5 GOOD Things Religion Has Contributed

April 15, 2012

I must admit, I had originally thought of making a list of things evil religion had done. In honor of my Christian followers that have responded to my criticism with genuine, heartfelt responses I decided to post this instead.  Thank you to all my followers, both believers and skeptics, your choice to comment without resorting to ad hominem slanders has helped me enjoy writing even more than I expected.

 

5. Religion gave us America

 

Atheist often argue that America is not a Christian nation. Most of the Founders were Deists (they thought the universe had a creator, but that he does not concern himself with the lives of humans, and does not directly communicate with humans) including Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. They would be correct, but the reason that so many people were willing to travel across a vast ocean was to escape religious persecution. Their dedication to their religion made America possible.

What is even more remarkable about their suffering is that after they had sailed nearly 4,000 miles to escape persecution is that they did not retaliate against their oppressors. They separated Church and State so that even those who caused them harm would not be harmed in return. The teaching of Jesus to “turn the other cheek” is remarkable and I would like to thank every Christian that follows these words. I have adopted that teaching as a philosophy, and I try to forgive those who I feel harm me.

4. Religion gave us incredible artwork

During the Spring of my eighth grade year I had the privilege of going on a class trip (it was referred to as a pilgrimage) and I entered dozens of basilicas that left me absolutely speechless. Christopher Hitchens even admitted that he had an appreciation for the artwork made in honor of God. Unfortunately it seems to me as if religious artwork has been gradually declining in quality and meaning. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the result of people using Christianity to make a profit which, believe me Christians, is one of the greatest push factors of religion.  Something that hurts me to see is the ad hominem “artwork” called “Piss Christ.” I am sorry that some Anti-theists think such an abomination is acceptable. So a tip of the hat goes out to Christians for producing some of the most incredible artwork produced by man.

3. Religion creates wonderful charities and organizations

I found this rather summary list of organizations on the internet:

YMCA
Salvation Army
Christian Children’s Fund
St. Jude’s Hospital
Habitat For Humanity International
Intercristo
Promise Keepers
World Relief
Remuda (Eating Disorder help)
Christian Aid Canada
Christian Aid USA
International Needs
International Prison Ministry

Some Christian organizations are corrupt, but so are many secular organizations as well. Let us not forget that in the wake of Hurricane Katrina it was churches who stepped  up, even more than the government did. Even though I am an atheist I am Pro-life, and it is the Christians who stand up for life, not the secularists (with the exception of Christopher Hitchens, who was a Pro-life Anti-theist).

2. Religion brings comfort to the terminally ill

As John Lennon asked the World to image there was no Heaven, I now ask you to imagine yourself dying of incurable cancer.

The Missionary Position

Imagine that you had never once been told of Christianity, and the only one who would care for you is Mother Teresa. If you are not familiar with Christopher Hitchens, he wrote a book titled “The Missionary Position” criticizing Mother Teresa. Although I normally agree with him, I think Christopher was wrong in saying that Mother Teresa was a terrible hypocrite.  I know that if I was in terrible pain caused by malnutrition I would be more than happy if someone could convince me that I would live an eternal life filled with comfort when I died.

1. Christianity has spread democracy

America was formed with a very puritan mindset. Let us not forget of “Manifest Destiny” which is the belief that American influence must be spread as a charitable act.

Please comment if you feel any information was either wrong or misleading. Comments are always appreciated, as are shares. I want Christians to know that atheists are not cold-hearted, and I would be extremely happy if this post has changed your opinion about atheists.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Planned Parenthood’s “Black Genocide”

April 9, 2012

At a Catholic Conference (out of respect for my parents, I am not a Catholic)  a couple months ago I realized that there was a table selling DVDs on Planned Parenthood‘s “Black Genocide.” Now, I was not about to pay $15.00 for a DVD accusing  Planned Parenthood of such a terrible thing, because the money would end up in what I felt were corrupt hands.

This weekend I remembered the stand selling the DVDs and decided to research and post about the accusation that Planned Parenthood was the Adolf Hitler of the 21st century.Here are some of the key points I pulled of their website,http://blackgenocide.org.

Personhood is always redefined to exclude the intended victim class. In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws codified the exclusion of Jews from German society. The next year, the Reichsgericht (Germany’s highest court) essentially legalized the Holocaust. Cartoons routinely depicted Jews as pigs, dogs, rats, and other vermin. In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Blacks “…a subordinate and inferior class of beings…” in [Dred] Scott v. Sandford.Black slaves were often assigned diminutive names, such as “Mingo,” that were normally reserved for pets. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court found that “the word ‘person,’ as used in the [Constitution], does not include the unborn.” Today, unwanted children are spoken of in dehumanizing terms: “embryo,” “fetus,” “products of conception,” etc.
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Genocide often framed in the language of “choice.” The Nazis asserted that the racial make-up of the German nation was an internal matter for the German people to decide. They also emphasized Hitler’s choice, his “Will to Power,” as a Nazi propaganda film put it. In the Senatorial debates of 1858, Stephen Douglas said that he was personally opposed to slavery but that each state should have the right to choose whether to be a slave state or a free state. Pro-abortion advocates argue that if pro-lifers don’t like abortions, they shouldn’t have them. Abortion is not mandated; it is a matter of personal “choice.”
Victim class tends to be people who have what we want or get in our way. Eastern Europeans owned land that the Nazis wanted forlebensraum (“living space”) for the German people. Jews owned material wealth that Nazis wanted for themselves. Blacks owned the work product that slave owners desired for themselves. The loss of this uncompensated work product would deprive slave owners of material wealth they desired to maintain. Killing babies is often justified based on the desire to acquire material wealth and /or maintain lifestyle. Babies get in the way of career development, women’s rights, sexual freedom, etc.
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Victim class is often seen as a “disease” on society or as diseased themselves. “Parasites” and “bacilli” were words used by Nazis to describe Jews and others targeted for extermination. Benjamin Rush, a leading American scientist who personally opposed slavery, speculated that all blacks were really leprous, diseased, whites in need of a cure. In his medical textbook Abortion Practice, Warren Hern analogizes the unwanted, unborn child to a disease, the treatment of choice for which is abortion.
Resources are inadequate to care for intended victim class if they are allowed to live. The Nazis justified killing “useless eaters” based on the fact that they were using up resources needed by the German people. Pro-slavery advocates justified the continuation of slavery because they said the slaves, if emancipated, could not take care of themselves and would be a drain on society’s resources. Pro-abortion advocates attempt to justify abortion by stating that there are inadequate resources to care for all unwanted babies if they are not killed by abortion.

http://blackgenocide.org/abortion.html

 

Please leave any comments on your stance on this claim. I do not want to take any side because it seems to me like something the Tea Party would start to “prove” they aren’t racist. If this is true, however, I do not want to be a denier of such an atrocity.  


The Philosophy of Jesus

April 6, 2012

I have taken an anti-Christian stand in many of my past posts, but that does not mean that I see the teachings of Jesus as evil. I believe many of them are excellent guidelines for living one’s life in an ethical manner. The place I believe Christianity goes wrong is by teaching that Jesus was no mere philosopher, but that he was divine. Since none of the gospel writers ever even met Jesus (the earliest gospel was written about 40 years after Christ died),  it is very possible that Jesus never claimed to be the son of God. Perhaps he preached that we are all God’s children, which would mean that he was, indeed, the Son of God, but only on the level of every human being.

Many of the stories in the Gospels seem to be plagiarized from the Egyptian god, Horus. Let me point out some of the similarities.

Horus

Horus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Corcovado jesus

Corcovado jesus (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Horus vs. Jesus

  • Jesus’ mother Mary is a virgin in two of the Gospels. Horus’ mother was also a virgin.
  • There is no historical evidence that suggests Herod slaughtered the infants, but it is in the Bible. Ironically, Horus’ mother fled to the Nile Delta (Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt) because she feared her brother would kill her son out of jealousy.
  • Horus was known as Har-pa-Neb-Taui (Horus Lord of the Two Lands). Jesus was the Lord of Heaven, and the creator of Earth…
  • Horus became his own father, kind of like the trinity.
  • Horus resurrected Azra from the dead, coincidentally, Azra translates to Lazarus.

 

Philosophy

Considering the circumstances in which Jesus resembles other gods before him, I think it is fair to say that Christianity would be better of if Jesus was not divine at all. When was the last time someone flew a plane into a tower for Plato, Socrates, or Aristotle? I do not argue that Christian values are perverse, but rather that they should be incorporated into one’s life without fear or promise of reward. To me it seems tragic that so many “Christians” worship God, who they believe to be, by definition, love, more than they they show love in their everyday lives.

All information on Horus was received from: http://www.crystalinks.com/horus.html


John 3:18 – What Jesus Says After 3:16

April 6, 2012

It is very difficult to drive on American streets without noticing at least one of the famous John 3:16 bumper stickers.

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One would not even be surprised to see a reference to the verse on the bottom of a restaurant cup (see picture)! So, just what does this verse contain? Many of those reading this may already know it by heart, but here it is:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

What benevolent words does Jesus speak next? Well actually he says…

 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but

whoever does not believe stands condemned already

because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:18)

This post is a plea to all free-thinkers. Share the message of John 3:18 as vehemently as it was spread by our Christian brothers and

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sisters. Let them know that Bill Gates, who lost the title of richest man in the World after he gave away more than $28 billion to charity, has already been condemned to hell by the words merely two lines after the most quoted bible verse in America.

Please share this article, and start the free-thinking movement of John 3:18. Add the hashtag #John3:18 on Twitter, write it on dollar bills, make people explore their own religion.

Also, I hope to offer wristbands and bumper stickers when this movement becomes embraced by free thinkers everywhere.

 


Shooter Kills 7 and Wounds 3 in yet Another University Rampage

April 3, 2012

Yesterday, Monday, April 2, 2012, Oikos University in Oakland saw a man with the last name of Goh kill 7 students. The man had been working on his nursing degree.

University shootings have gradually become mundane events in America. Could it be because students are being indoctrinated as Santorum suggests? I hope not, considering it was a Christian school. For more on this tragic story visit http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_20314461/el-cerrito-woman-among-victims-oikos-shooting-rampage.

This event prompted me to do research on just how often violent acts actually happen at schools. The numbers, although still discouraging, have been declining for years. My question is, why?

The numbers can be found here: http://youthviolence.edschool.virginia.edu/violence-in-schools/national-statistics.html.

I strongly suggest checking them out. Please leave any comments or answers to why this is happening!


Test Your Current Events IQ!

April 2, 2012

Most bloggers tend to be up-to-date with current events, but I strongly encourage you to test your knowledge through Pew Research Center’s news I.Q. test. You may be surprised at what you score! (I ended up at 12 of 13)

The test can be reached through this link:

http://pewresearch.org/politicalquiz/quiz/index.php


Growing Up Enculted – Part 3

April 1, 2012

The Catholic grade school I attended from third to eighth grade, Trinity Academy, subjected me to what I would not hesitate to call psychological abuse. The headmaster had come to America from England and established the school with his wife from Philadelphia. The two of them they found absolutely nothing disturbing about teaching middle school children that homosexuality is one of the worst sins any human could ever commit. I do not hold such a miscarriage of moral thinking against them, for I do believe they felt obligated to teach us such vulgar fallacies on pain of eternal damnation. I remember coming home from school as a middle school student and, whilst doing my homework, taking a pocket knife and cutting a hole into my globe where England was. The reason was that my headmaster’s wife, who happened to be my literature teacher at the time, told me in front of my entire (12 person) class that I was lazy and immature. This remark was because I had not been able to memorize all four pages of the poem Paul Revere’s Ride. I do believe such measures of condescendence on children are, in fact, necessary in order to achieve their ultimate goal, to form children into the warriors of Jesus Christ.

The way to attain the Catholic “Heaven” is to put God’s sense of morality before his own. The story of Abraham’s test is perhaps the

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553): Adam and ...

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553): Adam and Eve. Beech wood, 1533. Bode-Museum, Berlin (Erworben 1830, Königliche Schlösser, Gemäldegalerie Kat. 567) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

most controversial story in the Old Testament. If you are not already familiar with it, it is the story in which God instructs Abraham to offer his only son as a sacrifice. Most Christians cleverly remind you that God eventually intervened and stopped to murder of the young boy; therefore, the story clearly demonstrates how good God is. This logic could not be further from the truth. I think this shows that the belief that a god, who you have never seen, but is somehow able to make all your moral decisions better than you could, is extremely dangerous. The most wretched aspect of the Christian God is the punishment inflicted upon those who have sought knowledge or questioned His morals. God introduced Adam and Eve to suffering for eating from the tree of knowledge. Those who questioned the Catholic Church’s teachings during the twelfth century were tortured by Christ’s followers and were done so by the Pope’s authority.

For those who say that this type of human rights violation is no longer present in Catholic teaching, I do not believe you realize what type of morbid childhood is necessary to produce a person capable of disregarding his innate sense of morality. If you were to think of any person throughout all of human history who you believe had no morals, and then look up the details of his or her childhood I can almost guarantee you it was not a very pleasant one. I believe that the more a child’s freedom, knowledge, and self-esteem are oppressed, the more likely the child is to disregard their own morals. The reason people are so terrified of atheism is that they do not know how to make decisions based on their own morality. Christians must become so timid during the course of their childhood that their morality is no longer measured by what they discern to be right and wrong, but by how willing they are to disregard what they believe to be right from wrong.