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Friday, September 3rd, 2010 09:21 am
Santa doesn't exist, neither does Jesus

"It is often argued that religion is valuable because it makes men good, but even if this were true it would not be a proof that religion is true. That would be an extension of pragmatism beyond endurance. Santa Claus makes children good in precisely the same way, and yet no one would argue seriously that the fact proves his existence. The defense of religion is full of such logical imbecilities."

~ H. L. Mencken

Santa doesn't exist, neither does a god
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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 07:04 pm
"To have an invisible friend at the age of eight is charming and not a cause for concern. To have an invisible friend in adulthood is however a cause for concern and could be considered psychotic. So how exactly does giving them the name of a deity change that opinion?"

Phil Slattery

Religion Superstition Imaginary Friend Psychosis
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Thursday, July 15th, 2010 02:46 pm
God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in his arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos. He will set them above their betters.

~ H. L. Mencken
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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 07:39 pm
"Hey mister, Superman wants you to worship him or he will punish you."

"Superman doesn't exist, kid. He's an invention."

"You are so stupid. Superman is real. Can you prove Superman doesn't exist, mister?"

"I don't have to prove that, you crazy, obnoxious kid. You say he exists. You have to prove that."

"I have stacks of comic books that say he exists. So he exists."

"No, he doesn't. Those comic books just tell invented stories."

"You're so stupid. The comic books tell the truth or they wouldn't exist."


"Superman is unbelievably strong. If the comic books told lies about him he would destroy them. He hasn't destroyed them. So they tell the truth. And they say Superman exists. So he exists. Are you too stupid to understand that?"

"Leave me alone, kid."

"Are you a servant of Lex Luthor, mister?"
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Monday, July 12th, 2010 12:52 pm
The power of prayer: a practical exercise for religious people.

this exercise is only for non-atheists. Atheists should abstain as this won't work for them because of lack of faith.

This exercise is meant for religious people, to demonstrate the power of prayer.

If you're a religious person and you are an adult, you surely have children. Because you are heterosexual. You have more than one. Because you only have sex to further god's purpose, which is to populate the earth with more religious people.

For this exercise we'll need two children.

Take two (2) of your children (their age doesn't matter) and break an arm (1) of each. Use a hammer.

Take child A to an hospital and let it be treated by doctors. Whatever you do: don't pray for it. If you can't help yourself, pray something like: "Oh lord, don't heal this child."

Take child B and lay it on a couch or a bed. Gather your spouse and any other children you might have and start praying for it. Pray that its arm may be healed in the name of Jesus. Make it count. Don't hesitate to wail a bit.

It says in the bible that whatever you ask for you shall be given. And the bible tells the truth. Always. Literally.

Jesus himself confirmed this. You can command mountains. Healing a broken arm is peanuts in comparison. And Jesus wouldn't lie, now would he? Of course not.

Have faith. Pray. Pray. Pray.

Notice how those stupid doctors have put a plaster cast around child A's broken arm. Notice how uncomfortable that is. Notice how they make it take all kinds of pills. Notice how they give it injections with antibiotics. Notice how that hurts.

Notice how child B's wound begins to smell a bit putrefied. Notice how gangrene sets in. Don't worry. Don't panic. This is just god testing your faith. Rejoice. Your faith is strong. Invite your neighbors to come and pray with you. Have faith. Pray.

Try not to look too triumphant when you see child A struggling, while it tries to operate a computer and surf the net, with that awful cast hampering its every movement.

Try not to be upset by the howls of pain of child B. Just invite your congregation (yes, the whole congregation) over to your house to pray with you, your family and your neighbors. Pray loudly. Go all out. Come on, give it some oomph. You need to draw the lord's attention. He might be getting slightly hard of hearing by now or maybe he is otherwise engaged and he can't be everywhere at the same time, can he? Wait. Yes, he can. Anyhow, it will also drown out child B's anguished cries.

At the funeral of child B mock child A because its cast is itching.

While in prison for child neglect wonder why child A doesn't come to visit you but prefers playing basketball with its friends instead. How ungrateful. However, god is always with you. Marvel over god's kindness.

Realize how good the lord is. Understand that child B would have died anyway. Whether you broke its arm or not. Whether you took it to a stupid hospital or not. It was his will.

There are several possibilities.

Maybe he has called child B to him because it is so precious to him. In that case it is now sitting at his right hand, watching over you, its loving parent.

Maybe child B was an evil child and didn't deserve to be rescued. In that case it is now in hell and will burn forever and ever and ever. As it deserves. For being evil.

Realize you are an insignificant worm who can't understand the lord's purpose.

Prayer works. It says so in the bible. And everything in the bible is the literal truth. If this weren't the case you couldn't trust anything that is in the bible, could you? That would be just absurd.

Prayer works. Jesus says so. And Jesus wouldn't lie to you, would he? Of course he wouldn't. He loves you.


It always works.


(Also works great in case of a major oil spill according to Oil Spill Prayer and governor Bob Riley of Alabama. He is no idiot, is he?)

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Sunday, July 11th, 2010 10:35 am
  • The Classical Age: before christianity existed or had any power or influence
  • The Dark Ages: when christianity had full political power and people suffered under its barbaric, deadly oppression
  • The Renaissance (Rebirth): christianity loses power; the Arts and Science reemerge
  • The Age of Enlightenment: christianity loses more power: Science and Rationality take the place of superstition and cruel myths
  • The Modern Age: christianity loses all direct political power and its indirect influence wanes (in civilized countries)
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010 08:47 am
A few years ago I saw a documentary on TV, commemorating lady Diana, the deceased princess of Wales.

Amongst many other things they interviewed a nice lady.

At her home there was this little table, put against a wall. On it she had laid a white tablecloth. She had taken a picture of lady Di out of a magazine, put it in a frame and it was now sitting on that little table, on the white tablecloth. On each side were candles. Before it stood a little vase with one rose in it.

Did this picture of lady Di comfort her, the reporter asked. Yes, the lady answered. Every time she walked by it, she took a moment to look at the picture and felt comforted. Sometimes she even talked to the picture and told it about her problems.

Did this help her, the reporter asked. Yes, she answered. Sometimes she even felt as if lady Di answered her and told her to carry on and that the bad times would soon be over.

So, after all these years, lady Di was still a living presence in her life, the reporter asked. Yes, the lady answered, she often felt that the princess supported her in her difficulties.

I thought: this woman has made an altar and created a goddess. She prays to her self-created divinity and her goddess answers her. For her this deity is real. She has convinced herself that she communicates with her.

If this woman had been a fanatic she would have founded a church for her goddess.

If this woman had been an evil fanatic she would have started telling other people how her goddess wanted them to behave.

If this woman had been a powerful, evil fanatic she would probably have killed anybody who didn't believe in her goddess.
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 11:20 am
A man full of faith is simply one who has lost (or never had) the capacity for clear and realistic thought. He is not a mere ass; he is actually ill. Worse, he is incurable, for disappointment, being essentially an objective phenomenon, cannot permanently affect his subjective infirmity. His faith takes on the virulence of a chronic infection. What he usually says, in substance, is this: "Let us trust in god, who has always fooled us in the past."

~ H. L. Mencken
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Sunday, July 4th, 2010 08:53 pm
Some people seem to think that we should respect religion. That we should live together in peace.

This is a mistake.

You shouldn't try to live together with immorality. You shouldn't esteem lies. You shouldn't respect a depraved system. You shouldn't tolerate an authoritarian, nonsensical way of thinking that has caused wars and genocide, that has killed and tortured people for no good reason and continues to do so.

You can't reason with cancer. You can only feel sorry for the afflicted.

You can't compromise with evil.

Neville Chamberlain, prime minister of Great Britain, tried to do just that in 1938. He made a pact with Adolf Hitler, called the Munich Agreement. In it Hitler promised, amongst many other things, to not attack Poland.

The agreement made Neville Chamberlain the most popular man in Great Britain. Most people thought he was a wise, sensible and tolerant man.

Winston Churchill on the other hand doubted the sincerity of the Nazi dictator and warned that he wasn't to be trusted. He said Nazism was an evil system, that it could only lead to war and that Great Britain should prepare for that. Most people thought he was a ridiculous, old fool and a dangerous warmonger. They mocked him.

In 1939 Hitler invaded Poland.

Chamberlain had been wrong. Churchill was right.

You may call me a radical atheist. You may call me a fanatic.

I call you Neville, if you think we can live together in peace with the evil that is religion.

Ultimately, religion won't let us.
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Sunday, July 4th, 2010 02:58 am
Religious people should not be permitted to scare and traumatize our children with their vile, cruel horror stories. The violation of their young, unformed and very impressionable minds with these preposterous and evil inventions is tantamount to child abuse.

Children are by definition innocent and, as the weakest members of our society, should be protected from these deluded liars who want to torment them.

As responsible parents we don't like it when our children watch pornography. We should be even more reluctant to allow that they are traumatized into believing the horrible lies of irresponsible, stupid people, telling them that a brutal, narcissistic sadist will burn them forever and ever and ever for imaginary transgressions against this imaginary monster.

No wonder there are so many mentally unstable, unadjusted personalities. Their minds were deformed by malicious falsehoods and as a result their look on life is totally screwed and their values immoral.

By law a person should be at least eighteen before someone can try to pervert him with these atrocious fables.

I wonder how many, well educated, young adults would believe this preposterous nonsense if the first they heard about it was when they were at a suitable age.
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Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 10:35 pm
Religious people should not ask sane people why they "became" atheists.

Religious people should realize that this question is stupid and offensive.

It is a stupid question because everybody is born atheist. It's the default state of a human being. You don't "become" atheist.

Neither do we "lose" our so called faith. Some of us never believed that nonsense to begin with. You can't lose what you never had. Some of us fell into the vicious religious trap for a while. They didn't lose anything either. They (re)gained their sanity.

The real question is: "How is it possible that you ever came to believe such blatantly ridiculous, obscene and cruel nonsense?"

The answer is: because you were at an impressionable age and totally reliant for all basic things like food, shelter and clothing on other, physically much bigger humans. They abused you and abused your defenseless condition to tell you all kinds of horrible lies and scared you into believing this filth. You were mind-raped.

It is an offensive question because it supposes that everybody is as naive and superstitious as religious people. It is offensive because it presupposes that we are as dumb as the one who asks it.

So, if you are a religious person you should realize that asking this arrogant question only irritates sane people. Don't do it. It's extremely rude and insulting and it makes you look stupid.
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Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 04:09 pm
Like everybody else I was born an atheist.

I was a happy kid until some stupid, heartless people told me all kinds of gruesome stories.

They were barbaric lies of course, but I was a kid and couldn't see that.

The pitiless bullies who told me those lies were much bigger than I was at six. They could easily have hurt me. Or taken my food away. They told me I would suffer horribly if I didn't believe them. Forever. They said I was only a kid and they were wise adults. They told me I was dirty. My mind was dirty and my body was dirty. I should distrust and despise both. They also told me that I was born very bad and that I deserved to suffer atrociously for ever and ever and ever. I deserved to be thrown in an open fire and get horribly burned and be in constant, unimaginable pain. That was how bad I was. Until they told me this I hadn't realized that.

It was traumatizing. So for a few years I was very scared. I had nightmares. I almost believed I really wasn't worth anything. I almost believed I was bad, just because I existed.

Looking back on it I can only describe it as child abuse. I was mind raped by unscrupulous liars.

Then I became ten.
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Friday, July 2nd, 2010 04:22 pm
There is not a single shred of proof that the stupid, cruel stories religious people tell are true. They're just evil inventions made up ages ago by primitive people.

People today should know better, but not all of them do. Silly people will try to scare you with horrible, crude stories about a sadistic, all-powerful being that wants you to adore him because he will torture you if you don't. These are abject lies.

When you ask religious people to prove their preposterous and gruesome stories their answer usually boils down to that you just have to believe them. Why? Because they believe them and it seems intolerable to them that somebody else sees their crude confabulations for what they are: despicable, harmful lies.
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Friday, July 2nd, 2010 12:47 am
Religious beliefs deserve no respect.

Giving respect to that blatant rubbish would only give religious people the false impression there is something worthwhile about their vile, cruel creed. There isn't. Religion has brought humanity nothing else but discord, war, murder, torture, both physical and mental, unhappiness and poverty.

Religion is still killing and harming people today.

It is irresponsible to not make that clear to religious people.

However, we should respect religious people as people, not the nonsense they are spreading.

They are just sick. They suffer from a neurosis. Maybe they can be cured.
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 02:22 pm
Religious beliefs deserve no respect because those who hold them don't respect the opinions of other people.

They can't because they believe in an almighty dictator who is always right.

They also believe they know exactly what the tyrant has ordered and that they are always right about what his dictates are.

That makes everybody else wrong. If you don't agree exactly with them, there are but three possibilities.

  • You have never heard their preposterous, pretentious but unproven confabulations. That makes you ignorant in their eyes.
  • You have heard them, but they make no sense to you. That makes you stupid in their eyes.
  • You have heard them and you understand them, but you still reject them. That makes you evil in their eyes.

Religious people don't respect people who don't believe what they believe.

They think they are ignorant, stupid or evil.

Stupid religious people, also called fanatics or fundamentalists, will tell you this to your face.

Smart, but dishonest religious people, also called hypocrites, won't tell you this to your face. They will tell you they respect you and your opinions. They hope they will be able to convert you to their beliefs if they act as if they respect your opinions. Which they don't.

Smart, but honest religious people, also called doubters, might be meaning it when they say they respect your opinions. But they think, respectfully, your opinions are wrong. Although they are not sure. Maybe.
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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 12:25 pm
Religious beliefs deserve no respect.

Religious beliefs don't deserve respect since they're evil and ridiculous.

Believing in invisible pink unicorns who protect us is just ridiculous.

Believing all Jews should be killed, the sacred conviction of Nazis, is evil.

Believing our lives are governed by an invisible psychopath who will torture the vast majority of us for eternity, the sacred conviction of e.g. christians and islamics, is both evil and ridiculous.

So is trying to scare people with that horrible nonsense.

Terrorizing innocent, impressionable children, who have done nothing wrong to religious people, with those cruel inventions is beyond evil.
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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 12:23 pm
Religious people have no morals.

They have a set of Rules. They obey those Rules sometimes, because they are mortally afraid that some omnipotent criminal psychopath will torture them for eternity, which is a very long time indeed, if they don't follow the Rules.

At other times they don't feel like following the Rules. Out of greed, or lust or just because they don't want to. Then they transgress. Afterwards they ask for forgiveness and everything is all right again. That's also in the Rules.

They don't believe in doing good for goodness' sake. They're just afraid an evil entity will punish them. Yet, paradoxically, they claim this mass torturer loves them. They claim he is a sort of father to them.

Fathers are well known to burn their disobedient children. Because they love them.