February 16, 2009 § Leave a comment
Atheism is trendy. It’s a counter trend against all these neo-religious people. Both the strengthened political position of fundamentalist religious, and to the “oh well, I don’t believe in a bearded man in the sky, but i believe in something“-people, which I personally can’t understand one bit. If you are truly deeply religious, the explanation is always something like “I’m the seventh generation Mormon” or “I drank my liver away, then I almost got killed by a bus and ended up doing the twelve step program and they encourage us to find god, now I don’t need alcohol, I get high on Jesus all the time”. But when you just generally believe, that’s like being skeptic but the other way around, instead of thinking of religion as highly unlikely, you think of the scientific method as a highly unlikely way of working with the world. That’s just… No, I can’t even go there.
Anyway. Being atheist is the counter trend, but still a trend. And we are being swallowed. All of the sudden politicians (Else-Marie Lindgren, can someone just lead her away quietly and put her in a small room with a cup og tea and some litium and close the door?) are popping up and saying things like “I think the prime minister should end his speaches with God bless sweden. I don’t think people would mind, we are after all a nation based on christian foundations, and when you ask people on the streets I think more people pray then you think”. Yeah, she grew up in my old hometown, Borås, a city competing for the title of hometown of the biblebelters. In that city people seems to actually believe in God. But in the rest of the country, up to 85% are agnostic or atheists. I don’t think they pray. Amongst those numbers are also the “no I don’t believe in God but in something”-people. I really can’t see them pray, not to any statistically significant extent at least. But, the christian society wants to make the world look like they are stronger than they are, because in the end, the result will be that they become stronger. People will end up agreeing with them since they are so many, forgetting completely that majority doesn’t equal right.
We have about 400 000 muslims in sweden, loosely defined. This is still the religious group that’s the loudest. They aren’t at all many (out of 9 million, so a couple of percent still), but what muslims do that christianity can get away with, is that they demand a very strong respect for their religion. If we are not to be slayed as infidels, we can’t draw the prophet for example. Christians aren’t doing this exactly, but christianity is so tightly woven into the fabric of our society that we probably wouldn’t notice if it did.
Still, the problem with religion and especially with Islam right now, is that it demands respect from people who aren’t following them. After all, all religions are the chosen religion. Everyone else is wrong and should be killed or stoned or smashed against rocks, but they so graceciously lets us live.
Again this weekend I talked to someone deeply religious. At first I thought this was a smart and interesting person, but then, when asking about the religious believes (that I knew were there, but I thought it was moderate), I realize I was all wrong. Another bible-oholic. And when I asked a couple of simple questions like “dinosaurs” or “but, so you say that all research ever done is faulthy, but you still use an mp3 player?” or “how do you get from 2 people to 6 billion in 6000 years and how do you account for the genetic diversity?”, I got the answer: “I don’t want to talk about this, because I don’t want to shake my faith”.
That’s like admitting you are wrong. Next example is: If you had missunderstood the offside rule all your life, and a man walks up to you and says: No! It works like this! Would you ask him to be quiet because you didn’t want you faith to be shaken?
He claimed it’s not the same thing. But it is.
Should I respect his religion? No, I shouldn’t. There is no reason what so ever to respect an opinion like that. To let someone stay wrong. Why would I? Would I do it if someone claimed the world was flat? No, I wouldn’t. But religious people, who always seems to think that they are the “good guys” and everyone else should be killed, they think I should. That I should respect their faith, they are, after all, not stoning me to death
Atheism is not a faith, but it needs to be just as arrogant and strong as one, because otherwhise this will turn into a fad for real, and we’ll all go back to saying things like “well, I believe in something“.
I realized something by the way. I’m an atheistic missionary. I’m actually trying to spread the word of atheism. Lol.
February 8, 2009 § Leave a comment
I read about an Australian columnist being banned because his article was anti-semitic (you can read the full article here, but beware of really creepy comments), and I have to say that even if the article might have been a little bit harsch and biased, but seriously, it wasn’t anti-semitic.
Sometimes it feels like the notion amongst pro-israel people is that every negative comment ever uttered about Israel is anti-semitic, Israel can do no wrong. This is plain silly. Israel is doing a lot of wrong, a lot of the time.
I’m one of those thinking that the conflict between palestine and israel is more complex then we normally think of, but I know one thing that never ever lead to peace, and that is cramming in 1.5 million people in gaza, behind a wall, destroying the lifes of everyone within and then bombing the place. Israel has become the bully, and is now the state commiting the warcrimes towards others, rather then the people of Israel being the victims of such crimes.
February 8, 2009 § Leave a comment
I’m watching beyond belief, the forth session. Scary enough 98% of people think they are more intelligent than the average. “Which means that 50% are delusional about their own stupidity” to paraphrace Ramachandran.
He is by the way my new hero, hilariously cynical humour. Why haven’t I heard about him before?
Later in the same episode: Christian with freakishly bad haircut talking about meditating while going through emotional bumpiness and getting a vision “directed at him”. I’m gonna be bold here and state that very few people have visions that are meant for someone else.
“Yeah, I had this vision yesterday while I was praying, but I don’t think it was for me, the neighbour must have had an epiphany at the same time, you know, that stuff can be contaigious sometimes.”
“No, you know, I saw these bunnies and then some words, I think that vision was for my daughter, our names are similar, so maybe it got sent to the wrong person”
Also, I don’t get it why people can’t just except that their minds thinks up a lot of weird things, and some of it will feel like somebody else thought it for you. Normally I would have explained it with the fact that the subconsious stores a lot of knowledge and associations that we in our normal state of mind can’t get to, and under certain circumstances like extra stress etc, we are more bound to let down that wall between the senses and let some other things then normal logic through (yah, notice how very seldom someone has a vision when NOT under stress. “Oh, I was feeling completely ok with everything and was happy in an average way. And then I had a vision, without any hightened sense of awareness.”), but after watching so much talks about neuroscience, I don’t dare even trying to explain anything anymore. I think it was something about isolating different parts of the brain and constructing islands of activity to create that feeling of that it isn’t your own thoughts, I think…
Later again, I read a it about the myth of the hymen in human females. Yeah, go with you and read about it, because it is a myth, the notion that this would be something covering the vaginal opening. It’s a fold of mucous membrane at the most, if it at all should count as a separate part of female genitalia, and if the female is properly aroused before penetration, it will not restrict it, cause pain or bleed.
It’s a fake body part, made up as a way of controling female sexuality. Lovely.
“In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, medical researchers have used the presence of the hymen, or lack thereof, as founding evidence of physical diseases such as “womb-fury“. If not cured, womb-fury would, according to these early doctors, result in death. The cure, naturally enough, was marriage, since a woman could then go about having sexual intercourse on a “normal” schedule that would stop womb-fury from killing her, hence opening her hymen.” /wikipedia on hymen.
February 7, 2009 § Leave a comment
I remember when I was around eight years old and had learned about the old norse mythology in school. Our teacher was a christian, so she tried to make us that too.. But she was ill for a week, and Marie, a young woman, was filling in. She told us about other religions, and also said that you can believe what you want to, and that there are religions nobody believes in anymore.
That afternoon I was out walking with my mom, and we talked about life and death and what happens next, and I remember saying that I thought that Valhalla was more plausible then heaven, it sounded more interesting. Also I know I wondered how people knew they were right. How did people know that it was Jesus who was the thing, and not Thor or Freja, or Odin? Or Ra, maybe, or Papa Legba. How did they know? And I think my mum said something like “well, you can choose to believe what feels right for you”, which set me off in a three week hardcore old norse propaganding.
When I was ten a friend of mine and her family got swooped up in the evangelistic church (they are cult like and creepy here.. ) called “the fellowship” or “the communion” or something. A very scary one, she took me to church and I remember being really frightened and also sceptical about all these grown ups sitting around singing strange songs and smiling in a way that looked like they were high or drunk. Why would grown ups do that? Her mother told me off after I talked about Yoga when we had dinner one day, she said that “yoga is evil, and it’s a way that indian people use to prepare to die without coming to Jesus”. I got angry, but didn’t say much.
I lost my last drop of hopes for anything at all during those three weeks of pagan propaganda. I asked my brother what he thought, stating that I’d like an eight legged horse when I die, and a small squirrel, much rather then going to heaven. He looked me dead in the eye and said “when you die, you rot in the ground. Maggots eat you. That’s it.”. I know I was angry with him for telling me off, I liked my fantasies about Valhalla, but somewhere deep down, I knew he was right.
For a short while I was really angry with the world, for robbing me of that hope for something else. Angry that the world was so logical I suppose. But I got over it. I even got used to advanced double think that I used until my late teens, to allow for things like ouija boards or reading horoscopes and believing in them, fully aware that it was just bull shit. But it was bull shit I needed.
January 28, 2009 § Leave a comment
Teach the controversy!
The theory of gravity is a theory in crisis. Equal space should be given in school to teach the alternatives, like Intelligent Falling. Why is people so afraid to stand up on good xtian grounds and stop this horrible brain washing of our kids, never showing them the real true story, it’s impossible to not see that the only logical conclusion is that i god is pushing the objects down.
For anyone still out there thinking that “evolution is just a theory”, please, read this article on wikipedia and just accept the fact that you are on thin ice and should just stay quiet and feel the shame. And by the way, I’d say wikipedia might not always be the best source for information (if not checking the references and so on), but it is indisputably a better source then the bible.
It’s just lovely to loll around the internet and just read, like on Yahoo answers (I’m not linking to that shyte. It’s horrible. If there ever was a God, I think that sight would be an abomination.). Discussions with tens of christians saying “Big bang is just a theory, it doesn’t explain anything, without God there can’t be any life”. “No, you atheists are the devil and you will burn in hell. Jesus died for your sins and God loves everyone. Accept the truth or You will suffer eternal damnation!!!!11”. Yeah. Ok. Loves everyone, ey? And then the little dear xtians gets upset because the atheists makes fun of them. And so it continiues. It’s perfect activity for me since I don’t have any movie to watch tonight. Or the amazon.com forum! Oh, it’s wonderful! The atheists/brights/pantheists/etc there are seriously smart people. It’s just nice to see your own side constantly epic winning.
I don’t think many xtians would ever read this blog, but if you do. Please do explain to me why god hates amputees. Or why it’s ok to eat shrimps, but not for gays to marry. Why you avoid let’s say, killing people who try to stray from your faith in god , but think that the bible is the ultimate truth. I mean, if it WAS the ultimate truth, shouldn’t you just stone them all to death?
One thing I really do wonder though, is why xtians is on the internet at all? I mean, if your eye is cast on something blasphemous or sinful, you should rip it out, right? Because having only one eye is better then burning in the eternal fires of hell? And Come on, the intertubes is clogged with sin. I don’t even think reading the internet in braille get’s you away from the problem that if the internet contains sin in some parts, then all of it is sinful. Or is it ok to lie with a woman who is bleeding, if you avoid the blood? I mean, if you do even touch what she sat on, you have to wash, properly, and will stay unclean for awhile. Ok, I admit, I’m not sure if you have to sacrifice two turtles if you don’t engage in actuall intercourse, but still. (Leviticus by the way.. Had to google to find the verses in english and all that.)
Maybe it’s ok to use the intertubes if you wash your hands afterwards and kill a dove before going in to the church?
January 27, 2009 § Leave a comment
Don’t ever tell me to respect your religion, thank you, christian or muslim or jew or whatnot.
I do not believe in it, and therefore the rules of your religion doesn’t apply to me.
Religious people tend to forget that. Way too often.
How many people haven’t heard “Oh, you don’t have to believe in it, just never forget that Jesus died for your sins”.
Just how, exactly how stupid can you be? The concept of sin, of Jesus dying for me, etc, is what I don’t believe in! (amongst many other things, like prophets, fairies and unicorns.)
January 25, 2009 § Leave a comment
I was watching Eugenie Scott talk about creationism on youtube, and she mentioned a comic called Big Daddy?. Interesting read I say. Especially the little aryan christian who stands up and overthrows the theories of the horrible blackhaired eastern european looking professor. Look-a-here:
It’s always interesting to see the underlying racism that is such a big part of modern christianity. White racism. Lovely isn’t it? I can’t help but thinking that within the statement “but christianity preaches love” there is a quiet appendix of “even for other people, like foreigners, gays and so on. You know, the people we don’t really like”. And no offence, but very few religions really preach love. Christianity and its’ related religions most definitely doesn’t. Love thy next, but kill all people who doesn’t agree with you, and feel free to hit your slaves as long as you don’t poke out their eyes or hurt their teeth. Christianity preaches obedience to a god. To a system. To rules laid down thousands of years ago.
It’s like when you talk to christians about moral, and they seem to think they have the upper hand on this question. I mean, they obey god, and god is the one who makes the rules, following him makes your actions morally just. And I have to tell you, I only realized this the other day! They do not mean the same thing as I do, at all! For me a morally just action is something that is by society decided as good. It’s immoral to teach kids to hide weapons in the forest for example. To corrupt kids and teach them how to lie to the police. It’s immoral to give away addictive substances hidden inside painkillers. It would be a bad thing to provide suicidals with razorblades. But, in the bible, it’s immoral to take slaves from the people of Israel. All other people are basically ok though. If you follow the bible, you can go out on a killing spree on gay clubs, and you would still not be doing anything wrong, by biblical standards. Evil and good are not constants, but decided after gods “word”. I’m amazed. I really had no clue, that these two words were so fundamentally different.