Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Why is YOUR religion NOT ridiculous?

I was debating a YouTube creationist, and the guy/girl (I honestly don't know which, as the person never appears in their videos, but I'll just use male pronouns for this post) was making the ridiculous leap of assuming HIS god once he believes he's established that a god exists. I've posted on this topic before, and consider it to be the most serious logical failure of religious people. So I asked him why it couldn't mean that Vishnu created everything. He responded mockingly, "Really? A smart guy like you, asking that question?" I pushed the issue, and asked again, why it couldn't have been Vishnu. He literally had no answer, and changed the topic without answering my question.

Religious people are notoriously bad at acknowledging the possibility of other religions, and Christians in particular often set up false dichotomies where only atheism or Jesus could be the truth. They often ridicule other religions, without realising that followers of those other religions are mocking theirs at the same time. So I ask religious readers this question:

"What makes your religion less ridiculous than all of the other religions in the world that you might scoff at?"

For another post with the same kind of reasoning, click here.

Friday, May 15, 2009

18 fun biblical atrocities

I found this site (*link is now dead*), which collects some of the Bible's most despicable atrocities, including many committed by the all-loving god, into one convenient location!

There are a few in there that I didn't know about.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Omnipotent god? Then 'fine-tuning' is irrelevant! And more....!

I've been thinking about this one for a while, but I have to give credit to the The Atheist Experience episode last week for helping me to get started with putting it into words.

I'm sure that all of us have heard from Christians, Jews and/or Muslims that their god is omnipotent (ie. can do anything it wants, even what we'd say is impossible). Most of them seem to agree on this point, and I'm going to consider it to be an axiom of their religions. But then we get this argument coming from many of them, including people such as Lee Strobel, that a god must exist because the Universe is fine-tuned for life.

This is completely contradictory to the belief that their god is omnipotent! Why? Well, if their god can do anything it wants, then it could create life to exist in any environment. So if the physical constants or conditions of the Universe were any different, then we, or another form of life, could be made to live in it. The Universe then doesn't have to be tuned for our existence. In other words, the physical constants are completely arbitrary, and life could exist no matter what they were. In fact, the Universe being suited to our existence (or vice-versa) is a compelling suggestion that there are no gods at all!

Let's take another example of how the existence of an omnipotent god doesn't make much sense. That is the existence of bacteria and viruses which make us sick. I'm told by the creationist fucktards that disease was made to punish humans for seeking knowledge, or disobedience, however you want to interpret that garbage. Why would such an omnipotent god need to create bacteria and viruses to be the causes of disease? Couldn't it just give us the disease without any physical cause at all? Like by magic? Like the way that many religious psychos believe their god created everything in the first place? Why doesn't it work that way anymore? Where did the magic go? Why does disease seem to be caused by processes that are natural and follow natural laws? The fact that disease gets transmitted by bacteria and viruses, and the fact that other diseases are caused by mutations in DNA, giving all diseases a physical cause, is another compelling suggestion that an omnipotent god does not exist.

Another question is why does this god send to me the stupidest people in order to pass along its message? I'm a pretty smart guy, and the people who attempt to debate with me, or to tell me about the existence of god, are often dumb as bricks and can't stand their ground in a debate. Couldn't an omnipotent god choose somebody smarter than me to try to convince me? Couldn't an omnipotent god send a person who knows absolutely everything to my door to answer all of my questions? Why does this god count on these fucking incompetent boobs who either end up getting caught with their pants down with a trannie hooker, or sent to prison, or end up disgraced for molesting children? If you're going to argue that god sent Jesus, or some crap, please spare me! That work of fiction is from 2,000 years ago. Where is the message for me directly?! Even better, why does this god need carriers of its message at all? Why couldn't it make me born with the knowledge or put it into my head by magic? Again, it really looks as if this hypothetical god has some serious limitations.

Another question is about the cruelty that life must inflict on other life in order to survive. Why would an omnipotent and all-loving god do that? Couldn't it have made all life photosynthetic? Then we'd get all of our energy from the sun, and we wouldn't need to eat other life. Here is where the believer argues, "Duh, phoyosynthesis doesn't provide enough energy to support life". But that's the entire fricking point!!!! Why couldn't an omnipotent god have made photosynthesis more efficient, so that all life could get all of the energy it needs without killing any other life, including not killing plants? Why? A better question, why couldn't it make us so that we don't need energy at all?! Why do we need energy? Why can't we all operate by magic and never need food, or even sleep? We could then exist without ever killing another living organism.

This magical, omnipotent god seems to require a lot of natural systems in order to make things run. It operates all of its little creations within the framework of natural laws, and does not deviate from them. It seems to be limited by what the laws of physics say is possible. That is EXACTLY how we'd expect the Universe to look if gods didn't exist at all!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How many of my atheist readers are rapists?

I received this comment from an anonymous poster on my Atheist's Riddle post:

"Wow, you guys figured out the riddle... Why don't you put those purses down, go on to that form (sic), and show that God loving idiot a thing or two. http://www.freeratio.org//showthread.php?t=135497&page=1
God sucks because he wants us to be good to each other. What a jerk! Without God in our lives we can all lie, steal and rape guilt free. See you in hell, losers."

You got it wrong. This site isn't written by 'you guys', it's written by one person, and that's me. Also, your god doesn't suck, it just doesn't exist.

This absurd argument you're attempting to make is one of the most ridiculously flawed arguments one can make about religion vs. atheism, and just shows how little you actually know or have observed about the world. This argument pisses me off, and demonstrates how stupid religious people can be, all at the same time.

What you really mean is that if YOU didn't believe in a god, that YOU could go around raping, lying and stealing without any guilt. For SOME OF US, WE DON'T NEED any belief in supernatural punishers to be good people, because WE WANT to be good. And in my opinion, which is of course, entirely valid, that makes me a better person than you! You're pathetic!

You need to ask yourself why you're such a bad person that you can't think of any reason to consider the rights of others, unless you believe in eternal punishment. You need to ask yourself why you have no compassion or conscience. You need to ask yourself why you wouldn't mind dishing out suffering to others, violating them in horrible ways, as long as you were gratified by it. You also need to ask yourself then why the world's prisons are not filling up with atheists. You need to ask yourself why the good ol' USA, among the most Christian of Western, developed countries, has one of the highest crime and incarceration rates (I believe it has the highest incarceration rate in the whole world). You need to ask why less-religious countries, such as Canada and the UK, have lower crime rates. And then you need to ask yourself why Japan, perhaps the least-religious developed country in the world, has among the lowest crime rates of them all.

It kills the religious, just kills them, to think that there are people who can be good without any superstitious belief. They're jealous of us. The religious are weak, and their religion is a crutch for their weakness. They have no idea how to be good, and would never be able to be good, if they didn't fear punishment. At least, that's what people like this religious commenter claim. Believe it or not, I give them more credit than that, more credit than they give themselves, and believe that it isn't the religion that makes them good.

As for your sign-off, stating that I'm going to hell, why don't you go fuck yourself?!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Only humans can appreciate music?

Has anybody else ever heard the argument from the religious crowd that only humans can appreciate music, proving that we're special creations?

I realise that this video is a couple of years old, but this is the first I've seen of it. It is yet another blow to the creationist wackos. Think they'll give up soon? *cough*

Edit: The first comment on this post suggested that the bird is just trained to do this routine. Well, scientists have studied this bird. Not only this species, but this EXACT bird. His name is Snowball. Check out what the scientists thought of him.

It's hard for people to believe, and maybe a bit humbling to some, but it seems that some animals like music.