Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Religious Atheism?

I see it more and more as I browse the internet and engage with theists and atheists alike. The Ken Ham wannabes who have taken it upon themselves to name atheism a religion and cry that it takes faith to 'believe' in.

I'm at a loss for words. I knew theists were incapable of critical thinking regarding their precious holy texts but this is ridiculous. The reason they are doing this, is to take away the credibility of calling it what these people actually DO believe in. How can they not see the stunning irony here? It's absolutely mind boggling. Not only are they completely undermining themselves, they are completely wrong.

As I've said before, we don't believe in anything, nor do we claim anything. We simply reject your claims because there is no evidence. That is all. Many of us accept scientific theories, such as evolution through natural selection but these are not, and never will be faith based. Sorry to ruin your party.

By the way, a scientific theory is not the same as the 'theory' definition thrown around by theists, so here it is:

A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that is acquired through the scientific method and repeatedly tested and confirmed through observation and experimentation.

Please educate yourselves. 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Where do I stand?

I suppose I should have a post on here that explains my position. My position on God(s) or lack thereof, on human rights, and anything else I think of whilst I write this out. There won't be any drafts of this either, I'm just going to write off the top of my head.

First off, I'm an atheist. This does not mean I believe your God (or any other) doesn't exist. It means I do not believe any of your claims. There is a difference. From where I stand there is as much evidence for Yahweh or Allah as there is for Ra, Zeus or Horus. Basically zero by the way, no evidence.

People often say that atheists 'pick on' the religious. That's cute. There are many countries out there with Blashpemy Laws that prohibit atheism on pain of death. This is no joke, in 2016 there are actually govenments that will execute you for simply rejecting their claims of a deity. Saudi Arabia being one of the biggest. (Yes the same Saudi that is on the UN Human Rights panel).

I do not 'pick on' the religious. I simply find the ideologies offensive to humanity. If you want to read a book that advocates slavery, rape, child murder, mysogyny and genocide then pick up a Bible. In fact, if you are a person of any faith, please now go and read your Holy Book from cover to cover. It's the best way to create an atheist.

It boggles my mind, for example, that there are ANY female Christians at all. Passage Timothy 2:12 -  'I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet'. This is literally in your holy book. How can you possibly believe in this?

Another example, this time mostly for black people, given their horrific past of slavery. Passage Exodus 21:20-21 - 'When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged. But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be avenged, for the slave is his money'. This is absolutely disgraceful.

There are thousands of examples of Holy Book passages that will make you sick when you read them. It's the reason I said reading your Holy Book from cover to cover will create an atheist. No moral person can defend these writings.

Speaking of morality. Theists will argue that morality comes from God, from the word of God as written in their respective books. This is an absolute fallacy. Effectively, they are saying that it is only the Holy Book preventing them from running around killing people. That is a scary mindset. You do not need religion to be a moral person. Morality comes from inside us, from an inherent need to socialise and survive as a group.

I have talked mostly about Christianity, mainly because I was baptised as a child and went to Catholic Schools in England. Islam is just as bad, as is Judaism and all of them. They inspire hate, injustice, violence and they halt the progress of humanity as a whole. Women in Saudi and many other Islamic countries are not allowed to drive, or enter fast food restaurants or even show any skin. Do not even think about being born homosexual in these countries. If you think America has backwards thoughts on the LGBT community, at least they haven't outlawed them completely yet.

31% of the population of Earth is Christian to some degree. You are all rejecting the other 2,500+ Gods that humans have invented in our time so far.

23% of the population of Earth is Muslim to some degree. You are also rejecting 2,500+ other Gods.

You are all as damn near as much of an atheist as I am. There is literally one single God difference between us.