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Submitted by DANIEL REDMOND (United States), Nov 18, 2009 at 21:29
Having read several paragraphs of the convoluted syntax and arcane thought processes residing in the mind of M. Tovey, I hardly know where to begin a reply. In response to my posted thoughts regarding the obvious lunacy of Islam and its followers, 'M' castigates me for having "dismissed all the historical and practical knowledge" relative to "the American way of life" and of "the ancients to this time." Huh? Who is dismissing historical and practical knowledge anyway?
Well, historically there has been a concerted effort on the part of Christianity---the Catholic Church in particular---to prevent, to the best of its ability, the acquisition of practical and scientific knowledge, but such efforts have never, ever been spearheaded by Atheists. It was not, after all, a collection of non-believers who forced Gallileo to recant his astronomical observations or be burned at the stake; it was the Catholic Church---a Christian organization, last time I checked. Religion, in all its various forms, has fought tooth and nail against the advancements of science and knowledge since the day they were conceived in the minds of primitive superstitious peoples around the globe.
Without delving into any more specifics regarding M. Tovey's peripheral references to Robespierre, the Somali coastline, Hamas, Hizbollah and the Holy Bible, let me just say the following:
I lump all of the Abrahamic religions together as equally absurd in both their claims (exaggerated at best) and promises (no Second Coming yet, from what I can see). They all purport to worship a god that exhibits the personality traits of a sociopath.
Consider, for example, the Christian "greatest story ever told":
First this Almighty Being creates us as flawed creatures. Then he commands us to become better than we are able to be. Then he decides to punish all humanity....for what?.....for tasting the fruit of KNOWLEDGE. [Did I mention that religion discouraged the gaining of knowledge?] You see, he gave us "free choice" but if you don't choose the right thing, he's really angry at you. So then he's going to punish all of the descendants of the babe who bit the apple off the tree of knowledge through all of eternity. [Is this guy a hard case or what?]
But then he decides to send his "only begotten son" down to earth to be murdered by a bunch of primitive Middle Eastern rednecks in lieu of punishing the rest of us for all eternity. Remember now, the only one who is demanding that ANYONE be punished at all is, you guessed it, the Holy Father himself. What a guy!
So he sends his kid, Jesus, to be whipped and beaten and murdered on a cross to "pay for our sins" [that being the disobedience of eating the apple and all] and so you'd think that we'd be off the hook as it were, right? No way. As far as God is concerned we're still just a bunch of degenerate sinners from before we even take our first breath of air at birth. So we're going to be subjected to intense and relentless mind control, with God reading our very thoughts and watching everything we do every minute of every day. And if he disapproves of any of what we think or do then we'll be sent to a place called Hell upon our death where we will be burn and suffer for all eternity.
And you worship this twisted bully? Okay, if you want to, go ahead. But I'd rather demand some more proof that the bully even exists before kowtowing to His every whim and living in fear of reprisal for eating meat on Friday or whatever other silly dictum the guys in the robes at church demand of me.
You see no deity has ever been real or ever will be. That's a fact. Good night.
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