A NEW NON-SECTARIAN SECT FOR NON-BELIEVERS

PREFACE:

Anyone who has ever met me knows I am rabidly anti-religion. Believing in the unbelievable, taking preposterous notions “on faith”, insisting that books written by people actually contain the words of some supernatural entity, are all anathema to me. The dogma and precepts of any organized religion strike me as both hilariously silly and dangerously evil. Eight-plus decades of questioning, thousands of days spent poring over “holy” books, infinite hours of introspection and reasoned thought have brought me to the conclusion that every religion, without exception, is an exercise in self-deception. The idea of an anthropomorphic entity existing somewhere “out there” who is responsible to and for the organisms that inhabit this tiny speck of space detritus is simply too juvenile to consider seriously. It is truly incomprehensible to me that anyone past the age of five actually buys into the myths and folk tales that comprise every known religion. And yet, the planet is overrun with deluded humans, determined to brainwash each other into accepting every outlandish tenet they can invent to answer the unanswerable questions put forth by a terrified life form that calls itself “mankind”.



Please understand that I am an equal opportunity scoffer; I hold no more breach for Islam, Judaism, Hinduism or any other ‘ism than I do for Christianity, so I don’t want to be gang-prayed by ANYbody. Of course, if you’re so consumed with self-righteous zeal that you can’t restrain yourselves, have at it. I won’t delete your comments, but be prepared to be mercilessly mocked.



FACE:

My reasoned rejection of all manmade deities has caused a minor quandary, in that I have been unable to attach an acceptable label to my lack of “faith”. When pressed, I call myself an atheist, but this appellation has acquired so many negative connotations, piled upon it by the piously judgmental, self-righteous, god worshiping/fearing populace, I hesitate to use it without fear of trampling.



So, I have taken it upon myself to create a new religion. Its precepts are simple: we do not believe in the actual existence of any mythical creatures, including but not limited to:

1) The tooth fairy

2) The Easter bunny

3) Santa Claus

4) Leprechauns

5) Unicorns

6) Honest politicians

7) Bigfoot

8) Satan

9) Dragons

10) Gods



We do believe in reason, proven theories and our own senses and sensibilities. We know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, morality and venality and we opt for open minds and open hearts. We take nothing at face value, but insist on finding our own answers to all the Important Questions. We do not pray for guidance; we look at a map. We do not ask an invisible father figure for help; we solve our own problems. We do not live in hope or fear of an afterlife; we make the best use of the matter and energy that comprise us today. We do not erect ornate edifices to honor invisible deities; we build shelters for humans. We do not pay clergymen ten percent of our earnings to read us folk tales; we fund education. We know we are not sheep, herded by an unseen shepherd; we are individuals, each with his own mind, self-determined and self-actualized.



And now, because this is time to dispose of old ideas and to usher in fresh beginnings, I present to you a brand new non-belief system. As the Founder and preeminent member, I have taken it upon myself to give it an eponymous name and invite all self-declared atheists to adopt the new nomenclature. Henceforth, all like-minded anti-religionists shall be known as

RUTHERANS.



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Comment by Ruth Dickson on August 8, 2008 at 4:01pm
"Jimarians" indeed! Surely, you jest! Next you'll be saying you can heal the sick, give vision to the blind and enlarge penises! You, sir, are a charlatan and a fraud! I'll see your slingshots and raise you an imprecation, imposter! Fie upon you and your ilk.
Rutherans rule!
Comment by DaVinci on July 26, 2008 at 3:17pm
Good post. Most humans don't really see the need to think philosophically. It takes time and can lead to headaches, plus there are too many people telling you what to think, therefore many opt to adopt an off the shelf philsophy. Mostly to them it's like a coffee table book, something to look at and impress others with. Religion sells mainly for that reason. Once your in, it's up to you to believe the rest and most don't, that's the strange part. However if you attack their beliefs, even the most inane of them, they will fight to the death to defend it. They don't even understand it, yet they fight for it.
Comment by DaVinci on July 26, 2008 at 3:13pm
I'll sign up if getting stoned is a sacrement. Just don't tell PZ.
Comment by Rosa on July 26, 2008 at 3:10pm
Where do I sign? ;)

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