I often wonder how future generations, those that survive the folly of our generation, will see us? Will they be disgusted in the same way we are disgusted by the excesses of the spanish inquisition? Or look upon us with mild bemusement as we look upon ancient myths such as the greek gods of old, like Zews and his ilk.
I for one am an avid opponent of all religious myth, no matter what its called, be it Islam, budism or Christianity.
The problem with faith, and in fact all belief is that they totally control how we act.
As an example, lets imagine that you believed, truly believed! That an expert sniper had you in his crosshairs right now! How would this affect you? how would you act?? Pretty panicky i would imagine
We, the human animal, are pretty simple like that, our beliefs control how we feel and act.
Now if you transfer this thought to religious faith, its easy to see that todays world is in deep shitt indeed!
The secound a person believes they are following the will of the creator of the universe himself. Flying a plane into a building or teaching creationism as a scientific fact, all of a sudden is no biggie at all.
People who think they are in the posession of a book written by the very creator of the universe or if they believe they are capable of interpreting the creators will get dangerous faster than you can say “superstitious bullshitt”
Christians and muslims alike often quote me scripture as if this was some form of killer argument that i should just accept outright without any further thought on the subject. But why schould i? Would they believe there where walking giant trees, called ents, if i quotes tolkiens lord of the rings? Of course not, but for some reason when it comes to their religion they neighter see or hear no evil, in most cases its like talking to a brick wall . People that would normally demand proof, starts taking the most outlandish claims without ever even considering asking a single question.
If i claimed Ents where real they would immediately enquire more and ask for proof before they would aksept any such claim. Yet they willingly believe Jesus can be eaten as a cracker during mass without even raising an eyebrow.
Lets for example say someone claims that the followers of the new testament are inherently peasful and benign.
Lets for arguement sake ignore tha fact that any fift grader could probaly find countless pargraphs in the new testament to contradict this fact. And lets ignore the fact that for a book made by the supposed creator of the universe its quality as a litterary work is utter crapp, by almost any standard. An average low budget tv script could easily pass as a shakesparian masterpice next to any holy book come to think of it.
Why wouldnt god, being all powerfull, just get shakespare to write the bilble for him? (god supposedly created Shakespeare anyway, didnt he?) To make sure it was consitent, meningfull and understandable for anyone who picked up a copy? Or for that matter why bother with a book at all? surely the master and creator of the universe schould be able to communicate more effectively then what is represented in so called holy books?
I am starting to think its wrong to bring the discussion to this level, surely the argument schouldnt be if you can make sence and reference some paragph in a book called holy by some.
The discussion schould be around why the religious idiot in question actually believes that he is in the posesion of a book written by god? And on top of that, that he is able to interpret the will of god from it?
Keeping this and my opening paragraph in mind its easy to see how this really screws the world up, for instance the 15 girls that burned to death in mecca beacause the religious polise where conserned they schould be seen on the street without their head scarfs! Another glaring example is how Iran can sentence rape wictims to death by stoning. Or how the people of the inquisition really believed they where doing gods work by torturing and burning people alive.
Recently we also had the poligamist sect of the latter day saints, that fully believed that it was gods will to rape, beat and impregnate underage girls. Or how about the Jewish mother that tortured her 3 year old son to death with burning cigarettes to drive the devil from him?.
The list of obscene and dangerous behavior as a result of blind faith in meaningless mythology as the absolute will and truth of god is dangerous in the extreme!
My point is: the belief! that someone is in posession of the true will of god is a dangerous, dangerous thing, what will for exampel happen between the nuclear neighbours india and pakistan over the next 10 years? they have pretty diverging ideological views? Dont they?
Nuclear holocaust anyone?
Its enough to make anyone shiver when you consider the conseqvenses of allowing people to freely cling to their mythology, immagine if we allowed the same freedom of belief in the rest of our society! Imagine if the doctor decided to pray instead of treating you simply beacause he believed this to be the best course of action? Or what if a juge believed all red haired people where posessed by the devil? Or the pilot asked god to land the plane for him.
Freedom of belief is dangerous and schould be outlawed.
Freeedom of religion is destructive, stupid, dangerous and counterproductive to humanity as a species.
Anyone schould be able to see that noone schould be allowed to religiously believe anything as they see fit.
Clinging to mytology imagined up by a superstitious, ignorant, brutal, and violent people who would see a wheel barrel as a fantastic breaktrough in teknology is doubtlessly a recepie for disaster.
if we dont remove Religion it could very well bring about the end of civilisation as we know it.