Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself.
-old Apache saying
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
It's somewhat of a mystery to me why so many people continue to hang onto religion. There are a million holes in the story, yet people cling to it like it's the only possible explanation of life on earth.
Religion is presented as benevolent, but it's actually malevolent. It messes with science, history, health, women's rights, gay rights. Not adhering to it will get you killed in some countries.
Our Founding Fathers were trying to escape religious oppression, and yet millions of Americans want religion - and specifically Christianity, of course - to control the government.
Time to put it in the dustbin of history and use science to help the planet, before it's too late.
When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.
Do you tell me that the Bible is against our rights? Then I say that our claims do not rest upon a book written no one knows when, or by whom. Do you tell me what Paul or Peter says on the subject? Then again I reply that our claims do not rest on the opinions of any one, not even on those of Paul and Peter ... Books and opinions, no matter from whom they came, if they are in opposition to human to rights, are nothing but dead letters.
We owe a faith to the world and to ourselves. We owe a grace and gratitude to things that have brought us here. But I think it's a very important to say, 'Well, for everything, God has a plan.' That's like an excuse. Maybe the real faithful act is to commit to something, to take action, as opposed to saying, 'Well, everything is in the hand of God.'"