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Tuesday December 25, 07

pious masochists and an impotent sadist

06:17 AM

Yesterday I wrote that I sometimes describe myself as anti-theist. Why? I find religion to be absurd--its teachings implausible and oftentimes dangerous. I feel frustrated witnessing my fellow primates suffer with shame, guilt, wishful thinking, and unreasonable beliefs. And so I write to vent my feelings of frustration. But... perhaps someone will read something that I have written and gain a little insight. I hope so. But this isn't why I write. I do it for me.

"In the God Delusion," Richard Dawkins writes: "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."

Agree? I do. Here are three simple examples that lend support to Dawkins' claims. Anyone with a fourth-grade education should be able to understand these clearly.

Dawkins' God is the God that is shared by the three major "Abrahamic" religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

1. This God tells the Jews that they are his 'chosen people.' Wow! That sounds special. But… 2,000 years later, he witnesses six million of his chosen ones being systematically murdered by the Nazis--and does absolutely nothing!

I thought this God was supposed to be all-knowing and all-powerful. What a loser. He knew children were being gassed, shot, starved, experimented on… and he does not intervene! He is a psychopath.

2. This God tells Muslims that they are unclean. Their genitals are dirty and disgusting; they must be cut and washed obsessively. They must cover themselves. Virginity is a virtue. Sex is bad. Wow! It sounds like this God really thinks sex has no value--nothing good can be said about it. It is a necessary evil--only for procreation--not recreation. But… he tells these Muslims that if they cut, clean, cover, cower, and feel the shame of their wretchedness while alive on earth, they will be rewarded with 72 virgins in the afterlife. (Well, the men will, anyhow.)

This is twisted, to say the least. Sex cannot be enjoyed on earth. Only in heaven can one freely express and enjoy their sexuality. Here is an analogy in case you can't fully appreciate the stupidity of this. Let's say this God commands that no one shall ever utter the word "peach." To do so would be blasphemy. All shall be stoned to death for saying this word. And they will spend the rest of eternity in Hell. But, if they are obedient and never say "peach" while alive on earth, they will be rewarded with the freedom to say "peach" as often as they like once they are in heaven.

This God is not right in the head, if you know what I mean.

3. This God tells women they are inferior. They are chattel. They are second-class citizens. Their husbands may beat them. They can be divorced without their consent. Their husbands--without recourse--may rape them. They must suffer with pain in childbirth. They are unclean. They are basically shit! But… he tells them that if they are obedient and follow his commands--which he channels through the husbands--they will be rewarded equal status with men in the afterlife. Wow! Doesn't this sound like something that a power-hungry misogynist would come up with in order to have full control over his wife? Problem: social control--wife control. Solution: God patrol--husband's role.

But really, all one needs to consider is this: Why does this God not follow the same morality that he proscribes for humans? Why is he allowed to be a bastard while the rest of us have to act like little angels?

Convinced?

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  • I bet it would piss people off if I asked them why they choose to be religious, if what they say is true, that they respect atheists.
    Good 'food' for thought here. Thanks, realitybites.
    redpathetic -- Tuesday December 25 2007, @06:59AM (#289691)
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    Happy in this final acceptance of his own absurdity...Albert Camus


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