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Religious People
Fundamentalists
Have a Blessed Day
The Trouble With Tradition
Religion: Humanity's Most Common
  Developmental Disorder


War on Religion
Who Needs The Devil?
Why Religion Is Destructive
Why Religion Makes No Sense
There is Evil in the world;
  its name is Religion

PIBCOM
Questions for the Clergy
Stronger Words for Religious Fools

Abortion
Anti-Choice for Men

Charities

The "Sanctity" of Marriage
Same-Sex Marriage
Gays

Muslim Americans
"Secret Muslims"
Muslim Shmuslim

Rising Above Human Nature
Treating Your Brain Damage
After Religion - What?
PBS God in America

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THE TORAH/BIBLE/QURAN SAY:

SLAVERY IS GOOD!

BEING GAY IS BAD!

AND

SNAKES TALK!

PIBCOMs

Primitive Ignorant Backwards Crazy Old Men

wrote the Torah, Bible, and Quran

(and other "holy" scribblings)

trying desperately to imbue "divinity" into their personal interests, scams, prejudices, and delusions.

RELIGION IS HUMANITY'S

MOST COMMON

DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER!

Incessant

mind-numbing

ritual chants, prayers, and songs are how believers are made

and kept in line.

IF YOU THINK
WE NEED YOU
TO "SAVE" US,
PISS OFF!

RELIGION CAUSES

BRAIN DAMAGE!

RELIGION

IS WHAT WE USED TO THINK BEFORE WE UNDERSTOOD MENTAL ILLNESS.

RELIGION IS

UNILATERAL DISARMAMENT

IN THE

BATTLE AGAINST

BULLSHIT!

THERE IS NO

"DIVINE REWARD"

FOR ACTS OF VIOLENCE!

 

THERE IS NO "DIVINE AUTHORITY".

ALL WE HAVE IS EACH OTHER

AND DOING THE RIGHT THING.

ANYONE CAN BE

GOOD

WITHOUT GOD!

NO MATTER HOW STRONG

YOUR EMOTIONAL CONVICTION,

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS

EMOTIONAL CERTAINTY!

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A. CHARLATAN

B. FOOL

C. MENTAL COWARD

D. ALL OF THE ABOVE

 

The key issue with beliefs arises when one seeks to impose them on others.

The second is how they may close our minds to true wisdom.

The Difference between logic and reason:

Out of all the hundreds of religions and thousands of sects who think they have

some idea or other factor that makes them better than all the others,

logically only one can be right, and reasonably they are all wrong.

IT IS UNREASONABLE TO THINK THAT THE CULTURE YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE BEEN BORN INTO IS BY DEFAULT SOMEHOW SUPERIOR TO OTHER CULTURES.

THE FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

OF EVERY THINKING BEING IS TO

THINK FOR ONESELF!

NEVER ASK FOR ANSWERS.

ASK FOR IDEAS AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ANSWERS!

IF YOU THINK YOUR OPINION ABOUT A BELIEF IS INFALLIBLE, THAT IS THE SAME AS SAYING YOU ARE INFALLIBLE.

YOU'RE NOT!

IF YOU ARE NOT OK WITH OTHERS MAKING THE MENTAL TRANSLATION OF GOD, JESUS, HEAVEN, ETC. TO ABSTRACT REPRESENTATIONS OF THE GREATER GOOD

THEN YOU ARE THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION.

IF YOU CANNOT ACCEPT THE IDEA THAT ANY OF YOUR MOST DEEPLY HELD BELIEFS COULD BE WRONG, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER IN ANY INTELLIGENT DISCUSSION!

 

PUTTING FAITH AHEAD OF REASON

IS, BY DEFINITION,

UNREASONABLE.

BY DEFINITION!

RELIGION

IS THE ABANDONMENT

OF ONE'S INTELLECTUAL POTENTIAL

IN FAVOR OF THE FALSE COMFORT

OF DELUSIONS.

COWERING FROM THE HARD WORK AND BRAVERY

REQUIRED FOR RATIONAL THINKING

IN FAVOR OF THE FALSE COMFORT OF DELUSIONS

IS A WEAK, CRIMINAL ABANDONMENT OF

YOUR HUMAN POTENTIAL

The Truth about the Bible

ANYONE WHO TRIES TO DO THE RIGHT THING ALREADY HAS ALL THE RELIGION THEY NEED!

 

GOVERNMENT HAS NO BUSINESS DECIDING WHO "QUALIFIES" FOR "RELIGIOUS" EXEMPTIONS.

NO EXEMPTIONS!

NO MENTION OF RELIGION IN ANY LEGISLATION, LAW, REGULATION, OR ORDINANCE!

LEGISLATION BASED ON HOW YOU THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BEHAVE INSTEAD OF HOW YOU DAMNED WELL KNOW THEY WILL

IS A CRIME!

NO TOLERANCE FOR LEGISLATION THAT IGNORES THE REALITIES OF SCIENCE AND HUMAN NATURE!

PREACHING THAT

FAMILY PLANNING IS A SIN

TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED FROM OVER-POPULATION FOR GENERATIONS

IS A CRIME!

 

EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW FOR EVERYONE!

 

NOTHING INSIDE A WOMAN'S BODY

IS ANYONE'S BUSINESS BUT HER OWN!

A woman confers personhood on her fertilized egg

when she says to herself

"this is my child".

No one else has any say.

YOU ARE REALLY TALKING ABOUT ENSOULMENT

WHICH IS A RELIGIOUS CONCEPT AND NO BUSINESS OF THE GOVERNMENT!

 

THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS

LIFE

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF LIFE

ENHANCING THE EXPERIENCE OF LIFE FOR EVERYONE

SOMETHING CAUSED THE UNIVERSE TO COME INTO EXISTENCE, BUT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF
A CARING GOD.

IN FACT, JUST THE OPPOSITE.

SANITY REQUIRES INDULGENCE IN THE COMFORT OF THE IDEA THAT THERE IS SOMETHING ETERNAL ABOUT THE ONES YOU LOVE, BUT COUNTING ON IT IS HOW THE PARASITES GET YOU TO SEND YOUR CHILDREN OFF TO WAR TO KILL AND BE KILLED BY OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN.

 

IMPOSITION OF RELIGION MUST BE RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE AS AN IMMORAL ACT.



Religion is defined for the purposes herein as unquestioning belief in a set of ideas regarding the supernatural.


Religious People

Most people, especially religious people, are good people who try to do the right thing and have an appreciation for the greater good. Many religious people are highly intelligent, hard-working, salt-of-the-earth types, great role models. Quite a few have accomplished extraordinary things benefitting a great number of people. They are fascinating to talk to about practically any subject.

Unfortunately, from this lofty level of enlightenment, religion only takes people downhill. For instance, the Pope is probably a good, intelligent person. He proclaimed that "the West relies too much on religion and not enough on faith". This is a demonstration of the power of religion: it turns good, intelligent people into blithering idiots. Putting faith ahead of reason is, by definition, unreasonable. By definition.

But, when the discussion turns to religion, it's as if a cloud descends, open minds close, baseless convictions become unquestionable, and reason itself loses its ability to convince. Any idea, no matter how rational, that could possibly threaten the comfort and ego-building provided by religion becomes offensive. Friendships can be nipped in the bud or take a turn from which there is no return.

Personally, I believe that anyone who tries to do the right thing already has all the religion they need.

If you can, ...

 

Imagine No Religion

Without religion, we are on our own,

living on a speck of dust in a vast, cold, dark, lifeless corner of the universe,

cut off from any other life by sheer distance, time, and lack of technology.

We need not fear the fact that we are on our own.

Inspiration flows from the knowledge that all we have is each other, and our natural sense of a greater good.

Our sense of fulfillment comes from working to create a better life for all around us and all who will come after.

We have an entire universe to fill with life, and wondrous opportunities to enhance the experience of life for all life.

We can break the cycles of tradition that prevent us from coming together and making a better life for all.


The Trouble With Tradition

Tradition is a two-edged sword: On one hand, tradition maintains non-intuitive wisdom that often has been gained at tremendous cost. On the other hand, tradition is the primary tool abused by the powerful to stay in power, regardless of whether they have the necessary character or wisdom to act in the best interests of their people.

Social traditions survive based on how well they contribute to sociopolitical stability and the perpetuation of ancestral gene pools. Social traditions have little or no relation to truth or enlightenment, and by definition create division among the world's population by the very process of creating cohesion within a small group.

In societies where religious leaders are presumed to be persons of character and wisdom, the natural resistance of the religious hierarchy to change leads to stagnation of human progress, and oppression of those with the intelligence and will to rise above the most insipid tenets of the religion and other traditions into which they happened to have been born.

Every individual must be allowed to independently develop their own beliefs, and be held responsible for their own behavior. Political and social institutions which deny freedom of non-violent behavior must be eliminated.

Existing political and social structures are now sustained by the need to compete for physical resources. Once humanity has finally risen above the muck of our traditions, we will embrace science as our true calling and eventually develop the technology to transmute matter, making such structures and traditions completely anachronistic.


War on Religion

Most people, especially religious people, are good people who try to do the right thing and have an appreciation for the greater good. Most are hard-working, salt-of-the-earth types, great role models. Quite a few have accomplished extraordinary things benefitting a great number of people and are fascinating to talk to about practically any subject.

But, when the discussion turns to religion, it's as if a cloud descends, open minds close, baseless convictions become unquestionable, and reason itself loses its ability to convince. Any idea, no matter how rational, that could possibly threaten the comfort and ego-building provided by religion becomes offensive. Friendships can be nipped in the bud or take a turn from which there is no return.

My grandfather was an ordained minister, and my uncle was a chaplain. Somehow both my parents became independent and critical thinkers.

Personally, I believe that anyone who tries to do the right thing already has all the religion they need.

When people allow themselves the power of critical thinking, cultural traditions such as religion are seen to be comprised of centuries of tiny sprinklings of wisdom into a sea of ignorance and social politics intent on maintaining the privileges of those in power. The hypocrisy and hysterical defensiveness of "believers" demonstrate that their beliefs are baseless, and that they are addicted to false comfort.

Separation of church and state is not a war against religion. Religion is a war on reason. Putting faith ahead of reason is, by definition, unreasonable. By definition.

The idea that the Constitution provides exemption from the law to religious organizations is a fallacy that has been used as an excuse to provide favoritism in exchange for votes. The Constitution prohibits the government from establishing a state religion. This is a protection for the people against religious domination. The reference to religious freedom does not provide religious organizations with any exemption from the law. A "religion" may "require" anything from human sacrifice to ritual brainwashing chants, but nothing is exempt from the law. Legislation and ordinances that misapply this provision to provide exemptions and favoritism need to be repealed. Separation of church and state requires that there be no mention of religion in any legislation or ordinance. No "faith-based initiatives". No exemptions from taxes, ADA requirements, or any other laws of the land. The government has no business deciding which people and which organizations "qualify" for a "religious" exemption. Responsibility to abide by all laws applies to all employers, property owners, and employees without distinction as to their ostensible religious affiliations.

Any religion that cannot convince its adherents to forgo benefits legally available to them is weak at best, nearly as weak as those that cannot perpetuate themselves without the use of fear and force. Religion and cultural traditions are things to rise above, not wallow in and cower behind.

The fastest growing "religion" in America is "no religion". There is no reason we should be supporting religious wars on human rights by providing churches, synagogues, and mosques with free tax-based national services or local services such as fire and police protection.

Religious charities should be held to higher standards.

Extorting acquiescence to fringe dogma as a condition of employment should not be defensible under the law.

"God" is a pretend parent substitute for people who are supposed to be grownups. Anyone can be "good without God".

No one has ever been "divinely inspired". No person or book speaks with divine authority. There is no divine authority.

All we have is each other, the beauty of the greater good, and the natural calling to do the right thing.

Good men through the ages, tryin' to find the sun.

And I wonder, still I wonder, Who'll stop the rain?


Who Needs the Devil?

If I were evil incarnate, I would thoroughly enjoy the status quo, where nearly every person on earth is programmed by their parents to believe that the religion that they happened to have been born into is in someway more enlightened than other religions, and that even their particular sect of their religion is in someway more enlightened than other sects. The result is that nearly everyone on earth thinks that nearly everyone else is practicing the wrong religion, and that everyone else is doomed to never enjoy the eternal reward that they expect for themselves.

I believe it was Peter Drucker who suggested that after thoroughly analyzing a hypothesis, it is prudent to then apply the "dumb test"; that is, does the conclusion standing alone make sense? The idea that nearly everyone else is practicing the wrong religion does not pass the dumb test, but it remains the main reason for people to kill each other in large numbers.

If I were evil incarnate, I would seek out the poor societies plagued with the starvation, disease, and hopelessness caused by overpopulation, and teach them that family planning is a sin. Who needs the Devil when you have Zealots?

If I were evil incarnate, I would seek out societies whose children have been failed by their parents, friends, schools, communities, and churches; children who have been lead to perceive the future as being without hope, and who turn to drugs for solace. I would sentence these children to death from AIDS by fostering legislation that outlaws clean needle exchanges for addicts, on the pretense that anyone so "immoral" as to fall into the trap of drug use, deserves whatever happens to them. Who needs the Devil when you have Republicans who pander for zealot votes with legislation based on how their ignorant, misguided core thinks people should behave, instead of how they damned well know they will behave?

If I were evil incarnate, I would teach hate. Who needs the Devil when you have the weapons industry, the Saudi royal family, the ayatollahs and mullahs, the Ku Klux Klan, and "fundamentalists" of every stripe?

If I were evil incarnate, I would keep the masses just healthy and wealthy enough to serve my own interests, exploit them as much as possible, and discard them when they are of no further use. I would suppress any innovations that might threaten my power or limit my ability to squeeze the last bit of profit out of a business even where the business is detrimental to the environment or other aspects of quality of life. I would support "free trade" globalization agreements that force industrialized workers to directly compete with societies having abysmal standards of living and human rights and environmental policies. Who needs the Devil when you have the powerful: the old, rich families, the religious "leaders", the politicians, and the soulless corporations?


Perpetuation of Really Bad Ideas

It is our failure to objectively, critically, and continually reexamine our cultural biases that lead to the perpetuation of the worst traditions, particularly in primitive, religion-based cultures. A few tests may be applied to any philosophy under consideration to identify the intellectually weakest and most primitive - political cults posing as religions - such as those where the proponents ...