News flash- finally a revelation about those kids who “went to heaven and came back”. All a big hoax folks!
Books are being pulled from bookstore shelves, and I hope to see more of the same for past “best sellers”.
Here is my essay on why all religious works should be placed in the fiction shelves.
The definition of insanity is described as a person performing the same actions while expecting a different outcome.
According to this definition anyone who follows the dictates of any religion is acting insanely.
They pray for impossible miracles and outcomes. When the prayers inevitably fail, it is never the system that failed, only the petitioner. Or the ritual was not performed correctly, the phase of the moon was wrong, or there were too many distractions from evil women.
Millions of people adhere to different versions of their gods; some build great temples that last for thousands of years. Other religions use military power to spread their version over the maps of the world.
Recently the clash of the versions have produced more bloodshed, but nothing to compare to the carnage that happened in the early European Crusades, or the 1948 clash during the Partition of India. In that case, millions moved across the continent to preserve their own version of which religion was correct.
This belief in an invisible, unresponsive, absent and altogether uncaring deity has caused more grief and death than all the wars in modern times put together.
The ironic point of modern days is that religions are losing members, churches are being sold off, pyramids are turned into tourist attractions, and collections taken up to keep the great cathedrals of Europe standing.
How can otherwise rational beings think that the world is only 6,000 years old? How can we rely on absent invisible entities to direct our lives?
The answer is that we get lied to and brainwashed from the time we are infants. Catholics teach all manner of silly things, prevent women from partaking fully in modern life, and prey on little children for sexual purposes. Keeping the truth hidden from the gullible members is a full time job, and when the lid is raised on the nasty under life of priests and bishops, it is a shock to those True Believers.
This happens in quite a few Christian sects. Sexual crimes seem to flourish, as the men are brainwashed to feel that they are so elevated and special that they can rape their own daughters and get away with it.
The Islamic tradition is not too far behind in heinous actions against all others, and is especially hard on their own womenfolk.
The rise of mass communications, money from oil countries, and proliferation of munitions have produced a rash of religious firefights throughout Africa and Europe.
The tinder to set off the fires of protest and counter protest is easy to find. First some paper mocks a religious leader, and then there are murders. Then another religious leader (the Pope) claims that it is not good to make fun of his religion, even though he is at the center of one of the most despicable religions in the world, that lets priests prey on little children, keeps women from having more than second hand status and no say over their own bodies.
We are faced with the world devolving into opposite camps, with each religion claiming to be the best and only true version of gods and heavens.
To one who does not believe in any of their gods, it is all so pointless and sad.
What would they do if it were proved beyond doubt that there never was any basis for their religion in real life?
How does anybody know for certain that what is taught in catechism and the madrassas is true?
Those old time “prophets” and religious leaders back in the Middle Eastern deserts were surely tin pot tyrants smoking a bit of hashish or magic mushrooms to come up with some of the bizarre scribbling known as their holy books. Holy mackerel is more like it!
There is no evidence that there is any overarching intelligence that sets the universe to spinning, the galaxies to singing or the sparrow supported in his flight.
First of all, the universe is way too large for that to be even possible. When you consider that the Hubble telescope is showing us galaxies that shone billions of years in the past, and are now probably extinct, how can we even think that any one invisible, unresponsive, and wholly imaginary entity is listening to our daily pleadings for Peace, rain, or the location of our car keys?
Still, the ignorant masses swarm to see the “rock star” Pope, the Islamic man on the street claims that Islam will never lose, and the suicide bombers line up to take their turn at a chance for eternal rewards from the 72 virgins. The men get the virgins, and the women get eternal Outer Darkness, mirroring the messed up earthly religion in the underworld.
They will not be surprised when they die, as there is nothing to be seen, heard or tasted when they are dead. And no -all dogs do not go to heaven. Nothing and nobody goes anywhere and comes back to report.
Such a big lie, such a waste of time.
P.S. Josef Goebbels was right.