Introduction Rationality & Reason
Atheism................................1 Critical Thinking...................2 Epistemology.......................3 Epicurean Paradox...............4 Russell’s Teapot...................5 Pascal’s Wager....................6 Logical Fallacies...................7 Disinformation.....................8
Alan Turing........................20 Richard Feynman...............21 Carl Sagan.........................22 Stephen Hawking...............23
Rights................................24 Privacy...............................25 Health Care........................26
Saving................................27 Donating............................28 Lending..............................29 Banking..............................30
Scientific Theory..................9 Scientific Method...............10 The Big Bang.....................11 Earth..................................12 Evolution............................14 Dinosaurs...........................15 Stem Cells..........................16
Alcohol...............................31 Cigarettes..........................32 Marijuana...........................33 Shroooms...........................34
Galileo Galilei.....................17 Charles Darwin..................18 Albert Einstein...................19
Masturbation......................35 Pornography......................36 Health Benefits..................37
Condoms............................38 Anal Sex.............................39 Conception.........................40
The Qur’an.........................65 Book of Shadows...............66
Purpose..............................41 Morals................................42 Ethics.................................43 Forgiveness.......................44
Priests................................67 Mother Teresa....................69 The Pope............................70 Jesus Christ........................71 Virgin Mary........................72
Lies and Deceit
God....................................45 Abortion.............................46 Abstinence.........................48 Homosexuality...................49 Creationism.......................50 Apologetics........................51 Sin......................................52 Female Priests...................53
Christmas...........................73 Easter................................74 Lent....................................75 Hanukkah...........................76 Holiday...............................77
Soul....................................78 Heaven & Hell....................79 Miracles.............................80 Faith...................................81 Prayer................................82 Speaking in Tongues..........83 Transubstantiation.............84 Exorcism............................85 Beastly Number.................86 Satanism............................87 Purgatory...........................88 Angels................................89 Demons.............................90 Homeopathy......................91
Scientology........................54 Jonestown..........................55 Solar Temple......................56 Heaven’s Gate...................57
Buddhism...........................58 Catholicism........................59 Christianity........................60 Watchtower.......................61 Voodoo...............................62 Lindy Hop...........................63
.92 Genital Mutilation........93 Alexandrian Library.............................94 Book Banning.........96 Death Penalty.......95 Crusades.......................97
Religion and Politics
Church & State....101 Marriage..........103
.......................99 Catholics & Nazis...Destructive Behavior
Child Abuse............................98 Australian Aboriginals........................100 Fundamentalism................102 Manhattan Declaration..................
Without sufficient notice. united by their belief that their god is the One True God. Every Sunday. you always have a choice of what you want to do with your life. arresting advancement or dissemination of knowledge is an intolerable transgression. And yet belief can be deadly. You can always choose how you want to make a positive contribution to humanity. The power of the Catholic Church is unquestionable: over a billion devout believers en masse. hundreds of millions of people gather together. a rock is headed our way. Somewhere.Introduction
What ideas are so dangerous that Catholics want to prevent you from reading about them? The ideas in this book. What if astronomers were prevented from sharing observations they had made while peering through telescopes. It does not matter how old you are right now.
. It is paramount that we understand how the world really works. They meet in churches to give thanks and to pray. Whether you are a teenager or an adult. As time is our most precious commodity. any asteroid deflection strategy will fail. or that massive rocks on a cataclysmic collision course could extinguish all life on Earth. by penalty of death? People would never have been told that planets orbit the Sun.
Use it to refute the Bible. faith. Keep this booklet with you. need food. comfort. and support. Refer to the booklet when your friends and family members have questions. All of whom. Visit reddit. Take time to understand the arguments. Realize that you are never alone. and moral free-thinking individual. keep a copy on your laptop.It is important to point out that science does not have all the answers. The scientific method allows us to systematically examine nature to discover how the Universe works. education. and grow as a good. make friends. Distribute it to your friends. Take up hobbies. Aug 22. whereas. By the end of 2011 there will be 7 billion people on the planet. belief vehemently denies new information to preserve faith. learn about logical fallacies. love. or arrogance.com/r/debatereligion if you need a kind voice. This booklet contains commentary on many topics that religious people tend to preach out of ignorance. Science continually refines itself based on new findings. learn a field of science and contribute something tangibly meaningful to humanity. 2011
. see the world. but booklets usually have a beginning and an end. This is not a complete list. friendship. like yourself. There are topics that are not included that are just as important as the ones that are. kind. You are actively and strongly encouraged to research every fact in this booklet for yourself.
Rationality & Reason
Atheism is a lack of belief in any god. Murder devalues human life. propensity for violence increases in proportion to the fundamentalism of a person's religious faith. she would tell that god to go fuck itself with a solar-powered chain saw while standing a quarter-mile from the Sun's searing surface. • Kindness feels good. So what stops atheists from killing people? • Friendship. torture. no less. socially welladjusted people value others due to empathetic responses. and slavery.
. Atheists need not be threatened into doing good deeds by fictional beings. infanticide. religious reasoning has justified murder. no more. In stark contrast. If a god told an atheist to sacrifice her child. genocide. Atheistic morals are driven by a desire to do good in the world. Theists would kill the kid. Killing other people seriously hampers long-term friendships and other relationships. • Death is final. If anything. which are not the exclusive domain of god belief. Treating people with kindness and respect sets an example.
pick the simpler. It also means changing your opinion when you are shown to be wrong. “there is neither empirical evidence nor any logical reason to believe any gods exist. Faith-based thinking is the opposite of critical thinking: it purges rationality from the mind. and asking questions. encourage debate. every step of an argument must work. Always approach subjects with an open-mind. If you believe with absolute certainty that you are right. and theories must be falsifiable.” Facts must have independent confirmation. consider many ideas. recognizing and acknowledging factual evidence. It is simply a shorter way of saying. then you have stopped thinking critically. Critical thinking requires reason over emotion.Critical Thinking
Thinking critically means understanding whether an opinion or argument makes logical sense. “there is no god” is not closed-minded. leaving no room for doubt. When you believe something on faith alone. finding the best explanation (not necessarily the most comfortable). you have closed your mind to other possibilities. The statement. avoid arguing from authority. if two ideas are nearly equivalent. There is a difference between critiquing the Bible and applying empirical evidence to highlight parts of the Bible that are false. quantify.
the theist stands upon custom. coherence. The atheist sees the world as nature presents it. and how we formulate concepts. The debate between atheists and people who believe in faeries (or gods) hinges on criteria for truth. and observable evidence as truth.Epistemology
This -ology is the philosophical study of knowledge that asks some fairly profound questions: • What is knowledge? • How do we acquire knowledge? • How do we know what we know? Without understanding how knowledge is obtained. faith.
. how our senses serve us. The atheist favors logical consistency. and intuition. the theist twists the natural world with ideas that are inconsistent with reality. our thoughts will have no coherent path. revelation.
The problem of evil, posed by Philosoraptor Epicurus, states:
If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to Then He is not omnipotent. If He is able, but not willing Then He is malevolent. If He is both able and willing Then whence cometh evil? If He is neither able nor willing Then why call Him God?
And yet Philosoraptor Lactantius argues that gods are allpowerful, he insists that an all-good god does not exist. He says that gods are distant and uninvolved with the concerns of humanity; gods are neither our friends nor enemies. Then why waste time thinking about them? If we cannot prove that they will intervene to help us, then we must abandon them to save ourselves. If gods exist and they are benevolent, they will understand completely. A simpler answer as to why evil exists in the world is that socially maladjusted people do stupid, malicious things (sometimes for religious reasons). Plus, there are no gods to stop them.
Bertrand Russell, who was intentionally raised agnostic, was strongly influenced by Exodus 23:2: “You shall not follow the masses in doing evil.” The passage concludes, “nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice.” Would that everyone wholly subscribe to such tenets! Sadly such biblical diamonds are lost betwixt the mire of passages such as Matthew 10:34: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Fortunately, Russell subscribed to a positive, enriching world view. In 1952, Russell wrote a passage similar to the following:
If I were to suggest that orbiting the Sun between the Earth and Mars there exists a remarkably tiny comet containing a pink sapphire vein, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were to add that the comet is too small to be detected even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to insist that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a comet were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children, hesitation to believe in its existence would be deemed eccentric and the doubter, undoubtedly, ushered into psychiatric care.
Be wary of the lure of widespread belief for it easily ensnares.
Blaise Pascal argued the following:
If you erroneously believe in God, you lose nothing; whereas, if you correctly believe in God, you gain everything. But if you correctly disbelieve in God, you gain nothing; whereas, if you erroneously disbelieve in God, you lose everything.
The Atheist's Wager retorts:
In your life, try to improve the world, whether you believe in god or not. If no god exists, you have lost nothing and will be remembered fondly by people whose lives you touched. If there is a benevolent god, he will judge you on your merits and not your belief in him.
Either way, this faery tale has no happy ending: 1. The set of all possible gods and the subset of wrathful gods are infinite; wrathful gods punish disbelievers eternally. 2. The odds of worshipping the One True God approach zero as the number of possible (wrathful) gods approaches infinity. 3. Therefore, even if some gods exist that grant entrance to heaven, the probability of being accepted by those that do is essentially zero, regardless of your religion. Wrassle out of that logic.
God created the Bible because the Bible said God created it. (Or neither exist. or you will be resurrected. • Appeal to Authority. There is only Heaven or Hell. and miracles. Almost every Christian believes the Earth is flat. they lean on fallacious arguments. There many others (too many for one page). • Appeal to the People. Logical fallacies do not support an argument and must be discounted immediately. The Pope sanctioned child molesting. thus you will rape cats.Logical Fallacies
When people discuss religion creationism. etc.
• False Dichotomy. Woah! She turned me into a newt! (A newt?) I got better. • Circular Reasoning. and all of them demonstrate incorrect reasoning. You enjoy sex. therefore natural selection and evolution must be wrong. therefore it must be okay.) • Slippery Slope. therefore the Earth is flat. the Bible. • Ad Hominem. • Anecdotal Evidence.
. Darwin was a bad person. independently of spiritual faith.
• Deny everything. Introduce new information designed to mislead others. • Defame critics. Never discuss evidence. • Internal affairs. • Lie.
. Church situations are above the law and should be resolved without impartial police investigations. If someone has crucial information. instead. Use financial might to arrest. number of people involved. • Vanish. • Invoke enigmas. admit to being alone with the child. • Fall-back. have them “vacation” somewhere remote. and speak no evil. Use financial might to destroy a critic’s physical health. detain. or blackmail people who oppose your views. or emotions. and circumstances make the truth impossible to discover.Disinformation
Some common Catholic Church (and mafia) customs include: • Hear. finances. State that the situation. • Silence critics. Don’t admit to child abuse. see. Pretend the event never happened.
If I said my eyes were blue. A Scientific Theory has been tested. Having “faith in the physical attributes of a chair” and “faith in a god“ are not equivalent definitions of faith. faith that a chair will support weight is using the word faith in the sense of. can mean either sad or a color. hypothesis. the word faith can also mean.”. I believe .” Do not confuse the two definitions. and observations have been consistently verified. For example. such as the Theory of Evolution. Scientific Theories are also reviewed by peers to make sure that scientists are accurately reporting their results and that their experiments are conducted using scientifically valid methods.Science
Scientific Theory. often many times (in many ways) by many different people. is different than a theory that is a hunch or a guess. The word blue.. you probably would not think that my eyes were sad. whereas. and I'm lying through my teeth. “Based on my knowledge of physics and my previous experiences. Mixing two definitions is called equivocation. unless you enjoyed puns. for example.. but sometimes get confused. A Scientific Theory. Equivocation can be difficult to notice...
. “Even though there is no evidence. and theory are closely related terms. I believe .
This helps ensure no mistakes (deliberate or otherwise) are made. • Experiment: Dip a room-temperature hand replica into liquid nitrogen for a 10 of a second. But don't: it's dangerous. conclusions made. forming a flesh-protecting air barrier. experiments are tried. • Conclusion: It is possible to rapidly dip a hand into liquid nitrogen without it freezing.Scientific Method
Absolute proof is not a requirement for science. results are noted. questions are asked.
. Scientists avoid bias by trying to prove their theories incorrect. If they cannot show that the hypothesis is incorrect. your laptop would never have been built. The experiments must be repeatable so that scientists can test each others’ claims. and further tests are proposed to discover the hypothesis that most closely describes reality. An example of the Scientific Method might go like this: • Question: What happens when hands are dunked into liquid nitrogen? • Hypothesis: The hands will freeze and then shatter. • Observation: Temperature differences caused the liquid to boil. then they have demonstrated that their idea is true. If it were. hypothesis are formed. Instead.
The Big Bang
The Big Bang is an event of epic proportions that began the instant our Universe came into existence. Evidence supporting the Big Bang is staggeringly overwhelming. Before the Big Bang neither time nor space existed. So what caused it? A Universe without cause is an uncomfortable idea. Even if we attribute the cause to a god, we must ask: What created that god? If the god had no cause, then the uncomfortable idea remains. So why not save a step and remove that god? Perhaps nothing started the Big Bang. Perhaps the Big Bang began from a quantum process. Maybe this Universe is only one of many. Or maybe the Big Bang was the inevitable consequence of the laws of physics? We're alive in an expanding Universe with vast numbers of stars, untold galaxies, breathtaking beauty, and unimaginable wonders. As time tallies forth, galaxies continue to speed away from each other. Eventually distant galaxies will spread out faster than the speed of light, disappearing from view forever. All observable evidence for the Big Bang will be gone.
The Earth is about 4.54 billion years old. British naturalist, William Smith, realized that two layers of rock with similar fossils are probably the same age. His nephew, John Phillips, used this realization to conclude that the Earth was at least 96 million years old. Next up, William Thomson calculated how long the Earth would have taken to cool to its current temperature. His calculations yielded an age between 10 and 100 million years old, but neither Thomson nor anybody else knew about radioactivity. Radioactivity was discovered in 1896, and soon it was found that radioactivity gives off heat. This meant that the Earth could stay warm long after its formation. Scientists have since confirmed that much of Earth’s internal heat comes from radioactive decay. Radioactive decay also led to another way to measure age. When an element (such as uranium) undergoes radioactive decay, it becomes a different element (such as lead), which is called the daughter element. By measuring the amounts of the radioactive element compared to the amounts of its daughter element, we can determine the age of rocks. This process is called radiometric dating and has been used to determine the Earth’s age.
We can also apply radiometric dating to meteorites. The Sun burns hydrogen, fusing it into helium through nuclear fusion. We can use the ratio of hydrogen to helium to determine the age of the Sun. Not surprisingly, the Sun is about 4.57 billion years old: only slightly older than the Earth. There are other ways we can determine the age of the Sun. That the age of the Earth and Sun are chronologically consistent (with cosmological theories and actual observations of solar system formation—the Hubble Space Telescope has taken pictures of protoplanetary disks) gives us confidence that: • the age estimate is correct; • radiometric dating is accurate.
They think present-day species evolved from one another. We didn’t evolve from monkeys and monkeys didn’t evolve from humans. have two fewer chromosome pairs (46) than the great apes (48). bonobos. This means that.
Creationists misinterpret evolution. Humans and great apes (chimpanzees. the chimpanzee genetic code was compared with the human genome. Since there are three types of great apes and only one type of human. why are they still around?
Evolution states that we share a common ancestor with monkeys. Therefore. Humans. their offspring thrive today. They spew statements like:
If evolution states we evolved from monkeys. Again. and gorillas) are more like relatives with common great-great-greatgreat-great-great-great grandparents. Human chromosome number two was discovered to be fused with its neighbor. one pair must have fused. After its publication in 2007. in humans. Even though those ancient ancestors are no longer around. we presume the ancestor had 48. the common ancestor of humans and great apes must have had either 48 or 46 chromosomes. Evolution for the win. it was discovered.
which depicts a fictional. Scientists have even measured the crater's gravitational data to study the angle of impact. That was 27 million dollars spent on the active promotion of lies. feeding the less fortunate.
. they went extinct. a giant asteroid slammed into Earth. with humans and dinosaurs frolicking together. leading to humans. Mexico. Around 65 million years ago. telling of the Biblical account of Genesis—in all its refutable glory—cost $27 million to build. Most scientists agree that the asteroid that exterminated the dinosaurs left its mark as the Chicxulub impact crater in the Yucatan Peninsula. The museum displays a literal interpretation of Genesis. the Creation Museum. That money should have been spent sheltering the homeless. Their extinction let mammals diversify quite quickly. Genius.Dinosaurs
The terrible lizards were animals that dominated the Earth for over 160 million years. Humans never co-existed with dinosaurs. What a heart-wrenching waste of time and resources. if not imaginative. Also around 65 million years ago. not aggravate it. In the United States. or any number of ways to improve our plight. advancing medicine.
yet opponents continue to use the same tired. Research into how stem cells work will give us insights into how to cure diseases and fix the human body. Opponents of stem cell research rallied against it.
. ignorant. There are other ways to obtain stem cells. blood cells. A few rare diseases that could have their secrets unlocked include: • Cancer • Alzheimer's • Parkinson's • Diabetes • Arthritis Banning stem cell research is another way the Catholic Church has suppressed the advancement of knowledge. Stem cells are obtained from blastocysts.) in our body develop. and genetically reprogrammed adult cells (iPSCs). nor are blastocysts.Stem Cells
Embryonic stem cells are unspecialized cells from which all other cells (skin cells. etc. Stem cells are not special. and invalid arguments. umbilical cords. placentas. saying that the research was unethical because it required cells from aborted fetuses. aborted fetuses.
an idea. They locked him up and banned reprinting his works. This idea is called heliocentrism. That they had to get permission is appalling. Probably because they needed the money to shuttle fiddly priests around.
. A month later the plans were halted. The Catholic Church suppresses information because it leads people to conclude that their teachings are false. they forced him to recant his position or face execution. The Catholic Church made a half-assed apology in late 1992. Galileo was sentenced to house arrest (for the remainder of his life) by the Catholic Church for daring to suggest an idea.Scientists
In 1633. or perhaps to buy bigger hard-drives for their child pr0n stash. official opposition to heliocentrism was dropped. Through Galileo's work. The Pontifical Academy even planned to build a statue of Galileo within the Vatican. In 1741. An idea that the Church didn’t like: that the Earth revolves around the Sun. By 1835. rationality and reason were thrust into public consciousness once more. Yes. the Pope graciously allowed publication of Galileo’s complete scientific works.
it would not alter the fact that they do. do not mention recanting. His children. who was not with Darwin when he died. as written by those who were actually present. • When a person is dying. while he correctly believed it was not for educated men. Even if this was true: • It changes nothing. The story was fabricated by Lady Hope. for example. who were there. Shame shame!
. or become clouded. refuted the recantation and conversion story. A dying brain is likely to hallucinate. You have probably heard the rumor that Darwin recanted evolution on his deathbed.Charles Darwin
This man’s visage is on British currency. and helped expunge the backwards literal Bible interpretations from modern society. Darwin did mistakenly think that Christianity was good for common folk. Noting his words in such a state would be like noting his words while he was trippin' on 'shrooms. Accounts of his death. If Jane Goodall. reshaped how we think of ourselves. However. His ideas of natural selection and evolution influenced the direction of modern medicine. changed her mind about chimps using tools. their mental state is uncertain. Darwin. Elitism is not cool.
He also wrote:
I was barked at by numerous dogs who are earning their food guarding ignorance and superstition for the benefit of those who profit from it. I mention here only the fight against birth control at a time when overpopulation in various countries has become a serious threat to the health of people and a grave obstacle to any attempt to organize peace on this planet. At the least. Then there are the fanatical atheists whose intolerance is of the same kind as the intolerance of the religious fanatics and comes from the same source. he is to feel pity for the adherent of another religion but usually it does not stop there.
. and light. He once wrote:
A man who is convinced of the truth of his religion is indeed never tolerant. time. He was also rather outspoken on religious matters. However. here and everywhere. They are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. He even hammered on intolerant atheists. hatred then leads to persecution when the might of the majority is behind it. The faithful adherent of a religion will try first of all to convince those that believe in another religion and usually he goes on to hatred if he is not successful.
And he wrote:
I am convinced that some political and social activities and practices of the Catholic organizations are detrimental and even dangerous for the community as a whole.Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein proposed a revolutionary idea about space.
This strict regime of right versus wrong is too inflexible. a mathematician.
. Turing was given a choice: go to jail or suffer chemical castration. to his physical detriment. Turing was found dead from cyanide poisoning. too archaic for a progressive civilization. Religion teaches that there is no middle ground: no room for exceptions. The Prime Minister apologized in 2009. and the victim of religious prejudice for being homosexual. It is bitterly unjust that a man so important to the freedom of his fellow citizens should have had their laws used against him. most likely having taken his own life by biting into a poisoned apple. He was the Father of computer science.Alan Turing
Alan Turing was instrumental in saving the British from the Germans. Such is the power of religious propaganda and dogma. but to admit that the religion-influenced society was wrong in persecuting homosexuals. a codebreaker. Two years after his sentence. A symbolic gesture not for Alan Turing. Stealing is usually wrong (like taking money from your parents without their express permission). but sometimes stealing can be the only action (like lifting documents from a priest’s office that provide evidence of rampant corruption and child abuse). He chose the latter.
they would stand against oppression. he believed that if the Allies created massively destructive weapons. check them. slavery.Richard Feynman
Richard Feynman harbored an immense guilt for his contributions to building the atomic bomb. since the word “atheism” is so closely connected with “communism.
He took great joy in finding things out.” that the communist views are the antithesis of the scientific. the scientific method requires empirical evidence. The democratic government is much closer to this idea. Atheists lack a god belief because there is no empirical evidence. in the sense that in communism the answers are given to all the questions—political questions as well as moral ones —without discussion and without doubt. He helped build the device because he believed in the liberating forces fighting for freedom. The scientific viewpoint is the exact opposite of this. and democracy.
I would like to remark. communism. Richard Feynman spoke out on May 2. Some people unjustly link atheism and communism. On the relationship between atheism. we must argue everything out—observe things. that is. all questions must be doubted and discussed. and genocide. and so change them. because there is discussion and a chance of modification. in passing.
. refreshing splash of clarity and honest insight:
A celibate clergy is an especially good idea. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science? One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough.Carl Sagan
We are fortunate that this renown astronomer lived in an era where he could freely express his ideas without fear of being burned alive. however unfulfilled. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. and inquisitional torture was not abolished in the Catholic Church until 1816. His poignant words have the cold. because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise. the Inquisition was condemning people to death until the end of the eighteenth century. In Italy. however vague. to support or prop up their beliefs. it is simply too painful to acknowledge—even to ourselves—that we've been so credulous. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies. Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. The bamboozle has captured us. The last bastion of support for the reality of witchcraft and the necessity of punishment has been the Christian churches.
Hawking also regards Heaven as mythical:
I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. Religion is based on authority (imposed dogma and faith). his book The Grand Design clarifies that he does not believe in a personal god. while science is based on observation (rationality and reason). And yet countless numbers of people have died from disease.
In 2010. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers. I have so much I want to do first. but I'm in no hurry to die. Science will trounce religion. that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
. also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. Hawking contrasted religion and science by noting their fundamental differences. Hawking would have died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking has been misrepresented to support the baseless position that certain gods exist. Even though this is an Appeal to Authority fallacy. he declared. because it works. I'm not afraid of death. Without medical science. Religion affronts all of humanity in many ways. How many of those people could have reshaped the world for the better had they lived a full life? Now consider how much money is wasted on religious propaganda that could be used to advance medical science.
whenever. you have the right to: • form your own opinions. and • seek help from trusted sources. You may not impede the rights of others. • live without religious beliefs. • pursue your own path in life. as governments have little incentive to monitor or defend them. • name whomever causes you harm. • control what happens to your body. • say what you believe (without promoting hatred).
Wherever. Be vigilant and vocal when standing up for your rights. Keep a card listing your country’s legal rights on you at all times. and whoever you are.
The nothing to hide argument invites: • Surveillance. but privacy is not about hiding illegal acts. • Exclusion. The expression presumes that privacy is about hiding a wrong. Who may audit how the information is used? • Exploitation. • Aggregation. Privacy is about declining installation of a public video camera above your bathtub.” Include the ellipsis if you like..Privacy
The expression “I’ve got nothing to hide” is deeply encumbered with flawed reasoning.
..” is “. rather than serve its people.. Vindictive. Tidbits of information form a bigger picture.that’s none of your business. The correct curt retort to “if you have nothing to hide. Will information collected for one purpose be used for another purpose (without permission)? • Distortion. Who guarantees the data will not be changed? • Corruption.. governments will abuse knowledge. malfeasant politicians retaliate. Privacy erosion gives governments the ability to learn anything about us. Or not revealing birthday present purchases. Without privacy.
Applying taxes to offset medical costs is not a communistic concept. Free health care means more than defending bank accounts during sickness or accidents. The report shows that the U.
. mean that some money devoted to other causes (such as war) might have to be redirected to avail proper and expedient care to citizens. system is one of the least cost-effective (one of the most inefficient) systems in the entire world. nor does it necessitate abolishing privately funded health care.S. In 2011. the Royal Society of Medicine published a scathing report of the United States health care system. It is this worry that United States corporations and businesses leverage to entrap employees through contractual health care coverage. Public health care lifts a weight of worry from the shoulders of adults—for themselves and for their children. however.Health Care
Free health care must be a global priority. It does. similar to legalized slavery.
000 of that is money the bank payed you.Money
Tithing money to churches grows the reach and influence of an organization that can finance its own nation state. you will have your own foresight to thank. When investing that same amount at a moderate interest rate of 5%. begging for more.000. If (or when!) financial hardship hits. a 22-year savings account will equal approximately $204. Start saving your hard-earned coin and invest in your own future. Be your own boss. A 10% tithe equates to about $100 a week for the average person. Now 22 years is a long time.
. secure your own financial security. you will have a golden nest-egg ready to hatch by 40. And $89. yet finds it necessary to pass around a collection plate. but if you start investing at 18.
Encourage your parents to read about other noble causes and support those instead.Donating
Churches will squander your money lobbying government to further their own agenda while paying no tax. Instead of donating money to a church (which then will give some percentage of your money to worthy causes and spend the rest proselytizing the word of some deranged deity). avoid giving it to churches or anyone else with an expensive administrative process. give directly to secular and humanitarian groups. Some notable groups include: • Doctors Without Borders (also Médecins Sans Frontières) • The Nature Conservatory and World Wildlife Fund • Amnesty International • United Nation’s Children's Fund No matter how you choose to spend your money. donate directly to the people who need help. Where possible.
. Sometimes you need look no further than your own neighborhood.
but golden guidelines for handling money: • Never lend large sums of money to strangers. • Have a lawyer read contracts that involve large sums of money before you sign anything. • Neither a borrower. there is no direct way to get that money back. per se. • Those who ask for money do not have your best interests in mind.
Not facts. Find other ways to make or invest your money. • Never wire large sums of money overseas. nor a lender be. • Use signed contracts when dealing with large sums of money. • Listen to a trusted friend’s advice before making large monetary decisions. for loan oft loses both itself and friend. • Anything that promises over 20% return is likely a scam. • Without a direct way to wire money.
Credit unions often have special perks. or savings. A financial institution that must return profits to its shareholders will try to maximize the amount of money it makes. Every credit union member receives a voting share and may have their concerns heard at public general meetings. By definition. They offer poor financial trades as they leverage your mortgages. such as higher savings interest rates for long term account holders.
. for-profit banks lobby for deregulation.Banking
A for-profit bank does not always have your best interests at heart. this means it will try to minimize the amount of wealth you can accumulate through it. In the United States. Credit Unions are generally smaller institutions often established by its clients. loans.
When someone sips too much Ethanol Entertainment. or cold and clammy. weight gain. • violent. osteoporosis. strokes.
. and cancer.Drugs
Chugging too much alcohol is fatal. call emergency services immediately. blue tinge. Short-term alcohol effects can cause fetal damage during pregnancy. or dangerous anger. Clues when someone needs a ride in the meat-wagon: • confusion. and higher susceptibility to infection. • seizures (major or minor uncontrolled trembling). arthritis. sleep disorders. colds. It is no rumor that adults prefer meeting stomach-pumped teenagers in the hospital than dead ones on their kitchen floor. • vector spewing. • skin changes: pale. and • shallow breathing (fewer than 12 breaths per minute). kidney stones. diabetes. Long-term toxic effects of excessive alcohol abuse include disease.
. • Smoking takes 14 years off your life. Keep your distance. • Nicotine might reduce arousal in women. • 4.1 billion people smoke cigarettes. yeah. and avoid smoking anything while near children. slower growth. Yeah. smoking cigarettes while pregnant causes birth defects such as mental and physical disability. respect that other people do not want their health to deteriorate because of second-hand smoke. Like alcohol. And you don’t care. and increases the chance of miscarriages. you already know all this crap. • Smoking while aroused removes blood from the penis.5 trillion cigarette butts become litter every year. on average. the main substance in urine.Cigarettes
Random cigarette facts: • Urea. If you must light up. • 1. is added for flavor.
wacky tabacky. To be clear: it is stupid to smoke or ingest marijuana before or while operating heavy machinery. is horrifically bad for your lungs. Ditto for alcohol. Don't do drugs alone. and counters the nauseating effects of chemotherapy. X. El diablo. statistically speaking. and other drugs are highly addictive and will. It is a psychoactive drug and used for medicinal purposes. hash. To be even more clear: smoking anything. Cocaine. dope. crack. n00b. heroin. It is great for pain relief. buds. pot. killer. trees. swag.Marijuana
Marijuana is also called cannabis. grass. herb.
. There are no known cases of death from a marijuana overdose. dank. doobie. weed. only do so with someone you trust who has previous experience. and tweeds. rainy day women. Mary Jane. be it marijuana or cigarettes. meth. 420. If you want to experiment with hard drugs (which is stupid because they have detrimental long-term effects on your brain). cut your life short.
Mushrooms (the magic variety) are fungi that. The active chemicals in psilocybin mushrooms are psilocybin and psilocin. psilocybe subaeruginascens. obviously):
There are no known long term physical effects from ingestion of mushrooms containing psilocybin and psilocin. Common hallucinogens include psilocybe cubensis. When Tamarins and Komondors color out neapolitan Faraday cages. tramp-o-smear. while the active chemical in the amanita muscaria is muscimol. Tramp-o-smear. walk lengthways as vacuums next ontological mayhem mourning. Mostly because the Spanish Catholics believed mushrooms allowed Aztecs to communicate with devils. In converting people to Catholicism. Probably a translation error. the Spanish influenced people to switch from shrooms to eating symbolic Jesus-fleshwafers.. These fungi are considered powerful hallucinogens capable of creating lifealtering mental experiences. cause a person to experience illusions through the senses. kingsail! Oooh.
. after consumption..Shroooms
Catholic missionaries wanted to prevent pagans from worshipping other gods. and amanita muscaria. so they suppressed the use of mushrooms. From the Shroomery (an unbiased source.
there is nothing wrong with masturbation. you will not go blind. it promoted a sexist attitude. While intended as humorous sarcasm. often (but not always) to achieve orgasm.Sex
Masturbation is giving yourself physical pleasure. this page perpetuated an outdated. In 2006. Be back later. For females: • Rub your clitoris. Masturbation is perfectly healthy (but not to excess). You palms will not grow hairy. there are few drawbacks to masturbation. inaccurate stereotype about female arousal. Nope. On average. men and women take about 10 minutes to reach maximum arousal. For males: • Stroke your penis. Other than taking up your time (doing something fun). a McGill University study measured the sexual arousal rates of both men and women. Note: Originally. nor will any other ridiculous claims occur.
False accusations of rape are equally as immoral and unethical as rape. • Do not secretly place drugs in another person's drink. always ask for your partner's permission. that illustrates sexual activity. Too long? Didn't read? • Do not use alcohol to lower a person's inhibitions.
. Now while there is nothing wrong with most pornography. (Perhaps ask for oral sex. be aware that the actors you see in pornography are portraying fictional situations. • Only accuse someone of rape if you did not give consent. You may withdraw consent anytime.Pornography
Pornography (also shortened to porn or pr0n) is visual material. If they say no. They may also have prepared their bodies for certain sexual acts prior to being filmed (see also: anal sex). Pro-tip: Use your web browser's private browsing feature. instead. Non-consensual sex is rape. punishable by jail time. Before attempting any of the sexual acts with your partner that you have seen on the Internet.) Never coerce or manipulate someone into doing something that they are not comfortable doing. then respect that decision. such as streaming video.
Two orgasms per week lowers risk of death. • Sleep. A wide-awake. • Pain relief. confident individual busting with zeal is zero bad. Have frequent sex. Endorphins and morphine are close cousins. well-rounded. awake refreshed. the more she wants it. Fall asleep faster and deeper. Sex reduces prostate and breast cancer risk. Orgasmic oxytocin helps cell regeneration. Absorbed semen is a natural antidepressant. A few great reasons not to abstain: • Longevity. More love equates to higher self-esteem.Health Benefits
Sexual intercourse offers more than weight loss and healthy teeth. get checked for sexually transmitted diseases on a regular basis. emotionally steady. • Emotions. • Estrogen. but be responsible: use condoms and contraceptives. The more she has sex. • Confidence. • Rejuvenation.
. If you have sex with multiple partners. • Cancer.
or the idea of free condoms sounds better than paying for protected sex. significantly reduce the chances that a man will impregnate a woman while they are having vaginal intercourse.Condoms
Contrary to Monty Python’s ear-worming tune. form deeper bonds through more acts of intimacy. not every sperm is sacred. Condoms. and allows sex to be much more pleasurable without the worry of pregnancy (or spreading disease) hanging over the lovers. and • campus health centres. • STI and STD health clinics. and does not endorse their use to combat AIDS. • county health departments. The Catholic Church incorrectly believes that the indiscriminate use of condoms encourages promiscuity. when used properly.
. They also reduce the risk of giving or receiving sexually transmitted diseases. visit any of these locations: • pregnancy planning centres. We already know that people are going to be promiscuous with or without condoms because orgasms feel great! Condom use encourages people to plan pregnancies. If you cannot afford condoms.
A ripped rectum is a rather embarrassing way to be hospitalized and can lead to serious bacterial infections. an expression of trust. • Stop! If the person receiving whispers. Between two consenting adults. Use more lube than you think is necessary. Warning: There might be some poop when exiting the exit. • Suit up. Put on a condom. Exit slowly. • Lube it. Gasp! • Stretch. such as a finger. also called sodomy. insert something small. is a disgusting. Smear water-based lubricant on the anus. and a little bit kinky. Respect. Shower or bathe before getting dirty. morally bereft act performed by Catholic priests on little children against their will. however. Before inserting anything big into a butt. anal sex can be a pleasurable sexual experience. And a bit more. Inside tips to get you going: • Be clean. you stop. or screams for you to stop.
. says. (Butt once in the stink.Anal Sex
Anal sex. anal sex can be dangerous. moans. This will help relax the sphincter and give you a stinky finger. keep it out of the pink!) When improperly performed.
and arguably can not.
. day 2 is cleavage. rational mind the question of when is imperative. pulled from his derriere the idea that a fetus receives a soul around 40 days after conception. in the 18th century. or fetus receive a soul? One can easily state human life begins at conception. Catholics believe that human life gets a soul at conception. be specific about when the soul is bestowed. When exactly does a blastocyst. or babies are assigned a soul at birth. or the soul is bestowed sometime in the first 40 days. day 5 is cavitation.Conception
Embryogenesis is the name given to the process that begins with sperm bumping into an egg and ends when a fetus is formed. day 4 is differentiation. day 3 is compaction. and thus abortion was acceptable within during that period. To the inquisitive. Except for when Saint Alphonsus Liguori. the soul is metaphysical mojo. There are many observable stages to embryogenesis: day 1 is fertilisation. and so on. The Catholic Church will not. and conveniently said to be beyond scientific inspection. Even if Catholics fingered the soul-bestowing moment during pregnancy. zygote.
We can choose to make more happiness in the world. Now that is a noble purpose for all mankind. This set of ethics. choose to contribute to humanity’s progress. We can look at morality in terms of how much happiness we create. Christians. our genetics urge us to meet. philosophy. pigs. We make our own purpose. greet. life is not all storm clouds and metal muffins. and sane humans who understand that religion is naught but faery tales and fan fiction. Secular humanists act in ways that promote the happiness and well-being of everyone. or how much pain and suffering we can obliviate. and morality is called Secular Humanism. so humanity must save itself. So far as we know. However. They believe that there is no god to save humanity.
. and hit the sack. This is true for donkeys.Sublime
Life has no intrinsic meaning or purpose.
Modern research indicates that no single part of the brain is responsible for moral decisions. well-rounded.
. the resulting population veers towards war. and inequality. standards. to function as a just. is influenced by experience. and society. peers. exploitation. regardless of differences. culture. Moral judgements stem from different parts of the brain collaborating together. Morals depend on how a person interprets what it means to be a decent. The notion of decency. This means that everybody has different moral standards. When societies learn morality from biblical texts that extol torture. rational. and genocide. Yet. most people adhere to a few common morals: • respect the lives. slavery. liberties. persecution. parents. and good individual. and rules we choose to follow. or “goodness”.Morals
Morals are the concepts. and • treat all people equally. famine. and values of others. and decent society.
Questions to help clarify their differences: • Meta-ethics: What does good mean? • Normative ethics: What actions should we take? • Applied ethics: Are gods necessary for objective morality? Theists argue that morality is meaningless without a god and. • Community defenses and benefits surpass nomadic exile. discussing. normative ethics. societal rules defined by secular ethics improve over time. and offering ideas about acceptable and unacceptable behavior. that position is craptacular. Even if we pretend that gods do exist. atheists have no moral foundation.
. consequently. Further.Ethics
Ethics (moral philosophy) concerns categorizing. Morals can be asserted through contractarianism many ways. Utilitarianism holds that correct (or “good”) actions maximize happiness. • Agreeing to societal rules rewards communal privileges. and applied ethics. Ethics includes meta-ethics. morality based on biblical texts does not. whereas. including: • Self-defense needs neither rationalization nor justification.
” People should say. Your own safety.
.” Everybody has their own ideas on acceptable behavior. Here are some things that you should not forgive.Forgiveness
You cannot change anyone who does not want to change. “Forgive and forget. Someone who lies to you on several occasions can be forgiven. for your own safety and well-being: • Physical. Put yourself and your loved ones first: it is natural. “Forgive and make some new friends. generally speaking. emotional. Someone who manipulates others can be forgiven. must be. • Major theft of personal property. but is not someone you should keep as a close friend or confidante. but is best not befriended. or sexual abuse. and what they will forgive. Most other things can be forgiven. your first priority. or the safety of those for whom you are responsible. People like to say. but do not forget. • Threats of physical violence.
Lies and Deceit
Of the thousands of gods that humans have invented. rather than scripture. was carved into stone tablets by Babylonians. Fortunately. using cuniform writing. including self-sacrifice for the greater good. proving the existence of either God or Apsû is the burden of those who say they exist. the first known creation myth. Proving that Apsû does not exist is the same as proving that God does not exist. Early societies had two main threats: internal lawlessness and external warfare. Religion motivated individuals to put societal needs first. Enûma Eliš. Around 1750 BCE.
. which predates biblical origins tales by 500 years or so. why must the Christian God exist while gods of other societies do not? Gods are so culturally pervasive due to societal cohesion. The idea that religion evolved because it was useful for social structure hinges on natural selection for groups as well as individuals—a controversial concept. Their mythology tells of our origins in tales of Apsû and Tiamat.
the authors showed that giving women the ability to choose when to bring a baby into the world results in lower crime rates. Consider these circumstances: • Rape. The reason is that young adults (in their twenties) in lower socioeconomic classes are more likely to commit crimes. crime waves that were predicted never materialized. Twenty years after the legalization of abortion. For a large part of its history.)
. Some religious people claim abortions are unacceptable for biblical reasons. When women of this class have abortions. some religions preach that miscarriages are abortions. In both cases. (Women get raped by both strangers and people they know.Abortion
An abortion is a pregnancy that is terminated before the fetus can survive outside the womb. rational thought and reason is ignored in favor of superstition and fallicious appeals to tradition. A woman who is raped should not be forced to carry the rapist's spawn to term. In the book Freakonomics. they reduce the number of potential criminals. the Catholic Church did not regard early term abortions as sinful. including family.
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. • Complications. viable offspring. If the zygote shows signs of genetic deformity. An infant born in the 23 or 24 week of gestation has a 16% chance of survival and 64% chance of serious disability (such as brain damage and blindness). sometimes the only way to save her is by terminating the pregnancy. she is healthy.) • Safety. though. Amillia and James were exceptional babies. statistically speaking. However. Amillia was born after 23 weeks and 6 days of gestation. As of 2010. James Elgin Gill survived and is healthy. it seems cruel to prevent a woman from ending the pregnancy. defects cannot be detected until too far into the pregnancy. Amillia Taylor is reported as being born (on October 24 . 24 weeks is the earliest age a fetus from a preterm birth has a greater than 50% chance of survival. Pregnancies can endanger the woman's life. (Sometimes. Kinder to allow her to attempt to conceive a healthier. Criminalizing abortion will not prevent women from getting abortions.• Genetic disorders. The earliest premature baby in the world was born after 21 weeks and 5 days in gestation. It will make abortions more dangerous. 2006) after 21 weeks and 6 days. when her gestation period is calculated using the more common method—her mother's last menstrual period—she is no longer a statistical anomaly.
and both partners risk contracting STIs. or increase risk. and other sexual acts. women are at risk of becoming pregnant. among other things. but risks can be mitigated. Learn about condoms and contraceptives. many Catholic teens experiment with everything except vaginal intercourse: oral sex. Life has risk. burtreynolds. mutual masturbation. Use them as instructed when having sexual intercourse or sexual relations. It is natural and expected that people will have sex. dry humping.
. Sexual acts can result in the transmission of diseases. choosing to avoid sexual intercourse. Abstinence-only education incorrectly teaches that condoms and contraceptives do not work. Erroneously teaching that contraceptives and condoms are “risky” results in people not properly protecting themselves from exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. As a result. Proponents of abstinence argue abstaining from vaginal intercourse. It is the assertion that the only way to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy is to refrain from sex. Without practical sex education. anal sex.Abstinence
Abstinence means. This makes it easier to justify the dangerously misguided view that abstinence is the only solution.
too. In Leviticus. he is considered gay. and • insects have four legs (Leviticus 11:21).
.. the latter worthy of death: • if a man also lie with mankind. or sexual attraction with a person (or people) of the same physical sex. romantic. When a man is attracted to other men. although sometimes gay can refer to lesbians.. In the past. Most men get sexually aroused watching two women make out.Homosexuality
Homosexuality is the emotional. the Bible states that shrimp and homosexuality are abominations. Straight women are equally aroused by all human sexual activity. and promote ignorance. Bibles can be destructive sources of morality because they are contradictory. Homosexuality is as much a choice as being born with red hair is the baby's choice. Homosexuality is biological: any discrimination must be considered and denounced as bigotry and hate speech. the word “gay” meant happy or joyful. • shrimp is an abomination (Leviticus 11:9-12). she is considered a lesbian. unethical. and sometimes by watching monkey sex. When a woman is primarily attracted to other women. both of them have committed abomination (Leviticus 20:13). hypocritical.
and designed. The Designer of Intelligent Design is not necessarily a god but could be an advanced alien civilization. Sometimes these parts become slightly more complex in their new role.Creationism
Creationism is the belief that an omnipotent being is responsible for setting into motion the events that directed humanity. or even life itself. to where it is today. The only true part is that evolution does not create all the parts of complex things simultaneously and instantaneously. “What designed the designer?”
. Creationists pretend that their beliefs are valid by wrapping them in a thin veil of pseudo-scientific nonsense and attempt to pass it off as valid scientific theory. it states that complex things (such as the human eye) cannot be explained by natural selection because all the parts that make up this fully working complex thing need to be in place at the same time. quite loosely. They now call it Intelligent Design and. The Nike “swoosh” logo is simple. while a winding river path is complex but not designed. Complexity and design are not the same thing. This then raises the infinite regression. Evolution recycles existing parts by adapting them for new purposes.
They will be tormented with burning sulphur. • hold women captive for slavery. I will sacrifice [my daughter] as a burnt offering. • Judges 11:30-39. • Jeremiah 19:9.
. and children. Given that it is morally wrong to: • deliberately slaughter men. Save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man. Consider:
• Genesis 7:23. I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters. or both. women. Then whomever claims to have committed such atrocities (god or human) is as reprehensible as the acts themselves. sex. • Numbers 31:17-18.
Defending these acts demands calling into question the morals of the defenders. • Revelation 14:10-11. • force people to cannibalize friends and family. Every living thing on the face of the Earth was wiped out. and • torture people because of their beliefs. • practice any kind of human sacrifice.Apologetics
Christian Apologetics attempt to rationalize and defend Christian faith and the Bible...
The seven deadly sins are said to be: • Lust. Wealthy Catholics.Sin
Religious sins are supposedly unchanging. but if you think you created something worthwhile. Thought-sex is healthy. it used to be a sin to not raise a child as Catholic. universal rules dictated by gods. breathe deep. Even Mister Rogers said that it's okay to be angry.
. Yet these inflexible rules have flexed over time. • Pride. animals have a natural desire for sex. rather than godly pronouncement. Barf. Rarely accomplishes anything positive. Humans are animals. • Envy. Some people sleep in because they are up late. • Greed.) The concept of sin must therefore be based on human advancement and adapting. there's no harm in smiling. (For example. move on. • Wrath. • Gluttony. but try not to be wasteful. anyone? • Sloth. Boasting is somewhat arrogant. Scratch this off the list. It's okay to indulge every once in a while.
There are male ordained Catholic priests who believe all forms of child abuse should be stopped. as the law also says. but they are to be submissive. let them ask their own husbands at home. they were not created for that purpose. and nicer still if whomever is appointed to protect the children wasn't also guilty of manufacturing child pornography. Or perhaps the Catholic Church is a male dominated patriarchy unwilling to yield its financial power to the gender that would be most likely to protect youth from harm? That’s not to say that all men want to molest little children and all women are pure of heart. It would certainly be nice if more of them shared the names of known child rapists with the police. for they are not permitted to speak. Try to wrap your mind around that illogical buckshot. Others insist that it should not happen because it has not yet happened. And if they want to learn something. Some people still think that women are not permitted to be priests (or ministers) because. for it is shameful for women to speak in church.Female Priests
Corinthians 14:34-35 reads.” This progressive attitude and traditional interpretation of the Bible has kept women out of priesthood for centuries. according to Genesis. Perhaps they were smoking weed when coming up with such iron-clad reasoning.
. “Let your women keep silent in the churches.
. possibly the galaxy. Its purpose is to make money. and possibly kill you. (The people perpetuating its crimes are also its victims.
The Church of Scientology must be stopped. spy on you. steal private documents. They will lie about you. They have mastered manipulation and brainwashing.) Approach Scientologists with caution and distrust. dismantled. turn your family and friends against you.Cults
Next to the Catholic Church. threaten your life. Read about Paulette Cooper's experience for details. blackmail you. listen in on your telephone calls. Operation Clambake notes:
The Church of Scientology is a vicious and dangerous cult that masquerades as a religion. bribe or coerce police officers and judges. lock your finances up in artificial legal battles. It practices a variety of mind-control techniques on people lured into its midst to gain control over their money and their lives. commit fraud. frame you for crimes. Its aim is to take from them every penny that they have and can ever borrow and to also enslave them to further its wicked ends. Cult and religious power must be restricted or eliminated. this is perhaps the biggest swindle in the entire world.
Congressman Leo Ryan visited Jonestown. and cyanide. but violent threats ended his trip early. founded in 1955 by an Indianapolis preacher named James Warren Jones (who lacked formal theological training and thought himself a prophet) asked his congregation to move with him to Guyana. Parents subsequently fed their children a mix of tranquilizers. he convinced cult members that the government would retaliate by taking away and then torturing their children and seniors. Jones “foresaw” they had no recourse but suicide. Most adults followed suit. a few people escaped the slaughter. in South America.S. Once Jones learned of the escape. concluding with 918 deaths. U. While boarding the plane. Concerned cult member relatives asked the United States government to investigate and intervene. In late 1978. Jonestown guards shot at Ryan. killing him and four others.Jonestown
The People’s Temple. including those who were shot. Cult and religious power must be restricted or eliminated. his cult of 1200 people lived under his socio-communistic regime in Jonestown. sedatives. By 1977.
lunatic that he was. The cult members combined Protestant Christianity. somehow managed to convince those whom he brainwashed that their final destination was Sirus—the night’s brightest star. and adapted Freemason rituals. around 74 deaths took place. Farewell letters stated that through death the victims would escape from hypocrisy and oppression. Shortly thereafter.
. New Age philosphy. the suicides and murders of cult members began. Between 1994 and 1997. the solar godking.Solar Temple
The mentally deranged Joseph Di Mambro wanted to help humanity prepare for the second coming of Jesus. The murder is thought to have been ordered because Di Mambro identified the baby as the biblical Anti-Christ. Cult and religious power must be restricted or eliminated. In October of 1994. Oh. three month old Emmanuel Dutoit was stabbed to death with a wooden stake. and Joseph.
In late March of 1997. He and his cult members were convinced that the Earth was about to be recycled. 39 deaths were counted. Cult and religious power must be restricted or eliminated.Heaven’s Gate
Marshall Applewhite believed himself to be directly related to Jesus. They were truly brainwashed into believing they had to leave Earth as quickly as possible. and that the only way to survive was to leave it immediately. Applewhite claimed that a space craft was trailing comet HaleBopp.
. he urged his followers to commit suicide so that their souls could board the craft. Including Applewhite’s. poisoned by cyanide and arsenic. You can find recordings of their nutty psychobabble saved on YouTube.
and all suffering can be overcome through the mind.Religions
Buddhism is not actually a religion as you may have heard. • it is conjecture. or • it has been taught to us by a teacher.
. and has some good things going for it. these principles are sound. Whether you prescribe to the rest of Buddhism. Buddhism encourages constant evaluation and development of morality. and wisdom—that life's struggles can be overcome. or Buddhist texts). Qu’ran. focus. • it appears to be common sense. like a guess or estimate. Rather. • it is tradition. as in oral tradition. Buddha suggested that when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the benefit of one and all. then accept it and live up to it. Siddhãrtha Gautama (Buddha) reputedly said do not believe in anything simply because: • it is often repeated. handed down for many generations. • it is in scripture (the Bible. or not. Buddhism declares that part of life is suffering.
It is a scandalous cult intent on controlling the masses to serve its own diabolical. and endemic immoral atrocity that evokes visions of Holocaust brutality. manipulate. There are some problems with this: • Sin is hogwash. Thousands of Catholic priests rape. abhorrent. fondle. detestable. • Threatening people is morally and ethically wrong. with his audacious. The pulpits support indoctrinated preachers as they threaten congregations with eternal damnation for sin. • Humans have no soul that can be damned for all eternity.Catholicism
Catholicism is founded on fear. no Heaven. callous. chronic.com/rpt/pdfs
. arrogant. and scar children. This is not a religion. An investigative report is available online: http://www. • There is no Hell. acrimonious. Then the Pope. beat. and no Purgatory. scatological. perverse desires. It is a repulsive. wrathful. and hypocritical prowess has seen to it that the Vatican remain unhelpful during child abuse investigations.childabusecommission.
Nature's rules are quite a thrill. but now I see: Faith is priestly fantasy. Let's explore your neighborhood! Twinkling starlight. I am glad. We all have one life to live. We don't need to ever pray. which keeps adherents docile and obedient. fourth in line after sexual. Worse. I don't know! Teaching children through a song. Brainwashing sung all day long! Christ is dated. Travelled such a long. it takes no skill. Asteroids are hard to see.
Egotistical is the belief that the creator of the universe is vitally concerned with your sex life. Evolution's on your side. it sets us free To research reality. it's no good. don't you know? My young mind's empirical. For the time that we have had. Light I see from you today. long way. On the Earth. Once was blind.Christianity
All Christians buy into the idea of eternal suffering. Toss religion. Gravity pulls it all in. Arrogant is the belief that a god created the entire universe for one religious affiliation of one species out of millions on one planet out of billions. While the Sun has heat to give. Science works. Knowingly lying to children ranks among the most deplorable acts. physical. When they strike they are deadly. Where's the proof? Well. from far and wide. Christianity terrorizes children with horrors that await them after death. Kindergarten children should be told the truth. instead:
Jesus loves me! Some say so. Wasting time is not the way. and emotional abuse. Planets form. Stardust starts where life begins.
Oral sex. • Anti-Masturbation. • Abhor Unnatural Sex. Believing societal laws can be trumped by the word of God places believers beyond critique. omnipotent entity. and fact. bondage play. reverse cowgirl.Watchtower
Jehovah Witnesses engage in detrimental behaviors: • Anti-Homosexuality. • Anti-Abortion.
. who cares what goes on behind closed doors? Like most religions. masturbation helps control premature ejaculation in men. Alan Turing. and other sexual activities are perfectly normal. • End Times. Hawaiian muscle rubs. belief that the Bible was handed down by an invisible. why recycle? • The Anointed. Women can learn to orgasm by masturbating. mutual masturbation. As long as the act is mutually acceptable. reason. If the world will end soon. Women must have the right to decide when it is appropriate to bring a new life into the world. Both lead to healthy sex lives. 'Nuff said. doggy-style. and does no permanent physical or psychological harm. 69. anal sex. leads people to ignore observation.
the voodoo that some do is more poo-poo than true-true. The word Voodoo comes from vudu. Louisiana Voodoo gave Hollywood a plot device: prick an effigy in doll form with a pin and the human target flinches.
Louisiana Voodoo (or New Orleans Voodoo) is an underground religion that underwent a partial mind meld with Catholicism. Like all religions.
Thankfully. Voodoo has its own special brand of sexism:
Having a woman visit you the first thing on Monday mornings is bad luck for the rest of the week. Hollywood twisted the truth: Voodoo dolls are not used for curses. people still cough up cash at tourist traps in New Orleans on Voodoo mumbo jumbo trinkets. a physicsdefying immaterial force that can interfere in the day-to-day activities of mere mortals. Like most religions. Though. Not surprisingly. Voodoo is a dying religion.
The white men couldn’t dance. formed compassionate communities. They heard only the music. and held fundraisers for worthy causes. in their hearts they only wanted to swing-out with another person.Lindy Hop
In the beginning (the late 1920s). the ropes were jumped.. financially supported musicians.. Lindy Hop has enlivened social scenes. Frankie said unto his friends: dance.
. given people a fun reason to exercise. Black and white people danced with one another: the walls of segregation started to splinter. The white women wanted to dance with everyone. such as the Savoy Ballroom. Skin color didn’t matter. Since then. At the large dance halls. except for one thing. there were ropes that divided the black dancers from the white dancers. taught humility. so why the ropes? Quite quickly. Studs. Lindy Hoppers also rebelled against Nazis. Sluts. there was a man named Frankie Manning. put smiles on faces around the world. The trouble was that these people didn’t see ethnicity. The black men wanted to dance with everyone. People were happy. The Lindy Hop was the buzz of the towns. introduced prospective lovers. The black women stood around looking hot. Jazz music had swung through the United States. The trouble with dancers is that they are often young and rebellious.
and is anti-homosexual. Ignoring these morality issues. The Bible is the infallible word of God. It is equivalent to stating. evidence other than the Bible is necessary. 3.” Those who study God and religious belief are clever enough to avoid being so blatantly illogical. war.Sacred Texts
The New Testament remains a shamefully immoral upgrade from the Old Testament. murder of children. To prove that the Bible is the infallible word of God. Therefore. Such proof often resembles: 1. God exists. Such reasoning incorrectly assumes that God already exists. 2. the Bible is often used (informally) to prove God’s existence. This is known as circular reasoning (also known as trolling). The Bible alone cannot be used as evidence for the existence of a supernatural being. “The balls are blue because they are blue. God exists because it is written in the Bible. self-mutilation.
. It advocates slavery.
The Qur’an also gives permission for men to keep female concubine-slaves. Moreover. Islamic faith is so socially entrenched that believers are uncomfortable even addressing the aberration of slavery. is blindly believed by Muslims to be the incontrovertible word of God. The Qur’an does not explicitly condemn slavery nor does it offer helpful suggestions of abolish it.The Qur’an
This book. Moral lessons from an omniscient being should have predicted emancipation and explicitly advocated for it. Defenders of this trite will note that the contemptible behavior was widely acceptable practise among early Muslims.
. The Qur’an is no more God's word than this booklet. the book declares that sexual relations are permitted between masters and their slaves. That millions of people could not see a grave injustice does not mean God-written rights of slavery were ever a correct moral choice. the primary religious literature of Islam. Religious myopia is the gateway to immoral actions. Here are glaring problems: 1. 2. If slavery is wrong it means that their god passed along a controvertible oopsie.
enjoy life. no matter how fun it is to believe.
Wicca is harmless fantasy when not taken seriously. Of pinnacle importance is the Wiccan Rede (advice for witchcraft). someone could conjure an intricate spell to improve the likelihood of finding work. When job hunting.
. Traditionally. A woman might try to decrease her chances of getting pregnant through special enchantments. the first Book of Shadows was written by a Wiccan. like other cults and religions. Magic has no effect on reality.
Translated into concise English:
Harm nothing. do what ye will. The book contains religious text and magic ritual instructions. the potential for bad consequences abounds. Time spent casting the spell would be better spent looking elsewhere for jobs because incantations will have no effect. es lung es yuoo coose-a nu herm.Book of Shadows
Around 1950. which states:
An it harm none. Wiccans believe magic can affect quantum probabilities and other nonsense. The results could be a trip to the abortion clinic or 18 years of doting on an unplanned child.
Translated into Swedish Chef-speak:
Du vhetefer yuoo vunt. each group of witches has their own Book of Shadows. Yet.
With much revulsion and contempt. the Catholic Church has provided the most abominable example of religion’s incongruity and hypocrisy. Those fuckers must expect wrath when an organization claims to be a moral authority. yet is found to have inflicted unfathomable amounts of abuse. Think carefully. and mental stagnation on children. Where was God in all this? Where was the God who is angry at homosexuals but allows priests to sodomize under-aged boys until those children bleed? Or how about expecting children to eat their own vomit.
. mixed with mould? Or neglecting children until starvation drives them to eat ointment used for treating boils? Or supplying nought but newspaper and rags for girls during menstruation? Or forcing child labor under brutal conditions? Or brainwashing them with religious bullshit to the detriment of a well-rounded education? Every time religious propaganda is taught to children. natural world. precious time is taken from their education about the real. Sodomy is called a sin (probably owing to its homosexual implications). yet hundreds of Catholic priests have been observed to perform it on children.
From the CICA Report Vol. III Confidential Committee:
Form of Sexual Abuse Inappropriate fondling Enforced nakedness Vaginal rape Forced masturbation Attempted rape Kissing Vaginal penetration by objects Digital penetration Oral/genital contact Indecent exposure Anal rape Other Total Reports 102 52 27 22 15 14 10 8 7 6 3 8 274
Table 1: Forms & Reported Frequency of Reported Female Sexual Abuse
Form of Sexual Abuse Inappropriate fondling Masturbation of abuser by child Use of violence Anal rape Masturbation of child by abuser Oral/genital contact Non-contact abuse Attempted rape Kissing Digital penetration Total
Reports 183 89 88 68 50 30 25 14 12 6 565
Table 2: Forms & Reported Frequency of Reported Male Sexual Abuse
and no friends are permitted entry. therefore. Only untrained nuns and those who suffer may enter. One such encouragement was to condemn condoms. No doctors. our people of the street. Agnes wanted people to live in impoverished conditions so that she could identify with them. Agnes Bojaxhiu said:
These are things that break peace.direct murder by the mother herself. we are doing another thing which is very beautiful . because it is a direct war.
The Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta. yet at the same time believed that suffering was necessary.
. was not to alleviate poverty. natural family planning. India does not attempt to save lives.we are teaching our beggars. Her ultimate goal. Agnes genuinely wanted to alleviate suffering. It is a morose haven for the sick to suffer and die according to rules invented by the Catholic Church. but to encourage it. no nurses. but I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion. Spreading suffering is no more saintly than it is moral and ethical. our slum dwellers. These are polar agendas. Even witches declare that harming others is a no-no. our leprosy patients. And also. a direct killing .Mother Teresa
In her 1979 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
the Catholic Church has shifted its views on subjects as controversial as evolution (and soon the Universe's creation). the World Health Organization has shown. preaching an abstinence-only society ensures that in 20 years there will still be donations to fight AIDS (without any scientific discovery and cure). Why. During the evening. Since condoms play a key role in prevention.The Pope
Joseph Ratzinger’s day job is to shelter and defend known child abusers. He probably even understands statistics. then. does it continue to teach lies about condom use? Here’s a chilling theory: the AIDS epidemic is a money machine for donations. where AIDS is pandemic. Joe is a smart guy. And yet. statistical evidence?
. In the past. whose spiritual leader discourages condoms. What better way to ask people for money than to show pictures of emasculated African AIDS victims? Eliminate the epidemic and a substantial cash flow will vanish. he likes to prevent condom use in Africa. Funds are split between “church operations” and actual care. Around 25% of all AIDS care in the world is provided by Catholics. that condoms reduce the spread of AIDS. statistically. Why ardently ignore the reality of concrete.
The texts disagree with the actual date. legend.
. Before 70 A. Jesus is described as a revolutionist. Nearly all biblical scholars agree he existed. The gospels were written around 70 A. the first copies of the gospel of Mark didn't include the resurrection: it was added much later.. The scriptures show that Jesus was more like Mohandas Gandhi. Even if Jesus existed. he did not preach or stand for anything the Catholic Church currently represents.Jesus Christ
The New Testament is myth. The only known accounts of Jesus' birth are in the Bible gospels of Matthew and Luke. internal contradictions. Yet the idea that Jesus never existed has been long ignored by such scholars due to conflicting theological interests and lack of incentive. Effectively. Nothing. and historical irregularities. no single mention of a Jesus of Nazareth exists in the works of contemporary historians and writers. It contains so many falsehoods that no meaningful verification about Jesus of Nazareth (including his existence) can be extracted from the texts. preaching nonviolent civil disobedience and love.D.D. Also.
and was praised because she accepted and endured her fate with humility.
There is no such thing as a perfect human.
. and have six fully functional fingers on both hands and six fully functional toes on both feet. be physically symmetrical from head to toe. Beyond biblical accounts. and a few other early Christian sources. trust. there is no independently verifiable information about any aspect of her life. service. ye women: accept being raped for it is the will of God. service and love. The story of Mary’s perfection (her humility. Mary was impregnated. The concept of perfection is itself flawed. possibly against her will. Everyone has opinions about what is beautiful. our pursuit of Christ should lead us to saintliness like hers: rooted in humility. Double barf.Virgin Mary
Here is what one book has to say about Maryām:
While we’ll never be perfect like Mary. A perfect human would live for ten thousand years without serious ailment or injury. ace every school test ever given. Hearken. and love) is vulgar. The idea of perfection is like the notion of beauty. trust.
This means that neither Christmas decor nor any other religious artifacts may be put on government property. no religion may be given special attention. or threat of being burnt alive. The first is called “fairness” and the second is called “preferential treatment”. winter celebrations are frivolous fun.
. Fundamentally. The trouble starts when governments give preferential treatment to one religion over another. rewrote some history books. The Christians thought that the Pagans should worship Christ. This is a difficult idea for fundamentalist Christians to accept because it involves two concepts.Religious Holidays
Pagans enjoyed winter solstice. to be equitable. instead. That is. Probably under threat of persecution. and then converted many Pagans to Christianity. purgatory. People are free to believe whatever they like (so long as it does no harm). So Christians borrowed from Pagan festivals.
but that presupposes that God exists. Easter itself is only mentioned in the King James translation of The Holy Bible (Acts 12:4). and break the laws of known physics. who also enjoyed coloring and then eating eggs during spring. And blue balls are blue because they are blue.
. rabbits and hares were a symbol of fertility. Originally. There was no resurrection. miracles prove God exists. which is a mistranslation of Passover.Easter
Easter is yet another Christian theft of ideas from other cultures to ease indoctrinating non-Christians. Miracles cannot be used as evidence because it leads to a circular argument: God creates miracles. There is insufficient evidence that any gods exist. Apologetics argue that miracles are the work of God. The history of Easter eggs extends back to the ancient Egyptians and Persians. Miracles have never been proven under any scientific test. Thus the Easter Bunny was conceived. The word Easter is actually linked to the Pagan goddess Eostre. Christians thought they would make a marvellous representation of Christ’s tomb. and the celebration of warm sunshine and newborn babies. due to how quickly they reproduced.
but ignore dressing up in sackcloth. Biblical cherry-picking allows them to keep the symbolic ash part. Some people around the world (foundations like Methuselah) do not see returning to dust as thy only conclusion.
The human body is a complex chemical machine. It was inspired by the forty days Jesus allegedly spent fasting in the desert. Ash Wednesday is the first day of lent where people foolishly smear ashes on their forehead.Lent
Lent begins a Catholic holiday that allows adherents to forget the horrible actions they took during the previous year by abstaining from something for forty days. and to dust thou shalt return. or not watch television.
. where neither chewing gum nor television were available. Rather. Frustrated Catholics could even give up masturbation for Lent. Priests (or ministers) also taint the session with negative thinking:
Remember that thou art dust. they see death as a disease to be cured. Catholics could give up chewing bubble gum. For example.
One more solution is that rabbis lied.Hanukkah
The eight candles lit for Hanukkah are said to represent miracles. Another is that there was actually more oil than the tale tells. Bollocks and ballyhoo. eight days later. the most notable being about some long-lasting oil. The military success and glorification of the Maccabeans posed a threat to Roman rule (think riots). By making up a miracle. and miraculously. One rational explanation for longer lasting candle light is slower burning wicks. They had enough oil to last only one day.
. Allegedly. the oil finally ran out. The royal Hasmonean family wanted to celebrate the Maccabean victory by lighting a menorah. Yet another explanation is that they did not let the candles burn all night. public attention was shifted from rabble rousing to piety.
Bobby Henderson wrote the Board a satirical letter suggesting that his theory of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) also receive equal educational time.
. whom call themselves Pastafarians. Pastafarians celebrate the winter holiday season with a holiday called Holiday.) The non-denominational greeting of “Happy Holidays” that is quickly replacing non-secular greetings in popular culture gives weight and credence to the Pastafarian movement. His interpretation of life's origins gave rise to FSM worshippers. Holiday allows each Pastafarian to celebrate it when and however desired. Once touched by His Noodly Appendage. Without a specific date or specific requirements.Holiday
When ignorant Kansas State Board of Education members mandated equal teaching time for evolution and intelligent design. (Some even celebrate Pastover and Ramendan. you will understand.
There is no such thing as the soul in the sense of an abstract.
. Believers will note that the soul is immaterial: its existence is not subject to empirical methods. metaphysical concept. The natural world is simpler to describe without metaphysical souls. If souls exist. then the equation is wrong and we must throw our knowledge of physics out the window. Ockham’s razor suggests we should lean towards simplicity. it must exhibit a change in the electrons that comprise us (otherwise it cannot affect us and we should discard the concept of souls altogether). (Otherwise. for they posit the existence of the soul. The Dirac Equation describes how electrons behave at normal energy levels and has been verified in every related experiment. it is tempting to ask: Exactly when during evolution were humans bestowed a soul?) If an immaterial soul influences (or is somehow intertwined with) our bodies. (Who needs cell phones and satellites. anyway?) The soul introduces complexity: How does the soul physically influence us? Do its interactions preserve conservation of information? What is its relationship to Lorentz invariance? These are for theists to answer.
They are religious inventions to keep people indoctrinated. reward those who follow them. Many religions base morality entirely around acceptance of and entrance to Heaven. These ideas allow religious leaders to influence people who reject their teachings. In contrast.
. secularism prompts people to help others with the goal of reducing suffering. The promise of Heaven and the threat of Hell is how followers are retained. or hitting their rump with a stick. Heaven is the ultimate carrot and Hell is the supreme stick.Heaven & Hell
There are no such things as Heaven and Hell. You can motivate donkeys to move by dangling a carrot in front of them. and lend the illusion of importance to their teachings.
There is no such thing as a miracle in the sense of a surprising event considered the work of a divine agency (as opposed to an event explicable by natural or scientific laws). Miracles can also be pranks (such as faith healing). to fool (or frighten) people into obedience through threat of supernatural powers. Duh. covered in a transparent layer of misconception and ignorance. Even though our universe is filled with mysteries.
. recounted to glorify religious tenets. we should neither accept those mysteries as miracles. When we investigate the real cause to a mystery. we learn something astounding about this spectacular universe. nor end questioning the origins of those mysteries. Miracles are falsehoods. Leaps in knowledge are not preceded with bombastic exclamations of Eureka! but with interrobanged head-scratches partnered to the immemorial phrase What the fuck‽ Attributing events to divine intervention retards humanity. scientific laws. Every mystery humans have ever solved has been shown to be governed by natural. or tricks.
empirical. and statistical evidence justifies the belief that it will. The Salem Witch Trials involved people who accepted witchcraft accusations as true. Disbelief in supernatural entities is not an act of faith. but the historical. Lumping evidence-based belief with beliefs based on spiritual conviction together as faith-based is dishonest. strong belief in a religion based on spiritual conviction rather than proof. Accepting ideas on faith curtails important questions. We cannot prove the Earth will continue to rotate tomorrow. Faith is no more a virtue than lies and threats are virtues. Scientists trust empirical evidence. complete trust or confidence.
. rather than demanding substantiated empirical evidence that supported those accusations. and 2. the two definitions are exact opposites. It is a rational position held by the extensive evidence that natural forces created the universe.Faith
The Oxford Concise English Dictionary defines faith as follows: 1. dissuades people from dissecting the universe. and can influence people to take actions they otherwise would not.
You could read a scientific study on the empirically proven uselessness of prayer. outside of the person's mind. or finishing homework. When Japan was hit by a tsunami. food. and infantile response. has no measurable effect on reality whatsoever. or shelter would have been far more practical and appropriate. or volunteer at a homeless shelter. It wastes time that you could be using to understand how the world works. a $5 donation for reconstruction. Praying does have one measurable effect: it wastes time. It is not too late: You can still organize an event to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross!
. That was the most lazy. You could be exchanging interesting ideas with friends. and yet millions around the world believe that only prayers can change the world around us. but. Instead of a five minute prayer. futile. You could help people build a home. You could be exercising your body. You could be studying for school. ignorant. The efficacy of prayer has never been demonstrated to any standard worth holding up. selfish. insulting.Prayer
Praying is a worthless activity that makes the person praying feel good about having accomplished something. many people thought it would be a good idea to pray for them. inconsiderate.
The Emperor's New Clothes is a great tale of such an incident. Peer pressure is interesting. omniscient entities. If everybody around you is doing something. omniscient entities.
Now read it aloud again. When a person speaks in tongues. it becomes socially awkward to buck the trend. (Not a nice thing to do. chances are that you made very similar sounds both times.” in their supposedly supernatural language won’t sound the same twice. everyone started laughing and pointing at the Emperor. the phrase. “Our universe exists without meddling. mind you!) Speaking in tongues is a lie to yourself and a lie to others. Read the following sentence aloud:
Our universe exists without meddling. Try it: record them on your cell phone and play it back. The reason is because they are making it up.
. At that point. just like everyone else who claims to talk in meaningful gibberish. It took a young boy to courageously tell the Emperor of the tailor's joke: the Emperor was riding completely nude through the city streets. omnipotent. omnipotent. Putting aside that repetition is a form of brainwashing.Speaking in Tongues
Languages let you express your thoughts so that other people can understand you.
. Surprised? The shape. Theologians moved the goalpost to suggest that the words were spoken figuratively. flavor.Transubstantiation
Transubstantiation is a longer spelling of “fiction”. and sipping his juices means believing in him. Penn and Teller have turned water into wine. odor. empirically testing transubstantiation means opinions would have to change if it turned out to be scientifically impossible (which it is). Empirical evidence supports the fact that no change whatsoever takes place. Some people believe that the delicacies consumed during the communion ritual are not merely a symbolic representation of the body and blood of Jesus. and constitution of the goodies never literally change to the body and blood of anything. Also. After all. but literally (and magically!) transform into his body parts upon ingestion. After sifting through the Bible (John 6:35 and 6:53). color. it is clarified that eating his skin means coming to him. without divine intervention.
Your move. At least one doctor claimed medical intervention could have spared her life up to a week before her untimely death. It is interesting to note that a Carmelite nun. which meant Satan possessed her. of course. She died on July 1. They still possess ritual books to expel evil spirits from a possessed person. Ooga-booga-boo! The case of the dutifully Catholic Anneliese Michel is one that Catholics would like to bury. Michel suffered from epileptic seizures and hallucinations. based on a vision. 1976 from malnutrition and dehydration. told the parents that their daughter’s body was still intact: proof of supernatural meddling. bore signs of consistent deterioration.
. place. Her story became the plot for a few movies about exorcisms. or thing. upon exhumation.Exorcism
The Roman Catholic Church is the butt of jokes. Satan. Her parents were found guilty of manslaughter. after having endured around ten months of partial-starvation while the exorcism was performed. The undisputed official reports stated the body.
both 1 Kings 10:14 and 2 Chronicles 9:13 state that Solomon collected "six hundred threescore and six" talents of gold each year. humans can redefine its meaning. Some scholars contend that the number 666 is a code for the Roman Emperor Nero. though. Some Protestant Bible commentators and some Protestant Reformers have equated the "beast" of Revelation chapter 13 with the Papacy. Since humans gave it meaning.
The number 666 probably refers to 7:06pm. In the Old Testament. Some researchers have reportedly found the number of the Beast in the Greek word Maometis. which is the best time to eat rice pudding: right after an early supper. harmonizing with the symbolic depiction of past governments (denoted as "kings") in the Book of Daniel as wild beasts. Its definition hinges on mainstream social awareness. Consider these tasty morsels from Wikipedia:
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that The Beast for which 666 stands symbolizes many unified governments. Henceforth.Beastly Number
Numbers have neither inherent meaning nor are they the domain of any immaterial mythical creature (such as the Antichrist or the Devil). 666 means puddin’ time!
and adversaries of religion. the most well-known worship. skeptics. and revenge mentality. self-control.
They also believe in magic. rather a reservoir of power inside each human to be tapped at will. which seats them decisively on the couch of hypocritical loopy-loos... To the Satanist. he is his own God. in neither God nor the Devil.] Satan is not a conscious entity to be worshipped. Peter Gilmore. Adherents consider themselves truth-seekers. is based on individualism.Satanism
Modern public practice of Satanism began in 1966. [. Thus any concept of sacrifice is rejected as a Christian aberration—in Satanism there’s no deity to which one can sacrifice. notes:
Satanists do not believe in the supernatural. a Church of Satan leader. LaVeyan Satanism. The Atheistic flavors idolize Satan in a symbolic sense. Surprisingly. when the Church of Satan was founded by Howard Stanton Levey (later Anton LaVey). the two major trends were Theistic and Atheistic Satanism. We can chuckle at Theistic Satanists for their worship of Satan as a real supernatural deity.
Purgatory is a scare tactic used by the Catholic Church to encourage obedience in its disciples. This natural acid dissolves soap scum. and young adults. gives shine to brass and copper. Great for bathrooms and kitchens. It is an inexpensive disinfectant and deodorizer. here are some practical tips to save the environment and money: • Vinegar. and makes volcanoes when mixed with vinegar.
. King of the deodorizers. Rather than debunk it for the insipid poppycock that it is. removes hard water deposits (bathtub rings!). and can clear up garbage disposal indigestion. Purgatory cannot compare to the cleansing power of vinegar. congregations. smells great. Mix one part vinegar to one part water and you have a general purpose cleaner. • Baking soda. Keep it away from grout and marble. Neither the concept nor place of purgatory have any merit. great abrasive cleaner. • Lemon juice.
Worse. Webster’s dictionary defines this scenario as follows:
Hypocrisy (noun) 1. When the child learns that angels do not exist (for example. Feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not. especially the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion 2. Angels are said to be spirits without a physical form. Lying to children about guardian angels to encourage honesty and righteousness. by reading this booklet). they will discover that their parents lied to them. do not exist. Encourage honesty and honor by being honest and honorable.
Religious faith is a choice. adults will tell children that a guardian angel (perhaps even a dead relative) watches over them.Angels
Angels. Same goes for Santa Claus. but manipulation through deceit is a debase controlling tactic. Strange that people who believe in angels manage to depict or describe them anyway. or faeries.
or inconsistencies. Beyond our overly active imaginations. in dogmatic religious drama. cannibalism. and laughs in the face of rational thought. devils. Malevolent supernatural beings causing catastrophe is a fail-safe the pious crutch upon to discourage investigation into anything that might reveal flaws. there is no evidence for the existence of demons. and burning faggots). There is a web page that states:
Satan is not a mere force.
. a symbolic figure of evil. or creatures that lurk in dark closets. or the figment of [the] imagination. do not exist. There is no evidence whatsoever that we should understand him as some sort of illusion or symbol of evil. like angels.Demons
Demons. It is incredulous that in modern times people still believe in the devil. which can have deadly consequences (such as human sacrifices.
Such faulty logic (shifting the burden of proof onto those who claim Satan does not exist) is an embarrassment to the idea of evidence. Demons. are a lazy way to hide the truth or deter questions. spiritually possessed aardvarks. or devils. He is a real personage.
A recommended dilution for homeopathic “remedies” is 10
helpful molecules for
each litre of water. Charming. it would mean that water “remembers” fish poop.
. It is incomprehensible that laws do not prevent homeopathic shams. Homeopathy is stupid. a “memory” of the substance is retained. but completely untrue. First. For your own safety. and a wastes money in two ways. second. every substance encountered by a water molecule might impart an “essence” that would have potent (and possibly dangerous) medicinal effects when ingested. Learn about Avogadro's number to discover why such a ratio means that the medicine will have no effect on anything whatsoever. the money paid by consumers to support the nefarious industry. ineffective. it somehow makes the remedy more effective. Proponents claim that even when the last helpful molecule is gone. the money spent fabricating homeopathic solutions. If true. Medicine works by allowing beneficial molecular compounds to interact with and change cells in your body. Homeopathy is the delusion that by mixing fewer helpful molecules into liquid.Homeopathy
The homeopathy scam is the snake oil of modern day snake oils. don't buy any of it. Plus.
Never trust anyone who belongs to a community that hides the truth about such foul. As guilty and spineless as rapists themselves. how easy would it be for them to lie about other. often only reporting the abuse years afterwards. This could include neglect or improper care. If they can hide the truth about these heinous of crimes. is morally and ethically wrong). unlike homosexuality. This makes the Pope—and anyone else who has harbored or helped assailants escape legal prosecution—equivalent to child abuser by association. deplorable actions. or sexual mistreatment of children. are known to molest children. menacing deeds. For a time.Destructive Behavior
Child abuse is the emotional. harmful. Catholic priests. lesser matters?
. physical. and generally only if it is believed that the rapist will otherwise be exposed. the papacy instituted a policy of reporting incidents to secular authorities. for example. yet rather than admit to it and seek professional psychiatric care (because rape. those reprehensible priests ask the Pope to cover up their despicable. Popes have an impeccable record of not reporting child abuse. however this was almost never followed in practice.
which can make it difficult to find at first. with many sensitive nerve endings craving attention. Arousal tends to poke the clitoris a little bit beyond its hood. Less sex means fewer pregnancies. and an orgasm results. especially the head. Both of these actions are forms of genital mutilation. Then sleep. Stimulate the penis. the clitoris (or “clit”) is the hot spot of female pleasure. which leads to extinction. Then cuddling. For gals. exposing the tip of the penis. the tip (or “head”) of the penis is the hot spot of male pleasure. Nearly all males are born with the head of their penis surrounded by protective flesh called the foreskin. with many.Genital Mutilation
For guys. Stimulate the clitoris and an orgasm often results. other religions require cutting off the clitoris at birth. many sensitive nerve endings desiring attention. the foreskin pulls back. Orgasms are amazing because humans evolved that way. Removing the foreskin makes the head of the penis less sensitive. If sex was extremely painful or damaging. Some religions require slicing off the foreskin at birth. we wouldn’t do it as often.
. Nearly all females are born with the clitoris covered by the clitoral hood (for protection). When aroused. Removing the clitoris makes it practically impossible for a woman to experience sexual pleasure through orgasms. The end of the clitoris is usually tiny (cribbage peg-sized).
Books. seeking to suffocate. The ashen destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria was a terrible strike against progress. When a government censors the Internet. equality. Where rationality and reason prosper. a Christian (Theophilus of Alexandria). and is a futile assault on the practical application of a distributed global network. and ethics. Regardless of what transpired so long ago. it infringes upon the rights of its citizens. knowledge. justice. and silence its spread of knowledge. or seizes web pages. people oppose the electronic world.
Libraries embody architecture and composition: they physically represent the idea that attaining knowledge leads to enlightenment. The Internet and World Wide Web have become the symbolic successors to the Great Library of Alexandria: havens of logic and reason for those who seek it. libraries remain with us today. and reality. idealism. and freedom of communication are tools of the oppressed. and a Moslem (Caliph Omar). Like Alexandria. there will always be refuge for knowledge and the freedom of information. Such opposition must not spread. with the suspects including a Roman (Julius Caesar). subvert.
or • they are inked with worthless hate speech. Common reasons to ban books include: • they contain ideas a community fears. Banning books because they contain ideas or situations that are uncomfortable to hear. Of these reasons. Quote passages from the book to highlight the rationale. as World War II exemplified. When a book is banned. anything that the authorities want to keep suppressed tends to become more famous or widespread. however.
. are woefully insufficient reasons. or disagree with your unfounded. there should be open discourse and a public review of the discussion that led to the banning decision. Nigger chink whore bugger-breath whale chalk nickel. In our information age. ignorant spiritual beliefs. It is hoped that fanatics will prevent people from reading this booklet.Book Banning
Sometimes religious zealots ban books. banning a book because of hate speech is a good idea. on the other hand. • a community misinterprets the content.
Balts. Slavs. upon attacking. many innocent people were tortured and executed in the name of Christianity. and Christian heretics. Mongols. During the Crusades.Crusades
Christian terrorism. shocking.
. The result was that over one million people died. A brutal. wherein the Germans. Then look at First World War. and ghastly 15 million casualties (though likely much higher) was a painful result from the First World War. this translates to:
God with us!
The Russians had the same motto. were campaigns the Roman Catholics fought against Muslims. Mostly they wanted to control land they thought had religious significance. rallied by the pope and enacted by kings. Add to this list of religious extermination the French Wars of Religion. would cry the credo embossed on their helms:
Gott mit uns!
In English. the Thirty Years’ War. and the Second Sudanese Civil War.
In 1991. not the most honorable man. just four days before Willingham’s scheduled death by injection.
. Gerald Hurst submitted a report regarding the evidence:
The fire investigation report of the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office in this case is a remarkable document. On first reading. amoral zombies. Todd Willingham. they become indiscriminate.Death Penalty
Texas is big. and has government-sanctioned death. in 2004. the United States government and the Texas Governor knowingly authorized the murder of an innocent man. when the report is looked at in the context of its time and in light of a few key advances that have been made in the fire investigation field in the last dozen years. 2004. Bibles describe situations where taking a person's life is just punishment. When communities glean morality from a book that glorifies revenge. a contemporary fire origin and cause analyst might well wonder how anyone could make so many critical errors in interpreting the evidence.
The original evidence for arson was invalid. Todd Willingham was innocent. At 6:20pm on February 17th. renown arson expert and chemist Dr. was sentenced to die for burning his house and three children. religious. it becomes obvious that the report more or less simply reflects the shortcomings in the state of the art prior to the beginning of serious efforts to introduce standards and to test old theories that had previously been accepted on faith. On faith and superstition. Critically. Yet Governor Rick Perry denied a stay of execution. However.
They also decry government attempts to regulate or influence religious policies. founded on the Christian religion. The Separation of Church and State protects both sides from each other: the government cannot meddle in private religious affairs. it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries. and the population's minority is protected from religion's antiquated belief systems.—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation.Religion and Politics
Church & State
Separation of Church and State refers to laws that specifically prohibit the establishment of any government-sponsored religion or imposing a specific religion upon the members of that country. Notable lawful statements about separation include:
The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion.—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws. or tranquility. religion. As the Government of the United States of America is not. in any sense. or for imposing any religious observance. of Mussulmen. or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion. Religious campaigners vigorously insist that the majority should have privileged access to draft laws or influence government.
. and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.
It hinged on the erroneous idea that northern Europeans were somehow superior to Aborigines. With no end of charm in sight. or to its heritage. they indoctrinated the children into Christianity. The kidnapping occurred between approximately 1869 and 1969 although in some places children were still being taken in the 1970s. The children are known as the Stolen Generations. The policy of separating Aboriginal children and their parents was partially based on the notions that civilizations could be forced into segregated hierarchies.
. without any supporting empirical evidence. 2008 a formal apology was made. that mixed-descent children (called half-castes) would threaten the stability of their civilization. On February 13. Those northerners believed.Australian Aboriginals
Members from church organizations and Christians stole Aboriginal children from their families.
While tempting to note that such rare gems are found in a river of filth. and moral decrepitude.. religious institutions and rescue organizations combined..
. inspiring. Still other Jewish historians found that the Catholic Church gave millions of dollars to assist Jews during World War II. A sword and shield set upon the dark dragon of genocide and persecution. prominent members of the Jewish community have contradicted these criticisms. While the Catholic Church has been accused of encouraging antisemitism. Historian John Toland noted:
The Church. under the Pope’s guidance. let us refrain. corruption. temporal waste.
A set of magnificent.Catholics & Nazis
The Catholic Church is not all bad. saved the lives of more Jews than all other churches. and noble actions: a sparkling reminder of how people ought to behave. A good deed is a good deed and truly stands alone. dishonesty.
For example. Every other argument fundamentalists or creationists use to explain the distant starlight problem has been refuted. and the founding of the United States of America as a Christian Nation. separation of Church and State. then the Catholic God is deceitful (see Romans 1:20. stem cell research. abortion.000 years.
. Fundamentalists are a pristine example of people who choose to ignore the findings that the scientific method has allowed us to discover about the natural world. and 3:4). sex. For irrefutable evidence that the Earth is older than 10.Fundamentalism
The Christian Right are fundamentally misinformed on subjects such as education. creationism. If God created the universe with light already in transit. look up on a clear night sky.000 years old. evolution. Light from the nearest galaxy takes well over two million years to reach Earth. some 40% of Americans believe Earth is less than 10. Revel in the stars and the light of the Milky Way galaxy.
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From the Princess Bride:
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The Declaration offers a brash misrepresentation of reality:
Christian women stood at the vanguard of the suffrage movement. arrogance (“human beings created in the divine image”). and bigotry (“place orphaned children in good homes rather than comply with a legal mandate that it place children in same-sex households in violation of Catholic moral teaching”). followed more for her logic than religion. Susan Brownell Anthony. chastised by Christian religious groups. brimstone.000 signed the Manhattan Declaration. and corruption has hitherto hemmed women into nothingness. Ernestine Rose. became agnostic. By the 1880s.” Matilda Joslyn Gage published a book about how Christianity oppresses women.
Women’s rights activist Elizabath Cady Stanton was a skeptical woman. The Manhattan Declaration promotes homophobia (“call on the entire Christian community to resist sexual immorality”). a major women’s rights advocate. Women’s Suffrage vanguards found Christianity contemptible. Lucy Stone said of Christianity: “A wall of Bible. was an atheist who questioned God at the age of five. not religious grounds.
. Lucretia Mott opposed historic Christian doctrine and befriended atheists. released in 2009. church. Margaret Fuller was a Protestant transcendentalist who fought for women’s rights on rebellious.Manhattan Declaration