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An Angry Rant About Religious Extremism and Those Who Condone Acts of Hateful Violence

If you are someone who’s easily offended when religion is criticized, please keep scrolling. I don’t need to hear religious apologists at this point. I’m so riled about these attacks against innocent people that I’ve decided to remove my usually firmly placed filter. If you plan to comment with non-productive insults, save your breath because I will delete it. I don’t have the time or the patience for people who cannot bear to see their god criticized. It’s probably best to just delete me if you cannot have a civil conversation about it. I won’t miss you. This is my way of getting things “off my chest” and there’s nothing I love more than open and honest dialogue. Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

Religious extremism + easy access to weapons = death. It’s that simple. Terror can come from anywhere – radicalists born in North America are just as dangerous as people from anywhere else when they’re convinced religious ideals need to be enforced with violence. 

The concept inspired by Hitchens is one I think should be followed. Religion should be treated like childrens’ toys – play with them at home with people who also want to play with the toys. Dont tell anyone else they have to play with the toys, don’t force the toys into government or schools, and most of all don’t use your toys to cause misery, death, and destruction. I’m not saying people don’t have the right to believe whatever they choose, I’m saying that once it starts to negatively impact other people’s lives, then you’ve taken it too far.

To say religion is the compass for morality is a joke. It takes ten seconds to come up with quotes from any holy book that promote violence, hate, fear, oppression, and death. We need to rid ourselves of these archaic and destructive “morals” before more innocent people die. 

While on the surface there are some good things that religion preaches, this doesn’t excuse the many terrible things it tells people they need to think and do. Instilling obedience in followers by threatening torture and death in a “hell” for “sinning”, oppressing women to the point they’re considered no better than livestock, and commanding people to fear the same character they’re told to love are just a few things straight out of holy books. The definition of sado-masochism. These are things set out in holy books very clearly. I think we need to be stricter about what can be taught from religion. Holy books should never be taken literally, and unfortunately there are too many who do just that. To me, they need to be taken as the works of literature and fiction they are. 

None of the “big religions” can say it doesn’t teach this and I’m disgusted to read the quotes from various religious leaders already saying that the people in Pulse had it coming for being gay. It’s amazing the audacity people have when they think they have god on their side.
I’m steadily losing any sort of faith in humanity’s ability to sort through the nonsense of their religions and live like they claim their religions teach them – to love and to give and to be tolerant. Clearly, not enough of that is coming through.

I know people are going to get pretty upset at my sentiments because, to many, religion is their favourite toy, their favourite crutch, or their favourite source for morality. And it must be hard to hear that it isn’t perfect. Unfortunately, morality within religion is really hard to find and if we can’t learn to see past the disgusting things that many religions teach and encourage, heartbreaking events like this shooting in Orlando are going to keep happening.

If you remove the motivation and promised glory many killers receive from religion, perhaps so many people would not have to die. If you ask me, there is no such thing as a religion of peace. Just religions of fear and bigotry and misogyny and prejudice and violence. Until the killing and misery stemming from extreme or radical religious belief stops, that opinion will not change. I don’t care how many charitable acts any religion boasts about, this does not undo nor does it forgive any misery or suffering caused by its teachings.
-Jenn

Why is Faith Good?

You were warned in my tagline.

The inspiration for many of my beliefs, my idol of sorts, Christopher Hitchens, posed this question in many of his debates:

Why is faith good?

It’s one that I think is a fair and justified question, and one that we ought to ask ourselves. I think there are a lot of people who take all of religion on faith, thinking this will earn them bonus points when they die and get judged by how blindly faithful they were.

This is a sinister concept and an utter slap in the face to our freedom of thought.   Just because we are a chromosome away from a chimp doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be utilizing the powers of reason and investigation that evolution has bred into us.  What if we ran the rest of our lives like this? What if we demanded the same standard of evidence for our medicines, our healthcare, or our schooling?  We would still be teaching that sickness is a curse for behaving badly or burning people for being witches.  You want to run your life based on something you’re told or something you’ve read in an ancient book wherein it is blasphemy to question or doubt it under pain of going to hell? You can have it, but be accountable for what you believe, and don’t expect to go into a debate with the argument of pure faith and not to be laughed off.

I like to think that I live my life and make my decisions as a result of previous study and weighing of evidence from either side. I believe it’s very important to get as much information as you possibly can as I strongly believe you can never be too informed.  I usually take a relatively long time to reach a decision about something.  I am largely indecisive so that contributes as well, but I also like to look at each side and take time to weigh my options and information.  Once I have gathered this information and have come to a decision, it can be difficult to convince me otherwise unless I am given substantial evidence to the contrary.

For me to believe in something that cannot be proven, that cannot be measured or quantified, is alien and, to me, no way to base important opinions and decisions on. However, it is impossible for religion to be proven, so I guess that lessens my chances of believing even further.

One cannot disprove the existence of god in any reasonable or scientific way any more than one can prove it in this manner. The way I see it, even though I can’t prove god doesn’t exist, the impossibility of it being proven that it does by any scientific means is enough for me.   I don’t need it.  I don’t need to believe in heaven or hell, or that if I am really good I am going to go to a place that is all sunshine, lollipops, and other such bullshit.  On the flip side, if I do something negative or “evil”, I am not going to rot or burn in the depths of some fiery underground place of evil.  Perhaps if you metaphorically meant my conscience, but not everyone seems to own one of those.  I believe that if I am a good person, if I do good things, and continue on my quest for continual self-improvement, that I will just continue to be.  I will continue to be, and I will have the satisfaction of knowing that I have done a good thing, and made another life better or easier or whatever the case may be.  That is enough for me.  I don’t need unfounded promises about what’s going to happen after I die.  Like Bill Maher said, “…and anyone who tells you they know, they just know what happens when you die; I promise you, you don’t.  How can I be so sure?  Because I don’t know, and you do not possess mental powers that I do not.  The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt.  Doubt is humble and that’s what man needs to be considering that human history is just a litany getting shit dead wrong”

It’s easy to claim that you know what happens in the after life because let’s be honest – who is going to prove you wrong?  Anyone who doesn’t like to question or reason will just go along with it because what else are they going to believe?  The fact that we sit in the ground and rot isn’t romantic enough, I guess. Let’s follow these rules just in case there is in fact something on the other side waiting to punish me.  People will do all kinds of silly things to avoid such punishment as they believe they’ll find in the afterlife.  Let me tell you, your brain is the instrument through which you feel everything.  Pain, pleasure, happiness, sadness, etc.  When you die, your brain does not function anymore.  You brain will decompose.  Logically, then, how is one to feel either the rapture of heaven or the eternal misery of hell without the brain the interpret this?

From: http://slothyscience.blogspot.ca/

This is where the freedom of thought bit comes in.  You can apparently go to “hell” for merely thinking something that is against the rules.  In the words of Hitchens, “this is disgraceful”.  Progress cannot be made if we continue to believe that we will be judged and eventually persecuted for something that crosses our mind.  Freedom of thought is a right which I cherish and personally, I would rather there weren’t some “Big Brother” entity out there making sure I kept my thoughts to his liking, thank you very much.  “…However, let no-one say there is no cure, salvation is offered!  Redemption indeed, is promised at the low price of the surrender of your critical faculties” – Hitchens

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1ESU0xu4Zc&feature=youtu.be – The part which supports my point can be found from about 3:50 – 4:30