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Love is all you need

I have debated many Christians & Muslims on the issue of gay marriage, or marriage as good people call it. The rising tide of embarrassment and public shaming of any anti-gay rhetoric has created a situation were lots of believers have now changed their argument to seem more inclusive, or dare I say compassionate. What used to be ”They’re demons” or ”gays are evil” or ”they must be killed” or ”they’re unnatural” has now turned into ”They’re sick … but God loves them and we can help” or ”if they hold back their urges we can accept them” or ”they’re sinners but can be forgiven” my personal worst “we can pray away the gay”

In fairness, not all Christians feel this way, just many who frequent the public forum, but it is important as it only goes to show they are still stuck to their hatred, instead they now use condescension within their argument. Either way, the believers are wrong.

Every single argument goes back to ”because the bible says…” So if this is a point you hear often, please remember the following as I always debunk this idea in the same way. (separate example given)

”Do you believe slavery is a good thing?”

”No, not at all.”

”OK do you think the 10 commandments are good?”

”Yes of course!”

”OK, Well slavery is sanctioned in the bible & not only that but certain verses explain how hard you can beat your slave! How do you answer this?”

”That doesn’t count! That is the old testament, which is basically null, we have a new testament, a new covenant of Jesus!”

”Ah but you believe the 10 commandments are good?”

”YES”

”Well that is the old testament too…”

”…”

Take out slavery and input homosexuality. There is no reason to be anti-gay from a biblical perspective unless you are also pro-slavery & pro-killing of adulterers etc. As soon as a Christian can choose to ignore slavery but adhere to the anti-gay or the 10 commandments they are now being intellectually dishonest & cherry picking. If you disregard any of the old testament then do away with all of it to be at the very least intellectually consistent. Never again mention Moses & the 10 commandments or Genesis & Adam & Eve; never use your belief that evolution is wrong based on the start of Genesis as you have already accepted that some parts of that perfectly inspired & divine book is complete nonsense.

The only reason to be anti-gay and not pro-slavery in this regard, is clear bigotry. You personally hate gays or think it is yucky, so you find something within your holy book to bolster your hatred, but logic defeats you. Gladly this hatred won’t last much longer; the fact that vitriol has turned into a more seemingly humane care for gays to change gives me hope that the next step is acceptance, through gritted teeth.

Many have used natural disasters to prove that god is on their side. Maybe god has evolved in his opinion of gays, much like politicians in the EU or US (once the the population passed 50% of support) because on the day that Ireland voted for gay marriage to be made legal, a beautiful rainbow was cast above the emerald isle; whereas in Texas (which had been outraged at the outcome of the vote) there had been a massive flood of near biblical proportion. I guess God finally chose a side. If you are anti-gay there is no rational evidence for your belief, from any perspective and if you still hold this view in 2015 – you most certainly are a bigot.

Lastly, for any of my gay brothers & sisters, friends & family I hope I can call you. Always remember that Love has no colour; it has no sexual orientation or societal responsibility; nor is it blind, in fact it is based on the evidence that we can be convinced that we are meant to be with someone we care for, even when everyone else seems convinced of the opposite. Love is not a privilege for a select few or a right for only the religious to hold, it is a staple of why we are so special as a species. It is what separates us from our cousins in the animal kingdom who don’t have the capacity or language to convey such feelings, we must defend this with all we hold dear; Not just straight Love or Gay Love or interracial Love – But Love in all its glorious and fantastical forms. A human should not have to defend the right to love another human, whatever their differences.

A supporter holds a sign reading 'Thank You - You're All Invited to the Wedding' as he celebrates outside Dublin Castle following the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on May 23, 2015. Ireland on Saturday became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote as crowds cheered in Dublin in a spectacular setback for the once all-powerful Catholic Church.    AFP PHOTO /  PAUL FAITH

A supporter holds a sign reading ‘Thank You – You’re All Invited to the Wedding’ as he celebrates outside Dublin Castle following the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on May 23, 2015. Ireland on Saturday became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote as crowds cheered in Dublin in a spectacular setback for the once all-powerful Catholic Church. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITH

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The bible – comedy of errors from line one

Before being sent hate mail for stealing someone else’s work – I would like to say this piece is inspired by an episode of ‘the atheist experience’. According to reddit a speech about the comedy of errors in the bible was created by Matt Dillahuanty, but in a recent episode one of the other hosts also made this point (which inspired me). I am at no point claiming this as an original thought, although I will go into further detail, I will also start a little earlier than they did.

In the beginning…

“God created the heaven and earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of god moved upon the face of the waters.”

How, if the world was without form, can there be a “deep”? A deep what? How does something without form have a deep face? Google “form” if you need to clarify the definition. Furthermore where the fuck did these “waters” come from? There is no form, god has not made any water yet – Fail #1

“God said let there be light” I would allow this, but we notice 8 verses later god “let(s) there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from night;”

Not only does this incorrectly explain how days and nights occur (yes, god would fail a 5 year old’s science exam – on the topic of a world he created), but it also makes absolutely no sense. If these lights in the heavens (let’s call them stars – the only place natural light comes from) were created in the 14th verse, where did the light come from in the 3rd verse? Without stars there is no source of light at all – therefore god either lied about the 3rd verse, or he relayed the message to his followers incorrectly, or the story is bollocks. Before you think the second point could be true, remember you would be concluding that this perfect god made a massive mistake literally a few words into his own book.

So here we are only 6 verses into a “perfect” book, finding numerous illogical statements and clear falsehoods. I ask of you how can a thinking person get past these initial verses without firstly noticing the problems & secondly ignore them to accept the account as reputable – this is intellectual deceit. One must relieve themselves of mental faculty and put aside any rationality they hold to agree to the validity of this book. Hand on heart I can confirm, as many others before me have, not a page can be turned within the bible without finding one single fallacy, incorrect statement or morally foul passage. I hope I don’t have to document each individually, but I may do pop back into the deep well of errors from time to time.

The Bible is a comedy of errors. God creates the world with only 1 person…and that turns out to be a mistake, so he makes a companion. Two people in the world, one rule…whoops, that failed. Let’s kick them out and make life more difficult, in the hopes that this will work…whoops, that failed. OK, let’s drown everyone on the planet except for the one most righteous family…whoops, that failed. As a punishment of supposedly exploration let’s confuse their languages so they can never understand each other… that failed. Cast them on different continents to segregate them … that failed. Let’s pick just one small group as the chosen group and swear to protect them whilst mandating them certain pieces of land… that failed. Let’s ignore them for a while, maybe that will make them better … that failed. Let’s pick and guide one king…fail. Let’s send ourselves down and take human form in order to sacrifice ourselves to ourselves as a loophole for a rule that we made…epic fail. Let’s create humans sick and demand them to not only be well, but force that they firstly feel guilty and seek repentance for an ill cast upon hem without their knowledge or say so … fail.

I admit much of this is out-of-order, but here is a quick overview of a few random fails from within the arc of the bible. There are hundreds more and that is a conservative number, I assure you.

Join me next time for more biblical errors. Please like, share and comment if you would be so kind. (especially share on theist pages)

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Forever 21: Bible verse on every bag – did you know?

It seems I am always the last to know; after some research I have found that one or two national newspapers in the U.K. have already discussed this topic – I am ashamed to say it passed me by – maybe because it is regarding fashion. High-street fashion retailer ‘Forever 21’ has already fought off criticism in the U.S. & despite local coverage has seemed to have done the same here in England. I first heard of the store when my girlfriend explained she just had to wake up early to make the ‘grand opening’,

“really?”  was my response, I didn’t even know people actually did that (other than for iphones)

The shop which my partner frantically woke up to attend has fallen upon the fury of many secularists who have found it deplorable that the shop prints Bible Verses on their bags. This not only is an invasion in my opinion, but it just feels creepy.

Imagine my confusion as I looked around my room and found a bright pink plastic bag that my other half had brought with her, on closer inspection I wondered “does that say John 3:16? It can’t.”

John 3:16King James Version (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Christians may find this heart-warming, but is it not unbelievably wrong to force the idea not only that the Christian God exists (which presupposes other God’s who claim to be ‘the only’ do not exist) but that he gave a son (not a daughter) and finally that if you believe in him you will live forever – most importantly if you don’t believe in him you will “perish.” Might as well just say “Thanks for buying this item, if you’re a fan of cheese, you will have a good life, if you’re not – you will almost certainly get AIDS.”

If the bag secretly had a verse from the Quran or some wording from Mormonism or Scientology I believe it would get more attention.

I just found it a little disgusting that I was being subjected to someone else’s religious beliefs in my own home; some might say I invited my girlfriend in so technically I let her bring the item – but in truth she had no idea until I noticed it. How strange that the company wants to promote Christ so much that is secretly hides bible verses in the fold at the base of a bag. Not exactly obvious. For the first time in a long time I took my perspective from the position of a Muslim – silly ideologies aside – how would they feel if they had unknowingly brought such a blasphemous item into their homes? The same homes that grace the presence of The Holy Quran! I’m sure in many Muslim households this type of oversight could end up in shaming, discipline or even violence. Who knows, the same could be said of other religions – I know my family would have a similar reaction if I bought a certain newspaper or wore a certain item of clothing that was counter to our core values (like the Daily Mail & The Sun Newspapers – or a Swastika T-shirt)
Strange that in a supposedly secular country like the U.S. this is heralded by Christians as a beautiful thing, but in England a supposedly Christian nation it is seen as an unwanted intrusion. It never ceases to amaze me the country that fled religious control turned into arguably one of the most religious countries on earth.

On the one hand this is someone’s own company, it’s their choice to print whatever they like – I have seen high-street shops with half naked men and women and other things that could offend many, but this is more sinister. The company have been known to fast-track the careers of devout Christian designers and offer Christian missionaries to store workers, again it is their prerogative – it still sits wrong with me.

So where does it leave us? Should this be OK? Should buyers protest with their wallets and refuse to shop at Forever 21? Fat chance, the shop has more turnover each year than I care to mention. And due to low prices and fashionable designs I’m sure no teenagers or twenty some things are going to care; these issues wouldn’t bother everyday shoppers, but they really should.  If we set a precedent that this is acceptable we leave the door open for all religious nutbags to force their beliefs on us as long as we buy an item, which in truth we’re forced to buy due to low pricing.

The company do make donations to charities, which is fantastic, but like most religious companies there is little transparency regarding this (site includes charitable donations but it seems to me more of a missionary than a donation – I would bet they also donate bibles)

There has already been court hearings due to treatment of workers in sweat shops which a large cash settlement was made. Would Jesus endorse a company with billions in turnover that uses slave labour in foreign countries? I doubt it.

I won’t choose to shop here myself, and I advise others to take this into account before shopping there themselves, although I understand this is a losing battle. Please tell me what you would do, or what an atheists view of this should really be – I think consensus here might actually help.

A good option is to create a secular-fashionable-discount store that promotes humanism, morality, equality, fair trade and pays a good minimum wage to all employees (not just the ones we see in store but the ones in terrible conditions abroad) we need a healthy alternative that promotes freedom, peace & love, not the nasty horrors to be found in the bible (rape, slavery, genocide)

I wonder who owns Primark?

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The Arrogance of the Human Race

The last hundred thousand years has shown an increase in intellect among our species; cooking & consuming meat gave our stomach respite from the normal struggle to break down plant-life (which normally took hours upon hours). Meat on the other hand fuelled us with protein and took substantially less time to break down. Leading to, over many thousand years, our larger stomachs, larger intestines, and tiny appendixes. Scientific discoveries show that the human skull began to grown rapidly at the same time our ancestors began to eat cooked meats. The appendix, which is now all but obsolete, used to be a pivotal organ in the human body (I will not get into how this is ultimate proof of evolution) but I will move on to explain the sad state of affairs this gain has left us in.

We are now in a place of pinnacle awakening; as a species we have not only damn near mastered communication & technology, but also we are so cognisant that we have hit the brick wall of struggling with death. As far as we can see, we are the only species that truly knows what is coming naturally. This should be rejoiced, sadly, it brings more problems than solutions. We are now so intelligent as a species that we have fooled ourselves in believing it was all planned for us. I shudder every time someone says “everything happens for a reason”.

“Why?” is always my inner question? Why must something have a reason? And why should it revolve around a thing as trivial as I? (not a plea for sympathy, a simple truth statement)

Although off topic, I am reminded of the statements about “meaning”. What is the meaning of life?

My answer is simple: Just because we can ask a question, doesn’t mean that question has any value.

What is the meaning of Cheese? Of a Rock? I’m pretty sure that in ten thousand years I would still be correct in replying “that is a stupid question”

The human race still believes in deities, in unbelievable numbers. How interesting that the God always has the same sensibilities and strongly held beliefs as his/her followers – it is as if the human has created a God in his own image & not the other way around…

Our arrogance to look at the stars and say they shoot across the sky to give us a wish! The arrogance to have people in this year who still believe our sun revolves around us and not the other way around. We must be the centre of the universe, we must be God’s chosen people, we must be the best species, we must be the top of the food chain. We need to stop being so big-headed – because, in real terms, we are staring extinction in the face – and I cannot say the world will be in a worse state without us.

If we continue to base our “green policies” on biblical scripture (U.S. politician claims we don’t need to do anything about climate change as God said he wouldn’t send another flood in the bible), or if we continue to act like we have a permanent place on this planet, instead of the privileged caretaker position we actually hold – then only bad things will happen.

With use of nuclear weapons and imaginary gods, we might actually become the first species on our planet to go extinct due to our own idiocy. If Pandas go extinct – which they might – I can forgive them, because they do not have the ability to recognise that if they choose not to procreate they will deplete and disappear, but humans? We understand there are enough nuclear weapons sitting in bunkers to destroy every species known to man – yet we get anxious about job interviews & weddings; we lose sleep over who got kicked off of our favourite talent contest on TV – all the while, it could only take one person slipping on a newly mopped floor and landing on the wrong button to destroy everything we have ever worked for – or more importantly, everything we could imagine to.

If a God does exist, I very much doubt he created the billions of galaxies, and billions of billions of stars, just so I could get some C grades in my GCSE’s. For that matter I doubt he (or she) would even do it to see a whole human race born – we as a species are so sub-par it is shocking, the privilege we have been given is wasted every single day.

Take this for example: Who do we hold up as examples of brilliant humans? Would Nelson Mandela make the list? Most probably, and why? Because he stood against a horridly racist and sectarian regime? Is that not what we all should have done? Shouldn’t there be a million Mandela’s and just one opponent?

What about people being selfless in any regard? We hold this as heroic, but we wouldn’t even need the namesake if everyone acted in the same selfless way, we should make note of our 99% inadequacies not our 1% of success if we want to make an honest representation of human activity.

If proof of human brilliance, is one person doing what the rest of us fail to, then this is not human brilliance, this is human stupidity – Nelson Mandela should not have been the exception, or the figurehead, he should not have even had the ability to be famous for his stance, he should have been lost in a crowd of Mandela’s – in fact it should have been more important to find the ones that disagreed with him, so we could single them out for public ridicule.

The problem, as I see it, is the world is full of idiots; ones who are smart enough to understand basic subjects, but too stupid enough to ponder the greater issues in life. In the place of deep thought they leave a gap of wishful thinking and prayer, which eventually leads to creating imaginary sky daddies who believe in the same things we do – in turn leading to the ultimate arrogance that everything around us is not only made for us, but ours to do with as we please.

The beauty of cognisance has led to the ugliness of arrogance. To believe – as many do – that we are not only the dominant species, but also that we deserve to be so; thinking we are the supreme reason for all things before and all to come is not only unattractive and outwardly repulsive, but wholly unsupported by any evidence. It sadly screams of true humanity.

We are on the knife edge of an age where our mental capacity is slowly leading us to a realisation of how little we really are in this universe, and once we all lose the wishful thinking and blatant arrogance of personal faith – one can only guess how quickly as a species we will advance beyond our imagination.

Now from a message from our good friend Rustin Cohle:

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“Evolution is real” says Pope, also admits “blue is a colour” & “milk could be a source of calcium”

Don’t worry, you have not travelled back in time. What has not only been common knowledge but common sense for a century is now acknowledged by the leader of the archaic Roman Catholic Cult (my old clan), in a somewhat appeasing tone that states both evolution and creation can walk hand in hand, heads up, it cannot.

There is nothing new here – there have been endorsements by  high ranking clergy and even a past Pope regarding the fact of Evolution, the last Pope didn’t really agree with evolution, whereas John Paul II had a soft spot for what we like to call “basic intellect”. What bothers me the most is that somehow this finds itself as news. It is a scientific fact, as previously stated, we have known this for about 100 years – although our understanding of it has greatly increased on a near generational basis. How can we give front page headlines to an old virgin, who is an “expert” in the subject of only one book, admitting something that anyone with a basic education already knows. What next?

Pope admits “Mick Jagger does exist.”

Pope agrees “Ross & Rachel were on a break.”

Pope says “The Beatles are the fucking best.”

Pope concludes “I can’t be sure who did it, but the dogs were in fact let out.”

Pope says “It’s true, once you go black…”

The fact we have to wait for each Pope to give his exact stance on such a  fundamental issue proves that his job is useless – didn’t he used to be God’s messenger on earth? Infallible and answerable to only the most high? At least we know, sooner or later, everyone is answerable to facts. Actually, other than sitting on a golden throne whilst saying we should all tighten our belts, or never having sex (supposedly), yet telling us we shouldn’t do it until marriage or heaven forbid we ever use a condom –  I can’t think of one good reason why the Pope even exists. I think it’s about time we scrap this tradition.

It has become popular to say “this new modern pope is what we need! He is so modern and forward thinking, he is going to change the face of Catholicism.”

Firstly, Kevin Smith’s Dogma, with its ‘Buddy Christ’, ‘Catholicism Now’ & brilliant ‘Cardinal Glick’ (George Carlin) changed the face. Secondly, you really think this 77 year old has a modern take on religion? How many 77 year old’s do you know?

His views are wholly as one would expect, the only step up from the last Pope to this one is that this one  a)  was not in the Hitler youth & b) did not help watch over a child raping cover up that affected hundreds of thousands of children.

Many (who know their stuff) would remark that the Catholic Church have actually somewhat endorsed a “theistic-evolutionary model” for about 6 decades, I tip my hat to this,  but at the same time the Church have been diminishing science in third world countries (where it is needed most) and disregarded the findings and usages of most scientific discoveries since the pre-enlightenment until being forced to “modernise” or aptly “evolve”.

So how modern is this Pope? So modern he has thanked Exorcists for removing demons and acknowledges that cases of demonic possession do tend to increase around Halloween – the floor of the cave called, it would like its bat-shit back.

The irony of Pope Francis saying “Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.”

If only I could think of a £billion economic structure that creates huge inequalities… Roman Cath… No I can’t think of one. Said structure by the way can even create its own laws, the age of consent in the Vatican city is the lowest on the planet (go figure) can anyone explain why a city full of abstinent men should even need an age of consent? I guess they like to cover all bases, nothing like a law suit to really fuck up an evening orgy.

So in conclusion:

If the Pope uses his PR Gurus to say things like this “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society.”

But also says “Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world.

Knowing full well, the word of God is –

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Then he is as useful as a handbrake on a canoe, and his intellectual honesty is lacking to a degree that would make Oscar Pistorius blush. He is the same as the ones before him, and the ones to come. Until he finally agrees: Women are equal to men, gays aren’t to be fixed or cured but are as natural as lust & love, until he sells the billions in Vatican art and donates it to the poor, until he outs every single person complicit in the rape of children the world over – I have no care for his useless admissions of acceptance. He agrees with Evolution … so fucking what.

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Christianity: One woman’s lie about getting pregnant that got way out of hand.

Luckily for myself, I have an output which can be taken as satire and fact depending on how I and the audience feel. Some of my work can be playful, some outright demeaning – though always honest. I recently heard an expert on the historicity of Jesus, after-which I am fully convinced the man not only had no special powers, but most probably didn’t exist. Prior to this I always felt the story of Jesus may have been a few old wives tales strapped to a poor executed man, or someone chosen specifically as a pet project for a church. I never really dissected the evidence for such a person until recently – mostly because it didn’t interest me in the slightest. But as I am not a news source, or bound by certain rules, I would like to make a more humorous proposal, which I fully understand can be disregarded if the historicity account I recently heard was true. Also, we see so much nastiness , it has become normal to click on a link referring to a religion and be utterly appalled at the contents, that’s why I thought something different would be nice.

Some years back I saw a fantastic meme, (said image I sadly cannot find) that spoke in basic terms on how the story of Jesus was one woman’s lie about getting pregnant that just got totally out of control. It was made funnier by over-thinking the actual occurrence. Nowadays a drunk fuelled one night stand, which leads to a child, might include a sobering conversation with parents like – “but, I am getting to know him, and he is actually a really nice guy, he has a good job…”

Whereas Mary, in this situation, could never be outdone – “but don’t worry, we will never starve, he can literally feed thousands with a few fish! And you like wine Father – he can turn our murky water into Merlot … you love Merlot!”

Ok, I know this is a jest – but let us delete the account of deities that Jesus has clearly stolen from, let us also delete further accounts of new prophets like Big Mo the Muslim bro, and Joseph Smith the snake oil salesman. Imagine if the only deity and prophet we had was the Christian one, imagine if the only holy book we had was the bible, it wouldn’t be too hard to sit back and think wow, this woman got pregnant and lied her ass off to cover it up.

We all know people like this, exaggerating and squirming out of any responsibility, never to be accountable. Well, maybe Mary was the same? Maybe she truly got up the duff by some strange traveller and created an outlandish story about angels instead of telling her parents “I got drunk, and smoked something I think I shouldn’t have, and rode a guy like sea biscuit.”
There are two reasons she could not do this, 1) Back then I’m pretty sure they would have been allowed to smoke such items, although I doubt the area had sufficient soil & 2) She should have no idea who sea biscuit is, neither should I, I hated that film. I declare all films based solely around animals to be sub-par … with the exception of Free Willy because it was basically a heart-wrenching documentary about freeing whales (wasn’t it?)

Aren’t all mythical beings, God’s and Prophets just an amalgamation of old wives tales with Chinese whispers added on top?
I’m sure the Gospels of The Bible (before they were edited and chosen at the council of Nicaea) had many mundane stories that had to be expanded on to be included. Maybe there was no talking snake, but one guy who loved snakes just wouldn’t let it go. And another guy who thought the story of Jesus swimming faster than everyone else wasn’t miraculous enough, so proposed the idea of walking on the water.

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I don’t know – it all seems futile to me. Truth is, every once in a while we must detach ourselves. Atheists like myself spend so much time offended by religion, and disgusted by its wrongdoing – so much so that it literally becomes a part of our lives. It affects us because we actually care, we don’t turn a blind eye. In such a harsh environment, we sometimes need to kick back and relax like one does in real life, times are stressful? Have a beer with friends – and so on.

So after watching religiosity make a fool of our civilisation, and belittle us to a colony of ants that look to our leader for guidance. Whilst letting us ignore such horrors like diminishing fossil fuels, climate change, degradation of women, suicide bombings, and zealot law makers ruining beautiful countries like the USA due to “The Bible” – we have to just take a deep breath and say things like “Christianity, one woman’s crazy excuse for getting pregnant, that got way out of hand.”

Humour and detachment might help save out sanity – at the very least it will lower our blood pressure.

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