Here are a few things that you can tell a religious idiot, though it is ALWAYS pointless to even talk to these people--even if they ARE relatives...Maybe even ESPECIALLY if they are relatives. I cut my aunt & uncle out of my life because they are just too plain stupid to even bother. I told them that I am utterly perfect and, as such, I AM GOD. Needless to say, they were mortified.
Regarding quotes from the babbling bible, say this:
Now All You Fools,
I could, in turn, spend a great amount of time, maybe even eternity, refuting each and every refutation that you wrote, both of and by all whom you've quoted, but I've opted not to do so. Instead, I shall address the many sources on my own terms, with my own thoughts and my own conclusions or lack thereof. I do no claim to have answers and, conversely, I do not believe that anyone else does either. I believe that actions are everything in life. We all control each and every moment that we live, totally and completely vis-a-vis our own actions, inactions, words, thoughts, etc. I do not put the onus on some other thing out there; I take full responsibility for everything that involves my own self. Furthermore I do not believe in repentance for sins or forgiveness for repeating mistakes. Instead, I choose knowingly and intentionally to always do the right thing with respect to living my life. I always do my very best each and every moment of each and every day. I have no hang ups; I am free. Free, that is, from the many and varying twisted and pathological idees fixe that almost every religion seems to impose on it's followers. I always do the right thing, having complete control of myself. I don't make mistakes; I like to rant, I like to rave, I like to tell people what to do, but I really don't care if they listen...I AM the Jehovah of my own universe. I don't need to wear hair shirts to repent and I don't need to confess to anyone for sins because I don't "sin" in the first place. I am kind, loving, generous, understanding and intelligent. There is nothing in this world that I need or want for myself. I am perfect, PERFECT FLAWS AND ALL.
The question of just which of the many religion has it "right" and has the answers is asinine and useless. My contention is that I and I alone have it all right...get my point? I kind of like the simplicity of what the 14th Dalai Lama has said. He said: "My religion is simple. My religion is kindness." End of story.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
Instead of basic human kindness, the world is filled with unspeakable atrocities, mind boggling hypocrisy and countless criminal injustices. Many of these wretched and abhorrent behaviors are personified in organized religions and in the name of "god." So-called Christians are among the worst of offenders. I am a lifelong agnostic, always bordering edgily on atheist and, by my witnessing the absolutely reprehensible behavior and deranged beliefs by and of the most dogmatic right-wing fundamentalist religious types, I come to believe more than ever that religion is the root of all evil. I sincerely believe that religion, particularly the various and horrible forms of Christianity, is far more damaging than helpful. I do not believe that one can do one horrible deed after another and then simply repent and ask forgiveness; rather, you, um, to quote the bible "reap what you sow." In Buddhism it's called "Karma." And I am certain that every religion and belief system around the world has a word or phrase for it. What ever it is that you give out, you shall get it all back in spades; I don't believe in repentance or forgiveness; live your life with the best of intentions ALWAYS, and always do your best. That's really all there is to it. Be kind, generous and open-handed. Do not bean asshole or greedy, stingy tight-fisted and judgmental. It's all so very simple, why do so many religious people get it all so, well, so wrong?!?! If more so-called "good Christians" would actually follow the words and teachings of their hero Jesus Christ ( a great prophet, if he ever DID exist) then they wouldn't be the hypocritical, right-wing, bigoted, judgmental cretins that so many of them are in reality. There is absolutely no excuse for such behavior from anyone in this world of ours. Look at yourselves, as you ruin the world!!!! And in the name of god, to boot!!!!! The current rise of Christian crusades, preaching creationism and strict fundamentalism, are more than just ignorant, stupid and vile; they are dangerous. These incomprehensible busybodies want the rest of the world to see things just as they do. Why can't these people just keep their mouths shut and be content in their own lives without trying to force their asinine and evil notions on others?
It is my contention that each religion has a basic and good foundation, and each has a measure of good words and good teachings. That being said, I think that once human beings, particularly those who don't practice looking closely at themselves and their own behaviors, that instead latch onto a certain book and then these people go on to ruin their own lives in such puzzling and crazy ways. Particularly if you're saddled with the belief that the almighty god is a jealous, nasty, ill-tempered and hateful god, um, that that bastard in the Old Testament. And if you spend your time believing in that, you're, well, you're just fucked.
The blasphemy of Politics in Religion--Don't these assholes know that the Constitution is a GODLESS document??
As I cringe again and again at the fact that every single politician, Democrat and Republican alike, tries to pander to the organized religious institutions in our country, I become more resentful that religion of any kind should be an issue at all in the political arena. The presidential contenders in both parties are playing a game of one-upmanship as to whom has more faith in god whilst the word "god" should never, ever, enter the political arena at all. The most omnipresent danger in politics is religion--and time after time, particularly with the fanatical right-wing conservatives, it, religion, seems to be at the forefront; and this is indeed dangerous.
The so-called and much-more-often-than-not-so-good 'Christian' soldiers have been, still are and will continue to be devils incarnate: President Bush, Dick Cheney, Condaleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Carl Rove ( just to name a few ) have participated in the most impeachable offenses from the very beginning of their dictatorship; in fact, they are war criminals and repeatedly override the Constitution--there are no checks and balances left and they are ruling the world into irreparable oblivion and a quagmire so deep and dense that it's utterly mind boggling. Yet it's fascinating to watch, you must admit.
And, luckily for me, my only goal, ambition and ultimate purpose in life is to enjoy myself and be happy without getting shrapnel from other people's stupidity, idiocy and/or madness. I very much enjoy such interesting things in my lifetime and I truly dig on pondering everything, every thing's consequences and on and on.
Totally agree with you. Except sometimes nice people don't get nice back in return. And sometimes assholes don't get anything bad in return. I don't believe in any kind of karma. I do believe you should be the nicest possible person you can be for its own sake, and hopefully other good people will be nice back to you.
I think your post is too smart for any idiot who believes an invisible deity is watching-over them. I REALLY enjoyed your post and agree with you so much!!!!!!!
Sounds like excellent advice. In addition, I think we should realize that religionists will always try to outcompete, outsmart, one-up, out-perform, out-moralize, out-attack, impress, out-love, terrify and intimidate us atheists in every phase of our lives. When confronted with this all out assault, we should recognize that their sole purpose is to get us to join their team of slaves to their king-god and his courtiers, the priests, rabbis, imams, popes etc. They want us to relinquish our hard-won democratic freedoms and civil rights and instead obediently serve (asskiss) the religious powers that be. They want us to suppress reason so that we can help them maintain their irrational, illogical dogmas which cannot survive unless all believe in them. These actions are intended to impress, intimidate and demoralize us and occasionally they do. My recommendation is that when they do, we should all laugh at the perpetrators and laugh loudly. And when we cannot laugh, we should at least raise our eyebrows in mocking smiles. This works wonders.
Eric, you are SO RIGHT; The uproarious, rather insane laughter, right in the face of the offender seems to scare the HELL out of them. Also, if you're in a particularly playful mood, simply just assailing them with basic FACTS infuriates them like nothing else...
I am a born-again non-theist/atheist; I'm going to just tell you this right now! I just used this whole article on Facebook to drive home a point! I apologize for the plagiarism now! But, they do say plagiarism is a form of flattery!
I can't even put together many words to describe my thoughts about this article! I'll try...brilliant, intelligent, the truth that is the tip of the spear! The best I can say about this article is this; "I truly am a better person for reading this!"
Absolutely loved the article!