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Combating Theocracy with Theocracy? May 11, 2011

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If the Religious Right really wants to turn America into a theocracy, I say we temporarily grant them that wish, but only if they are willing to take it to it’s logical ends. For a six month period, theocrats must sign into law every Biblical command, order, proclamation, and preference expressed by God in both the Old and New Testaments (God doesn’t change or make mistakes, so yes, even the Old Testament will count). Giving every American a six month taste of what a theocracy really looks like should beat some sense into people. It’s not like the majority of Americans really support theocracy, it’s more like the majority of Americans support apathy. The only real cure for apathy appears to be tyranny. Surely, even the most hardcore theocrat would come to their senses after spending six months in a nation overflowing with slavery, second class women, child brides, stonings on Sabbath, animal and human sacrifices, dashing babies against rocks, and capital punishment for adulterers.

Furthermore, based upon God’s actions in the Bible, we can ascertain what kind of place America would be with his holiness in charge. Take Las Vegas for instance, there would be a high probability that God would freak out at some point with all the evil sinners in the city and kill every man, woman, child, and fetus to display his disapproval. At some point and time, at least a few humans would be lucky enough to be chosen by God for some testing of faith, during which God would instruct the chosen humans to kill their children or chop off their genitals. I’m pretty sure that even theocrats would not be enjoying an America truly run by and for God, so maybe at this point we could collectively come together to shrug off our ancient propensities to rely upon and bow down to an invisible higher power.

So, come on theocrats. Get to it. How does six months to fully implement your theocratic nation sound? There’s only one caveat; Once you finally learn what it is you’ve done, we don’t want to ever hear about a Christian nation again. No more “One Nation Under God”. Deal?

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Intruder Alert! Intruder Alert! January 9, 2010

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In recent weeks I have had several glaring instances where religionists impeded my godless existence and caused harm to both my sanity and my child’s intellectual upbringing. Example #1: My child’s publicly funded school decided, without asking anyone, to pose my child in mock prayer while dressing him in angelic garb. It wasn’t even Halloween! Example 2: While the angel stunt can be partially excused, forcing a child, whose parents happen to be atheists, to pray in a public child care facility before every meal is completely fucked. Example 3: Family members that know our strong non-religious stance continuing to infiltrate our child’s brain with absurd religious concepts. It appears, that to be an atheist also entails going to war with the outside world to just raise your own child. They say there are no atheists in foxholes, but I am here to say that atheists proudly live in foxholes.

A Shattered America October 28, 2009

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As atheism marches forward with great leaps of social progress, it is not hard to imagine a future where the people of America begin to cherish critical thinking and intellectual honesty. The reality that most atheists are pushing for is one in which people no longer base their lives around illogical concepts, thus eliminating irrational behaviors in otherwise normal people. This shifting zeitgeist should hopefully eradicate wars based upon gods, hate guided by ancient texts, and meloncholy lives spent dreaming of eternity. Freed from the shackles of irrationality, we may finally move out of the imprisonment of servitude towards a voluntary servitude for our fellow man. While this scenario is a likely outcome, what happens if it all goes wrong? Can America survive such a shift, if the diehard religionists refuse and resist the changing landscape? Is it possible that, as religion begins the decent into obscurity, we will see a rise of violent fanaticism? Data from Pew polls suggest a widening gap between the growth of the atheist movement and the growth of traditional values. It appears that the center of American world views is shriveling up, while the opposing sides are moving to the far corners of the playing field. The last such instance of Americans becoming so radically split resulted in our one and only civil war. Is this something that could happen again? Many political extremists, after the recent election of Barack Obama, have called for a stockpiling of weapons. Do they know something that us godless liberals don’t? In the end, it seems that we can only hope that reason wins out and that people on all sides of the debate begin to wake up to the damaging nature of religious belief.

Bigotry Amongst Friends October 8, 2009

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What is it that makes a normally rational adult cling to their childhood superstitions? How can someone seriously believe in the boogie christ after acquiring critical thinking skills and a Master’s level education? I know that apologists have come up with all kinds of half truths and gaps in science to make it possible for the educated to not feel totally guilty, but we are talking seriously here. We are talking about taking an honest account of your level of intellect and examining the amount of silly irrational things you believe.

Did you know that the highest rate of religion in the U.S. lies in the state of Lousiana, which also breast feeds the less and has the lowest level of education? This is not just isolated to one state, as every state with high religion also rates low on education. As a social worker, don’t even get me started on the level of child abuse that occurs in the religious states of America.

What is your excuse?

Now for a true story break, although the names have been changed to protect stupidity. I, as a caring social worker, recently attended a staffing for a child’s abuse counseling. During this meeting, the lead counselor, who is required to have a Master’s degree or better in Psychology, while examining the child’s family history, concluded that a lack of any religion was one of the contributing factors to the child’s history of family abuse and neglect. Here I was thinking that it could have been from the family’s lack of education and their severe mental health problems, but of course I am not in anyway qualified to make that assessment, as I am not a counselor with decades of experience. Why is it that religion, which is notorious for making parents feel like they own their children and that they can beat them at will, is given a stamp of approval by a highly educated and normally rational counselor? Is it that somebody has found comfort in maintaining their childhood status quo?

Can we please stop pretending?

How religion has retarded humanity’s growth. September 9, 2009

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While people obliviously congregate in their choice of religious facility, do they ever consider what good they could do if they only stood up and went to work in the name of humanity? I am sure you have all heard the statement that “Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.” If we take this line of thinking even further and begin to imagine how many homes that could have been built in place of the massive religious infrastructure, the neglect we done to our fellow humans becomes all to clear. Without speaking in depth of the wasted availablility of helping hands, funding, and the future problem solvers that have been lost to countless religious wars, we still arrive at a humanity that’s had it’s growth stunted by the prevailing belief in religion. Religion is truly humanity’s achilles heel.    

One of the most heartfelt arguments about the shackles of religion.

Welcome to The Godless Blog! September 8, 2009

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Exploding out of Twitterland, comes The Godless Blog, where humor and blashphemy hold hands, while skipping down the street to the tune of Lennon’s “Imagine”.