Thursday, April 30, 2009

Defending the undefendable

I always wonder how people would defend their positions on issues in which science conflicts with religion, if they were to admit that they were wrong. For example, if some god appears to me tomorrow and tells me that it made everything and that I should stop believing in what science says, then after I change my beliefs, I would have no problem defending my previous position like this:

"Well, the evidence pointed in that direction, and the best I could do was to use my reasoning ability to make sense of what facts I saw around me. I was wrong, and my reasoning failed me."

But what defence could the religious fundamentalists offer for their beliefs if they were forced to concede to scientific knowledge? How could they defend their position, which was to ignore all the facts around us, to ignore the opinions of the most brilliant minds in the world who study these issues, to ignore what all experiments tell us to be true, and to put their faith (in the Bible's case) in an absurdly-vague book written by ignorant barbarians, thousands of years ago, and who were no better than the Taliban are today? How could they possibly defend that level of insane stupidity and willful ignorance, except to come out and say:

"I was an insanely stupid and willfully ignorant person."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Who to turn to?

Isn't it nice to know that at a time like now, when a potentially pandemic flu virus is spreading, that the world is turning to biological scientists for information and plans, rather than turning to ridiculous 'holy' books?

How does that make you backwards, religious types feel? These scientists are the same people you heap scorn upon because the Universe doesn't seem to mesh with your fictional, ancient books. When the time of need comes, the people in charge don't want your religious guidance or theological debate. They want things like genetic analysis and models of virus transmission in populations, both of which biology can provide. Seems the world isn't too interested in what your religious positions are, despite your claims about how many answers you have.

But if you're so inclined, do leave a comment and tell us your opinion about why your magic buddy(ies) made this new virus. I'd love to have a laugh at your expense.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Don't respect people who think we're going to hell

**This post has its own little history. When I first wrote it, I thought it might be over the line of decency, even to use as a hypothetical example to make a point. So I asked the Godless Bastard what he thought, and after a few days, even he decided it wasn't appropriate for posting. If you've ever read his page, you'll know that when the Godless Bastard thinks a post has gone over the line, you know you've really gone too far! So I decided to post it with the vulgar and disturbing part omitted. I'll mark the location where the cut was made, and I think you'll get the point without having it there.

I always wonder why, when atheists call Christians stupid, mindless retards, the Christians get upset and say we should respect their religion. Yet they don't seem to see a problem with telling atheists that we deserve the absolute worst thing that can possibly happen to a person (ie. to be tortured forever in their hell), and don't even mind coming and knocking on the doors of our homes just to tell us that.

When challenged with this line of thinking, Christians have been known to respond along the lines of, "Why would you be offended if you don't believe in hell anyway?"

The thing that they don't understand is that it doesn't matter whether or not we believe in it. THEY DO BELIEVE IN IT, and so they are insulting us in the most serious way they know how, by telling us that we are so worthless that we deserve to go to the same place as the worst human beings who have ever lived. Shouldn't we be pissed off that they have this opinion of us? Do they deserve our respect and thanks for letting us know?

If they still fail to understand, I've written a little story to try to communicate what it feels like. The story begins with you knocking on the Christian's door. Once the door opens, you begin to talk.....

"Hello. Oh, what a beautiful little daughter you have there. I just came to your door to let you know that you're a terrible person, and deserve nothing but the worst. In order to punish you, I decided to take action against those that you love.

Last night, I broke into your home and went to your daughter's room.

(highly offensive material removed)

I made sure she knew that it happened to her because her father is a scumbag. As I walked out, I took all of the change from her piggy bank as a gratuity for my excellent servicing of her."

Now the father probably doesn't believe a word of this story, so he shouldn't be offended, right Christians? RIGHT?

Feel free to change the story, based on whether or not this person has a young son or daughter, or any other vulnerable loved ones, such as a disabled wife or elderly mother, that you could use to really make it sting.

The point is that whatever outrageous story I can come up with here is not as bad as what the Christians believe will happen to me after I die. No story I can write could be as vicious as eternal torture by a supernatural, expert pain-bringer. "You're going to go to hell" is just another way of saying, "You deserve only the worst! You're less than shit!"

So atheists, the next time a Christian tells you that you're going to hell, maybe you should tell them to go fuck themselves!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Einstein Quotes

There are a lot of really dishonest Christians out there who like to try to tell us atheists that our hero, whom we worship every day, Albert Einstein, believed in a god. They like to use mined quotations, in order to warp the meaning of what Einstein actually meant.

So here is a good website you can direct them to, a list of some Einstein quotes which will leave absolutely no doubt that the man did not believe in their ridiculous Christian god, or really any other god that is involved in the lives of humans.