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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
........................102 Manhattan Declaration.100 Fundamentalism..............................................Destructive Behavior Child Abuse.........99 Catholics & Nazis...................92 Genital Mutilation.....................101 Marriage......93 Alexandrian Library........103 ..95 Crusades.....98 Australian Aboriginals...96 Death Penalty................94 Book Banning.........................................97 Religion and Politics Church & State..
. you always have a choice of what you want to do with your life. Somewhere.Introduction What ideas are so dangerous that Catholics want to prevent you from reading about them? The ideas in this book. They meet in churches to give thanks and to pray. The power of the Catholic Church is unquestionable: over a billion devout believers en masse. hundreds of millions of people gather together. As time is our most precious commodity. Without sufficient notice. united by their belief that their god is the One True God. And yet belief can be deadly. by penalty of death? People would never have been told that planets orbit the Sun. or that massive rocks on a cataclysmic collision course could extinguish all life on Earth. You can always choose how you want to make a positive contribution to humanity. What if astronomers were prevented from sharing observations they had made while peering through telescopes. arresting advancement or dissemination of knowledge is an intolerable transgression. Whether you are a teenager or an adult. any asteroid deflection strategy will fail. a rock is headed our way. It does not matter how old you are right now. It is paramount that we understand how the world really works. Every Sunday.
The scientific method allows us to systematically examine nature to discover how the Universe works. Keep this booklet with you. Take time to understand the arguments.It is important to point out that science does not have all the answers. Take up hobbies.com/r/debatereligion if you need a kind voice. comfort. This booklet contains commentary on many topics that religious people tend to preach out of ignorance. and grow as a good. and support. faith. Refer to the booklet when your friends and family members have questions. Realize that you are never alone. By the end of 2011 there will be 7 billion people on the planet. whereas. or arrogance. friendship. education. All of whom. need food. and moral free-thinking individual. There are topics that are not included that are just as important as the ones that are. make friends. kind. keep a copy on your laptop. Science continually refines itself based on new findings. Use it to refute the Bible. Aug 22. but booklets usually have a beginning and an end. learn a field of science and contribute something tangibly meaningful to humanity. You are actively and strongly encouraged to research every fact in this booklet for yourself. belief vehemently denies new information to preserve faith. Visit reddit. see the world. This is not a complete list. Distribute it to your friends. 2011 . love. like yourself. learn about logical fallacies.
• Death is final. In stark contrast. Theists would kill the kid. infanticide. Atheistic morals are driven by a desire to do good in the world. torture. and slavery. Treating people with kindness and respect sets an example. no less. 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. So what stops atheists from killing people? • Friendship. If anything. • Kindness feels good. If a god told an atheist to sacrifice her child. Atheists need not be threatened into doing good deeds by fictional beings. Murder devalues human life. which are not the exclusive domain of god belief. religious reasoning has justified murder. propensity for violence increases in proportion to the fundamentalism of a person's religious faith.Rationality & Reason Atheism Atheism is a lack of belief in any god. socially welladjusted people value others due to empathetic responses. 1 . Killing other people seriously hampers long-term friendships and other relationships. genocide. no more.
It also means changing your opinion when you are shown to be wrong. 2 . you have closed your mind to other possibilities. finding the best explanation (not necessarily the most comfortable). Faith-based thinking is the opposite of critical thinking: it purges rationality from the mind. “there is no god” is not closed-minded. If you believe with absolute certainty that you are right. Critical thinking requires reason over emotion. consider many ideas. Always approach subjects with an open-mind. There is a difference between critiquing the Bible and applying empirical evidence to highlight parts of the Bible that are false. encourage debate. if two ideas are nearly equivalent. recognizing and acknowledging factual evidence. “there is neither empirical evidence nor any logical reason to believe any gods exist.Critical Thinking Thinking critically means understanding whether an opinion or argument makes logical sense. then you have stopped thinking critically. quantify. pick the simpler.” Facts must have independent confirmation. It is simply a shorter way of saying. and theories must be falsifiable. The statement. leaving no room for doubt. avoid arguing from authority. every step of an argument must work. and asking questions. When you believe something on faith alone.
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. and observable evidence as truth. and intuition. and how we formulate concepts. 3 . how our senses serve us. The debate between atheists and people who believe in faeries (or gods) hinges on criteria for truth. the theist twists the natural world with ideas that are inconsistent with reality. revelation. The atheist favors logical consistency. The atheist sees the world as nature presents it. faith. our thoughts will have no coherent path. the theist stands upon custom. coherence.
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.
or you will be resurrected. • Appeal to the People. • Circular Reasoning. and all of them demonstrate incorrect reasoning. and miracles. therefore natural selection and evolution must be wrong. the Bible. (Or neither exist. Almost every Christian believes the Earth is flat. God created the Bible because the Bible said God created it. There is only Heaven or Hell.  • False Dichotomy. The Pope sanctioned child molesting.Logical Fallacies When people discuss religion creationism. • Appeal to Authority.) • Slippery Slope. they lean on fallacious arguments. You enjoy sex. thus you will rape cats. Woah! She turned me into a newt! (A newt?) I got better. Darwin was a bad person. • Ad Hominem. 7 . therefore it must be okay. There many others (too many for one page). • Anecdotal Evidence. Logical fallacies do not support an argument and must be discounted immediately. therefore the Earth is flat. independently of spiritual faith. etc.
• Deny everything. Use financial might to arrest. • Fall-back. 8 . • Invoke enigmas. If someone has crucial information. Use financial might to destroy a critic’s physical health. instead. see. and circumstances make the truth impossible to discover. or emotions. Church situations are above the law and should be resolved without impartial police investigations. or blackmail people who oppose your views. Never discuss evidence. • Vanish. Introduce new information designed to mislead others. • Defame critics. • Internal affairs. admit to being alone with the child. number of people involved. • Lie. finances. Don’t admit to child abuse. have them “vacation” somewhere remote. and speak no evil. detain.Disinformation Some common Catholic Church (and mafia) customs include: • Hear. Pretend the event never happened. State that the situation. • Silence critics.
. hypothesis. Equivocation can be difficult to notice. but sometimes get confused. A Scientific Theory. and theory are closely related terms. I believe . can mean either sad or a color. and I'm lying through my teeth.”. is different than a theory that is a hunch or a guess. For example. unless you enjoyed puns. A Scientific Theory has been tested. often many times (in many ways) by many different people. 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. 9 . and observations have been consistently verified.” Do not confuse the two definitions. you probably would not think that my eyes were sad.. the word faith can also mean. for example.Science Scientific Theory Scientific Theory. “Based on my knowledge of physics and my previous experiences. faith that a chair will support weight is using the word faith in the sense of. such as the Theory of Evolution. Having “faith in the physical attributes of a chair” and “faith in a god“ are not equivalent definitions of faith. The word blue. I believe . If I said my eyes were blue. whereas... “Even though there is no evidence. Mixing two definitions is called equivocation.
• Conclusion: It is possible to rapidly dip a hand into liquid nitrogen without it freezing. forming a flesh-protecting air barrier. experiments are tried. questions are asked. 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. The experiments must be repeatable so that scientists can test each others’ claims.Scientific Method Absolute proof is not a requirement for science. your laptop would never have been built. th 10 . • Observation: Temperature differences caused the liquid to boil. results are noted. Scientists avoid bias by trying to prove their theories incorrect. hypothesis are formed. If it were. This helps ensure no mistakes (deliberate or otherwise) are made. Instead. then they have demonstrated that their idea is true. conclusions made. If they cannot show that the hypothesis is incorrect. and further tests are proposed to discover the hypothesis that most closely describes reality. But don't: it's dangerous. • Experiment: Dip a room-temperature hand replica into liquid nitrogen for a 10 of a second.
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.
Humans and great apes (chimpanzees. the common ancestor of humans and great apes must have had either 48 or 46 chromosomes. Evolution for the win. it was discovered. Human chromosome number two was discovered to be fused with its neighbor. the chimpanzee genetic code was compared with the human genome. and gorillas) are more like relatives with common great-great-greatgreat-great-great-great grandparents. Humans. we presume the ancestor had 48. Therefore. Since there are three types of great apes and only one type of human. They spew statements like: If evolution states we evolved from monkeys. 14 . their offspring thrive today. They think present-day species evolved from one another. This means that.Evolution Creationists misinterpret evolution. bonobos. why are they still around? Evolution states that we share a common ancestor with monkeys. Even though those ancient ancestors are no longer around. in humans. We didn’t evolve from monkeys and monkeys didn’t evolve from humans. After its publication in 2007. one pair must have fused. have two fewer chromosome pairs (46) than the great apes (48). Again.
if not imaginative. with humans and dinosaurs frolicking together. That money should have been spent sheltering the homeless. telling of the Biblical account of Genesis—in all its refutable glory—cost $27 million to build. leading to humans. Most scientists agree that the asteroid that exterminated the dinosaurs left its mark as the Chicxulub impact crater in the Yucatan Peninsula. In the United States. the Creation Museum. Humans never co-existed with dinosaurs. 15 . Also around 65 million years ago. Genius. they went extinct. The museum displays a literal interpretation of Genesis. What a heart-wrenching waste of time and resources. Mexico.Dinosaurs The terrible lizards were animals that dominated the Earth for over 160 million years. Around 65 million years ago. a giant asteroid slammed into Earth. feeding the less fortunate. Their extinction let mammals diversify quite quickly. which depicts a fictional. or any number of ways to improve our plight. not aggravate it. That was 27 million dollars spent on the active promotion of lies. Scientists have even measured the crater's gravitational data to study the angle of impact. advancing medicine.
saying that the research was unethical because it required cells from aborted fetuses. Research into how stem cells work will give us insights into how to cure diseases and fix the human body. There are other ways to obtain stem 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.) in our body develop. Stem cells are not special. yet opponents continue to use the same tired. aborted fetuses. blood cells.Stem Cells Embryonic stem cells are unspecialized cells from which all other cells (skin cells. nor are blastocysts. and genetically reprogrammed adult cells (iPSCs). ignorant. and invalid arguments. Opponents of stem cell research rallied against it. etc. placentas. 16 . Stem cells are obtained from blastocysts. umbilical cords.
The Pontifical Academy even planned to build a statue of Galileo within the Vatican. Through Galileo's work. official opposition to heliocentrism was dropped. This idea is called heliocentrism. an idea. The Catholic Church made a half-assed apology in late 1992. or perhaps to buy bigger hard-drives for their child pr0n stash. In 1741. they forced him to recant his position or face execution. rationality and reason were thrust into public consciousness once more. the Pope graciously allowed publication of Galileo’s complete scientific works. Probably because they needed the money to shuttle fiddly priests around. By 1835. Galileo was sentenced to house arrest (for the remainder of his life) by the Catholic Church for daring to suggest an idea. That they had to get permission is appalling. Yes. They locked him up and banned reprinting his works.Scientists Galileo Galilei In 1633. 17 . A month later the plans were halted. The Catholic Church suppresses information because it leads people to conclude that their teachings are false. An idea that the Church didn’t like: that the Earth revolves around the Sun.
as written by those who were actually present. refuted the recantation and conversion story. changed her mind about chimps using tools. Noting his words in such a state would be like noting his words while he was trippin' on 'shrooms. Even if this was true: • It changes nothing. reshaped how we think of ourselves. If Jane Goodall. • When a person is dying. Accounts of his death. who was not with Darwin when he died. while he correctly believed it was not for educated men. their mental state is uncertain. His children. it would not alter the fact that they do. do not mention recanting. His ideas of natural selection and evolution influenced the direction of modern medicine. and helped expunge the backwards literal Bible interpretations from modern society. or become clouded. However. Elitism is not cool.Charles Darwin This man’s visage is on British currency. You have probably heard the rumor that Darwin recanted evolution on his deathbed. Darwin did mistakenly think that Christianity was good for common folk. for example. Shame shame! 18 . A dying brain is likely to hallucinate. The story was fabricated by Lady Hope. Darwin. who were there.
He once wrote: A man who is convinced of the truth of his religion is indeed never tolerant. 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. He even hammered on intolerant atheists. here and everywhere. he is to feel pity for the adherent of another religion but usually it does not stop there. They are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. At the least. and light. 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. He was also rather outspoken on religious matters. 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. hatred then leads to persecution when the might of the majority is behind it. 19 . time. 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. However.Albert Einstein Albert Einstein proposed a revolutionary idea about space. 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.
but to admit that the religion-influenced society was wrong in persecuting homosexuals. Such is the power of religious propaganda and dogma. a mathematician. 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 was the Father of computer science. Two years after his sentence. to his physical detriment. He chose the latter. Turing was found dead from cyanide poisoning. The Prime Minister apologized in 2009. 20 . most likely having taken his own life by biting into a poisoned apple. Religion teaches that there is no middle ground: no room for exceptions. too archaic for a progressive civilization. a codebreaker. A symbolic gesture not for Alan Turing. It is bitterly unjust that a man so important to the freedom of his fellow citizens should have had their laws used against him. Turing was given a choice: go to jail or suffer chemical castration.Alan Turing Alan Turing was instrumental in saving the British from the Germans. This strict regime of right versus wrong is too inflexible. Stealing is usually wrong (like taking money from your parents without their express permission). and the victim of religious prejudice for being homosexual.
and so change them. 1956: I would like to remark. The scientific viewpoint is the exact opposite of this. he believed that if the Allies created massively destructive weapons. that is. and genocide. He helped build the device because he believed in the liberating forces fighting for freedom. On the relationship between atheism. check them. they would stand against oppression. we must argue everything out—observe things. all questions must be doubted and discussed. and democracy. since the word “atheism” is so closely connected with “communism. communism. because there is discussion and a chance of modification. Some people unjustly link atheism and communism. in passing. 21 . He took great joy in finding things out. 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. slavery.” that the communist views are the antithesis of the scientific.Richard Feynman Richard Feynman harbored an immense guilt for his contributions to building the atomic bomb. the scientific method requires empirical evidence. The democratic government is much closer to this idea. Richard Feynman spoke out on May 2.
and inquisitional torture was not abolished in the Catholic Church until 1816. In Italy. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. the Inquisition was condemning people to death until the end of the eighteenth century. The bamboozle has captured us. to support or prop up their beliefs. The last bastion of support for the reality of witchcraft and the necessity of punishment has been the Christian churches. however vague. His poignant words have the cold. sharp. Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. it is simply too painful to acknowledge—even to ourselves—that we've been so credulous. 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.) 22 . because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. refreshing splash of clarity and honest insight: A celibate clergy is an especially good idea. we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies.
he declared. I have so much I want to do first. Hawking contrasted religion and science by noting their fundamental differences. Hawking would have died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In 2010. Without medical science. but I'm in no hurry to die. And yet countless numbers of people have died from disease.Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking has been misrepresented to support the baseless position that certain gods exist. Science will trounce religion. that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark. also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. while science is based on observation (rationality and reason). Even though this is an Appeal to Authority fallacy. his book The Grand Design clarifies that he does not believe in a personal god. Religion is based on authority (imposed dogma and faith). I'm not afraid of death. because it works. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers. 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. Religion affronts all of humanity in many ways. 23 . Hawking also regards Heaven as mythical: I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years.
Be vigilant and vocal when standing up for your rights. You may not impede the rights of others. whenever.Humanism Rights Wherever. and whoever you are. you have the right to: • form your own opinions. • live without religious beliefs. 24 . • say what you believe (without promoting hatred). as governments have little incentive to monitor or defend them. Keep a card listing your country’s legal rights on you at all times. • control what happens to your body. and • seek help from trusted sources. • pursue your own path in life. • name whomever causes you harm.
.” Include the ellipsis if you like. Who may audit how the information is used? • Exploitation. Or not revealing birthday present purchases... rather than serve its people.” is “.Privacy The expression “I’ve got nothing to hide” is deeply encumbered with flawed reasoning. Who guarantees the data will not be changed? • Corruption. • Aggregation. The nothing to hide argument invites: • Surveillance. Will information collected for one purpose be used for another purpose (without permission)? • Distortion.. 25 . • Exclusion. Vindictive. but privacy is not about hiding illegal acts. Without privacy. Tidbits of information form a bigger picture. Privacy erosion gives governments the ability to learn anything about us. The expression presumes that privacy is about hiding a wrong. Privacy is about declining installation of a public video camera above your bathtub.that’s none of your business. The correct curt retort to “if you have nothing to hide. governments will abuse knowledge. malfeasant politicians retaliate.
In 2011. however. similar to legalized slavery. nor does it necessitate abolishing privately funded health care. system is one of the least cost-effective (one of the most inefficient) systems in the entire world. mean that some money devoted to other causes (such as war) might have to be redirected to avail proper and expedient care to citizens.S. Free health care means more than defending bank accounts during sickness or accidents.Health Care Free health care must be a global priority. It does. It is this worry that United States corporations and businesses leverage to entrap employees through contractual health care coverage. Applying taxes to offset medical costs is not a communistic concept. the Royal Society of Medicine published a scathing report of the United States health care system. Public health care lifts a weight of worry from the shoulders of adults—for themselves and for their children. The report shows that the U. 26 .
you will have your own foresight to thank. Be your own boss. Start saving your hard-earned coin and invest in your own future.000 of that is money the bank payed you. you will have a golden nest-egg ready to hatch by 40. And $89. begging for more. When investing that same amount at a moderate interest rate of 5%. a 22-year savings account will equal approximately $204.000.Money Saving Tithing money to churches grows the reach and influence of an organization that can finance its own nation state. 27 . Now 22 years is a long time. secure your own financial security. A 10% tithe equates to about $100 a week for the average person. yet finds it necessary to pass around a collection plate. but if you start investing at 18. If (or when!) financial hardship hits.
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. Where possible. donate directly to the people who need help. give directly to secular and humanitarian groups. 28 . Sometimes you need look no further than your own neighborhood. 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). 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. avoid giving it to churches or anyone else with an expensive administrative process.
• Neither a borrower. there is no direct way to get that money back. • Those who ask for money do not have your best interests in mind. • Never wire large sums of money overseas. per se. • Have a lawyer read contracts that involve large sums of money before you sign anything. • Anything that promises over 20% return is likely a scam. 29 . • Listen to a trusted friend’s advice before making large monetary decisions.Lending Not facts. • Without a direct way to wire money. Find other ways to make or invest your money. • Use signed contracts when dealing with large sums of money. nor a lender be. for loan oft loses both itself and friend. but golden guidelines for handling money: • Never lend large sums of money to strangers.
By definition. Every credit union member receives a voting share and may have their concerns heard at public general meetings. for-profit banks lobby for deregulation. In the United States. loans. or savings. Credit Unions are generally smaller institutions often established by its clients. Credit unions often have special perks. this means it will try to minimize the amount of wealth you can accumulate through it. They offer poor financial trades as they leverage your mortgages. A financial institution that must return profits to its shareholders will try to maximize the amount of money it makes.Banking A for-profit bank does not always have your best interests at heart. 30 . such as higher savings interest rates for long term account holders.
blue tinge. or dangerous anger. colds. diabetes. It is no rumor that adults prefer meeting stomach-pumped teenagers in the hospital than dead ones on their kitchen floor. weight gain. osteoporosis. • seizures (major or minor uncontrolled trembling).Drugs Alcohol Chugging too much alcohol is fatal. 31 . and • shallow breathing (fewer than 12 breaths per minute). Short-term alcohol effects can cause fetal damage during pregnancy. sleep disorders. call emergency services immediately. strokes. • violent. • skin changes: pale. and higher susceptibility to infection. • vector spewing. kidney stones. Long-term toxic effects of excessive alcohol abuse include disease. Clues when someone needs a ride in the meat-wagon: • confusion. arthritis. or cold and clammy. and cancer. When someone sips too much Ethanol Entertainment.
And you don’t care. on average. • Nicotine might reduce arousal in women. slower growth. Keep your distance. yeah. the main substance in urine. you already know all this crap. • Smoking while aroused removes blood from the penis. and increases the chance of miscarriages. Like alcohol. If you must light up.5 trillion cigarette butts become litter every year. respect that other people do not want their health to deteriorate because of second-hand smoke. is added for flavor.1 billion people smoke cigarettes. and avoid smoking anything while near children. • Smoking takes 14 years off your life.Cigarettes Random cigarette facts: • Urea. 32 . Yeah. smoking cigarettes while pregnant causes birth defects such as mental and physical disability. • 4. • 1.
is horrifically bad for your lungs. be it marijuana or cigarettes. herb. pot. It is great for pain relief. killer. doobie. There are no known cases of death from a marijuana overdose. If you want to experiment with hard drugs (which is stupid because they have detrimental long-term effects on your brain). statistically speaking. X. grass. only do so with someone you trust who has previous experience. cut your life short. dank. dope. To be clear: it is stupid to smoke or ingest marijuana before or while operating heavy machinery. 33 . It is a psychoactive drug and used for medicinal purposes.Marijuana Marijuana is also called cannabis. crack. hash. swag. and counters the nauseating effects of chemotherapy. rainy day women. heroin. and other drugs are highly addictive and will. Don't do drugs alone. To be even more clear: smoking anything. weed. El diablo. wacky tabacky. Cocaine. Ditto for alcohol. 420. buds. trees. Mary Jane. meth. n00b. and tweeds.
Tramp-o-smear. kingsail! Oooh.. so they suppressed the use of mushrooms.Shroooms Catholic missionaries wanted to prevent pagans from worshipping other gods. When Tamarins and Komondors color out neapolitan Faraday cages. walk lengthways as vacuums next ontological mayhem mourning. the Spanish influenced people to switch from shrooms to eating symbolic Jesus-fleshwafers. From the Shroomery (an unbiased source. and amanita muscaria. Mushrooms (the magic variety) are fungi that.. 34 . tramp-o-smear. In converting people to Catholicism. obviously): There are no known long term physical effects from ingestion of mushrooms containing psilocybin and psilocin. after consumption. Common hallucinogens include psilocybe cubensis. psilocybe subaeruginascens. The active chemicals in psilocybin mushrooms are psilocybin and psilocin. Probably a translation error. while the active chemical in the amanita muscaria is muscimol. These fungi are considered powerful hallucinogens capable of creating lifealtering mental experiences. Mostly because the Spanish Catholics believed mushrooms allowed Aztecs to communicate with devils. cause a person to experience illusions through the senses.
men and women take about 10 minutes to reach maximum arousal. Note: Originally. it promoted a sexist attitude. a McGill University study measured the sexual arousal rates of both men and women. While intended as humorous sarcasm. You palms will not grow hairy. there is nothing wrong with masturbation. For females: • Rub your clitoris. inaccurate stereotype about female arousal. In 2006. you will not go blind. this page perpetuated an outdated. nor will any other ridiculous claims occur. Nope. Masturbation is perfectly healthy (but not to excess). 35 . there are few drawbacks to masturbation. On average. often (but not always) to achieve orgasm. Other than taking up your time (doing something fun). For males: • Stroke your penis.Sex Masturbation Masturbation is giving yourself physical pleasure. Be back later.
instead. They may also have prepared their bodies for certain sexual acts prior to being filmed (see also: anal sex). (Perhaps ask for oral sex. If they say no. • Do not secretly place drugs in another person's drink. always ask for your partner's permission. then respect that decision. • Only accuse someone of rape if you did not give consent. 36 .Pornography Pornography (also shortened to porn or pr0n) is visual material. such as streaming video. You may withdraw consent anytime. punishable by jail time. Before attempting any of the sexual acts with your partner that you have seen on the Internet. Too long? Didn't read? • Do not use alcohol to lower a person's inhibitions. Pro-tip: Use your web browser's private browsing feature. Non-consensual sex is rape. be aware that the actors you see in pornography are portraying fictional situations. that illustrates sexual activity. False accusations of rape are equally as immoral and unethical as rape. Now while there is nothing wrong with most pornography.) Never coerce or manipulate someone into doing something that they are not comfortable doing.
• Confidence. Have frequent sex. • Rejuvenation. A wide-awake.Health Benefits Sexual intercourse offers more than weight loss and healthy teeth. get checked for sexually transmitted diseases on a regular basis. • Emotions. Absorbed semen is a natural antidepressant. emotionally steady. Orgasmic oxytocin helps cell regeneration. • Estrogen. Sex reduces prostate and breast cancer risk. • Cancer. well-rounded. A few great reasons not to abstain: • Longevity. confident individual busting with zeal is zero bad. The more she has sex. awake refreshed. • Sleep. Endorphins and morphine are close cousins. More love equates to higher self-esteem. but be responsible: use condoms and contraceptives. Fall asleep faster and deeper. • Pain relief. 37 . the more she wants it. If you have sex with multiple partners. Two orgasms per week lowers risk of death.
Condoms Contrary to Monty Python’s ear-worming tune. Condoms. • STI and STD health clinics. 38 . visit any of these locations: • pregnancy planning centres. and does not endorse their use to combat AIDS. • county health departments. form deeper bonds through more acts of intimacy. and allows sex to be much more pleasurable without the worry of pregnancy (or spreading disease) hanging over the lovers. 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. and • campus health centres. The Catholic Church incorrectly believes that the indiscriminate use of condoms encourages promiscuity. not every sperm is sacred. when used properly. They also reduce the risk of giving or receiving sexually transmitted diseases. If you cannot afford condoms. 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.
Anal Sex Anal sex. And a bit more. Warning: There might be some poop when exiting the exit. however. is a disgusting. anal sex can be a pleasurable sexual experience. or screams for you to stop. Smear water-based lubricant on the anus. Between two consenting adults. you stop. • Lube it. Respect. an expression of trust. (Butt once in the stink. anal sex can be dangerous. Before inserting anything big into a butt. Gasp! • Stretch. This will help relax the sphincter and give you a stinky finger. such as a finger. insert something small. Exit slowly. moans. 39 . • Stop! If the person receiving whispers. A ripped rectum is a rather embarrassing way to be hospitalized and can lead to serious bacterial infections. also called sodomy. Put on a condom. • Suit up. morally bereft act performed by Catholic priests on little children against their will. keep it out of the pink!) When improperly performed. Inside tips to get you going: • Be clean. says. and a little bit kinky. Shower or bathe before getting dirty. Use more lube than you think is necessary.
the soul is metaphysical mojo. There are many observable stages to embryogenesis: day 1 is fertilisation. and conveniently said to be beyond scientific inspection. rational mind the question of when is imperative.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. Even if Catholics fingered the soul-bestowing moment during pregnancy. When exactly does a blastocyst. and so on. or fetus receive a soul? One can easily state human life begins at conception. Catholics believe that human life gets a soul at conception. day 5 is cavitation. and thus abortion was acceptable within during that period. 40 . or babies are assigned a soul at birth. pulled from his derriere the idea that a fetus receives a soul around 40 days after conception. The Catholic Church will not. and arguably can not. day 3 is compaction. Except for when Saint Alphonsus Liguori. be specific about when the soul is bestowed. zygote. or the soul is bestowed sometime in the first 40 days. in the 18th century. To the inquisitive. day 2 is cleavage.
This is true for donkeys. so humanity must save itself. our genetics urge us to meet. life is not all storm clouds and metal muffins. and sane humans who understand that religion is naught but faery tales and fan fiction. Now that is a noble purpose for all mankind. So far as we know. 41 . They believe that there is no god to save humanity. and hit the sack. pigs. We can look at morality in terms of how much happiness we create. We can choose to make more happiness in the world. Secular humanists act in ways that promote the happiness and well-being of everyone. Christians. philosophy. or how much pain and suffering we can obliviate. This set of ethics. and morality is called Secular Humanism. However. We make our own purpose.Sublime Purpose Life has no intrinsic meaning or purpose. choose to contribute to humanity’s progress. greet.
the resulting population veers towards war. and rules we choose to follow. and • treat all people equally. and society. liberties. parents.Morals Morals are the concepts. 42 . and genocide. The notion of decency. exploitation. Yet. When societies learn morality from biblical texts that extol torture. and inequality. Moral judgements stem from different parts of the brain collaborating together. and good individual. Modern research indicates that no single part of the brain is responsible for moral decisions. persecution. to function as a just. regardless of differences. famine. culture. and decent society. peers. slavery. most people adhere to a few common morals: • respect the lives. standards. Morals depend on how a person interprets what it means to be a decent. or “goodness”. well-rounded. rational. and values of others. is influenced by experience. This means that everybody has different moral standards.
Ethics Ethics (moral philosophy) concerns categorizing. 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. Utilitarianism holds that correct (or “good”) actions maximize happiness. including: • Self-defense needs neither rationalization nor justification. societal rules defined by secular ethics improve over time. and offering ideas about acceptable and unacceptable behavior. and applied ethics. Even if we pretend that gods do exist. • Agreeing to societal rules rewards communal privileges. Ethics includes meta-ethics. • Community defenses and benefits surpass nomadic exile. atheists have no moral foundation. 43 . whereas. that position is craptacular. normative ethics. consequently. morality based on biblical texts does not. Morals can be asserted through contractarianism many ways. Further. discussing.
Someone who lies to you on several occasions can be forgiven. Here are some things that you should not forgive. must be. but is not someone you should keep as a close friend or confidante.” People should say. but is best not befriended. People like to say. your first priority. Most other things can be forgiven. but do not forget. or sexual abuse.” Everybody has their own ideas on acceptable behavior. “Forgive and forget. Someone who manipulates others can be forgiven. 44 .Forgiveness You cannot change anyone who does not want to change. emotional. for your own safety and well-being: • Physical. • Threats of physical violence. generally speaking. • Major theft of personal property. Your own safety. Put yourself and your loved ones first: it is natural. or the safety of those for whom you are responsible. and what they will forgive. “Forgive and make some new friends.
Religion motivated individuals to put societal needs first. Enûma Eliš. 45 . Early societies had two main threats: internal lawlessness and external warfare. Their mythology tells of our origins in tales of Apsû and Tiamat. the first known creation myth. 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. Fortunately. Around 1750 BCE. Proving that Apsû does not exist is the same as proving that God does not exist. including self-sacrifice for the greater good. which predates biblical origins tales by 500 years or so.Lies and Deceit God Of the thousands of gods that humans have invented. was carved into stone tablets by Babylonians. proving the existence of either God or Apsû is the burden of those who say they exist. why must the Christian God exist while gods of other societies do not? Gods are so culturally pervasive due to societal cohesion. using cuniform writing. rather than scripture.
Consider these circumstances: • Rape. they reduce the number of potential criminals.) 46 . the Catholic Church did not regard early term abortions as sinful. When women of this class have abortions. some religions preach that miscarriages are abortions. In the book Freakonomics. (Women get raped by both strangers and people they know. Some religious people claim abortions are unacceptable for biblical reasons. including family. A woman who is raped should not be forced to carry the rapist's spawn to term. crime waves that were predicted never materialized. In both cases. The reason is that young adults (in their twenties) in lower socioeconomic classes are more likely to commit crimes.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. For a large part of its history. Twenty years after the legalization of abortion. the authors showed that giving women the ability to choose when to bring a baby into the world results in lower crime rates.
As of 2010. when her gestation period is calculated using the more common method—her mother's last menstrual period—she is no longer a statistical anomaly. though. viable offspring. James Elgin Gill survived and is healthy. Criminalizing abortion will not prevent women from getting abortions. 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. 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). • Complications. However.) • Safety. (Sometimes. Amillia and James were exceptional babies. it seems cruel to prevent a woman from ending the pregnancy. sometimes the only way to save her is by terminating the pregnancy. statistically speaking. It will make abortions more dangerous. Amillia Taylor is reported as being born (on October 24 . If the zygote shows signs of genetic deformity. th rd th 47 . she is healthy. defects cannot be detected until too far into the pregnancy. Amillia was born after 23 weeks and 6 days of gestation.• Genetic disorders. Kinder to allow her to attempt to conceive a healthier. The earliest premature baby in the world was born after 21 weeks and 5 days in gestation. 2006) after 21 weeks and 6 days.
anal sex. among other things. but risks can be mitigated. burtreynolds. This makes it easier to justify the dangerously misguided view that abstinence is the only solution. Without practical sex education. choosing to avoid sexual intercourse. dry humping. Abstinence-only education incorrectly teaches that condoms and contraceptives do not work.Abstinence Abstinence means. many Catholic teens experiment with everything except vaginal intercourse: oral sex. As a result. 48 . Life has risk. Learn about condoms and contraceptives. Sexual acts can result in the transmission of diseases. It is natural and expected that people will have sex. Use them as instructed when having sexual intercourse or sexual relations. or increase risk. mutual masturbation. and both partners risk contracting STIs. Proponents of abstinence argue abstaining from vaginal intercourse. and other sexual acts. women are at risk of becoming pregnant. Erroneously teaching that contraceptives and condoms are “risky” results in people not properly protecting themselves from exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. It is the assertion that the only way to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy is to refrain from sex.
the latter worthy of death: • if a man also lie with mankind. although sometimes gay can refer to lesbians. When a man is attracted to other men. both of them have committed abomination (Leviticus 20:13). and promote ignorance. too. In the past. 49 . or sexual attraction with a person (or people) of the same physical sex. and sometimes by watching monkey sex. the word “gay” meant happy or joyful.. In Leviticus.. she is considered a lesbian. Homosexuality is as much a choice as being born with red hair is the baby's choice.Homosexuality Homosexuality is the emotional. and • insects have four legs (Leviticus 11:21). the Bible states that shrimp and homosexuality are abominations. When a woman is primarily attracted to other women. Homosexuality is biological: any discrimination must be considered and denounced as bigotry and hate speech. he is considered gay. unethical. hypocritical. Bibles can be destructive sources of morality because they are contradictory. Most men get sexually aroused watching two women make out. romantic. • shrimp is an abomination (Leviticus 11:9-12). Straight women are equally aroused by all human sexual activity.
They now call it Intelligent Design and.Creationism Creationism is the belief that an omnipotent being is responsible for setting into motion the events that directed humanity. or even life itself. The Nike “swoosh” logo is simple. to where it is today. 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. Complexity and design are not the same thing. “What designed the designer?” 50 . quite loosely. This then raises the infinite regression. Evolution recycles existing parts by adapting them for new purposes. and designed. while a winding river path is complex but not designed. Sometimes these parts become slightly more complex in their new role. The only true part is that evolution does not create all the parts of complex things simultaneously and instantaneously. 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. The Designer of Intelligent Design is not necessarily a god but could be an advanced alien civilization.
• Numbers 31:17-18. Every living thing on the face of the Earth was wiped out. I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters.. Given that it is morally wrong to: • deliberately slaughter men. Defending these acts demands calling into question the morals of the defenders. • hold women captive for slavery. and children.Apologetics Christian Apologetics attempt to rationalize and defend Christian faith and the Bible. Save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man. Then whomever claims to have committed such atrocities (god or human) is as reprehensible as the acts themselves. They will be tormented with burning sulphur. 51 . and • torture people because of their beliefs. Consider: • Genesis 7:23. • Judges 11:30-39.. sex. • practice any kind of human sacrifice. or both. • force people to cannibalize friends and family. • Revelation 14:10-11. women. I will sacrifice [my daughter] as a burnt offering. • Jeremiah 19:9.
Wealthy Catholics. universal rules dictated by gods. Yet these inflexible rules have flexed over time. It's okay to indulge every once in a while. there's no harm in smiling. move on. • Greed.) The concept of sin must therefore be based on human advancement and adapting. Even Mister Rogers said that it's okay to be angry. • Wrath. 52 .Sin Religious sins are supposedly unchanging. • Envy. Some people sleep in because they are up late. Rarely accomplishes anything positive. Barf. • Pride. The seven deadly sins are said to be: • Lust. Thought-sex is healthy. it used to be a sin to not raise a child as Catholic. (For example. but if you think you created something worthwhile. anyone? • Sloth. but try not to be wasteful. Scratch this off the list. Humans are animals. Boasting is somewhat arrogant. animals have a natural desire for sex. breathe deep. • Gluttony. rather than godly pronouncement.
Some people still think that women are not permitted to be priests (or ministers) because. There are male ordained Catholic priests who believe all forms of child abuse should be stopped. And if they want to learn something. and nicer still if whomever is appointed to protect the children wasn't also guilty of manufacturing child pornography. Others insist that it should not happen because it has not yet happened. 53 . It would certainly be nice if more of them shared the names of known child rapists with the police. Try to wrap your mind around that illogical buckshot. “Let your women keep silent in the churches. for they are not permitted to speak. 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.Female Priests Corinthians 14:34-35 reads. let them ask their own husbands at home.” This progressive attitude and traditional interpretation of the Bible has kept women out of priesthood for centuries. for it is shameful for women to speak in church. but they are to be submissive. Perhaps they were smoking weed when coming up with such iron-clad reasoning. as the law also says. they were not created for that purpose. according to Genesis.
and possibly kill you. possibly the galaxy. this is perhaps the biggest swindle in the entire world. 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. They will lie about you. lock your finances up in artificial legal battles. 54 . listen in on your telephone calls. It practices a variety of mind-control techniques on people lured into its midst to gain control over their money and their lives. dismantled. and forgotten. turn your family and friends against you. frame you for crimes. (The people perpetuating its crimes are also its victims.) Approach Scientologists with caution and distrust. Cult and religious power must be restricted or eliminated. commit fraud. blackmail you. Read about Paulette Cooper's experience for details. steal private documents. Its purpose is to make money. Operation Clambake notes: The Church of Scientology is a vicious and dangerous cult that masquerades as a religion. threaten your life. spy on you. The Church of Scientology must be stopped. bribe or coerce police officers and judges. They have mastered manipulation and brainwashing.Cults Scientology Next to the Catholic Church.
Once Jones learned of the escape. Jones “foresaw” they had no recourse but suicide.S. Jonestown guards shot at Ryan. 55 . U. Concerned cult member relatives asked the United States government to investigate and intervene. While boarding the plane. his cult of 1200 people lived under his socio-communistic regime in Jonestown. In late 1978. and cyanide. concluding with 918 deaths. By 1977. including those who were shot. Parents subsequently fed their children a mix of tranquilizers. sedatives. he convinced cult members that the government would retaliate by taking away and then torturing their children and seniors. in South America. Cult and religious power must be restricted or eliminated. 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. a few people escaped the slaughter. Congressman Leo Ryan visited Jonestown. but violent threats ended his trip early.Jonestown The People’s Temple. Most adults followed suit. killing him and four others.
New Age philosphy. three month old Emmanuel Dutoit was stabbed to death with a wooden stake. the solar godking. Oh. Between 1994 and 1997. The murder is thought to have been ordered because Di Mambro identified the baby as the biblical Anti-Christ. In October of 1994. Shortly thereafter. lunatic that he was. and Joseph. the suicides and murders of cult members began. 56 . Cult and religious power must be restricted or eliminated. somehow managed to convince those whom he brainwashed that their final destination was Sirus—the night’s brightest star. around 74 deaths took place. and adapted Freemason rituals. The cult members combined Protestant Christianity.Solar Temple The mentally deranged Joseph Di Mambro wanted to help humanity prepare for the second coming of Jesus. Farewell letters stated that through death the victims would escape from hypocrisy and oppression.
Cult and religious power must be restricted or eliminated.Heaven’s Gate Marshall Applewhite believed himself to be directly related to Jesus. He and his cult members were convinced that the Earth was about to be recycled. he urged his followers to commit suicide so that their souls could board the craft. Applewhite claimed that a space craft was trailing comet HaleBopp. Including Applewhite’s. You can find recordings of their nutty psychobabble saved on YouTube. In late March of 1997. poisoned by cyanide and arsenic. and that the only way to survive was to leave it immediately. 39 deaths were counted. They were truly brainwashed into believing they had to leave Earth as quickly as possible. 57 .
handed down for many generations. and has some good things going for it. Buddhism encourages constant evaluation and development of morality. focus. as in oral tradition. Whether you prescribe to the rest of Buddhism. and wisdom—that life's struggles can be overcome. Buddha suggested that when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the benefit of one and all. • it is in scripture (the Bible. or • it has been taught to us by a teacher. or not. like a guess or estimate. and all suffering can be overcome through the mind. these principles are sound. then accept it and live up to it. • it appears to be common sense. Qu’ran. or Buddhist texts).Religions Buddhism Buddhism is not actually a religion as you may have heard. 58 . Siddhãrtha Gautama (Buddha) reputedly said do not believe in anything simply because: • it is often repeated. Rather. • it is conjecture. Buddhism declares that part of life is suffering. • it is tradition.
callous. and scar children.Catholicism Catholicism is founded on fear. This is not a religion. and endemic immoral atrocity that evokes visions of Holocaust brutality. manipulate. and no Purgatory. • There is no Hell. fondle. scatological. no Heaven. arrogant. perverse desires. • Humans have no soul that can be damned for all eternity. Then the Pope. There are some problems with this: • Sin is hogwash. detestable. and hypocritical prowess has seen to it that the Vatican remain unhelpful during child abuse investigations. Thousands of Catholic priests rape. abhorrent. chronic.childabusecommission. with his audacious. An investigative report is available online: http://www. It is a scandalous cult intent on controlling the masses to serve its own diabolical.com/rpt/pdfs 59 . • Threatening people is morally and ethically wrong. beat. acrimonious. The pulpits support indoctrinated preachers as they threaten congregations with eternal damnation for sin. wrathful. It is a repulsive.
fourth in line after sexual. Light I see from you today. don't you know? My young mind's empirical. it takes no skill. For the time that we have had. from far and wide. Gravity pulls it all in. Evolution's on your side. Science works. Knowingly lying to children ranks among the most deplorable acts. which keeps adherents docile and obedient. Asteroids are hard to see. it's no good. instead: Jesus loves me! Some say so. 60 . Toss religion. long way. I am glad. it sets us free To research reality. Nature's rules are quite a thrill. When they strike they are deadly. We don't need to ever pray. Kindergarten children should be told the truth. Travelled such a long.Christianity All Christians buy into the idea of eternal suffering. On the Earth. Egotistical is the belief that the creator of the universe is vitally concerned with your sex life. physical. We all have one life to live. Once was blind. While the Sun has heat to give. Let's explore your neighborhood! Twinkling starlight. Christianity terrorizes children with horrors that await them after death. Wasting time is not the way. Stardust starts where life begins. Planets form. I don't know! Teaching children through a song. Brainwashing sung all day long! Christ is dated. 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. Where's the proof? Well. Worse. but now I see: Faith is priestly fantasy. and emotional abuse.
Watchtower Jehovah Witnesses engage in detrimental behaviors: • Anti-Homosexuality. Hawaiian muscle rubs. Women must have the right to decide when it is appropriate to bring a new life into the world. 69. Women can learn to orgasm by masturbating. mutual masturbation. • Abhor Unnatural Sex. doggy-style. belief that the Bible was handed down by an invisible. anal sex. As long as the act is mutually acceptable. Oral sex. Both lead to healthy sex lives. and does no permanent physical or psychological harm. 61 . why recycle? • The Anointed. bondage play. • Anti-Masturbation. • Anti-Abortion. 'Nuff said. omnipotent entity. leads people to ignore observation. masturbation helps control premature ejaculation in men. • End Times. who cares what goes on behind closed doors? Like most religions. reason. and other sexual activities are perfectly normal. reverse cowgirl. Alan Turing. and fact. If the world will end soon. Believing societal laws can be trumped by the word of God places believers beyond critique.
Like all religions. The word Voodoo comes from vudu.Voodoo Louisiana Voodoo (or New Orleans Voodoo) is an underground religion that underwent a partial mind meld with Catholicism. 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. a physicsdefying immaterial force that can interfere in the day-to-day activities of mere mortals. Like most religions. 62 . Voodoo is a dying religion. Not surprisingly. Thankfully. Though. the voodoo that some do is more poo-poo than true-true. Louisiana Voodoo gave Hollywood a plot device: prick an effigy in doll form with a pin and the human target flinches. people still cough up cash at tourist traps in New Orleans on Voodoo mumbo jumbo trinkets.
The trouble with dancers is that they are often young and rebellious. The white women wanted to dance with everyone. the ropes were jumped. 63 . Black and white people danced with one another: the walls of segregation started to splinter. and held fundraisers for worthy causes. The black women stood around looking hot. The trouble was that these people didn’t see ethnicity. such as the Savoy Ballroom. Lindy Hop has enlivened social scenes. The black men wanted to dance with everyone. formed compassionate communities. The white men couldn’t dance. Lindy Hoppers also rebelled against Nazis. so why the ropes? Quite quickly. Studs. put smiles on faces around the world.. introduced prospective lovers. taught humility. in their hearts they only wanted to swing-out with another person.. At the large dance halls. The Lindy Hop was the buzz of the towns. Skin color didn’t matter. there were ropes that divided the black dancers from the white dancers. Jazz music had swung through the United States. there was a man named Frankie Manning. except for one thing. People were happy. Since then. given people a fun reason to exercise.Lindy Hop In the beginning (the late 1920s). They heard only the music. financially supported musicians. Sluts. Frankie said unto his friends: dance.
This is known as circular reasoning (also known as trolling). and is anti-homosexual. the Bible is often used (informally) to prove God’s existence. murder of children. God exists. 2. It advocates slavery. Such proof often resembles: 1. war. Therefore. Ignoring these morality issues.” Those who study God and religious belief are clever enough to avoid being so blatantly illogical. 64 .Sacred Texts The Bible The New Testament remains a shamefully immoral upgrade from the Old Testament. The Bible is the infallible word of God. self-mutilation. Such reasoning incorrectly assumes that God already exists. “The balls are blue because they are blue. evidence other than the Bible is necessary. The Bible alone cannot be used as evidence for the existence of a supernatural being. It is equivalent to stating. To prove that the Bible is the infallible word of God. 3. God exists because it is written in the Bible.
is blindly believed by Muslims to be the incontrovertible word of God. 2.The Qur’an This book. If slavery is wrong it means that their god passed along a controvertible oopsie. The Qur’an is no more God's word than this booklet. That millions of people could not see a grave injustice does not mean God-written rights of slavery were ever a correct moral choice. Religious myopia is the gateway to immoral actions. Islamic faith is so socially entrenched that believers are uncomfortable even addressing the aberration of slavery. The Qur’an also gives permission for men to keep female concubine-slaves. Defenders of this trite will note that the contemptible behavior was widely acceptable practise among early Muslims. the primary religious literature of Islam. Moreover. The Qur’an does not explicitly condemn slavery nor does it offer helpful suggestions of abolish it. Here are glaring problems: 1. Moral lessons from an omniscient being should have predicted emancipation and explicitly advocated for it. the book declares that sexual relations are permitted between masters and their slaves. 65 .
When job hunting. A woman might try to decrease her chances of getting pregnant through special enchantments. Yet. each group of witches has their own Book of Shadows. 66 . Translated into concise English: Harm nothing. The book contains religious text and magic ritual instructions. which states: An it harm none. Magic has no effect on reality. The results could be a trip to the abortion clinic or 18 years of doting on an unplanned child. Wicca is harmless fantasy when not taken seriously. Wiccans believe magic can affect quantum probabilities and other nonsense. es lung es yuoo coose-a nu herm. Translated into Swedish Chef-speak: Du vhetefer yuoo vunt. the potential for bad consequences abounds. someone could conjure an intricate spell to improve the likelihood of finding work. like other cults and religions. Traditionally. the first Book of Shadows was written by a Wiccan.Book of Shadows Around 1950. enjoy life. Time spent casting the spell would be better spent looking elsewhere for jobs because incantations will have no effect. Of pinnacle importance is the Wiccan Rede (advice for witchcraft). do what ye will. no matter how fun it is to believe.
yet is found to have inflicted unfathomable amounts of abuse. 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. and mental stagnation on children. Sodomy is called a sin (probably owing to its homosexual implications). Think carefully.Religious Icons Priests With much revulsion and contempt. yet hundreds of Catholic priests have been observed to perform it on children. 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. Those fuckers must expect wrath when an organization claims to be a moral authority. 67 . the Catholic Church has provided the most abominable example of religion’s incongruity and hypocrisy. natural world. precious time is taken from their education about the real. suffering.
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 68 .
Her ultimate goal. but I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion. Even witches declare that harming others is a no-no. Agnes Bojaxhiu said: These are things that break peace. And also. 69 . Only untrained nuns and those who suffer may enter.Mother Teresa In her 1979 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. These are polar agendas. yet at the same time believed that suffering was necessary. our people of the street. and no friends are permitted entry. no nurses. Spreading suffering is no more saintly than it is moral and ethical. No doctors. Agnes genuinely wanted to alleviate suffering. natural family planning. One such encouragement was to condemn condoms. therefore. our leprosy patients.we are teaching our beggars. India does not attempt to save lives. our slum dwellers. was not to alleviate poverty. Agnes wanted people to live in impoverished conditions so that she could identify with them. The Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta. but to encourage it.direct murder by the mother herself. a direct killing . It is a morose haven for the sick to suffer and die according to rules invented by the Catholic Church. because it is a direct war. we are doing another thing which is very beautiful .
Why. 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. that condoms reduce the spread of AIDS. the Catholic Church has shifted its views on subjects as controversial as evolution (and soon the Universe's creation). where AIDS is pandemic. then. does it continue to teach lies about condom use? Here’s a chilling theory: the AIDS epidemic is a money machine for donations. preaching an abstinence-only society ensures that in 20 years there will still be donations to fight AIDS (without any scientific discovery and cure). he likes to prevent condom use in Africa. Why ardently ignore the reality of concrete. Funds are split between “church operations” and actual care. He probably even understands statistics. During the evening. Joe is a smart guy. whose spiritual leader discourages condoms.The Pope Joseph Ratzinger’s day job is to shelter and defend known child abusers. Around 25% of all AIDS care in the world is provided by Catholics. statistically. the World Health Organization has shown. And yet. statistical evidence? 70 . In the past. Since condoms play a key role in prevention.
D.D. the first copies of the gospel of Mark didn't include the resurrection: it was added much later. Effectively. Nearly all biblical scholars agree he existed. Also. It contains so many falsehoods that no meaningful verification about Jesus of Nazareth (including his existence) can be extracted from the texts. legend. Jesus is described as a revolutionist. he did not preach or stand for anything the Catholic Church currently represents. The texts disagree with the actual date. preaching nonviolent civil disobedience and love.. Even if Jesus existed. and historical irregularities. 71 . The gospels were written around 70 A. Nothing. internal contradictions. The only known accounts of Jesus' birth are in the Bible gospels of Matthew and Luke. The scriptures show that Jesus was more like Mohandas Gandhi. Before 70 A. no single mention of a Jesus of Nazareth exists in the works of contemporary historians and writers. Yet the idea that Jesus never existed has been long ignored by such scholars due to conflicting theological interests and lack of incentive.Jesus Christ The New Testament is myth.
72 . trust.Virgin Mary Here is what one book has to say about Maryām: While we’ll never be perfect like Mary. Hearken. and was praised because she accepted and endured her fate with humility. trust. ye women: accept being raped for it is the will of God. Double barf. There is no such thing as a perfect human. Mary was impregnated. A perfect human would live for ten thousand years without serious ailment or injury. The idea of perfection is like the notion of beauty. and love) is vulgar. and have six fully functional fingers on both hands and six fully functional toes on both feet. our pursuit of Christ should lead us to saintliness like hers: rooted in humility. possibly against her will. service and love. Everyone has opinions about what is beautiful. The story of Mary’s perfection (her humility. there is no independently verifiable information about any aspect of her life. The concept of perfection is itself flawed. ace every school test ever given. be physically symmetrical from head to toe. and a few other early Christian sources. Beyond biblical accounts. service.
to be equitable. and then converted many Pagans to Christianity. no religion may be given special attention. winter celebrations are frivolous fun. instead. The first is called “fairness” and the second is called “preferential treatment”. This is a difficult idea for fundamentalist Christians to accept because it involves two concepts.Religious Holidays Christmas Pagans enjoyed winter solstice. purgatory. or threat of being burnt alive. So Christians borrowed from Pagan festivals. rewrote some history books. People are free to believe whatever they like (so long as it does no harm). The trouble starts when governments give preferential treatment to one religion over another. The Christians thought that the Pagans should worship Christ. 73 . That is. Fundamentally. Probably under threat of persecution. This means that neither Christmas decor nor any other religious artifacts may be put on government property.
Miracles have never been proven under any scientific test. miracles prove God exists. The word Easter is actually linked to the Pagan goddess Eostre. Apologetics argue that miracles are the work of God. rabbits and hares were a symbol of fertility. The history of Easter eggs extends back to the ancient Egyptians and Persians. 74 . Originally. due to how quickly they reproduced. Christians thought they would make a marvellous representation of Christ’s tomb. Easter itself is only mentioned in the King James translation of The Holy Bible (Acts 12:4). There is insufficient evidence that any gods exist. who also enjoyed coloring and then eating eggs during spring.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. and break the laws of known physics. but that presupposes that God exists. which is a mistranslation of Passover. and the celebration of warm sunshine and newborn babies. And blue balls are blue because they are blue. There was no resurrection. Thus the Easter Bunny was conceived.
they see death as a disease to be cured. but ignore dressing up in sackcloth. Some people around the world (foundations like Methuselah) do not see returning to dust as thy only conclusion. Rather. where neither chewing gum nor television were available. The human body is a complex chemical machine. Biblical cherry-picking allows them to keep the symbolic ash part. Catholics could give up chewing bubble gum. or not watch television. Priests (or ministers) also taint the session with negative thinking: Remember that thou art dust. and to dust thou shalt return. It was inspired by the forty days Jesus allegedly spent fasting in the desert. Frustrated Catholics could even give up masturbation for Lent. For example. 75 .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. Ash Wednesday is the first day of lent where people foolishly smear ashes on their forehead.
76 . One more solution is that rabbis lied. the most notable being about some long-lasting oil. The royal Hasmonean family wanted to celebrate the Maccabean victory by lighting a menorah. eight days later. One rational explanation for longer lasting candle light is slower burning wicks. Bollocks and ballyhoo. the oil finally ran out. Allegedly. public attention was shifted from rabble rousing to piety.Hanukkah The eight candles lit for Hanukkah are said to represent miracles. Another is that there was actually more oil than the tale tells. Yet another explanation is that they did not let the candles burn all night. By making up a miracle. and miraculously. They had enough oil to last only one day. The military success and glorification of the Maccabeans posed a threat to Roman rule (think riots).
Holiday allows each Pastafarian to celebrate it when and however desired.) 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.Holiday When ignorant Kansas State Board of Education members mandated equal teaching time for evolution and intelligent design. Pastafarians celebrate the winter holiday season with a holiday called Holiday. Without a specific date or specific requirements. 77 . you will understand. His interpretation of life's origins gave rise to FSM worshippers. (Some even celebrate Pastover and Ramendan. 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. Once touched by His Noodly Appendage.
If souls exist. (Otherwise. 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. 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). (Who needs cell phones and satellites.Hocus Pocus Soul There is no such thing as the soul in the sense of an abstract. 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. for they posit the existence of the soul. metaphysical concept. then the equation is wrong and we must throw our knowledge of physics out the window. The Dirac Equation describes how electrons behave at normal energy levels and has been verified in every related experiment. The natural world is simpler to describe without metaphysical souls. Believers will note that the soul is immaterial: its existence is not subject to empirical methods. Ockham’s razor suggests we should lean towards simplicity. 78 .
79 . They are religious inventions to keep people indoctrinated. Heaven is the ultimate carrot and Hell is the supreme stick. secularism prompts people to help others with the goal of reducing suffering. reward those who follow them. Many religions base morality entirely around acceptance of and entrance to Heaven. You can motivate donkeys to move by dangling a carrot in front of them. and lend the illusion of importance to their teachings. These ideas allow religious leaders to influence people who reject their teachings. or hitting their rump with a stick. In contrast.Heaven & Hell There are no such things as Heaven and Hell. The promise of Heaven and the threat of Hell is how followers are retained.
or tricks.Miracles 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). 80 . scientific laws. we should neither accept those mysteries as miracles. covered in a transparent layer of misconception and ignorance. 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. Miracles can also be pranks (such as faith healing). recounted to glorify religious tenets. When we investigate the real cause to a mystery. to fool (or frighten) people into obedience through threat of supernatural powers. Even though our universe is filled with mysteries. Miracles are falsehoods. we learn something astounding about this spectacular universe. nor end questioning the origins of those mysteries. Duh. Every mystery humans have ever solved has been shown to be governed by natural.
dissuades people from dissecting the universe. strong belief in a religion based on spiritual conviction rather than proof. Accepting ideas on faith curtails important questions. and 2. Lumping evidence-based belief with beliefs based on spiritual conviction together as faith-based is dishonest. and statistical evidence justifies the belief that it will. Scientists trust empirical evidence. It is a rational position held by the extensive evidence that natural forces created the universe. Disbelief in supernatural entities is not an act of faith. complete trust or confidence. the two definitions are exact opposites. Faith is no more a virtue than lies and threats are virtues. but the historical. rather than demanding substantiated empirical evidence that supported those accusations. We cannot prove the Earth will continue to rotate tomorrow. and can influence people to take actions they otherwise would not. 81 .Faith The Oxford Concise English Dictionary defines faith as follows: 1. The Salem Witch Trials involved people who accepted witchcraft accusations as true. empirical.
Prayer Praying is a worthless activity that makes the person praying feel good about having accomplished something. Praying does have one measurable effect: it wastes time. many people thought it would be a good idea to pray for them. insulting. and yet millions around the world believe that only prayers can change the world around us. has no measurable effect on reality whatsoever. It wastes time that you could be using to understand how the world works. When Japan was hit by a tsunami. The efficacy of prayer has never been demonstrated to any standard worth holding up. inconsiderate. It is not too late: You can still organize an event to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross! 82 . or shelter would have been far more practical and appropriate. or finishing homework. food. You could read a scientific study on the empirically proven uselessness of prayer. outside of the person's mind. or volunteer at a homeless shelter. You could be exchanging interesting ideas with friends. That was the most lazy. but. and infantile response. futile. You could be exercising your body. You could help people build a home. You could be studying for school. a $5 donation for reconstruction. selfish. ignorant. Instead of a five minute prayer.
83 . When a person speaks in tongues. just like everyone else who claims to talk in meaningful gibberish. At that point. omnipotent. Putting aside that repetition is a form of brainwashing. Peer pressure is interesting. mind you!) Speaking in tongues is a lie to yourself and a lie to others. (Not a nice thing to do. chances are that you made very similar sounds both times. the phrase. The reason is because they are making it up. 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. If everybody around you is doing something. omnipotent. omniscient entities. Now read it aloud again. everyone started laughing and pointing at the Emperor. it becomes socially awkward to buck the trend.Speaking in Tongues Languages let you express your thoughts so that other people can understand you. Read the following sentence aloud: Our universe exists without meddling. Try it: record them on your cell phone and play it back. omniscient entities. “Our universe exists without meddling. The Emperor's New Clothes is a great tale of such an incident.” in their supposedly supernatural language won’t sound the same twice.
it is clarified that eating his skin means coming to him. Some people believe that the delicacies consumed during the communion ritual are not merely a symbolic representation of the body and blood of Jesus. but literally (and magically!) transform into his body parts upon ingestion. and constitution of the goodies never literally change to the body and blood of anything. texture. Penn and Teller have turned water into wine. 84 . Theologians moved the goalpost to suggest that the words were spoken figuratively. color. odor. Empirical evidence supports the fact that no change whatsoever takes place. empirically testing transubstantiation means opinions would have to change if it turned out to be scientifically impossible (which it is). After all. and sipping his juices means believing in him. Also. without divine intervention. Surprised? The shape. After sifting through the Bible (John 6:35 and 6:53).Transubstantiation Transubstantiation is a longer spelling of “fiction”. flavor.
Her parents were found guilty of manslaughter. based on a vision. after having endured around ten months of partial-starvation while the exorcism was performed. Michel suffered from epileptic seizures and hallucinations.Exorcism The Roman Catholic Church is the butt of jokes. which meant Satan possessed her. place. or thing. 1976 from malnutrition and dehydration. Ooga-booga-boo! The case of the dutifully Catholic Anneliese Michel is one that Catholics would like to bury. Satan. It is interesting to note that a Carmelite nun. upon exhumation. Her story became the plot for a few movies about exorcisms. bore signs of consistent deterioration. At least one doctor claimed medical intervention could have spared her life up to a week before her untimely death. 85 . told the parents that their daughter’s body was still intact: proof of supernatural meddling. Your move. of course. The undisputed official reports stated the body. She died on July 1. They still possess ritual books to expel evil spirits from a possessed person.
666 means puddin’ time! 86 . Some Protestant Bible commentators and some Protestant Reformers have equated the "beast" of Revelation chapter 13 with the Papacy.Beastly Number Numbers have neither inherent meaning nor are they the domain of any immaterial mythical creature (such as the Antichrist or the Devil). Some researchers have reportedly found the number of the Beast in the Greek word Maometis. though. Its definition hinges on mainstream social awareness. The number 666 probably refers to 7:06pm. both 1 Kings 10:14 and 2 Chronicles 9:13 state that Solomon collected "six hundred threescore and six" talents of gold each year. Henceforth. which is the best time to eat rice pudding: right after an early supper. In the Old Testament. Since humans gave it meaning. harmonizing with the symbolic depiction of past governments (denoted as "kings") in the Book of Daniel as wild beasts. Some scholars contend that the number 666 is a code for the Roman Emperor Nero. Consider these tasty morsels from Wikipedia: Jehovah's Witnesses believe that The Beast for which 666 stands symbolizes many unified governments. humans can redefine its meaning.
87 . the most well-known worship. skeptics. notes: Satanists do not believe in the supernatural. which seats them decisively on the couch of hypocritical loopy-loos. To the Satanist.Satanism Modern public practice of Satanism began in 1966. self-control.. Surprisingly. in neither God nor the Devil. he is his own God. Peter Gilmore. the two major trends were Theistic and Atheistic Satanism. LaVeyan Satanism. The Atheistic flavors idolize Satan in a symbolic sense. rather a reservoir of power inside each human to be tapped at will. [. We can chuckle at Theistic Satanists for their worship of Satan as a real supernatural deity. Thus any concept of sacrifice is rejected as a Christian aberration—in Satanism there’s no deity to which one can sacrifice. and revenge mentality..] Satan is not a conscious entity to be worshipped. Adherents consider themselves truth-seekers. is based on individualism. a Church of Satan leader. and adversaries of religion. They also believe in magic. when the Church of Satan was founded by Howard Stanton Levey (later Anton LaVey).
and makes volcanoes when mixed with vinegar. Rather than debunk it for the insipid poppycock that it is. It is an inexpensive disinfectant and deodorizer. great abrasive cleaner. congregations. Keep it away from grout and marble. • Lemon juice. here are some practical tips to save the environment and money: • Vinegar. Great for bathrooms and kitchens. gives shine to brass and copper.Purgatory Purgatory is a scare tactic used by the Catholic Church to encourage obedience in its disciples. • Baking soda. This natural acid dissolves soap scum. and can clear up garbage disposal indigestion. and young adults. Mix one part vinegar to one part water and you have a general purpose cleaner. smells great. Purgatory cannot compare to the cleansing power of vinegar. 88 . removes hard water deposits (bathtub rings!). King of the deodorizers. Neither the concept nor place of purgatory have any merit.
Feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not. Webster’s dictionary defines this scenario as follows: Hypocrisy (noun) 1. adults will tell children that a guardian angel (perhaps even a dead relative) watches over them. they will discover that their parents lied to them. or faeries. Angels are said to be spirits without a physical form. 89 . Religious faith is a choice. especially the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion 2. by reading this booklet). Worse. When the child learns that angels do not exist (for example.Angels Angels. do not exist. but manipulation through deceit is a debase controlling tactic. Lying to children about guardian angels to encourage honesty and righteousness. Encourage honesty and honor by being honest and honorable. Same goes for Santa Claus. Strange that people who believe in angels manage to depict or describe them anyway.
spiritually possessed aardvarks. and laughs in the face of rational thought. Beyond our overly active imaginations. 90 . in dogmatic religious drama. like angels. which can have deadly consequences (such as human sacrifices. or creatures that lurk in dark closets. or devils.Demons Demons. He is a real personage. and burning faggots). a symbolic figure of evil. cannibalism. are a lazy way to hide the truth or deter questions. or the figment of [the] imagination. It is incredulous that in modern times people still believe in the devil. do not exist. or inconsistencies. Demons. Such faulty logic (shifting the burden of proof onto those who claim Satan does not exist) is an embarrassment to the idea of evidence. there is no evidence for the existence of demons. There is no evidence whatsoever that we should understand him as some sort of illusion or symbol of evil. Malevolent supernatural beings causing catastrophe is a fail-safe the pious crutch upon to discourage investigation into anything that might reveal flaws. devils. There is a web page that states: Satan is not a mere force.
second. First. Charming. every substance encountered by a water molecule might impart an “essence” that would have potent (and possibly dangerous) medicinal effects when ingested. It is incomprehensible that laws do not prevent homeopathic shams. Proponents claim that even when the last helpful molecule is gone. For your own safety. a “memory” of the substance is retained. 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. the money spent fabricating homeopathic solutions.Homeopathy The homeopathy scam is the snake oil of modern day snake oils. Homeopathy is the delusion that by mixing fewer helpful molecules into liquid. Plus. and a wastes money in two ways. Homeopathy is stupid. it somehow makes the remedy more effective. If true. 91 . Medicine works by allowing beneficial molecular compounds to interact with and change cells in your body. ineffective. but completely untrue. it would mean that water “remembers” fish poop. A recommended dilution for homeopathic “remedies” is 10 -60 helpful molecules for each litre of water. don't buy any of it.
As guilty and spineless as rapists themselves. menacing deeds.Destructive Behavior Child Abuse Child abuse is the emotional. physical. for example. are known to molest children. Catholic priests. or sexual mistreatment of children. Never trust anyone who belongs to a community that hides the truth about such foul. If they can hide the truth about these heinous of crimes. yet rather than admit to it and seek professional psychiatric care (because rape. deplorable actions. the papacy instituted a policy of reporting incidents to secular authorities. This could include neglect or improper care. is morally and ethically wrong). unlike homosexuality. For a time. Popes have an impeccable record of not reporting child abuse. harmful. how easy would it be for them to lie about other. lesser matters? 92 . and generally only if it is believed that the rapist will otherwise be exposed. however this was almost never followed in practice. This makes the Pope—and anyone else who has harbored or helped assailants escape legal prosecution—equivalent to child abuser by association. those reprehensible priests ask the Pope to cover up their despicable. often only reporting the abuse years afterwards.
When aroused. Nearly all males are born with the head of their penis surrounded by protective flesh called the foreskin. the tip (or “head”) of the penis is the hot spot of male pleasure. The end of the clitoris is usually tiny (cribbage peg-sized). If sex was extremely painful or damaging. especially the head. with many sensitive nerve endings craving attention. with many. exposing the tip of the penis. Removing the clitoris makes it practically impossible for a woman to experience sexual pleasure through orgasms. Nearly all females are born with the clitoris covered by the clitoral hood (for protection). Some religions require slicing off the foreskin at birth. the clitoris (or “clit”) is the hot spot of female pleasure. other religions require cutting off the clitoris at birth. the foreskin pulls back. Less sex means fewer pregnancies. which can make it difficult to find at first. many sensitive nerve endings desiring attention. and an orgasm results. Then cuddling. For gals. 93 . Both of these actions are forms of genital mutilation. Arousal tends to poke the clitoris a little bit beyond its hood. Removing the foreskin makes the head of the penis less sensitive. we wouldn’t do it as often. which leads to extinction. Stimulate the penis. Then sleep. Stimulate the clitoris and an orgasm often results. Orgasms are amazing because humans evolved that way.Genital Mutilation For guys.
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. knowledge. idealism. seeking to suffocate. people oppose the electronic world. Books. and is a futile assault on the practical application of a distributed global network. 94 . Regardless of what transpired so long ago. there will always be refuge for knowledge and the freedom of information. The ashen destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria was a terrible strike against progress. Where rationality and reason prosper. and reality. Such opposition must not spread.Alexandrian Library Libraries embody architecture and composition: they physically represent the idea that attaining knowledge leads to enlightenment. When a government censors the Internet. and ethics. justice. subvert. it infringes upon the rights of its citizens. a Christian (Theophilus of Alexandria). equality. or seizes web pages. libraries remain with us today. and a Moslem (Caliph Omar). and silence its spread of knowledge. Like Alexandria. and freedom of communication are tools of the oppressed. with the suspects including a Roman (Julius Caesar).
Common reasons to ban books include: • they contain ideas a community fears. It is hoped that fanatics will prevent people from reading this booklet. • a community misinterprets the content. however. ignorant spiritual beliefs. In our information age. Banning books because they contain ideas or situations that are uncomfortable to hear. on the other hand. Nigger chink whore bugger-breath whale chalk nickel. there should be open discourse and a public review of the discussion that led to the banning decision. are woefully insufficient reasons. or disagree with your unfounded. Of these reasons. When a book is banned. as World War II exemplified. Quote passages from the book to highlight the rationale. or • they are inked with worthless hate speech.Book Banning Sometimes religious zealots ban books. banning a book because of hate speech is a good idea. 95 . anything that the authorities want to keep suppressed tends to become more famous or widespread.
this translates to: God with us! The Russians had the same motto. were campaigns the Roman Catholics fought against Muslims. would cry the credo embossed on their helms: Gott mit uns! In English. Balts. and the Second Sudanese Civil War. and ghastly 15 million casualties (though likely much higher) was a painful result from the First World War. Mongols. upon attacking. many innocent people were tortured and executed in the name of Christianity. 96 .Crusades Christian terrorism. The result was that over one million people died. Then look at First World War. the Thirty Years’ War. Slavs. A brutal. shocking. and Christian heretics. wherein the Germans. During the Crusades. rallied by the pope and enacted by kings. Add to this list of religious extermination the French Wars of Religion. Mostly they wanted to control land they thought had religious significance.
On first reading. The original evidence for arson was invalid. In 1991. a contemporary fire origin and cause analyst might well wonder how anyone could make so many critical errors in interpreting the evidence. Todd Willingham was innocent. religious. just four days before Willingham’s scheduled death by injection. On faith and superstition. When communities glean morality from a book that glorifies revenge. Yet Governor Rick Perry denied a stay of execution. not the most honorable man. Bibles describe situations where taking a person's life is just punishment. Critically. 2004. 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. Todd Willingham. and has government-sanctioned death. was sentenced to die for burning his house and three children.Death Penalty Texas is big. the United States government and the Texas Governor knowingly authorized the murder of an innocent man. However. amoral zombies. in 2004. 97 . At 6:20pm on February 17th. 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. they become indiscriminate. renown arson expert and chemist Dr. 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.
Religious campaigners vigorously insist that the majority should have privileged access to draft laws or influence government. or for imposing any religious observance. They also decry government attempts to regulate or influence religious policies.—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws. religion. 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. or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion. 98 . of Mussulmen. founded on the Christian religion.—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. and the population's minority is protected from religion's antiquated belief systems. in any sense. and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth. The Separation of Church and State protects both sides from each other: the government cannot meddle in private religious affairs. or tranquility. As the Government of the United States of America is not. Notable lawful statements about separation include: The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion.
On February 13. that mixed-descent children (called half-castes) would threaten the stability of their civilization. 99 .Australian Aboriginals Members from church organizations and Christians stole Aboriginal children from their families. Those northerners believed. The children are known as the Stolen Generations. without any supporting empirical evidence. 2008 a formal apology was made. With no end of charm in sight. they indoctrinated the children into Christianity. The policy of separating Aboriginal children and their parents was partially based on the notions that civilizations could be forced into segregated hierarchies. or to its heritage. It hinged on the erroneous idea that northern Europeans were somehow superior to Aborigines. The kidnapping occurred between approximately 1869 and 1969 although in some places children were still being taken in the 1970s.
prominent members of the Jewish community have contradicted these criticisms. and moral decrepitude. corruption.. While tempting to note that such rare gems are found in a river of filth. under the Pope’s guidance. 100 . and noble actions: a sparkling reminder of how people ought to behave. temporal waste. saved the lives of more Jews than all other churches. Still other Jewish historians found that the Catholic Church gave millions of dollars to assist Jews during World War II. While the Catholic Church has been accused of encouraging antisemitism. Historian John Toland noted: The Church. dishonesty. A good deed is a good deed and truly stands alone. inspiring.. A set of magnificent. religious institutions and rescue organizations combined.Catholics & Nazis The Catholic Church is not all bad. A sword and shield set upon the dark dragon of genocide and persecution. let us refrain.
look up on a clear night sky. stem cell research. Light from the nearest galaxy takes well over two million years to reach Earth. then the Catholic God is deceitful (see Romans 1:20. creationism. evolution.Fundamentalism The Christian Right are fundamentally misinformed on subjects such as education. and the founding of the United States of America as a Christian Nation. Revel in the stars and the light of the Milky Way galaxy. For example. Every other argument fundamentalists or creationists use to explain the distant starlight problem has been refuted. and 3:4). For irrefutable evidence that the Earth is older than 10. separation of Church and State. abortion.000 years. some 40% of Americans believe Earth is less than 10. 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. 101 .000 years old. If God created the universe with light already in transit. sex.
Marriage is a sanctimonious religious institution and the Church can keep it. twue wove. heterosexual.Marriage From the Princess Bride: Mawwiage. Once Civil Unions have been established throughout the world. we can provoke the ire of religious fundamentalists by using the word “marriage” to refer to any Civil Union. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethaw today. will follow you fowever. whether they are homosexual. or overtly dolphin-friendly. or person dressed up in a Ku Klux Klan outfit should have the right to deny. bisexual. Marriage is. is not something any progressive state. transsexual. country. A Civil Union between people. that dweam within a dweam. after all. Mawwiage. Then wove. that bwessed awwangement.. two syllables shorter... 102 ..
The Manhattan Declaration promotes homophobia (“call on the entire Christian community to resist sexual immorality”). and corruption has hitherto hemmed women into nothingness. Lucretia Mott opposed historic Christian doctrine and befriended atheists. By the 1880s.000 signed the Manhattan Declaration. followed more for her logic than religion. Women’s Suffrage vanguards found Christianity contemptible. not religious grounds. Ernestine Rose. a major women’s rights advocate.” Matilda Joslyn Gage published a book about how Christianity oppresses women.Manhattan Declaration Nearly 500. became agnostic. Susan Brownell Anthony. Lucy Stone said of Christianity: “A wall of Bible. brimstone. arrogance (“human beings created in the divine image”). chastised by Christian religious groups. The Declaration offers a brash misrepresentation of reality: Christian women stood at the vanguard of the suffrage movement. Margaret Fuller was a Protestant transcendentalist who fought for women’s rights on rebellious. 103 . released in 2009. 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”). Women’s rights activist Elizabath Cady Stanton was a skeptical woman. was an atheist who questioned God at the age of five. church.