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Totalitarianism.............................................................2 Child Abuse/Violence Against Women...............................4 Patriarchy.....................................................................8 Racism/Heterosexism...................................................10 Nietzsche (Christianity pretty much sucks)......................13


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1. Religion causes world war, famine, and collapse into totalitarianism and genocide Bagnell 1999

The religious right (Catholicism plus the Christian Coalition and others) is confident God will provide for the world's growing population problems, even perhaps in the form of a miracle! However, governments are responsible for recognizing problems and acting to contain them; should our Congress rely on miracles to solve our problems? What a quaint idea! That is another reason for the separation of Church and State! The most likely "miracle" to reduce populations will be uncontrollable disease, famine and starvation, religious wars, or population-related wars involving "innumerable multitudes of people" of China, of India, and other nations of the world, who will face shortages of food, water, and other resources. Our country has already been accused, by some, of a war for oil, and religious frictions are rampant in the world today. Please note that a part of the problem in Kosovo is that the Kosovars (Islamic) reproduce much faster than the Serbs (Orthodox), and were rapidly outnumbering them in a country which
Population Miracles: the Serbs consider their homeland, and which was overrun centuries ago by the Islamic

Thus - a war caused by overpopulation of Albanians, ethnic hates, and religious differences; but made a horror by ethnic cleansing in the evil traditions of Hitler and Stalin!.


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2. Totalitarian must be rejected at all costs – a new Hitler and Stalin would be the result. Kohn 02
[Jerome, International Quarterly of Social Sciences, Volume 69, Number 2, Summer

the judgment and actions of men and women who know the nature of totalitarianism and agree that, for the sake of the world, it must not occur again--not only in the specific forms in which it has already occurred, which may be unlikely, but in any form whatsoever. The significance of the story Arendt tells in Origins is political, not only
The beginning called for here, if there is to be one, will arise from because she wanted to destroy what history conserves, but also because her "method" of storytelling goes against the grain of social scientists who purport to explain totalitarianism objectively, that is, in terms that for Arendt explain away its meaning. (9) Reflecting some 20 years later on the moment in 1943 when she first learned about Auschwitz, Arendt said: "This ought not to have happened." That "ought" is not based in transcendent moral "values" but rather constitutes as strong as possible a statement that there was something irremissibly wrong with the world in which Auschwitz could and did happen, and that that wrong must be righted.

Reconciliation to the world requires that totalitarianism be judged, not by subsuming it under traditional moral, legal, or political categories, but by recognizing that it had no precedent, that its elements still persist, and that every indication of its reemergence can be resisted. Such judgment is possible
for beings "whose essence is beginning," and reconciliation may follow only if new roots are struck in the world. Judgment is "the other side of action" and as such the reverse of resignation. It seeks to destroy but not erase totalitarianism, for then the historical processes that did not cause but led to its emergence would remain intact and "the burden of our time" be reaccumulated. (10) A quotation from Karl Jaspers that struck Arendt "right in the heart" and which she chose as the epigraph for Origins stresses that what matters is not to give oneself over to the despair of the past or the utopian hope of the future, but "to remain wholly in the present," the temporal dimension of action.

Totalitarianism is the crisis of our times insofar as the demise of the regimes of Hitler and Stalin becomes a turning point for the present world, a felt political need for the construction of a new world fit for the common habitation of all human beings.

Child Abuse/Violence Against Women 1. Religion is child abuse on a grand scale Dawkins 2005

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Richard, ethologist, evolutionary biologist, Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, atheist and all-around badass,

scientist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins, dubbed calls religion a "virus" and faith-based education "child abuse" in a two-part series he wrote and appears in that begins
Controversial "Darwin's Rottweiler," airing on the UK's Channel 4, beginning tomorrow evening. Entitled "Root of All Evil?," the series features the atheist Dawkins visiting Lourdes, France, Colorado Springs, Colo., the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and a British religious school, using each of the venues to argue religion subverts reason. In "The God Delusion," the first film in the series, Dawkins targets Catholicism at the pilgrimage site in Lourdes. "If you want to experience the medieval rituals of faith, the candle light, the incense, music, important-sounding dead languages, nobody does it better than the Catholics," he says. Dawkins, using his visit to Colorado Springs' New Life Church, criticizes conservative U.S. evangelicals and warns his audience of the influence of "Christian fascism" and "an American Taliban." The backdrop of the al-Aqsa mosque and an American-born Jew turned fundamentalist Muslim who tells Dawkins to prepare for the Islamic world empire – and who clashes with him after saying he hates atheists – rounds out the first program's case for the delusions of the faithful.

Dawkins attacks the teaching of religion to children, calling it child abuse.
In part two, "The Virus of Faith,"

"Innocent children are being saddled with demonstrable falsehoods," he says. "It's time to question the abuse of childhood innocence with superstitious ideas of hellfire and damnation. Isn't it weird the way we automatically label a tiny child with its parents' religion?" "Sectarian religious schools," Dawkins asserts, have been "deeply damaging" to generations of children.

2. Child abuse leads to violence against women Jadwero 2002

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Jennifer, representative to conference on Preventing discrimination against children: ensuring inclusion for all children,

The role of boys and men is important in ending gender-based discrimination. If we girls and women want, we can make them part of the solution and not the problem and if we do that then we will soon can and have a world where all are equal, where all enjoy full human rights and a world without gender discrimination or violence.


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3. Every year violence against women kills as many women as people who were lost on 9/11 Johnson 2003
Jennifer R, Editor-in-Chief, Santa Clara Law Review, J.D. Santa Clara University School of Law

Every year in the United States, violence by men kills women in numbers equivalent to the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. 2 In fact, three of four women in the United States will be victims of at least one violent crime in their lifetimes. Yet, few of those who commit such violent acts are ever brought to justice. Such injustice is the result of a system that discounts the harms of violence against women by taking it less seriously than other crimes, characterizing it as "family law," and offering little to no monetary relief to redress these harms.
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4. Eliminating structural violence against women is the precondition to resolving international violence. Sterba 1994
James P., Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame “Feminist Justice and the pursuit of peace” Hypatia, Spring 1994,

First of all, to achieve peace we must put an end to the overt violence against women which takes the distinctive form of rape, battering, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse. This overt violence is in every way as destructive as the other forms of violence we oppose in our pursuit of peace. So we cannot in consistency fail to oppose this form of violence done to women in our society. According to one cross-cultural study of ninety-five societies, 47 percent
of them were free of rape (Miedzian 1991, 74). What this shows is that it is possible to eliminate, or at least drastically reduce, overt violence against women.

Patriarchy 1. Religion leads to patriarchy Saint Paul’s First Epistle to Timothy, date unknown
(1 Tim. 2:8-15 New International Version)

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I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.


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2. Patriarchy is the root cause of all forms of war, violence, and oppression. Reardon 1985
Betty – director of peace education Columbia Univ. Women and Peace: Sexism and the War System, p.7


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1. Religion is the perpetual enemy of moral, social, and human progress, has repeatedly been the cause of cruelty and torture, and has continually opposed attempts to stop slavery, racism, and heterosexism Russell 1927
Bertrand, philosopher, logicial, mathematician, advocate for social reform, Nobel Laureate, and heathen Why I am Not a Christian, March 6, 1927 That is the idea -- that we should all be wicked if we did not hold to the Christian religion. It seems to me that the people who have held to it have been for the most part extremely

You find this curious fact, that the more intense has been the religion of any period and the more profound has been the dogmatic belief, the greater has been the cruelty and the worse has been the state of affairs. In the so-called Ages of faith, when men really did believe the Christian religion in all its completeness, there was the Inquisition, with all its tortures; there were millions of unfortunate women burned as witches; and there was every kind of cruelty practiced upon all sorts of people in the name of religion.

You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress of humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward better treatment of the colored races, or ever mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the world. I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.


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2. Unchecked racism embeds sovereign power with the will to indiscriminately annihilate others – this is the key enabler for global atrocities and extinction. Mendieta, 2002
[Eduardo Associate Professor SUNY SB, PhD Philosophy ‘To make live and to let die’ –Foucault on Racism Meeting of the Foucault Circle APA Central Division Meeting –Chicago, April 25 4-25-2k2 SUNY at Stony Brook] This is where racism intervenes, not from without, exogenously, but from within, constitutively. For the emergence of biopower as the form of a new form of political rationality, entails the inscription within the very logic of the modern state the logic of racism. For

racism grants, and here I am quoting: “the conditions for the acceptability of putting to death in a society of normalization. Where there is a society of normalization, where there is a power that is, in all of its surface and in first instance, and first line, a bio-power, racism is indispensable as a condition to be able to put to death someone, in order to be able to put to death others. The homicidal [meurtrière] function of the state, to the degree that the state functions on the modality of bio-power, can only be assured by racism
“(Foucault 1997, 227) To use the formulations from his 1982 lecture “The Political Technology of Individuals” –which incidentally, echo his 1979 Tanner Lectures –the power of the state after the 18th century, a power which is enacted through the police, and is enacted over the population, is a power over living beings, and as such it is a biopolitics. And, to quote more directly, “since

the population is nothing more than what the state takes care of for its own sake, of course, the state is entitled to slaughter it, if necessary. So the reverse of biopolitics is thanatopolitics.” (Foucault 2000, 416). Racism, is the

thanatopolitics of the biopolitics of the total state. They are two sides of one same political technology, one same political rationality: the management of life, the life of a population, the tending to the continuum of life of a people. And with the inscription of racism within the state of biopower, the long history of war that Foucault has been telling in these dazzling lectures has made a new turn: the war of peoples, a war against invaders, imperials colonizers, which turned into a war of races, to then turn into a war of classes, has now turned into the war of a race, a biological unit,

Racism is the means by which bourgeois political power, biopower, re-kindles the fires of war within civil society. Racism normalizes and medicalizes war. Racism makes war the permanent condition of society, while at the same time masking its weapons of death and torture. As I wrote somewhere else, racism banalizes genocide by making quotidian the lynching of suspect threats to the health of the social body. Racism makes the killing of the other, of others, an everyday occurrence by internalizing and normalizing the war of society against its enemies. To protect society entails we be ready to kill its threats, its
against its polluters and threats. foes, and if we understand society as a unity of life, as a continuum of the living, then these threat and foes are biological in nature.


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3. Lesbian and gay liberation is critical to undermining heterosexism—specifically the cult of heterosexual masculinity is the root cause of all domination and violence, and ensures the genocidal extermination of all minority groups Tatchell 89
[Peter, Leader of OutRage! “Gay Liberation Is Central To Human Emancipation” May/June 1989, (

Lesbian and gay liberation is of critical importance to the broader project of human emancipation. It is not merely a minority issue, nor purely a question of civil rights and sexual freedom. The ultimate aim is a cultural revolution to end heterosexual supremacism and the concomitant cult of heterosexual masculinity which underpins all relations of oppression and exploitation. This was the revolutionary agenda of the lesbian and
gay liberation movement which emerged 20 years ago following the Stonewall Riots in New York in June 1969.In contrast to earlier liberal-oriented movements for homosexual equality, the lesbian and gay liberation movement did not seek to ape heterosexual values or secure the acceptance of homosexuals within the existing sexual conventions. Indeed, it

repudiated the prevailing sexual morality and institutions - rejecting not only heterosexism but also heterosexual masculinity with its oppressive predisposition to rivalry, toughness and aggression (most
potently symbolised by the rapist and the queer-basher).In contrast the "radical drag" and ''gender-bender" politics of the Gay Liberation Front glorified male gentleness. It was a conscious, if sometimes exaggerated, attempt to renounce the oppressiveness of masculinity and subvert the way masculinity functions to buttress the subordination of women and gay men.

Lesbian and gay liberation is therefore truly revolutionary because it specifically rejects the male heterosexual cult of masculine competitiveness, domination and violence. Instead, it affirms the worthwhileness of male
sensitivity and affection between men and, in the case of lesbians, the intrinsic value of an eroticism and love independent of heterosexual men.By challenging heterosexual masculinity, the politics of lesbian and gay liberation has profound radical implications for oppressed peoples everywhere: it actively subverts the male heterosexual machismo' values which lie at the heart of all systems of domination, exploitation and oppression. Lesbian and gay liberation is therefore not an issue which is peripheral. It is, indeed absolutely central to revolutionary change and human liberation in general.Without

the successful construction of a cult of heterosexual masculinity and a mass of aggressive male egos, neither sexual, class, racial, species, nor imperialist oppression are possible. All these different forms of oppression depend on two factors

for their continued maintenance. First, on specific economic and political structures. And second, on a significant proportion of the population, mainly heterosexual men, being socialised into the acceptance of harsh masculine values which involve the legitimisation of aggression and the suppression of gentleness and emotion. The embracing of these culturally-conditioned macho values, whether consciously or unconsciously, is what makes so many millions of people able to participate in repressive regimes. (This interaction between social structures, ideology and individual psychology was a thesis which the communist psychologist, Wilhelm Reich, was attempting to articulate nearly 60 years ago in his book, The Mass Psychology of Fascism).In the case of German fascism, what Nazism did was merely awake and excite the latent brutality which is intrinsic to heterosexual masculinity in class societies. It then systematically manipulated and organised this unleashed masculine violence into a fascist regime of terror and torture which culminated in the holocaust.Since it is the internalisation of

the masculine cult of toughness and domination which makes people psychologically suited and willing to be part of oppressive relations of exploitation and subjection, repressive states invariably glorify masculine "warrior" ideals and legally and ideologically suppress those men - mainly homosexuals - who fail to conform to them.Given that this internalisation of masculine aggression within the male population is a prerequisite for injustice and tyranny,
love and tenderness between men ceases to be a purely private matter or simply a question of personal lifestyle. Instead, it objectively becomes an act of subversion which undermines the very foundations of oppression. Hence the Nazi’s vilification of gay men as "sexual subversives" and "sexual saboteurs" who, in the words of Heinrich Himmler, had to be

"exterminated- root and branch."

Nietzsche (Christianity pretty much sucks)

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1. Religion is the root cause of every slander against the world, every lie about the beyond, and curses humanity with instincts of decadence, cowardice, and perpetual nihilism in a war against life, nature, and the will to live Nietzsche 1895
Friedrich, German philosopher, and man with a serious mustache, Antichrist published 1895

The Christian conception of God—God as god of the sick, God as a spider God, as spirit—is one of the most corrupt conceptions of the divine ever attained on earth. It may even represent the low-water mark in the descending development of divine types. God degenerated into the contradiction of life, instead of being its transfiguration and eternal Yes! God as the declaration of war against life, against nature, against the will to live! God—the formula for every slander against "this world," for every lie about the "beyond"! God—the deification of nothingness, the will to nothingness pronounced holy!
That the strong races of northern Europe did not reject the Christian God certainly does no credit to their religious genius—not to speak of their taste. There is no excuse whatever for their failure to dispose of such a sickly and senile product of decadence. But

a curse lies upon them for this failure: they have absorbed sickness, old age, and contradiction into all their instincts—and since then they have not created another god. Almost two thousand years—and not a
single new god! But still, as if his existence were justified, as if he represented the ultimate and the maximum of the god-creating power, of the creator spiritus in man, this pitiful god of Christian monotono-theism!

This hybrid product of decay, this mixture of zero, concept, and contradiction, in which all the instincts of decadence, all cowardices and wearinesses of the soul, find their sanction!


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2. Christianity is equivalent to anarchy and will inevitably poison and destroy everything that allows life to exist Nietzsche 1895
Friedrich, German philosopher, and man with a serious mustache, Antichrist published 1895

Indeed, it makes a difference to what end one lies: whether one preserves or destroys. One may posit a perfect equation between Christian and anarchist: their aim, their instinct, are directed only toward destruction. The proof of this proposition can easily be read in history: it is written there in awful clarity.
If we have just become acquainted with a religious legislation whose aim it was to "eternalize" the highest condition of life's prospering, a great organization of society—Christianity

found its mission in putting an end to precisely such an organization because life prospered in it. There the gains of reason, after
a long period of experiments and uncertainty, were to be invested for the greatest long-term advantage and the harvest to be brought home as great, as ample, as complete as possible; here, conversely, the harvest was poisoned overnight. That which stood there aere perennius, the imperium Romanum, the most magnificent form of organization under difficult circumstances which has yet been achieved, in comparison with which all before and all afterward are mere botch, patchwork, and dilettantism—these

holy anarchists made it a matter of "piety" for themselves to destroy "the world," that is, the imperium Romanum, until not one stone remained on the other, until
even Teutons and other louts could become masters over it.

The Christian and the anarchist: both decadents, both incapable of having any effect other than disintegrating, poisoning, withering, bloodsucking; both the instinct of mortal hatred against everything that stands, that stands in greatness, that has duration, that promises life a future. Christianity was the vampire of
the imperium Romanum: overnight it undid the tremendous deed of the Romans—who had won the ground for a great culture that would have time.


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3. Christianity is the worst of all possible evils, and offers no blessing whatsoever. It creates distress and torment only to perpetuate its existence, and it is the one great curse on humanity which is the cause of all its harms Nietzsche 1895
Friedrich, German philosopher, and man with a serious mustache, Antichrist published 1895

I condemn Christianity. I raise against the Christian church the most terrible of all accusations that any accuser ever uttered. It is to me the highest of all conceivable corruptions. It has had the will to the last corruption that is even possible. The Christian church has left nothing untouched by its corruption; it has turned every value into an un-value, every truth into a lie, every integrity into a vileness of the soul. Let anyone dare to speak to me of its "humanitarian" blessings! To abolish any distress ran counter to its deepest advantages: it lived on distress, it created distress to eternalize itself.
With this I am at the end and I pronounce my judgment.

The worm of sin, for example: with this distress the church first enriched mankind. The "equality of souls before God," this falsehood, this pretext for the rancor of all the base-minded, this explosive of a concept which eventually became revolution, modern idea, and the principle of decline of the whole order of society—is Christian dynamite. "Humanitarian" blessings of Christianity! To breed out of humanitas a self-contradiction, an art of self-violation, a will to lie at any price, a repugnance, a contempt for all good and honest instincts. Those are some of the blessings of Christianity!
Parasitism as the only practice of the church, with its ideal of anemia, of "holiness," draining all blood, all love, all hope for life; the beyond as the will to negate every reality; the cross as the mark of recognition for the most subterranean conspiracy that ever existed—against health, beauty, whatever has turned out well, courage, spirit, graciousness of the soul, against life itself. This eternal indictment of Christianity I will write on all walls, wherever there are walls—I have letters to make even the blind see.

I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great innermost corruption, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means is poisonous, stealthy, subterranean, small enough—I call it the one immortal blemish of mankind.
And time is reckoned from the dies nefastus with which this calamity began—after the first day of Christianity! Why not rather after its last day? After today? Revaluation of all values!