I am an atheist, but? I am also? A Humanist. I want to share what I use as an analogy for beliefs in a god and following a religion and non belief in a god and not a follower of a religion. This is not attempting to insult believers, but I believe it is a great analogy to use.
I use the analogy that all religions and religious beliefs to a rock. YOU want to worship a rock (ie god and no I am not trying to be insulting on this to you) then fine. Worship your rock. Love your rock, live by the rules of your rock. But? Do not take your rock? And smash someones face in with you rock because that person does not believe in your rock, believes in a different rock than you do, or no rock at all. Do not use your rock to harm any other human being.
Those of whom you use your rock to harm? Have every right to defend themselves against you using your rock to cause them harm. Just like you have a right to defend yourselves against someone who is TRULY using their rock to cause you harm. What I mean by this is? You cannot hypocritically claim that someone is truly using their rock to harm you? If you are in fact? Using your rock to persecute them first. Then claim because they are standing up to you? They are then using their rocks to cause you harm.
History has shown? People have used their rocks to cause other people great harm. This? Has to stop. Especially when the rock believer? Tells us their rock is based on love, peace, non-judgment etc. Live your rock, yes, live the teachings of your rock on love, peace, non-judgment, etc, because who knows? If you truly live the teachings of love of your rock? You might change the world and make it a much more beautiful place to live, which we all desperately need right now with all the shit that is going on in the world right now.
People who have their rocks? Have to stop using their rocks to cause harm to their fellow human beings.
This? Is what the essence of being a Humanist is all about. Loving all people, no matter what rock they believe in, or not believe in. I do try, but some of you rock believers? Make it damn hard to do so.
A secular blogger has been hacked to death in north-east Bangladesh, the third such deadly attack this year.
Police said Ananta Bijoy Das was murdered as he headed to work at a bank in the city of Sylhet, an attack that fellow writers said highlighted a culture of impunity.
Kamrul Hasan, commissioner of Sylhet police, said a group of about four masked attackers pounced on Das with machetes at about 8.30am on Tuesday on a busy street in Bangladesh’s fifth-largest city.
“They chased him down the street and first attacked his head with their machetes and then attacked him all over his body,” Hasan told Agence France-Presse. The attackers fled into the crowds and Das was taken to hospital but declared dead on arrival, police and medics said.
Hasan would not be drawn on the motive for the attack but fellow writers said Das had been on a hitlist drawn up by militants who were behind the recent killing of a blogger who was a US citizen.
Sarker told the Guardian: “They [the government] should not stay in power, if they are not able to bring the perpetrators to justice. One after another incident is happening and they are not able to do anything.”
Debasish Debu, a friend of Das, said the 33-year-old banker was also an editor of a quarterly magazine called Jukti (Logic) and headed the Sylhet-based science and rationalist council.
Debu said Das had been receiving threats for his writing and that their frequency increased after the killing of Roy. “He had written about superstitions, but he wasn’t among the writers that would hurt the sentiments of religion,” Debu said.
According to the Mukto-Mona site, Das won the publication’s annual rationalist award in 2006 for his “deep and courageous interest in spreading secular and humanist ideals and messages”.
While most of Das’s output for Mukto-Mona focused on science and evolution, he wrote a number of blogs that criticised some aspects of Islam and also of Hinduism. He also wrote a poem eulogising the famed Bangladeshi secular writer Taslima Nasreen, who fled to Europe in 1994 after protests by Islamists.
In comments on Facebook posted early on Tuesday, Das criticised the local member of parliament from the ruling Awami League party for criticising one of the country’s top secular and science fiction writers.
His murder comes a week after al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent claimed responsibility for Roy’s killing on 26 February in which his wife was badly injured. An Islamist has been arrested over his murder. Another atheist blogger, Washiqur Rahman, was hacked to death in Dhaka in March. Two madrassa students have been arrested over that attack.
Bangladesh is an officially secular country but more than 90% of its 160 million population are Muslims. There has been an increase in attacks by religious extremists in recent years. Supporters of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party, which is banned from standing in elections, have been accused of being behind a spate of firebombings this year aimed at toppling the government.
Since 2013, at least five bloggers have been attacked by Islamists after another hardline group, Hefazat-e-Islam, publicly sought the execution of atheists who organised mass protests against the rise of political Islam.
Hefazat, led by Islamic seminary teachers, also staged a massive counter-protest against the bloggers in May 2013 that unleashed violence and left nearly 50 people dead.
The single-room apartment in which Goswami and his family, including his wife Juthi and their 16-month-old son Adrij, currently reside is still mostly empty.
There’s hardly any furniture in the flat; only a few suitcases at a corner, a mattress on the floor, some toys and a laptop can be found in it. The family has been living in this tiny apartment in the western German city of Aachen for the past several months.
They were forced to flee Bangladesh last year as a result of increased threats from Islamists as well as government officials. Goswami found himself in their crosshairs due to his criticism of religious radicalism and advocacy for protection of minority rights.
The 29-year-old has been blogging since 2008, focusing initially on writing short stories and poems on “somewhereinblog.net,” the South Asian country’s largest community blog platform.
Gradually, the topics he wrote about shifted to more sensitive subjects, putting him on the radar of Islamists.
After becoming an atheist a few years ago, he began criticizing religious radicalism on the internet. His blog posts on contentious issues have been read by many Bangladeshis. Even though he used pseudonyms to publish his articles, extremists managed to discover his real identity and even government officials started monitoring his online activities.
“The authorities never summoned me, but I found some of them on my Facebook and Twitter followers’ lists. I was warned several times to think about what I write online.”
Threats on Facebook
It was in 2013 when Goswami started receiving threats on his life from religious extremists.
The enormous power wielded by bloggers in the Muslim-majority country became evident that year as thousands of ordinary citizens poured on to the streets of the capital Dhaka, demanding capital punishment for the Islamist leaders who were involved in war crimes during the country’s War of Liberation against Pakistan in 1971.
Some bloggers organized the protests via a Facebook event. Islamists were alarmed, and countered the protests by leveling blasphemy allegations against some atheist bloggers.
Atheism has long been seen as a crime in Bangladesh’s conservative Islamic society. Self-proclaimed atheist bloggers like Goswami thus became a target of attacks by radicals.
At first, Goswami didn’t take the threats seriously. But when Avijit Roy, a famous Bangladeshi-American blogger, was hacked to death in February 2015, Goswami began to worry. Shortly after Roy’s murder, Goswami noticed a surge in web traffic to his blog posts. Petrified, he pulled down his blog from the internet. Yet, he got a message on Facebook: “You may think that we might have forgotten you just because you took your website off the internet. But no, we will remember you and your time will come.”
The frightened blogger turned to the police for help. “But they told me to leave the country as they couldn’t give me protection,” he told DW.
Despite the growing insecurity, Goswami remained in Dhaka, even though he reduced his regular outdoor activities. By the summer of 2015, three other secular bloggers had been killed, including Niloy Neel, a friend of Goswami.
The murders heightened the anxiety of Goswami, who was spending many sleepless nights. His wife was also worried about their increasingly precarious state. The two were also concerned about the future of their three-year-old son.
In April 2016, the risk to Goswami’s life became so great that he decided to leave his country. With the help of an international organization, he first flew to Nepal, a country where a number of Bangladeshi bloggers sought temporary shelter after the series of ghastly blogger murders.
Goswami thought that his wife and son would be safe without him in Dhaka. But he was wrong.
“When I was in Nepal, I received threatening emails and Facebook posts saying that my family would be attacked as I was not in the country. My family is the most important thing for me,” Goswami said.
The blogger later contacted the German embassy in Dhaka, which issued him a visa at the end of September 2016. He then arrived in Germany on October 9. Three months later, his wife and child followed, and the family reunited in Aachen.
Goswami is lucky – Three international organizations supported him in bringing his family to Germany.
“Leaving my country was not an easy decision. Everyone loves their country,” he said. “But the influence of extremists and militants has become so high in Bangladesh that ordinary citizens think it’s no longer safe to practice freedom of expression.“
Forget everything – at least for a moment
Arnab Goswami showed us his blog and Facebook page while sitting on the mattress in his living room in Aachen. His blog was hacked just a few days ago.
He said he doesn’t know who the culprit was, but suspects that it could be a professional hacker. When his son crawled into the room, Arnab shined. He cuddled with him, made him laugh. At that moment, he seemed to have forgotten all his worries. When his wife took the child to the kitchen, his face once again turned serious.
“My family has been going through a tough time, maybe I’m safe here, but my future is still uncertain. The fact that I have been suffering for my writing hurts me,” he said.
The couple also misses their parents, whom they left behind in Bangladesh.
But Goswami stresses that he does not regret his writing. “It was not possible for me to stop writing in exchange for a secure life in Bangladesh.”
A gloomy situation
“Of course, it’s alarming to see that liberal writers have been killed for writing blogs, but shall we stop expressing our opinion to save our lives?” The answer to this question, he said, is a clear no.
“Someone has to come forward to write on those issues. Otherwise, our country will enter into a dark age,” he warned.
Goswami criticizes Bangladesh’s government for not doing enough to protect secular voices. “It’s clear that they have been supporting Islamists to stay in power,” he underlined. “If they continue doing so, Islamic Shariah laws will be introduced at some point. We don’t want that. That’s why we have to continue writing, even though there’s a risk of being killed.”
Goswami’s wife Juthi backs her husband. “I support my husband’s scripts. Sometimes he discusses a topic with me before writing on it as a blog. Nothing is perfect in our life. No religion is perfect. No society is perfect. Some problems are there. And It’s important to write about those problems,” she stressed.
When Goswami is busy updating his blog site, 27-year-old Juthi takes care of their son and does the household activities. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and wants to learn the German language to explore job opportunities in Germany. But their future in the European country remains uncertain.
Aachen – and then?
Arnab Goswami’s immigration lawyer, Volker Simon, has been supporting the family since February. In the meantime, the three family members have received a residence permit that expires at the end of 2017.
Simon wants to submit an application for asylum and he is optimistic regarding the family’s chances – even if Bangladesh is not considered a priority country by the German Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). According to BAMF statistics obtained by DW, there were 2,657 asylum applications from Bangladeshi nationals received in Germany in 2016.
The quota for accepted Bangladeshi asylum seekers during this time was 10.9 percent. This includes the number of accepted asylum applications, protection from deportation and granting of refugee status.
Help from the embassy
Arnab Goswami’s case for asylum is a special circumstance. “I see good chances for a successful asylum application,” said Simon. “The German Embassy in Dhaka has emphasized that as a critic of religion, a free thinker and a blogger, Goswami is in considerable danger in his country of origin. A few of his colleagues have already been murdered.”
A tragic incident involving another Bangladeshi blogger adds to the legitimacy of Goswami’s case.
“This person applied for asylum at the Swedish embassy and in the time it took to process the application he was shot in the streets,” said Simon. At the time, this helped give Goswami a reason to get out of the country quickly. Now, his future in Germany remains uncertain.
This finding comes as no surprise. Social science has long revealed high rates of secularphobia – the irrational dislike, distrust, fear, or hatred of nonreligious people – within American society. For example, a study by Penny Edgell of the University of Minnesota, from back in 2006, found that atheists come in last place when Americans are asked to rank members of certain racial, ethnic, or religious groups as potential spouses for their kids. And a Gallup poll from 2012 found that 43 pecent of Americans said that they would not vote for an atheist for president, putting atheists in last/worst place, behind Muslims (40 percent of Americans said they wouldn’t vote for a Muslim for president), homosexuals (30 percent wouldn’t), Mormons (18 percent wouldn’t), Latinos (7 percent wouldn’t), Jews (6 percent wouldn’t), Catholics (5 percent wouldn’t), women (5 percent wouldn’t) and African Americans (4 percent wouldn’t).
Additionally, psychology professor Adrian Furnham found that people give lower priority to patients with atheist or agnostic views than to Christian patients when asked to rank them on a waiting list to receive a kidney, and legal scholar Eugene Volokh has documented the degree to which atheist parents have been denied custody rights in the wake of a divorce.
Consider further evidence of secularphobia in America: It is illegal for an atheist to hold public office in seven states; atheists aren’t allowed in the Boy Scouts, the American Legion, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Humanist chaplains are barred from serving in our nation’s military; charities regularly reject donations that are offered by secularist organizations. And while secular Americans have never faced the kind of prejudice, hostility, and violence experienced by Native Americans, African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Asian Americans, Jews, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, or homosexuals, there is still no question that atheists, agnostics, secularists, and others who eschew religion are widely disliked.
There is no single, universal cause of secularphobia, and the dislike of non-religious people has varying sources in different societies and at different times in history; what caused people to hate the secular in Jerusalem in 300 B.C.E. or in Tegucigalpa in 1799 is certainly different from what causes people to dislike the secular in Rhode Island today.
That said, we can account for the current level of secularphobia in the US by considering these four factors:
1. Americans equate a lack of religiosity in general – or atheism specifically – with immorality.
2. Americans equate a lack of religiosity in general – or atheism specifically – with being un-American and/or unpatriotic.
3. There is no stigma concerning the expressed dislike of the non-religious. While there is a stigma (to varying degrees, depending on one’s social milieu) attached to being racist, or anti-Semitic, or Islamophobic, or homophobic – there has never existed a social or cultural backlash against people who openly express disdain for secular folks. So people simply feel much more comfortable expressing their dislike for atheists than, say, Latinas/os or women.
4. Insecurity on the part of the religious. Faith – believing claims without sufficient evidence, or claiming to know things that you don’t or can’t know – is an increasingly shaky endeavor. And in order for religious faith to survive, it requires a lot of social support: the more people who share it, the easier it is to maintain and reproduce. Thus, anyone who rejects the tenets of your faith, or calls them in to question, is a threat. Atheists lack a faith in God, and thus theists are particularly threatened by the growing presence of such humans, as they call into question the very thing that is ever so shaky to begin with: religious faith.
How can secular folk counter or contend with the four points above?
The Washington Posthas an article on the rise of the vocal atheist. It starts out with the story of a man who was a life long Anglican and who one day just decided he no longer believed. I’ve seen the same thing happen to other people. There is a clear increase in the number of individuals who identify as atheists. In recent years, among young people, the number of self-identified atheists has doubled.
Of course we don’t know the true number of atheists. Many atheists are aware of friends who put on the pretence of religion but privately admit to being atheists. Even some clergy fall into this category. What percentage of pews or pulpits are occupied by atheists is anyone’s guess.
In recent years polls in the US have shown that religious Americans are more likely to vote for a Muslim, in spite of the 9/11 attacks, than for an atheist regardless of their qualifications. The same sort of disdain for atheists carries into their private lives. All of this reduces the likelihood of an atheist speaking out. Many remain closeted but that doesn’t alter the fact that are atheists.
Yet in spite of this, the number of self-identified atheists is increasing rather rapidly. But that is only part of the phenomenon. The number of atheists who are being open about their atheism is increasing as well. And the number of atheists who are becoming vocal is also increasing. So, not only are the number of non-believers increasing, but those who do exist are becoming more militant and vocal.
The article discusses the rise of the Council of Ex-Muslims in Europe, which was founded in Germany a few months ago with several hundred members. It has created chapters in England and Holland as well. Maryam Namazie, the head of the English chapter said: “We are all atheists and non-believers, and our goal is not to eradicate Islam from the face of the earth.” Instead they are trying to make religion entirely private and strip it of the power to control the lives of non-believers.
The article quotes an academic who has studied the rise of atheism. Phil Zuckerman says: “Anytime we see an outspoken movement against religion, it tells us that religion has power there.” And one atheist is quoted saying: “There is a feeling that religion is being forced on an unwilling public, and now people are beginning to speak out against what they see as rising Islamic and Christian militancy.”
Strictly speaking, an atheist merely lacks a belief in a deity of any kind. It is not a rallying point, nor a particularly reason for social cohesion. Not being something is not something around which a common identity can be forged. The natural tendency, in my opinion, is for atheists to be a relatively unorganized because of this. Atheist organizations will generally contain only a very small percentage of non-believers. Atheists have no more in common with each other than do people who don’t believe in Santa Claus.
But recent world events has forced a rethink. Two things have happened. One is the 9/11 attacks, along with the rise of militant Islamists conducting other terrorist attacks. The second is that religious extremists — Muslims in Europe and Christians in America — have been demanding that more and more state power, meaning coercion, be used to further their agenda.
In both cases these militant fundamentalists are actively trying to impose their stilted world view on the rest of society. Witness the fits they go into over the gay marriage issue. Now if marriage equality is passed no fundamentalists will be forced to marry a same sex partner. They are free to shun the arrangement completely. They don’t want to be left alone, they want the law to prevent others from having the same relationships they can enjoy.
Fundamentalists complain if they are censored. But they are not against censorship. They favor it, provided they get to decide who shall be censored. Nor are they advocates of government leaving people alone. They want government to leave the religious alone and to actively harass others. And they have become increasingly vocal about such demands.
But the worst part for them was that they, and George Bush, entered in some sort of uncivil union. We saw the merger of church and state, the creation of the Theopublican movement. George Bush became their most visible representative. And for that, atheists should thank God.
The Theopublican agenda has been so closely linked to the Bush agenda that the dishonesty, viciousness and ineptness of the Bush administration now tarnishes Christianity itself. Whether that should be case is another question. Bush has been a PR disaster for the two things he is most closely tied to: the Republican Party and God.
On the other side of the world religious fanatics have unleashed their Dark Ages philosophy wherever they can. Islamists have killed thousands and thousands of people. Islamist governments kill people by the hundreds. And they do so in the most barbaric ways. The world is disgusted with Islam as a result. Even many Muslims have become disgusted with Islam.
The fundamentalists of the world, mainly Christian and Muslim, have breathed life into the atheist movement. In many ways they are creating a new, vocal atheist movement.
As I noted, there is no common ground for atheists. You can’t build a movement around a non-belief. But the fastest way to build a movement is to find a threat that intimidates people. Environmentalists know this, which is why they have an endless series of scare stories and have had then for decades now. H.L. Mencken noticed that political movements often succeed by “menacing” people “with an endless string of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” When people face a common threat, or enemy, they tend to unify. Republicans know this. That’s why they pushed the antigay campaign for several years. They wanted to build a fear campaign around homosexuals to unify the Religions Right. Now they are doing the same over immigrants.
If imaginary hobgoblins work well in creating a movement then real hobgoblins are even better. And rational people have felt threatened by Islamism and Theopublicanism. There it is — the reason for the rise of vocal, militant atheism. People are becoming atheists in larger numbers, or becoming more vocal and active atheists, precisely because the religious extremists have, or are trying, to seize power in order to inflict their agenda on the rest of society.
The moral majoritarians don’t merely want to avoid erotica. They want to force you to avoid it as well — regardless of your personal preferences. They want to burn the magazines, and some no doubt, the publishers as well. The Islamists don’t want the right to worship Allah. They want to deny you the right to not worship him. It’s not that these people want to lead lives abstaining from what they see as sin but that they want the state to punish you if you sin according to their religion.
I became an atheist over two decades ago. I remember sitting in my apartment one morning looking into the garden while reading a book on the logic of theism. I had been a Christian, attended Christian schools, was active in the church, and even attended Bible college. I had no doubts about a deity but then I never gave the matter much thought — something which is always conducive to faith. But that day I did give it some thought and concluded that a deity was a highly irrational assumption on my part and that the evidence was not there to support the belief I adopted. So at that point I abandoned it and haven’t looked back since.
But I was a quiet atheist for years. I did condemn the Moral Majoritarians and the like but pretty much ignored the religious impulses behind this new authoritarianism. But as time went by the nascent movement of theocrats in the 70s and 80s became increasingly shrill and illiberal and powerful. Their movement got uglier and more vicious. They were voracious for power. And then comes 9/11 with the praying fanatics who managed to kill 3,000 people in one day. I watched the second plane hit that tower as it happened on television. And I can’t escape the images of people leaping out of the burning building 100 floors above the ground, to their deaths. Watching these living human beings plummeting to their death was more than I could stomach.
And then I ran into some “orthodox Christians” who were pushing the theocratic agenda. And they felt I was an obstacle to them. So they engaged in a concerted hate campaign that turned my life into a living hell. And they enjoyed it. They relished it. They even bragged about it.
When I added all these things up in my head I concluded that I was obligated to not only reject the faith statements of theism, but that I ought to be more vocal about the threats and dangers as well. I was pushed into the position of being a “militant atheist” much against my own inclination. I’ve always been an adherent of the “live and let live” view of the world. But I realized that some people simply refuse to let you live and you have no recourse but to resist. So I went from quiet non belief to vocal atheism.
Apparently the same thing is happening in the educated nations of the world. Atheism is on the rise. The numbers of non-believers are escalating as people reconsider religion based on the results that they see around them. And those who, like me, were quiet atheists, have decided to put an end to their silence.
The massive sales of atheist books in the last year, works by Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, are the result of millions of people rethinking religion because of the actions of the religious. People are not buying these books because of Dennett, Dawkins and Harris. They are more likely to be doing so because of the Bushs and bin Ladens of the world. The real salesmen of atheism have been the theists not the atheists.
And when these theists started grabbing political power they gave millions of people the incentive to organize in opposition. If there were an Academy Award for atheism the recipients would have to get up and give a speech along these lines:
I want to thank all those people who made this possible. In particular George Bush and Osama bin Laden. Without you guys this just wouldn’t have been possible. Of course there are so many to thank. I should mention Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell as well but it was really the little people who deserve the thanks. All those people bashing on gays, bombing abortion clinics, closing down adult shops. And we can’t forget the guys who arrest people for selling dildos, or cut off the heads of infidels or slit the throats of sinners. And all those parents who murder their own children in ‘honor’ killings or let them die without medical care because medicine indicates a lack of faith. Your campaigns in the Shiavo case, to promote ‘faith based’ initiatives and to eradicate the separation of church and state, or mosque and state helped. All of you made this possible. Without your help we wouldn’t be where we are today. Thanks for making this possible.
Nothing says love quite like Christian and Muslim and Jews hate of us atheists. Here is a whole bunch of YouTube videos that show complete and utter murderous hate of us atheists by Christians, Muslims and Jews.
And Christians, Muslims and Jews wonder why atheists would be oh so pissed off about any of this? And Christians, Muslims and Jews would scream bloody murder if atheists said or did any of these things to Christians, Muslims and Jews, what they have said about us atheists.
Why is it perfectly ok for Christians, Muslims and Jews to scream, foaming at the mouths like rabid dogs, such brutal hatred and death against us atheists without their facing any consequences for their own actions? Why are they above the law? Why are they allowed to demand brutal deaths of atheists, or commit brutal deaths of atheists, or deny rights to atheists, while proclaiming rights for themselves?
Christians, Muslims and Jews wonder why atheists are so fucking pissed at them? Well maybe if they were the ones subjected to all this hate and death? They would understand.
Of course? Christians will cry about how Muslims persecute them and put them to death. Muslims cry about how Christians and Jews persecute them and put them to death and Jews cry about being persecuted and put to death by everyone else.
But they got no fucking problem with demanding the brutal deaths of putting to brutal deaths atheists. And then in their fucking hypocrisy? They cry about how us atheists are persecuting them when we atheists stand up and defend ourselves against these vile, evil, deadly attacks against us by Christians, Muslims and Jews.
TO WHICH I STATE: AS YOU SOW? SO SHALL YOU REAP AND DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WANT THEM TO DO UNTO YOU.
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I spent years studying the teachings of Jesus Christ. And? I remember above all? His greatest commandment. That as a True Follower of Jesus? You were above all else? To love all of your neighbors as you were supposed to love both, your God and Jesus, with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind and? All of your body.
Jesus’s other teachings included turning the other cheek, loving your enemies, even more than you love your neighbors. That you were to help the poor, the immigrants, the old, etc. All those teachings he gave, about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, treating foreigners as if they were members of your own family and never deny them justice. He even told a rich man to go and sell all that he had and give it to the poor and when the rich guy couldn’t? Jesus stated it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
I have absolutely no problem with Christians who follow the teachings of their Jesus Christ and? I have met many Christians in my 60 years who do. I generally have absolutely no problem with anyone who is a theist. I believe you have just as much a right to believe in a god as I have in not to believe in one. I am not here to “shove” my atheism into anyones faces. I am an atheist because? There is absolutely no proof to me of a god, of ANY GOD that humans have created and then spread as real. If anything? There is absolute proof that these gods are nothing but a lie and a creation of human minds to explain things that they could not explain at their time they lived because they were basically brain-washed into believing in the first place. Humans are basically programmed to believe in a creator more than themselves and the Universe for that matter. We are programmed by our parents, our relatives, the world around us. It is said, if you do not believe in a god? Then you cannot have any morals, etc. Well history proves? The opposite is the truth.
The three major religions, the Abrahamics, if you actually studied their rises? All rose not on the message of peace, love, forgiveness, not-judging others, etc, but on violent persecutions and forced conversions of others. This also goes for a few of the Native American Nations like the Mayans and Incas, where they practiced human sacrifice of those who were their conquered, or many of the Pagan religions such as the Celts, the Welch and the Saxons.
Yet? The three major ones, the Abrahamics? Have a lot of innocent blood on their heads so to speak.
It is not the True Christians who piss me and many others off. We have no damn problem with you. There are actually? More of you than there are of these Fake Christians that piss us all off. But it is these Fake Christians of hate, of vile evil? That sadly? Brings down shit on all you True Christians. And the problem is? It is you True Christians who are the cause of and the solution to the problem of these Fake Christians.
Christianity got flipped on it’s head
Christians got to admit, finally, just how their religion became the powerful religion it is today. It rose to the power it is through almost 1,700 years of forced conversion programs and persecutions of others. And yes, that is mostly in the past. But not truly. Christians committed Crimes Against Humanity against Pagans, Native Americans, Africans, and many others and? Nothing can change any of this. Nothing can bring back any of these dead people. But? We can all work together to do all we can to put a stop to this ever happening again, and this includes? Christians.
No Christian can they deny the fact there are many Fake Christian Pastors and Preachers of pure hate and death out there, with their flocks, that are causing problems. When you have these Fake Christian Pastors, pushing, foaming at the mouth, like a rabid dog, how Christians should have the right to put to brutal deaths atheists, lgbts and others? And they have their flock foaming at the mouth with them? Shouting hearty praise the lord and amens to this spewing of hate and death? Then it is up to you True Christians to put a stop to it and not get mad at us who are standing up to these truly dangerous psychopaths.
These types of Fake Christians? Are the cause of many lgbts, atheists and Pagans being persecuted, bullied, and? Beaten and outright murdered. And all I ever hear from True Christians is how wrong this is and how Jesus did not preach this to happen. Or how these are not real Christians. Well? They proclaim themselves as such. Yes, they are FAKE CHRISTIANS, but it is you True Christians who have allowed these kinds of Fake Christians to run rampant and screw everything up that your Lord and Savior would be pissed off about if he was real and saw what was going on in his name. Do you think your Jesus would love all these people and their hate speech? Hell no, he would treat them as he commanded you all to do. Go and teach them the right way, and after three times? They do not change? Denounce them and turn your backs on them and work to put a stop to their spreading of hate and death in the name of your Lord and Savior.
There can be no more hypocrisy or games with True Christians. If you demand that all Muslims stand up to their radicals and extremists? Then True Christians must do the same to their own Fake Christian radicals and extremists who spew hate and death from their pulpits. By you True Christians refusing to stand up to your Fake Christians? This is what brings down anger and hate upon ALL Christians. And? This hate and anger is justified. The people who are subject to the hate and vile evil of these Fake Christians? Have every damn right to stand up to them and defend themselves against them. NO ONE should be able to hide behind any religious belief, or god, or Savior and spread hate and death against others. Those they do against? Again? Have every damn right to stand up to them, call them out, and defend themselves, their lives, the lives of their loved ones should it come down to it. We should not be martyrs for your psychotic Fake Christians who use your bible and religion to spread hate and death against us.
YOU may be a great follower of Jesus Christ, living all of his commandments, treating everyone in love, etc. BUT, that does not mean all who declare themselves Christian? Do. And as Christians apologists use for one of their excuses for not truly dealing with this? These are wolves in sheeps clothing and these are the wolves that all you True Christians MUST stand up to. Those who spread hate and death in the name of your Lord and Savior, your religion Christianity?
MUST BE STOOD UP TO BY THOSE OF YOU WHO DECLARE YOURSELVES TRUE CHRISTIANS. OTHERWISE? YOU ARE THE TYPE OF CHRISTIANS THAT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SPOKE ABOUT WHEN HE STATED THE FOLLOWING:
If you as a True Christian who allow False Christians standing in their pulpits, leading sermons on how Christians should have the right to brutally murder others, based on these Pastors interpretation of the bible? Or demand our government does the same in the name of their religion? Then if YOU as a True Christian do not stand up to them, call them out and defend those they attack? You are in fact? Responsible for their actions and the harm they do IF YOU DO NOT SPEAK OUT AGAINST THEM AND DENOUNCE THEM. By your not doing so? Then YOU ARE passively accepting their evil and by your silence? YOU ARE cooperating with those who promote this evil. And the blood of their victims? Are not only staining their hands? But your hands as well, because as a True Christian? YOU ARE supposed to be standing up to these Fake Christians as commanded to do in your bibles.
Bible verses commanding True Christians to stand up and correct False Christians
Matthew 18:15-18: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Galatians 6:1: Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.
Romans 16:17: Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
Titus 3:10-11: As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
James 5: 19-20: My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
Acts 20:28: Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
How a True Christian is supposed to walk
Ephesians 4:1-6: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:11-16: 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4: 29-32: 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Again, I do not hate True Christians, I feel sad for them, it is their Fake Christians that I hate and stand up to. Because someone has to.
I do have many friends who are True Christians. I have many friends who are Pagans, and some who are Muslim and some who are Jewish, and some who practice just about any religious and spiritual beliefs you can think of. And? I have many atheist and agnostic friends. I also have many friends who are straight, and or lgbt.
The horror stories I hear, especially from my atheist, lgbt and Pagan friends, from the shit they get from Christians and Muslims online? On social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter? Or on blogs? Is incredibly vile and evil, seriously hateful, and to be blunt? Hate Crimes. If any atheist, lgbt, or Pagan said the things that Christians and Muslims have said to us? Christians and Muslims would scream Hate Speech and cry we are persecuting them. Why is it alright for Christians to tell us that we all deserve to be put to death simply because we are atheists? Or because someone loves who they love as in lgbts? As long as they are two consenting people and not harming each other? Then what the hell is it the business of mine, or yours? Or Christians or Muslims? I mean Christians already ignore all the commands about what to do to adulterers. And to slaves, and to selling their daughters into sex slavery, and all kinds of other things prohibited in their bibles, and they really love to still stick it to lgbts.
Even when I do this satirically in my postings on this blog, or in comments I leave on radical, hateful Christian blogs on WordPress or other sites? You Christians flip the hell out. NO, I do not want all Christians to be put to death. NO I do not want all Christians to lose all their rights. NO, I do not rejoice when Christians, or anyone else for that fucking matter, is slaughtered, in their homes, in their churches, or anywhere else.
But I use satire shock to see how Christians react and feel, let’s see if Christians can understand the shoes we atheists, or lgbts, or others that Fake Christians persecute have to walk in, the daily, constant threats, the shitty hate thrown at us, the death threats, the threats to some atheist and Pagan and lesbian women of rape, of sexual assaults, by those who declare themselves Christians. This is no lie, This is no exaggeration, atheists, Pagans and lgbts go through this on a daily basis on Facebook, on Twitter, on other sites, and? At schools, or just walking down the street or walking out of a gay bar.
And this is what pisses me and others off. Atheists, lgbts and others that Christians and Muslims attack? Have every damn right to live as these Christians and Muslims do. We have every damn right to our civil rights and those rights granted to Christians and Muslims, in the United States at least, in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. And no Christian or Muslim has a right to tell anyone else? How the fuck to live their lives or demand that other people, like us atheists, or lgbts, to be put to death without us atheists and lgbts fighting back tooth and nail to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
I have no problem with a religion or a religious, or spiritual belief. I liken them all to rocks. Worship any rock you wish to. Just do not smash someone elses head in with your rock because they either worship your rock in a different way, or worship a different rock, or do not worship a rock at all. Your rock is your rock. You have every right to believe in your rock. Your right to believe in your rock ends when you attempt to force others to believe in your rock or to follow the rules of your rock. Or seek to murder someone based on your belief in your rock.
That is what pisses me off and this is what I stand up to. And it seems most of the time? I am standing up to these Fake Christians, because it seems they got the loudest damn voices right now, spreading their hate and death from their pulpits.
Now, I am not saying there are not True Christians out there who are not standing up to these Fake Christians, but there are too few doing so and it is far past time, that if all True Christians want to stop the bullshit? Then they must get off their asses and also stand up to these Fake Christians who push hate and death and their psychotic followers.
This includes all those White Supremacist groups of psychos who cause a whole lot of division, a whole lot of spreading of hate, bigotry, misogyny and death, and hide it behind their version of White Christian superiority. And we all know what these kind of people who push this rhetoric have brought us in the name of their version of White Jesus and hate, such people as Adolph Hitler, his psycho Nazis and real death camps and horror. And this is something ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS MUST FINALLY TAKE A STAND AGAINST.
A Message to ALL True Christians
Imagine, if your Jesus and your Christianity was not spread in hate as it was spread, but in true love? Imagine if your religion was built upon this one great teaching of your Lord and Savior you proclaim to follow?
If you who proclaim yourselves True Christians actually all got together? You would defeat all these Fake Christians who spread this evil in your name. Because this is exactly what they are doing, spreading this hate, this death, in the name of Christianity and your Lord and Savior. And sadly? YOU are just as responsible for this if YOU do not speak up and speak out against it and put a stop to it. YOU are just as responsible for the spreading of hate and death in the name of your Jesus as those who do these acts. YOU may not like what I just said, it may piss you off, but that is because my Truth just hit you squarely in the chest now didn’t it? Your Holy Spirit soul just jumped and said, hey, he is right.
I am not saying or doing any of this to piss you all off. I got enough of your Fake Christians pissed off at me for the work I do exposing them and standing up to them. I am doing this in hopes it might wake some of you True Christians up and start a movement where all you True Christians finally gather together and put a stop to all these Fake Christians spewing hate and death and causing fellow human beings great harm by their actions.
Yes, they are Fake Christians, YES they are using your religion of peace and love in the wrong ways. But that is YOUR FAULT because you all refuse to truly stand up to them.
So if you True Christians want all the hate to stop? Then do the world a beautiful favor will you? Use the love you have for your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and your God and each other? And start damn spreading that and start using it to stand up to your haters.
Because as Dr Martin Luther King Jr once proved? Love can overcome hate any day. And you do have a problem with the Fake Christians spreading a whole lot of hate in the name of your Jesus and Christianity and it is far past time? You all gather your nuts and stop it.
Cause isn’t it better to live in love than to live in hate?