time they did after the hell they have put humanity through over the last two millenniums.

Anyhow, I got told by one member that I was pissing too many people off.  Which quite knocked me back a bit.  I never singled anyone out, yet made valid points about the necessity of some members to constantly bring god into every post.  I wouldn’t go to a god page and start mentioning science all the time.  It is frustrating, but you just have to accept there will always be people like that.  I don’t mind an argument, but I prefer a debate, which that wasn’t, so I perhaps should rethink belonging to a group that is so soft so as to not upset any one.  I’m upset all the time, but that’s just me.

You see the Religios are arguing from ignorance.  They have no facts, no knowledge, and a head brimming with cognitive dissonance.  Everything from them contradicts itself.  If god is so loving and great then why has he given you a mental illness?  That’s not very nice of him.  Argument from ignorance you see, because scientists have a good idea what causes depression, so that is requires no supernatural being in any shape or form to intervene. The contradictions go on forever, but remember never to upset Religios, they have feelings too.

 

The Pope

I looked at the pictures of millions of Brazillians swarming over the beach when the Pope did a mass or some other bullshit with sadness.  It is 2013, and people gather like this to see some wrinkly old virgin in a stupid gown.  Yes that’s ad hominem but it gets to the point where it is used in utter frustration.  Then you get the people who say science is a religion.   No it’s not, because science works to understand human endeavour.  It doesn’t remain locked in the dark ages when starting a fire was difficult, it invented the match, then the lighter.  Science doesn’t rely on one book written thousands of years ago.

One day, maybe, the president of the the powerful country in the world will be welcoming a visitor from outer space.  This visitor will be friendly but extremely advanced, so much so that it leant to speak English fluently in mere minutes.  The two leaders will be walking through whatever city when the visitor spots a church.

‘What is the purpose of that building?’  He asks

‘That is a place of religion, where people go to pray.’  Replies the President.

‘Oh dear you don’t still have that do you?  We got rid of that nonsense many years ago!’  Says the visitor.

Of course an impossible scenario but the point I am making is if we want to advance religion needs to take a big back seat.  Science is so much more interesting, fascinating and there are thousands of books to read on the subject.  Religion has one.  Evolution may one day lead humanity out of the religious anchor.  Human will evolve into superior beings and find religion a pointless exercise which natural selection will eradicate.

It serves no purpose.

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.