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WAKE UP; THERE IS NO GOD.

WTF. Until the election of that ridiculous grouping of assumed human DNA in the States; for the most part – I figure, if people want to believe in some sort of Fairy Godfather or Godmother – omnipotent/omnipresent – whatever, then fine…dandy…cool, if said invisible friend(s) didn’t start talking to the individual and telling them to kill things or blow ’em up, then, their beliefs are not my circus and not my monkeys.

Come on. The Trumps and Clintons, Falwells, Bannons and Spences don’t believe in god; they are lying through their teeth at you. What about their lives corresponds with ANYTHING you have been taught about your faith? NOT. A. DAMN. THING.

If they were truly Christian – then they wouldn’t be politicians for a start. They would not be living lives of excess. They are not enjoying rewards referred to in the religious texts. The rewards referred to in spiritual literature are spiritual rewards – not owning 10 cars, chauffeurs, designer clothing – none of which enriches anyone, least of all the people who desire them. I believe that is called “greed” and is frowned upon by invisible friends, of all religions.

This god thing? Come on people – it’s a freaking tool. If the peons/proles/Mom and Pop believe that if they are really good, humble and hardworking, god(s) fearing pious folk – then there is a paradise a’waitin’ around the corner. They will eat the shit that is dumped on them and say thank you, please sir…may I have some more.

What there is, is this life and how you choose to live it. The elite, political – religious – corporate, do their level best to ensure that you (proles) continue to believe in this fairy tale because it is what keeps them rich and unaccountable. You go to your church, your synagogue, mosque or ritual – looking for comfort, looking for spiritual security and the false blanket of faith is pulled down over your eyes and you believe.

The work day arrives and you get up, even though you are exhausted, get dressed, slap back some coffee or tea…struggle into your clothes, schlep to work where you waste your life making someone else rich, at the expense of your health and happiness. But hey…its all good because when that heart attack comes, when that stroke fries your brain – y’all will be goin’ ta heavin wi’the angels….

Bullshit. No. You will just die.  There is no god.  And yes, they have lied to you.  That’s why they have it all and we struggle to pay our bills.  They use it as a threat and they use it as a carrot.  

Wake up. No god, the bible is a book – just a book and not a very good one. It is a tool to keep you schlepping to work, to keep you from looking around and seeing what is going on behind those false curtains of piety that surround the elite.

It isn’t too late. While I am no communist – “Religion is the opium of the people”1 – truer words never spoken.

1
Marx, K. 1976. Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right. Collected Works, v. 3. New York.”

Source: Opium of the people – https://en.wikipedia.org

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You Have No Birthright

A few Facebook posts and links set me on a bit of a tear this morning. Oh and by the way; I am not angry. I get frustrated by the irrational and by lack of logic, common sense and courtesy but angry? Pffffff, not by a long shot. I try not to blog when I’m angry. I become as irrational as the next person and that’s a personal no-no. I have a horrible temper and I don’t allow it to roam free anymore. Too much collateral damage.

Now on to the commentary…

All these groups and sects of people. All these culture and religions and ideologies? You are all full of horse puckies. You are deluded and dangerous.

The gender issues – get over yourselves. We all have gender identifiers; some of us have more than one and get to pick the one that best suits us. We are all human. We all wave our flags of total uniqueness or blend into a crowd. We are all human on an, increasingly, shrinking blue dot in the universe. The sun will not cease to rise because of us. The tides will not be stemmed because of us. We are but a lifeform on a blue dot full of life forms.

Borders and nationalism; screw you. Its land and land doesn’t care who lives on it. Land is not ours to take or to give. It is what it is. No country has the “right” to exist, no culture or race has a right to anything. The sooner we sort that out, the better off we’ll all be.

Governments are not in power to protect us. Governments are full of folks interested in taking and “taking” is the operative here…what they can from us and anyone else under their thumb. They too, are nothing in the face of the universe. Nothing, they don’t matter a single, solitary, damn.

Religion; please. Imaginary friends that, far too many, people believe to be real. Prophets and Messiahs. If these imaginary friends truly existed? Where have they been for the past 1.5 millennia (since the last big one)? Ask yourself what would happen if someone claimed to be the dream child of a ghost? If someone came along and told you that they moved a mountain, with the help of an unseen force? Or a man/woman approached you with a bunch of rules given to them by a burning bush… The guys in the white coats would be called, analysis done and meds prescribed. Why is it so hard to believe that this was also the case within the past 5 thousand years? Is it so hard to look at these examples and understand that mental illness or some sort of poisoning/hallucinogen was at work?

The position of stars do not and never have governed the personality or destiny of anyone. Drawing down the moon or the sun is an exercise in futility. It is self-hypnosis or group delusion based on wishful thinking – depending on the circumstances. There are no star children and Aleister Crowley, while brilliant, was a huckster. Not a very good one, either as he ended up dying in poverty.

It doesn’t matter if you are black, brown, caramel, olive, red, white or yellow; IT DOESN’T MATTER! It is simply a gene mutation based on migration and environmental factors. We don’t have the luxury of claiming superiority – we’re all mutations, on a very small planet that is quickly running out of room to accommodate us and our egos.

It doesn’t matter which or how many imaginary friends you have; they won’t stop a bullet, they won’t save your limbs from being blown off by a bomb and they certainly won’t stop famine, floods and quakes. Your imaginary friends will not un-poison the air, land or water.

That is up to us and the sooner we realize that countries, race, creeds and colour are of absolutely no consequence to the universe – the better our odds at survival. We don’t own this planet, we don’t own land, sea or air, any more so than any other creature living, breathing and trying to survive on this tiny blue dot. Grow, the fuck up, get an education. And stop identifying as some sort of unique sort of human on a dying planet. You are no better than am I or my neighbour or the person living on the street. You are simply human, a genetic mutation.

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I’m Going to Hell in a Handbasket

It’s a rainy, Nov. 1st and I haven’t put “pen to paper” in a while. I’ve also picked up a virus and I’m not feelin’ the love for any productivity involving the physical.

I love my family. They are a bunch of, wildly, eccentric and intelligent human beings. More diverse opinions in a collective bunch of skulls, you will be hard pressed to find.

There was a discussion regarding religion last night. The concept of a god being an actual presence as opposed to a myth. Someone has opined to a relative that children required religion in order to have a solid foundation. I will be honest, I had to bite the inside of my cheek because sometimes my mouth gets the better of me.

The individual who referred to the solid foundation acquired, chiefly, through religion, is a Catholic. A devout Catholic. Which is fine; if you need belief in a god, then, who am I to argue? However, the statement that religion provides a solid foundation is a false assumption. A very false assumption and I might even go so far as to say, a dangerous assumption.

I welcome, into my life, people of many faiths and people with no faith at all. Morals and ethics are not acquired through religion. My atheist friends will attest to that. A very moral and ethical bunch.

My kids were raised in a Neo-Pagan household; they were NOT taught that the gods used in ritual were actual omnipresent or omnipotent beings. They were taught that the gods we employed were archetypes. Archetypes that, through MYTHOLOGY, were assigned particular traits to which one may aspire.

Religion, to my mind, teaches blind adherence to fairy tales. In some faiths, it demands blind obedience and a “Do what I say, not what I do!” mentality. Good behaviour is not taught as a matter of course. According to religion, good behaviour is a reward/punishment scenario. Do good (obey the religious doctrines/dogmas) and you’ll gain some god’s favour; do bad and you’ll be punished by said god. You’ll end up in hell or some reasonable facsimile. It’s a rather nasty form of brainwashing.

I deeply resent the implication that because my husband and I chose to not indoctrinate our kids with religion, that they, somehow, do not have a solid (ethical/moral) foundation. They do.

Religion robs or attempts to rob the adherents of their free will, their common sense. How many people have died as the result of religion and keep dying? Putting the wars in the Middle East aside for a moment; Africa – people are dying for lack of food and clean water, yet the Catholic Church tells them that they must breed because their god says so. Their god said a lot of things but apparently, cherry picking is the rule of thumb for the religious folks.

I am familiar with the bible and I have noted, over the years, the blind eye of faith-strangled:

Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Exodus 21:20-21 If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.

1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men.

2:18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.

Leviticus 25:44-45 Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.

And some, blatantly, obvious contradictions:

Matthew 5:16    Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.

Matthew 6:1    Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them.

John 14:27    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

Matthew 10:34    Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Genesis 32:30    So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and my life was preserved.”

Exodus 33:11    The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.

John 1:18    No one has ever seen God.

John 5:31    If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid.

John 8:14    Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid.

So, no – I do not believe, for a second, that religion offers some sort of mythical foundation. I believe religion complicates and deceives. I believe that religion removes free will and common sense.

Consider this; you can be a degenerate low life – you can rape, murder and steal. You can molest and destroy but as long as you say “I repent and accept god/Jesus/Yahweh/Allah!”, you are off to heaven…however, your neighbour, who has lived an ethical life, volunteered, gave to charity and lived a good life, will be going to hell because he/she is an atheist.

I think I will stick to my “lack of foundation” in light of the above. I’d rather be hell bound than share eternity with a child molesting priest/reverend or serial killer. My lack of foundation makes me funny, like that…

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You’re Going to Hell and so are you and so are you…

I’m an avid student of religions, from a sociological perspective, not as a believer. An observer. I find the concept of punishment fascinating. The various interpretations of punishment and the interpretations based on sects within a faith and even more diverse, individual belief on the concept.

I “eavesdropped” on a discussion regarding the precepts of kafir and takfir. There was much quoting of the Qu’ran and various lay interpretations as well as quotes from Islamic scholars. It was, with the exception of terminologies, the same discussion I’ve heard from Christians – who does and who does not get to go to paradise/heaven.

Judaism is less clear when it comes to Gae Eden and Gehinnom – there seems to be a rather open discussion on the topic. Hinduism has its own concept of a spot for bad people as well.

What is obvious to me, as an individual, free from worry about damnation of my soul, is that this “bad place” is an empty threat, used by religious leaders to terrify their flocks into staying with the herd. Execution and torture has been widely used as a tool to reinforce a fear of the unknowable.

Fascinating and rather disappointing to me, to observe how many people have been frightened into believing that only “they” will see a paradise after death. “They” being defined as adherents to a particular faith or sect.

Christian, Muslim and the Jewish religion all have their lunatic fringe built on a belief of righteousness based in bald terror of their own concept of hell.

Based on what? Not logic, not truth and definitely, not empirical fact but millions upon millions have died as a result of “belief” – not fact. Belief. The same belief that fuels the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. Empty, without scientific basis, without proof absolute.

Religion points to atheists as immoral people. People without a holy book to instruct them in ethical and “right” behaviour. I disagree; atheists, by and large, are very moral people who live by doing what is right from a sociological and human perspective. None require some dark, dank or hot, sulphur and brimstone nightmare threat when they make their life choices. Atheists do not kill to enforce their points of view. They don’t torture, kidnap and beat those who choose a religious life. On that alone, I would conclude that atheists are far more moral than the religious.

So, I am a heretic, I am damned. I’m going to Hell/ Jahannam/Gehenna and with that in mind, I will continue to aid those in need, to live my life according to my own moral code. I won’t lie, steal or cause harm to others. I will eat, sleep and work; love my family and continue on, secure in the knowledge that regardless of what I do or believe, I will be going to someone’s interpretation of hell because I refuse to believe in the unproven, the unbelievable.

Sighh, c’est la vie.

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Fundamentalist Atheists – Hypocrites or In Pain

agnostic1I love my buddies; they are such an incredibly intelligent band of folks, always coming up with a smorgasbord of thought and opinions to consider. Yesterday, it was the disturbing tendency of Atheists to be obnoxious and just as stick necked as fundie Christians.

The similarities, between these two, apparently, polar opposites are pretty basic – fear and pain. Often, upon speaking to “fundie” Atheists, you will find people with scars born of the abuse only clergy can inflict; the abuse of the very essence of an innocent soul. The entire being of an individual is torn to shreds. It might be abuse of a physical nature, sexual or psychological abuse but it is abuse of the foundation of the individual. It destroys faith and for some, this is as bad as the actual abuse, if not, worse. Faith is used as a tool in healing, a powerful tool and when that tool has been annihilated? The abuse is compounded. This then “begets” fear. A horrible, crippling fear that this could happen again, if the guard is let down and other options examined. The fundie Atheist refuses to see the scenery, along the sides of the road, on their one way trip toward Irrefutable Logic Avenue.

This has a tendency to create anger beyond reason. The inability to see both sides, whether agreeing or being in total disagreement, the wounds are simply too deep and too wide. This is where the Atheist and the religious join hands. The religious also live in fear. They fear their own choices. They fear personal responsibility. They fear making decisions. They fear their god. Everything about them is based upon fear of any sort of freedom of choice. They refuse, just like the Atheists, to see potential truths that fall outside of their own road – “Pathologic Illogic Boulevard”.

The two groups have something else in common – their hatred for the Agnostic. They call them, voices tripping with scorn, “fence-sitters.” The Agnostic, on the other hand, remains firmly seated on their fence, willing to see both sides and asking one simple thing of both: proof. Prove that this bible, Q’ran, Torah/Talmud is based on fact. Prove that prophets are actually the voice of god and not simply faking it at best, suffering from mental illness at the very worst. Prove there is a god, a Jesus, a Mohammed, a Moses; show empirical evidence and the Agnostic will climb off the fence and join you.

On the other hand, prove – beyond the shadow of a doubt, that there is no higher power and that nothing happens at the end of the long road of life, except decomposition and the creation of a new dust bunny. Prove there is nothing beyond ourselves. The Agnostic would then, descend from the fence and join the ranks of the Atheists.

Neither group is able to prove their points beyond the shadow of doubt nor are they are unable to show proof absolute; this creates fear, fear begets anger and the Agnostic bears the brunt from both sides.

Religion or lack thereof is a lose/lose discussion. It is, virtually, impossible to fight fear when it is so, willingly, embraced and accepted, when it is a key stone of an individual’s character.


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Losing My Religion

Not a surprise to most of the people who know me well. It’s been coming for a few years. I was a Neo-Pagan. Not your “We all come from the goddess”, love and bunny kisses type of Neo-Pagan but a Pagan looking to find answers, which in retrospect, was a fool’s errand. Meh, not really – knowledge is never truly wasted, unless it is used to trick the unwitting or the foolish, as is so often the case in religions, all religions.

In order to find answers, one must search out knowledge – in the form of facts, not hearsay and wishful thinking. Actual facts. Most religions are pretty short in the whole facts department, that’s why they have something they call “faith.” And while most religions are short of empirical evidence, Paganism has them beat. They have no evidence aside from stories created by ancients trying to understand natural phenomenon or attempting to answer humanity’s eternal question: What about…“after”?

So I searched, and I researched and I read and I researched some more. I read obscure books, I read theological tomes, I read whatever I could get my hands on – the good, the bad..the REALLY bad and the ugly. What I discovered was that religion, all religions are basically, full of shit. A bunch of people gather around, create a whopper, call it good and then label it as a “religion”. Just ask L. Ron – his whopper has gone on to make a lot of people rich. Gardner should have stuck around a little longer, he could have had made some serious coin. Poor Aleister…so ahead of his time. A cult would have allowed him to not only live the life of a Golden Magus but he could have had all manner of sycophants just dancing to his tune, indulging his every whim. Instead, both men died pretty much, penniless. So much for the Gods and Goddesses providing…

While religions are bullshit, some of them contain some pretty high ideals, good principles and quite a few parables with application even today. People being who they are, after all. Good stories, illustrating moral standards and encouraging ethical behaviour does not a religion make and so, you have to come up with some larger than life characters. Even a high school kid knows that any really good story must have a protagonist or protagonists and their opposite, the antagonists. Plots, settings – equally as important..oh and a theme. The conclusions are all pretty nifty – if you follow the instructions, you get to go to Heaven, Arcadia, Canaan, Elysium, Shangri-la, Utopia, Zion, Nirvana or if you don’t quite measure up? You are on your way to: the bottomless pit, Pandemonium, Abaddon, Domdaniel; jahannan, sheol., purgatory, gehenna, the abyss or maybe Tartarus, Hades, Avernus, Styx, Stygian creek, pit of Acheron, Cocytus.

Personally? I figure when we go…we go. I toss around the Universal Unconscious theory when I’m on the bus and bored. Or lying in bed with “the scourge of the older than crowd” – insomnia. It’s a possibility, on a positive day; you may even hear me say that it is a remote probability. I don’t need to believe nor am I so arrogant as to think that “the wonder that is me” will continue on, brightening the universe or whatever. I believe, the wonder that is me will be cremated and be so much ash scattered on the trade winds in the Caribbean. That’s it, that’s all. Been real, had a time, what a slice!

And that’s it, isn’t it? This is our life. We need to toss aside the childhood thing that is religion and faith. We need to take control and accept responsibility for our own actions. There is no dessert at the end, if we’re good. There is no eternal torment if we are real shits in this life. Instead, we will have lived a good existence, something of which our family and friends may remember with fondness or we will, if remembered at all – have the mention of our name precede lung butter hitting the sidewalk. Our choice.
There may be a universal unconscious or conscious, who knows? There’s no proof either way but gods, goddesses? Come on. You may as well believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, same premise but far less judgmental.

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I’m Right and You’re Wrong

No godReligion. Faith. Belief. I’m right and you’re wrong. This is the overriding and often unspoken opinion regardless of the umbrella style. Even the Atheists… Everybody is wrong but <insert religion or belief>.

I don’t believe in anything unless someone can hand me absolute truth, evidence – concrete evidence. If not, it is nothing more than, at best – a theory and at worst a potentially dangerous point of view. An awful lot of ‘cides have been perpetrated due to religion. All religions, including Paganism.

Can the existence of a non-corporeal being be proven as absolute? Nope. Therefore, I don’t hold to the belief that one or any exist. Now, archetypes are something I can get behind; using universal archetypes as models of behaviour. Take an archetype and apply the qualities to life. Sure, why not. Everyone should have some sort of model to use as a blueprint for life. The statement does need qualifying however, a model that makes sense and is workable. This one god thing is unworkable in the long term. You keep turning the other cheek and it won’t be long before the skin is flayed from the bone. There are a lot of miserable human beings out there, just dying to spread a little of their sorry selves to you by way of foul behaviour. I think out of all the belief systems out there, this one god thing is about the silliest and strangely enough, the most popular. Easier for humanity to understand the one as opposed to having to stretch their pea brains to encompass multiple images.

The global story of the month, currently, is the appointing of a new pope. Members hoping that a new pope will bring the church forward. Modernize it. Make it relevant. Not likely. The momentum of forward motion does not and has never been in the hands of the pope or the cardinals or the bishops or the priests. The momentum to move forward has always been in the hands of the common members but they choose to abdicate their authority. The church is less than nothing without members. So the homophobic attitudes, the molestations, the rapes…all of these things are the guilt of the members. And no one else. The archaic attitudes in the higher corporate structure are permitted to continue because the membership allows it.

No religion is in the hands of its clergy. No religion’s dogma is the sole domain of its clergy. Dogma is maintained by members. If it is outdated and allows for criminal or immoral, unethical, inhuman behaviours – the blame lies with the members and no one else.

The access to information permitted to all of us is without precedent. Yet? Millions upon millions choose to live their lives governed by ignorance. Intellectual laziness. And of course, human arrogance truly knows no bounds.

We don’t know everything – get over it. There is no proof of a god, of gods or goddesses. None at all. Not one little iota of proof. And so what? We don’t know everything. There may be nothing when we depart this mortal coil and does that not give us more reason to make the best of what we have now? To be larger than life? To make a difference now? A new pope will change nothing. A new pope will not make a Catholic a better person. A modern church will mean nothing.

The only change we require is for every member of humanity to take charge of their own lives and stop looking to others in an effort to defray decisions. The only change that this world needs is for people to decide, for themselves, where to squat and lean.

Sadly, it appears most of humanity is simply too intellectually stunted or lazy to take the helm of their own ship.

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Religious vs Atheists

Interesting piece over at Psychology Today.  The comments are the epitome of irony, I think 

(Here’s the link if you want to read the piece:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/neuronarrative/201108/religion-vs-atheism-which-side-fights-dirtier )

From a logical perspective, the question is impossible to use as a gauge.  First and primary would be the demographics; there are far more people claiming to be religious than there are those who claim to be atheist.  Then, you would have to calculate the percentage who feel their spirituality or lack thereof is no-one’s business.  The question becomes very subjective as a result.

My experience is that religious types, most often Christians are the most hateful of the two sides of the fence.  I don’t receive hate mail from atheists – I do, however, receive horrendous hate mail from Christians.  Then, down to which denomination gives me the most grief – the Born Again and the Baptists.  I have yet to receive hate mail from the United Methodists or, surprisingly to some, Roman Catholics,  as I do have a rather sharp axe to grind against the Catholic church and I have a habit of grinding it often.

Let’s take an extreme example, the Westboro Baptist who are, in my opinion, loony tunes.  Those are hateful people.  Those are people who give new definition to “dirty”.  They aren’t alone though, I have met Baptists who just defy all logic and coherent thought.  They thump their bibles and do the whole church thing but wouldn’t know the real Christian philosophies if their bible came up and bit them in the ass.

The article isn’t discussing open debate between the Religious and Atheist camps; it is discussing which side is dirtier than the other.  Again, I’ve seen examples of inexcusable behaviour on both sides but because there are more Religious folks, I tend to see more of their dirty antics than that of the atheists.

I’ve yet to see an atheist bomb an abortion clinic or shoot a physician because of their non-belief.  I have seen and hurt incredible violence perpetrated by the religious.

My conclusion and answer to the question would have to be subjective, based on my experiences of what I’ve seen, on what I’ve experienced: the religious camp, ironically, is the camp where dirty fighting seems to be an acceptable mode of debate.

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