A Smart Contradiction

We all remember the ordeal when a sadistic and deranged individual kidnapped then 14 year-old Elizabeth Smart at knife-point, holding her captive for an excruciating 9 months. Recently, Ms Smart has come out with some comments (and a book) regarding her sordid ordeal including: “Nine months of living with him and seeing him proclaim that he was God’s servant and called to do God’s work and everything he did to me … is something that I know that God would not tell somebody to do,” “God would never tell someone to kidnap her at knife point from their bed, from her sister’s side …never continue to rape her and sexually abuse her.”

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The complete idiots guide to atheism

Fabulous.

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Thoughts on Easter

Today is the day when the convoluted Christian calendar celebrates 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, burning bushes that speak, and of course the aforementioned dead man who got up and walked around a bit… Such evangelicals spend their days waiting (now some 2000 odd years) for this cat’s rebound from said netherworld to supposedly save their sorry asses from a panoply of injustices – injustices that they, themselves, committed. And, to make mattes even more dim, not just inequities and violations of others rights while alive, but for the supposed sin they are guilty of before they were even a twinkle in mom and dad’s eyes… All utter mockeries of reason; the singular means by which our lives are sustained here on earth…

Now there is no doubt that there are plenty of people who go to buildings to supposedly worship this supernatural occurrence, but I suspect few actually believe it in their hearts. 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. Most understand that it is myth conjured up by modern mystics as delivered not through revelation, but rather through the pipeline of mystics running some 2000 years.. But for an hour or two they pretend, and incredibly drag their unsuspecting children with them. Such is a form of child abuse, but of course no one calls them on it. If anyone dares challenge these mystics on the reality of what they are actually engaging in, they are immediately labeled a bigot, a crank, a left wing lunatic, and most pathetic of all a manipulator supposedly 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..

The truth of the matter regarding this man-invented Christian event is that in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII established our modern calendar, fixing the rules determining the date of Easter. Last year Easter fell on April 4th, and this year April 24th. In any given year it can jump around by as much as a month on the Gregorian calendar (20 days this year). So much for the anniversary of a supposed historical event… But what is truly despicable about all of this is the utter hypocrisy. One of the more notable examples was the Catholic Church’s persecution of Galileo, who defended the very ideas upon 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 same ought to be said about the religious notion of Easter. It is a bizarre myth, a grave historical error, and it too clearly belongs in the past..

Mindless obedience demanded by religion is incompatible with the way the world actually works today, and the way the world worked over 2000 years ago. Rational thinking is what all of human progress and prosperity need – not reverence to the supernatural.

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GaGa rips Catholics a new one.

Of course, being GaGa means being a bit risque.. Hmmm, a bit Madonna-esque. However, this particular video has the symbolism to make most stand up and watch (as well as listen). The song, Alejandro, is marvelous (I have had it in my iPod for quite some time now).. Nevertheless, this video supposedly offends certain people; principally Catholics.

Those who are offended should note the symbolism here – a combination of all that religion relies upon: hypocrisy, unearned guilt, and fear. Priests within the church commit untold (and told) transgressions against young boys, it slanders homosexuals; it is homophobic to the core. Worse yet, it engages in the overt and purposeful indoctrination of very young people who do not have the intellectual capacity to fully grasp the concepts being rammed down their throats along with the faux bread and grape juice.

It is hard not to see the overt symbolism, particularly second time through.. The authoritarian sense at the opening, followed later on by images that lend a sense of obedience and submission. The coup de gras then comes with the beads going down GaGa’s throat; clear and powerful symbolism of how religion is forced down the proverbial throat … of young children and adults. And as I have said before, it is child abuse to force children into religion. Moreover, we have people willing to strap explosives to themselves and walk into crowded venues killing as many as possible IN THE NAME OF RELIGION.

It matters NOT which flavor of mysticism you bend over for, the premise is the problem – reality is its problem.

So, if you are offended by this video consider your premise..

Bravo GaGa!

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Religious Correctness

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.

Perhaps.

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Q: What do you get when …

… you mix a social mystic with a religious mystic?

The Praying Sophist

A: Instead of a well-dressed chap passing a shiny, velvet bottomed, beggars dish along a pew you get a well-dressed aging bureaucrat pointing a gun at your head forcing you to engage in sacrifice.. all the while giving it inane labels such benevolence, caring, responsible citizenship, etc.

The fundamental difference between the religious mystic’s demands for sacrifice and the social mystic’s demand for the same is merely the point of a gun. In both cases you are required to abdicate your individual self-interest, reason, and rationality, thereby subordinating your values and that which makes you human to the interests of a non-entity: God, in the case of religion; society, in the case of social mysticism.

In the case of financial support of a church you are giving up a value (your wealth) for an ostensibly greater value, the work of the church. But what, exactly, is the work of the church premised upon? The will of (or glory of) God, say the priests, prophets, and ministers. If it were provable that such an entity existed then such an offering is utterly meaningless and without any merit; what, pray tell, would an omnipotent, omniscient, being need? This seems like a pretty easy question, does it not?

The giving up of a lesser value for a greater one is not a sacrifice – that’s a trade, a deal, or a bargain. Going down to the gas station and paying for a tank of gas is not a sacrifice because you value the transportation of you, your vehicle, and whatever else you are moving about MORE than the money you pay for the gasoline. The station owner is in exactly the opposite situation; he values your money more than the gasoline. Both parties get what they need, and no one is short-changed provided neither party is forced. In fact, in a free market with rational actors there cannot be any sacrifice simply because only lesser values are given for greater ones. Sacrifice then becomes the heart and soul of misinvestments and malinvestments, and is in fact that which is mistakenly perceived to be the imperfect nature of capitalism. If you are forced to purchase gasoline at the expense of not being able to buy food, shelter or clothing for your family, that is a sacrifice and a malinvestment. If you are forced to buy gasoline from only a single supplier, that too is a sacrifice and a misinvestment. So, it turns out that capitalism is clearly not the problem here – sacrifice is the evil ingredient, slipped in under the cover of darkness.

Consequently, if you do not value what you receive for your life’s work, whatever that may be, the money you earn, then you cannot make a sacrifice by giving it away. If you do value money then you would be making a sacrifice by giving it away, but only to the extent that that which you give it to you value less. Yet, most religions would tell you that God must be, IS, your highest value. Therefore, there is nothing you can logically sacrifice, including your own life, or the life of your child (sorry Abraham, but it is readily apparent that you were self-delusional), if God’s will is your highest value… yet religion is premised upon the creed of self-sacrifice as a moral tenet. On the other hand, if you do value yourself, your child, and, or, the value of your life’s work (your money) higher than God, you are now in a predicament: you can either be moral or you can continue to live – you cannot do both simultaneously. If you desire to be moral, you must hold God as your highest value, if you desire to live you must hold your own life as your highest value. You could only make a sacrifice to God if you truly believed your life was primary; a value higher than God. Does this mean then that we live in a world of fundamental contradiction? No. The answer here is simple: your premise is flawed. There is no God to which you owe anything, and any religion premised upon that idea is fundamentally wrong.

When a thug of social mysticism, aka a politician of the Harry Reid variety, attempts to embody both creeds of self sacrifice you get the worst case scenario. They will demand that you sacrifice for the greater good of another non-entity: society. Your responsibility, they will tell you (perhaps in not so many words), is that you are to live as a sacrificial animal for the benefit of others. That you will benefit in ways neither he nor you can measure, but that surely you can imagine in your minds eye. The fact that such benefit is incalculable is of no consequence. The fact that the costs to you are immense is irrelevant. And to seal this package deal, you will comply because there is a gun to your head if you should consider any other option.. Yet, in a representative republic, as opposed to a dictatorship, the social mystic does not always get his way. He needs votes, and he does face the task of re-election. Consequently, he will, when the going gets tough, appeal to another non-entity, subtly perhaps, to garner support.

This sort of creature is fully prepared to play both sides of the sacrifice scam. They will tell you that it is your duty to help your fellow man, that you are indeed your brothers keeper – not just in spirit, but your mind and your body (and any wealth you may have). That you have a moral obligation to live a subordinated existence. An existence that scans the world for perceived needs, and then obligates you by force and faith to pay for it. They call this abomination either the social contract or the will of God – either way, or both ways together, your life and your pursuit of your own happiness is not just irrelevant, but an obstacle to their plans and schemes. The contradictions and convolutions required in this view are stunning, the implications for individual rights frightening – yet they persist.

So the answer to the question is simply bondage and tyranny over your mind and your life.

For further opinion on this phenomena, see my prior post: GOP: RIP

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“Independence” starts with an “I”

Michael S. Berliner:

In short, America was not founded upon the idea of dependency and self-sacrifice for the greater good but rather independence, free will, autonomy.

Let’s put the “I”, meaning your individual pursuit of your own happiness, back into Independence Day!

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