There’s been much debate about trying to deprogram believers as opposed to ignoring them and letting them adore and worship any divinity they please. Live and let live, it’s a free country and what harm are they doing. In fact, religion can be a good thing because, like music, it soothes the wild beast.

Religion was fine with me most of my life. Religious people felt sorry for me, I’m losing my soul; I felt sorry for them, they’re losing much of the joy of life in anticipation of heaven. As long as we keep the laws of the state and try to be good people, everything was copasetic.

That was before President George W. Bush came along. Religious people broke state laws (a cleric cannot endorse a candidate from the pulpit) and the spirit of American democracy by voting as a block. Rev. Jody Hice even called for a coalition of preachers to form a union to promote Christian ideals. If Sarah Palin and/or Mike Huckabee ever win it’ll be against the law to engage in non-reproductive sex. Hice spends his time arguing for the right to hang the Ten Commandments on public buildings. How about the Eight Beatitudes, Reverend? How about “Blessed are the merciful” in back of the judge's bench? Maybe there wouldn’t be over two million souls wasting away in jail.

Imagine the power this man is trying to seize. A political coalition of Christian ministers would be formidable and ominous. They already worked their miracles in getting W elected—the man whose arrogance and incompetence will curse this country for generations to come. We are in a Middle East quagmire that is completely unwinnable. The country is bankrupt from supporting a billion-dollars-a-day war habit. There never has been such a massive transfer of wealth from one country to others (Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, etc.) in the history of the world.

Worst of all, he devastated the reputation and pride of the nation. Operation Shock and Awe murdered thousands of innocent people. Americans will have to live with this ignominy as long as people pledge allegiance to the flag.

Then there’s Opus Dei. Where does the pope come off influencing and determining the outcome of the American presidential election? In 2004, W sent and emissary to the Vatican to inform the pope that he was losing and needed help. Bush advocated a faith-based platform, especially on the abortion issue, and merited the pope’s support. Pope John Paul II then handed the matter over to the clandestine organization headed by the present-day pope, Cardinal Ratzinger. The pope pulled strings like a Godfather (pun intended) and changed the course of human history. Letters were sent to every American bishop urging them to exhort President Bush’s election. The rest is history. No wonder W broke protocol and met the pope at the airport.

Then there’s the “endmeme.”

To be continued. Please refer to mirrorreversal.com for a definition. Or search on “endmeme” on Youtube.

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Comment by Richard Goscicki on March 9, 2009 at 2:06pm
Thanks River. Memetics was started by Richard Dawkins but never really got off the ground. The best book I know of is The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore. You can all see a great video on Youtube is you search of "Susan Blackmore." Her book is the bible on the subject. Also Mirror Reversal by me is the first novel to contain a glossary of terms. Mirrorreversal.com has a lot of terms plus some interesting memetics ideas.

For example, with a memetic interpretation gays are an "abomination" because they don't reproduce and the memeplex is at a deadend. Memes only care about their own replication, therefore gays are a good scapegoat.
Comment by River Otter on March 9, 2009 at 9:56am
You are absolutely right Richard. I have read up about memes and makes sense. Not only that, religion is kinda like LSD, and other hallucinate drugs. The brain reacts similar when the two are compared.

I am not a violent Atheist and when I call myself militant, reason & reality (my thinking brain) are my weapons. I want to bring another view to the religious, one that most have never heard before.

Thanks for mentioning memes. Anyone who doesn't know what they are, should do a little research about them.
Comment by Richard Goscicki on March 9, 2009 at 9:25am
I want to make a point clear for people who might read this blog with persisting religious alfiliations. "Militant" does not mean "violent." Militant just means you've decided to fight back. Look at Rev Jody Hice of Atlanta trying to unite evangelical preachers into a political block. He's trying to usurp power. The Sarah Palins of the world would "convert" our country into a theocracy.

It's my belief that religions will destroy the world if left to their own devices. Meme complexes (ideologies) are in strict competition and care only about their own replication. "By the sword" or through robotic holy knights—anything that works.
Comment by Bryanderthal on March 4, 2009 at 6:06pm
I've doubted the Bible since 1981, the god of Abraham since 1991, and had a good loathing of organized religion for about 20+ years yet kept flirting with the idea of a some kind of supreme burrito until less than a year ago. August of last year is when I had enough (it seems like so much longer ago - I've been very busy!). My uncle and his campaign for McCain is actually what started my military career in atheism. I won't go into detail here but since then any faithful person to converse with me has either parted happy and enlightened or angry and enlightened. It was about October of last year that I considered myself an evangelical atheist. I go out of my way to disrupt faith.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 1, 2009 at 10:11am
So if you hear, "me goo goo zig zig," just say a couple of quick prayers and the Holy Ghost will help you out.

The problem with that solution is that the Holy Ghoul has a lousy track record for consistency. It lazily follows the attitudes and prejudices of whoever is possessed by it. I have never heard of it suggesting that people should live in the poverty and day-to-day subsistence suggested and lived by Jesus. Do you think it should be fired for incompetence?
Comment by Richard Goscicki on February 27, 2009 at 7:09am
Thanks for your intelligent comments. Non-believers have to face the fact that religious fanatics are trying to take over our culture. We have to start fighting back or they'll use the systemt to advance their own kind.

As far as Fundie Tonguespeak goes, it's a subject I covered in Mirror Reversal. Glossolallia is a phenomenon dating back to the ancient priests of Apollo. The subject regresses to infantile stages and makes the apish gibberish sounds of a baby learning to speak. To a baby this is a physical pleasure. But please remember that only those with absolute faith and unstinting devotion can understand. So if you hear, "me goo goo zig zig," just say a couple of quick prayers and the Holy Ghost will help you out.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on February 27, 2009 at 1:47am
I spent most of my thirty years of atheism not caring much about people with religious beliefs. In fact, I even felt sympathy for them as I recalled the heady parts of the experience before I discarded the beliefs as logically untenable.

The last two years have been different. Like River Otter, it was the Bush Regime and the antics of the US Fundies who changed me. Then Dawkins came along and fanned what was started. The final straw was the increasing religious dementia of a former friend as she sunk deeper and deeper into Fundie Tonguespeak.
Comment by River Otter on February 26, 2009 at 5:07pm
Great post.

I have been Agnostic / Atheist all of my life but never cared if someone worshiped.

I became militant after this last election when Elizabeth Dole decided to attack the Godless Americans in her campaign ads. I have done a lot of research since then about Christians and Atheists. I had no idea as to what was really happening within the Christian cult. I do now and speak out every chance I get. I have also learned a lot about other Atheists and now I don't feel so alone. I am thankful for Atheist Nexus and other sites.

George Bush should be taken to "Gitmo" and have done to him what he did to the prisoners there. At the least, he should be tried for War Crimes and crimes against humanity.

W was also a supporter of Intelligent Design. What an IDiot.

I look forward to your next post.

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