Casual racism thinks “Cowboys vs. Indians” is a good party theme.
I found these over at Scotteriology in post entitled, God Loves You, And Has A Wonderful Plan For Your Life, highlighting how when terrible things happen in our lives, Christians give you pat responses and expect it to be ok.
“He’s/She’s in a better place now.” “God does everything for a reason.” ”God sometimes allows bad things to happen to us to grow our faith.” These are just a few of the grotesque things I’ve heard, and have been guilty of saying to others when I was a Christian. It is sickening to think that there was a time in my life when I felt entitled by my faith to marginalize someone’s pain and suffering and offer them a line of bullshit as condolence.
Last week a I posted a video from one of the most well know Christian apologist, William Lane Craig, in which he explained why the murder of children was acceptable because God gives life and has the right to take it away. It’s no secret how I feel about apologists; I absolutely despise the work they do to justify the evil done in the name of the Lord. To devote your life to defending the most vile acts upon humanity, often carried out by God himself or at his command, is utterly disgusting.
Am I really expected to accept that a loving god would do this to his creation? If so, am I really expected to love and worship a god that would use terrible things like sickness, rape, murder, genocide, and other acts of violence and suffering as a means of strengthening the faith of his flock? If this is god’s will, I have never been more proud of my decision to no longer worship him.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing that anyone can tell me to make this ok. You cannot defend this. You cannot say that God had a reason for terrible things to happen to innocent people and expect me to not be enraged. ~ Kim
those images are so fucked up on so many levels, I can’t even
OMFG OUT OF CONTEXT. YOU HAVE TO READ TEH WHOLE BIBUL. IT WAS THE CULTURE OF THE TIME. HJKHLDFJKGHLDKJG
I love how Christians suddenly become wishy-washy liberals when these parts of the Bible come up.
Yeah and then they claim that we should base our morality on the Bible and ask where atheists get our morality from.
My question is if morality comes from god and the Bible is how he communicated that morality to us, what moral principles are we mere mortals supposed to use to determine which parts of the Bible to ignore?
Slavery is bad because it’s bad, not because the Bible says it’s bad. In fact the Bible is totally cool with slavery.
Misogyny is bad because it’s bad, not because the Bible says it’s bad. In fact the Bible is totally cool with mysogyny.
Genocide is bad because it’s bad, not because the Bible says it’s bad. In fact god ordered numerous horrific genocides.
Human sacrifice is bad because it’s bad, not because the Bible says it’s bad. Ever read the story of Jephthah? (Judges 11:31-39)
White privilege isn’t something you get because of a certain percentage of a certain ethnicity in your DNA. It’s something given to you because your skin is light. That’s it. The lighter your skin is, the more privilege you get. So yeah, white Jewish people have white privilege. How else do you explain how they’re the only marginalized class whose genocide is consistently characterized as it should be, which is as a nearly unimaginable tragedy? Have you ever heard one person justify the holocaust by saying “oh, that’s just how people thought back then,” or “you have to consider the historical context?” Nope. Whiteness is why the Holocaust is respected as the tragedy it is, why it’s illegal in some countries to speak about the Holocaust in a way deemed disrespectful, why when someone even mentions the word “holocaust” on tumblr, everyone calls them an antisemite, but everyone and their mom appropriates slavery and the civil rights movement to serve their own political purposes.
It’s not antisemetic to point out that white Jews have white privilege. All white people have white privilege.
Reblogging because this is a reason I’d never considered when explaining why the Holocaust is taken so much more seriously than, say, the genocide in Rwanda. You are a wise man, Dion, a wise man. Thank you :)
How many has God killed? (mirror) (by bdwilson1000)
What show or movie is this?
There is a big difference between being an anti-theist and an Islamophobe. One is against the religion and beliefs, one is against the people (i.e. gtfo of my country). I aim to heartily disassociate myself with Islamphobia. And any white person saying to someone else to go back to their own country can go fuck a velociraptor.
so i got called a “feminazi” today for the first time.
Its amazing how a patriarchy has hacked “feminist” and “nazi” together to attempt to smear those who are fighting against everything that nazi’s stood for and what society perpetuates in its own sneaky ways.
Some guy called me a “feminazi” on Facebook a few weeks ago. I told him, “You can’t compare the struggle for equality to the murder and torture of millions of people.” He proceeded to tell me I was over exaggerating.
Couldn’t figure out murder is wrong by yourself, huh?
Even if the world was devoid of religion, morality would still be subjective on the individual level. It would be grossly skewed from individual to individual and culture to culture because we all have different perceptions and interpretations of physical reality. If you are an atheist and you believe that religion is simply a tool of social control consider this: what would be the state of our world today if no religions had ever existed? Please, honestly and thoroughly think about it for a minute or two.
Without religious dogma to fall back on, the ignorant would have had very little to support their hatreds. The smartest people of their time, the philosophers, would likely have dominated, because their philosophies and such could be proven to work. Secular ethics would likely have become dominant, much, much earlier.
And without religion, we would not have had any reason to believe that we knew anything about the world except by studying it. So the scientific method may have been discovered and universally applied perhaps 5000 years earlier than it did. Which means that we would have had our current explosion in technology perhaps 4500 years ago.
Without the delay caused by religion, we may have recognized population problems before they occurred, and without religion constantly pushing people to have more children, the world’s population may have leveled off somewhere around 3 or 4 billion.
So, less starvation, less war over limited resources, no war over religious differences, no crusades, far fewer genocides, less health problems caused by over population, consequently less pollution. Perhaps more time to recognize global warming before it occurred, and less opposition to the science that recognizes it and suggests changes.
And without religion, people would have likely spent tithings on charities instead, again more quickly putting an end to world misery.
Sooo…there still would have been wars, mindless death and destruction, atomic weapons, arms races, and dictators. But I would think that after 5000 years science would have found ways to deal with mental illness and come up with better foods and better, cleaner energy alternatives than fossil fuels. The driving motivation behind wars would thus diminish, and perhaps after 5000 years they would be looked upon as an aspect of humanities infancy.
And thus of course, without religion the computer singularity would have happened millennia ago, and artificial intelligence might have been a massive help to solving all of the world’s remaining problems.
Where would we be right now? Hard to say, but I would hazard to guess that we’d have colonies around several nearby stars at the very least.
So, yeah. This is about as honest as thorough as I can make it on short notice.
Of course, I do have to acknowledge that we never would have had the wisdom of a 2000 year old book telling us not to eat shellfish. But some sacrifices would have to be made.
Ah yes, the “life would have been perfect without religion” argument.
Because the concept of god was literally the only thing that encouraged groups of people to enslave and colonize each other.
And that without justification, everybody would have lived in peace and harmony, selfishly helping everyone else with all of their extra money. Because, as you know, Jesus’ main talking point was on the merits of fucking everyone over.
That squares with just about everything I’ve learned about human nature and history.
Hmmm… (rescans article) I don’t see the word Perfect in there anywhere….
In fact, I do see acknowledgement of wars, atomic weapons, and genocides. And Jesus’s main talking points were ignored for over a thousand years by the Christian churches, as they are still ignored today.
And let’s not forget that much of the colonizations and slavery and such were “morally” justified because people could use the excuse of dominating godless heathens. The motivations would still be there, but they would have been far less morally justifiable without the religious dogma to back them.
So, I certainly don’t imagine a perfect world, but I do imagine a world where unjustifiable stupidities would have been recognized far earlier.