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Anti-theism…sign up here…..

Peace, love, and religion….

Pagun

 

VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA –I have frequently and vocally described myself as an anti-theist (distinct from an atheist who simply disbelieves in any gods, an anti-theist actively condemns, reviles, ridicules, and would like to see the abolition of all theologies). I have also received death threats and hate mail for expressing those views.

 

Most of the anti-theistic essays I wrote have aroused the ire of true Islamic adherents who range from wishing me dead to cobbling together an apologetic argument for a religion of war and conquest into being, in fact a religion of peace. For the record….both the Quran and the hadiths are clearly, overwhelmingly documents that adjure the followers of Islam to slaughter non-Muslims, to dominate the world, and to follow unquestionably leaders of their religion who have no status except that which they claim for themselves. Islam is a religion of violence. Only the relative poverty of its people has stopped it from being a far more dangerous cult than it currently is. And it is currently the most dangerous cult of fanatics on Earth.

 

Lest my readers mistake the forgoing for pure anti-Islam rhetoric, I will point out that I abjure all god-based religions equally (Islam is just currently doctrinally the most violent and dangerous). The other, non-god based religions are relatively harmless and just stupid.

 

To support my equal-opportunity disapprobation of (primarily and most distinctly) the three Abrahamic religions that have held on till today and continue to destroy lives and to pervert reason, logic, and humanity, I will quote at length from an American Member of the Supreme Court.

 

Antonin Scalia is a devoutly Catholic and highly respected Jurist who is at this moment the longest serving member of SCOTUS (The United States Supreme Court), the highest, most exalted level of jurisprudence on what prides itself on its humanity, was founded on a separation of court and state, and at which final justice is to be found in what sees itself as the most just country in the history of the world. He was appointed by then President and evangelical Christian and Alzheimer’s sufferer Ronald Reagan.

Judicial AND religious logic

I quote at length from a speech given in Chicago, in 2002:

 

This is not the Old Testament, I emphasize, but St. Paul….[T]he core of his message is that government – however you want to limit that concept – derives its moral authority from God…Indeed it seems to me that the more Christian a country is, the less likely it is to regard the death penalty as immoral…I attribute that to the fact that for the believing Christian, death is no big deal. Intentionally killing an innocent person is a big deal: it is a grave sin, which causes one to lose his soul. But losing this life in exchange for the next?….For the non-believers on the other hand, to deprive is to end his existence. What a horrible act!

 

The reaction of people of faith to this tendency of democracy to obscure the divine authority behind government should not be resignation to it but the resignation to combat it as effectively as possible. We have done that in this country (and continental Europe has not) by preserving in our public life many visible reminders that – in the words of a Supreme Court opinion from the 1940’s – “we are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.”….All this I say, is most un-European and helps explain why our people are more inclined to understand, as St. Paul did, that government carries the sword as “the minister of God” to “execute wrath” upon the evildoer.

 

Had “Islam” been substituted for Christian, and St, Paul exchanged for some Islamic prophet, I would suggest that the person who gave that speech would have been pinpointed by a drone and eliminated along with his audience…in the name of national security. There probably wouldn’t even have been any discussion at the executive level had the audience been members of a mosque….in any country including Canada….had the audience not been the students at The Chicago Divinity School.

 

The Archetype of Christian Hatred

Religion is evil. It preaches evil. It perpetuates evil.

 

It is a blight and its adherents should be treated as delusional. They are the very definition of dangers to themselves and others.

 

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  1. I agree with your philosophy. So did at least one of the forefathers of the constitution.

    As Thomas Jefferson said, when founding his University of Virginia, “A professorship of Theology should have no place in our institution.”

    As quoted in

    Krauss, Lawrence (2012-01-10). A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing . Atria Books. Kindle Edition.

  2. It should tell you something about justice. And the human invention of right and wrong. It inevitably varies from place to place and time to time. On the other hand evolution says nothing about right and wrong…only what works to proliferate a species. And our current path will inevitability lead to our destruction, certainly of our civilization, but possibly to our and many other entire species.

    • Please don’t think that because I dismiss the morality espoused by religion I therefore don’t believe in morality. On the contrary, I am a strong moralist; it is the fact that I am a moralist that makes me despise religions.

      I recognise that the only morality is that which enhances the well-being of sentient creatures and that which diminishes that well-being is immoral.

      Overall, religion diminishes that well-being.

  3. I understand that totally. I am an atheist and an anti theist as well. Like many things, religion has tried to steal the concept of morals, and the concept of spirituality for themselves. Both are human traits of our emotional systems, our curiosity and wonderment of life. They do not belong to religion. I to am a deeply spiritual and moral person. I do not require a religion to subvert my natural instincts. All humans need to learn this truth. Unfortunately the con-men, zealots, and sociopaths will always be their ready to capitalize on peoples ignorance and fear. It is only through strong voices, reason, logic and education that we may reverse this trend. But is is a huge task, so roll up your sleeves and write.

    I would love to collaborate on a a book with you! I could do the science part and you could do the political side and write, we could both contribute to the philosophy.

    • I’m always open to projects. If you have something concrete in mind, let me know…when I am finished recovering and am up to it, it may well be something I’d be interested in pursuing.

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