This coming Friday, the convoluted Christian calendar begins the celebration one of the most inane traditions in all of human history: Easter. How many actually believe the myth that a dead man got up and wandered about before floating miraculously into the netherworld is unknown. What is known, is that in order to truly take this myth seriously one must also admit their self-delusional status. Of course, few actually do realize their duality and go on to buy the whole plastic banana including virgins who give birth, seas that part at ones command, and rivers running with milk and honey… Such evangelicals spend their days waiting (now some 2000 odd years) for this cat’s rebound from said netherworld to save their sorry asses. That would be their description of themselves, not mine. That they drag their children to be indoctrinated into this idiocy is an incredible and profound form of child abuse.
Now there is no doubt that there are plenty of people who go to buildings to supposedly worship this (and other) supposed supernatural occurrence, but I suspect few actually believe it. Most people are far too immersed in reality to honestly believe such supernatural baloney – they know it simply is not historical fact, nor possible in the real world of profit and matter. There is always that little voice that asks why, how, and prove it! Most understand that it is myth conjured up by modern mystics as delivered not through revelation, but rather through the historical pipeline of their fellow mystics and other various and sundry religious shysters running back some 2000 years.. And, as Thomas Paine noted neatly and precisely, as regards the moral turpitude of the clergy, in the Age of Reason:
“It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. He takes up the trade of a priest for the sake of gain, and in order to qualify himself for that trade, he begins with a perjury. Can we conceive any thing more destructive to morality than this?”
His application of reason set him free – intellectually. The fact that he didn’t complete the analysis fully isn’t as important as the bold step he took in the direction of reason and logic. Sadly, we have actually done little since his writing to “make the world anew.” Mr. Paine’s polite rejection of all man-made religion was profound at the time – it should have brought us some distance towards the obvious realization; there simply is no all-seeing, all-knowing, perfection personified God. Yet, for an hour or two, on this convoluted date called Easter streams of self-deluded (albeit well-intended) adults pretend, and, as mentioned, incredibly drag their unsuspecting children with them. Such is a form of child abuse, but of course no one calls them on it. Well, except me.. It is, damn it! History before and since Paine has revealed far more than moral mischief – most, if not all, of the killing and terrorism in this world today is the direct result of religion and its perpetration through the irrational indoctrination of children.
Back to Easter.. the truth of the matter is that in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII established our modern calendar, fixing the rules determining the date of Easter. This year Easter falls on April 4th, but in any given year it can jump around by as much as a month on the Gregorian calendar. So much for the anniversary of a supposed historical event… But what is truly incredible about all of this is the utter hypocrisy: the Catholic Church persecuted Galileo for defending the very ideas on which its Easter reform depended. Pope John Paul II did his best to back peddle on this, admitting that his predecessors had been wrong,. At least he had the good sense to call the Catholic persecution of Galileo a “sad misunderstanding” that “now belongs to the past.” Well, the whole damn Easter holiday is nonsense – a “sad misunderstanding” that also, clearly, belongs in the past..
So, I found it rather amusing that one week before this idiotic masquerade the city of Davenport, Iowa decided to remove Good Friday from its municipal calendar. And of course the faithful and the civil servants screamed bloody murder. The faithful that anyone should challenge their mystic holiday, the civil servants because they get the day off! Apparently, the Davenport City Administrator took it upon himself (probably not a good idea in Iowa) to unilaterally change Good Friday to “Spring Holiday.” Hmmm, methinks the Administrator may need some of that resurrection magic. Soon.
What is odd about the whole story, is that the holier than thou crowed is screaming that this renaming of Good Friday to Spring Holiday is a reflection of “political correctness.” Well, I find that too cute by half. What is actually going on here is religious correctness. If anyone dares challenge these mystics on the reality of what they engage in, they are immediately labeled a bigot, a crank, a left wing lunatic, and above all a manipulator enabled by “political correctness.” Apparently, PC is some dark force conjured up by the negative good; the Devil himself, perhaps.. But of course the whole notion of evil is a rather difficult subject for Christians, so I won’t belabor that point..
Well, it appears that the mystics will have their Good Friday as the City Council in Davenport balked and will not support the Administrator (story here). And that is sad, because here was a guy merely attempting to right an historical error. Perhaps he is committed to reason as an absolute principle. Perhaps he follows facts wherever they lead, and doesn’t grant other men the terms of reason. Perhaps his only guide is logic and reality. Perhaps he clearly understands that mindless obedience demanded by religion is incompatible with the way the world actually works, and that rational thinking is what all of human progress and prosperity comes from.