The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
– George Bernard Shaw
I respect someone’s RIGHT to believe any bat-shit crazy stupid bullshit they want. For without that right, we are not truly free. On the same note, it is MY right to have NO respect for their nutty belief in invisible, genocidal, infanticidal, mass murdering man in the sky they call god.
People sometimes ask me why I criticise religion. They ask me why I don’t just take the attitude of live and let live.
Because religions are just stories and they can be criticised like any other stories.
Because religions are ideas and they can be criticised like any other ideas.
Because religious prophets, messiahs, gurus and the like are just people and what they say can be criticised like anything said by any other person.
Because religious people seem to think they can impose their ideas and “morals” on society, on government and on children.
Because religious people persecute others who don’t hold to their views.
Because basing your life on a book crammed full of heinous immorality is neither good for a person nor for society.
Granted most religious people I know largely cherry pick the nice bits from their religion, but most carry at least some nasty views, and the more fundamentalist types take the whole thing literally. Most religious people are moderate but they pave the way for extremists when they say that faith is a good thing, that believing in something with no evidence is a virtue. This is a toxic idea.
Some of the religious explain away the more ludicrous stories – such as magic fruit and talking snakes – as metaphorical, and they try to ignore the nastier ideas in a similar vein, claiming they’re allegorical, or by arguing that they only apply in a limited context (a fun demolition of the contextual approach is here). The problem is that this pick and mix approach is not taken by all adherents and many do take these ideas literally.
For example the islamic holy book says infidels should be killed; some people will go ahead and do it as their faith in the sanctity of their holy book means they must.
Then the christian holy book says gays should be stoned to death; some people will go ahead and do it as their faith in the sanctity of their holy book means they must.
And I couldn’t leave out the jewish holy book which repeatedly advocates genocide; some people will go ahead and do it as their faith in the sanctity of their holy book means they must.
This assumption that religion provides us with morals – as well as being absurd – is pernicious and dangerous for society.
There’s an assumption floating around these days that saying something about religion is angry, extreme or militant because we have this unwritten social rule that we don’t criticise religious belief. But it’s not, because when you listen to the criticisms it is actually logical and rational to say that religion is silly, and further that it should have no bearing on our moral decisions.
When I realized that there was nothing out there to redeem me, or tell me how to live, or that I needed to obey, I began to take true responsibility for myself. I sought to examine my thoughts and actions more carefully, and established a morality based on reason and humanity.
Many people argue that I should ‘respect’ people’s religious beliefs. This is ridiculous as I patently have no respect for religious beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that I cannot respect a person. One must separate respect for a person from respect for their beliefs.
So in conclusion I defend religious freedom but not religious privilege. I defend the right of anyone to hold a view and discuss it in public, but I will not stand by when views I consider wrong are imposed on others. And I stand up for my right to criticise views with which I disagree.
I actually used to believe all that religious shit (until the age of reason) But I did something most mindless religious idiots don’t do. I began to think. I began to have questions. Because I began to SEEK THE TRUTH. And the more I read and studied the bible, the more appalled I became at this nasty thing called god. I began to investigate the origins of the bible. I began to learn how it was decided that it was “god’s word”. It was all written by the hand of ordinary men, and it was also decided by ordinary men that it was “god’s word”.
I didn’t want to just be a dumb fuckin’ mindless sheep follower. I wanted to know for sure if this god was real. Because if he wasn’t, then I was just wasting my life believing it and living by it’s restrictive, discriminative, hateful guidelines. I learned about science, proof, evidence, history, everything I could inside the bible and outside of it. It became very obvious to me religion is completely man made by men who wanted answers, but didn’t have science at the time, so they made up their own answers.
It blows my mind that in a modern world with scientific facts, that anyone can possibly believe this ancient CRAP.
The bible was written by lesser evolved men of savage ages. This god seems to have taken on all the attributes of the savage men who created him. Ironic isn’t it?
GOD’S 12 BIGGEST “DICK” MOMENTS
Before Jesus arrived and his divine father chilled out, the Old Testament God was, ironically, kind of a hellraiser. He was not a nice guy. He really liked killing people. And he may have actually been insane, if his willingness to randomly murder devout worshippers like Moses was any indication. Here are the 12 craziest, most awful things God did in the Old Testament, back before that wacked-out hippie Jesus softened him up.
1) Sending Bears to Murder Children
So a guy named Eliseus was traveling to Bethel when a bunch of kids popped up and made fun of him for being bald. That had to suck, and you can’t blame Eliseus for being pissed and cursing them to God. But God had Eliseus’ back, by which I mean he sent two bears to maul 42 of these kids to death. For making fun of a bald dude. I have to think Eliseus was looking for something along the lines of a spanking, or maybe the poetic justice of having the kids go bald, but nope, God went straight for the bear murder. But on the plus side, that pile of 40+ children’s corpses never made fun of anybody again. (4 Kings 2:23-24)
2) Turning Lot’s Wife to Salt
Most folks know about the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities of sin God decided to kill everyone in instead of, you know, making them not full of sin. But this was a town that, when two angels were staying at Lot’s place, gathered en masse and asked if they could rape them. I repeat: They wanted to rape angels. So they kind of had their destruction coming. Lot and his family were sent from the city before things went down, and Lot’s wife looked back, and God turned her into a pillar of salt. It’s generally understood that Lot’s wife was looking back in a wistful kind of way at her angel-raping hometown, but the fact is there’s nothing in the Bible to suggest this. Nor was Lot’s family warned about looking back. Maybe Lot’s wife wanted to see Sodom and Gomorrah get what was coming to it. Maybe she was thinking wistfully of the things she had to leave behind. Maybe she wondered if she left the oven on. We’ll never know, because God turned her into seasoning for breaking a rule she didn’t know existed. (Genesis 19:26)
3) Hating Ugly People
In what should be good news for intolerant religious conservatives, God really does hate people who are different from the norm. Of course, God isn’t as worried about skin color or sexual orientation as he is about whether you’re ugly or not. Because if you’re ugly, you can just go worship some other god, okay? (Even though God will punish you if you do and also they don’t exist.) Here’s the people God does not want coming into his churches: People with blemishes, blind people, the lame, those with flat noses, dwarves, people with scurvy, people with bad eyes, people with bad skin, and those that “hath their stones broken.” Given that God is technically responsible for giving people all of these afflictions in the first place, this is an enormous dick move. (Leviticus 21:17-24)
4) Trying to Kill Moses
In terms of people who God likes, you’d think Moses would be pretty high up on the list, right? I mean, God appointed him to lead the Jews out of Egypt, parted the Red Sea for him, and even picked him to receive the 10 Commandments, right? Yet this didn’t stop God from trying to kill Moses when he ran into him at “a lodging place.” There is literally no explanation given in the Bible for God’s decision to murder one of his chief supporters. The line is “At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him.” The only sensible explanation for this is that God was drunk out of his mind and looking for a bar fight, and you better hope that’s correct because the alternative is that God’s a psychopath. How was God stopped from murdering his #1 fan? “But [Moses’ wife] Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it … So the Lord let him alone.” Either the sight of a very unexpected circumcision sobered God up quickly, or he didn’t want to touch a dude who just touched a severed foreskin. Still, it’s Moses’ son who’s the real victim here. (Exodus 4:24-26)
5) Committing So Much Genocide
God has killed so many people, you guys. Okay, I mean technically, God has killed everyone if you subscribe to Judeo-Christian thought, but I’m not talking about indirect methods, I’m talking about God murdering countless people in horrible ways simply because he’s pissed off. God drowning every single person on the planet besides Noah and his family is pretty well known, but he also helped the Israelites murder everyone in Jericho, Heshbon, Bashan and many more, usually killing women, children and animals at the same time. Hell, God once helped some Israelites kill 500,000 other Israelites. God’s crazy.
6) Ordering His Underlings to Kill Their Own Children
God is obviously good at big picture dickishness, but he also took the time to be a dick on a more personal level. Abraham was another devout man who God decided to fuck with, apparently because he knew he could. God ordered him to sacrifice his son to God (God was a fan of human sacrifice at the time). We know Abraham loved his son, so he was probably kind of upset with this, but hey, God’s God, right? So Abraham tricked his unsuspecting son up a mountain onto a sacrificial altar and prepared to murder him. This story actually has a happy ending, in that right before Abraham drove a knife into his son’s throat, God yelled “Psyche!” and told him it was only a test. And then Abraham received some blessings after that for being willing to kill his own child at God’s whim. And all it took was the dread of being forced to kill his own child on behalf of his angry deity and, presumably, a shit-ton of awkward family dinners for the rest of his life. Abraham got off better than Jephthah, who had to follow through with murdering his daughter (burning her alive, specifically) in order to get on God’s good side before battling the Ammonites. (Genesis 22:1-12)
7) Killing Egyptian Babies
Let’s be completely up front: The Egyptians and the Jews did not get along. According to the Bible, the Egyptians enslaved the Jews, but the Jews had God on their side, if you kind of ignore God letting his people be enslaved in the first place. Rather getting his worshippers the hell out of there, God wanted to show those damned Egyptians what for, releasing 10 plagues that began with turning the river Nile into pure blood, and ending with the slaughter of the first-born of every single Egyptian man and animal. Now, I suppose it’s possible that some, or even most of these first-born were adults who were shitty to the Israelites. But some of them had to be babies who didn’t even have the time to persecute the Jews yet. And what the hell did the animals do to the Jews to get caught up in this nightmare? Were there proto-Nazi cows running around who needed to be punished for their transgressions against the chosen people? And you realize there were cats in Egypt, right? Cats who had first-born? God killed kittens. (Numbers 16:41-49)
8) Killing a Dude for Not Making More Babies
So you’re a dude named Onan and you have a brother named Er. God does not care for Er, and kills him. Standard God operating procedure. Then things gets weird. Onan’s dad orders Onan to have sex with Er’s wife — not marry, by the way, just have sex with. This is actually pretty awkward for Onan, sleeping with his sister-in-law, and rather than give her any more kids (she had two with Er already) he pulls out. God is so infuriated that Onan did not fuck his sister-in-law to completion that he kills him, too. Now, you could argue that God demands that intercourse be used specifically for procreation, but given how much God loves killing babies and children, I don’t think his motives here are exceptionally pure. (Genesis 38:1-10)
9) Helping Samson Murder People to Pay Off a Bet
More evidence that God is possibly a low-level mobster: When his pal Samson got married, he was given 30 friends, and he posed them (a completely insane) riddle. Then he made a bet that if they could solve it in a week, Samson would give them all new clothes, but if they couldn’t they would give Samson 30 pairs of new clothes. Well, Samson’s wife wheedled the answer out of him and then told these dudes, at which point an angry Samson had to pay up. And here’s where God comes in — literally, into Samson, giving him the power to murder 30 random people for their clothes. Only a true friend would help you commit mass murder to settle a completely stupid bet. (Judges 14:1-19)
10) Trying to Wrestle a Guy, Cheating, and Still Losing
And here’s more evidence that God is a drunk maniac: Jacob was traveling with his two wives, his 11 kids, and all his earthly possessions and had sent them across a river. At that moment, a guy essentially leapt out of the bushes and started wrestling. It’s God! They wrestle all night, and God cannot beat Jacob, so he uses his magic God powers to wrench Jacob’s hip out of its socket. But Jacob still won’t let him out of a headlock until God blesses him, because Jacob has figured out who this bizarre man is. God blesses him and wanders off, presumably to go get in a bar fight somewhere. (Genesis 32: 22-31)
11) Killing People for Complaining About God Killing Them
To be fair, after God freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, they were extraordinarily bitchy about not instantly being in a land of milk and honey. It got so bad that God was ready to kill all of them and let Moses start the Jews over, although Moses managed to talk him out of it. But one of their more sensible complaints was that Moses was lording himself over the rest of them, which was probably true, seeing as God had given him the 10 Commandments and all that. So Moses summoned the three tribal elders who had made the complaint to a Monday morning staff meeting, but two of them didn’t come. Neither Moses nor God cared for that, and God opened up the grounds beneath their people’s tents, killing both tribes (God also set fire to 250 Israelite princes who’d made the same complaint). Having been well admonished that Moses was putting himself above the rest of the people with God’s permission, a number of surviving Israelites were kind of pissed that Moses and God had killed so many of their fellow people to prove a point. God responded by killing another 14,700 of them with a plague. The complaints stopped. (Numbers 16:1-49)
12) Everything He Did to Job
Oh, Job. Other than a shit-ton of babies, no one had it worse in the Bible than Job, who was a righteous, good-hearted man who believed in God with every fiber in his being — which is when God decides to see how miserable he can make this dude before he gets upset. Note: This is a result of a bet between God and Satan. Also note: The bet is God’s idea. He’s literally just hanging out with Satan — which is kinda weird when you think about it — when he starting bragging about how awesome Job is. Satan points out that Job’s pretty blessed — he’s rich, he’s got a lot of kids, etc., and he probably wouldn’t be quite so thrilled with God if he didn’t have that stuff. God downs his bourbon, presumably, and tells Satan he can fuck with Job all he wants. Satan does. He kills all of Job’s children and animals, burns down his house, destroys his wealth, and then covers him in boils. Job doesn’t not curse God, but he does wish he’d never been born (literally) and begs God to kill him, but no dice. This lasts a long time until finally Job wonders why a just God would be so shitty. This is when God pops up and basically tells him.”Shut up, I don’t have to explain anything to you.” Job, having finally done something wrong, pleads for mercy, and God eventually gives him back animals and children — new ones, because the old ones are still dead. Because of a bet. That God made with Satan. For kicks. (Job 1)
So there you have it folks. A few examples that prove the god of the bible is one horrible, nasty, over-the-top, insane, hateful, trick-playing, genocidal, baby murdering, bully son of a bitch, and NOT a gracious, loving, forgiving example of love. Don’t bitch at me, I didn’t write the bible. I’m just putting it here because you idiots who insist that this god is so wonderful apparently didn’t read those parts of your bible, or refuse to (for good reason I’m sure!). This is one god I want NOTHING TO DO WITH!Published in