Monday, 26 of September of 2016

Republicans Seek to Set Back Human Rights, Enforce God’s Agenda in America

republicantoiletThe Republican party is in a strange and dangerous state lately. Not only is their current front-runner a known truth-bending xenophobe and the candidate that Russian leader Vladimir Putin would most like to deal with, the whole entire batch of 2016 Presidential candidates are anything but presidential-material. Is this the best the GOP could come up with? One would think that American politics has turned into a comedy show, but there’s nothing funny about the Republican agenda for our country. What the Republican candidates have on tap for 2016 will not only establish Christianity as the preferred dominant religion of choice for the American people, they’ll also be setting back human rights that many Americans have fought and died for throughout history. Electing any one of these turds would put America in an even more vulnerable state in a time when our involvement with the rest of the world is key to the disarray that’s tearing apart the middle east. If you needed any extra convincing, let’s take a closer look at why not a single one of these so-called candidates deserves to be called President of the United States.

Republicans are no strangers to making everyday life harder for LGBT people, but Presidential candidate Ted Cruz sure is open about it. The Republicans continue to make upwards of 240,000 women resort to performing their own abortions as they continue their tired battle against Planned Parenthood. Why continue to fight against an organization that provides affordable healthcare to millions of women (and men)? It probably has something to do with the fact that there’s money to be made in the fight against abortions. Tired of the same old stories? Well John Kasich, a guy no one expects to be President, thought we should be attempting to fight ISIS with Christianity. Kasich himself has signed some lovely legislation into being in Ohio making healthcare even more fun for women. By fun, I mean requiring that women seeking an abortion undergo costly and medically unnecessary ultrasounds, mandating physicians give a pre-written anti-choice speech to women seeking abortions, and dramatically cutting funding for Planned Parenthood. But attacks on gays and women are hardly the worst of it. You know things are getting serious when Sarah Palin threatened to jump back in the ring of contenders for leader of the free world. Well, after hearing her thoughts on atheists, I’m sold.

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Dark days will be upon us…

GOP Presidential candidates have also been hard at work attending a conference hosted by ‘kill the gays’ Pastor Kevin Swanson in Iowa in their attempts to court the rich fat-cats that secretly run our country. The Republicans aren’t shy about cozying up to the gay-bashing women-hating Pastor Swanson, either. For reference, please watch the video below to see just how batshit insane Kill the Gays Pastor Kevin Swanson is, in his epic rant on why America should repent for… Wizarding Proffessor Dumbledore being gay… Yep After viewing the video, it should be painfully obvious that when AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES are in cahoots with guys like Kill The Gays Pastor Kevin Swanson, we’re all in serious danger if they gain control of the country.

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This can’t be said enough, so I made a lovely image you should all share. #KillTheGaysPastor

Trump leads the party in getting everyone fired up about christian persecution and fear of immigrants. The tactics Republicans know work best are fear and hate, which are always easy to drum up in the uninformed collective that reside mostly in the bible belt. Republican candidates like Trump, Carson, Cruz, Bush, Rubio…. this is ridiculous, there’s too many to even name individually! The Republican “talent pool” definitely needs a good flush! Especially when each turd is a shoddy copy of the last, all repeating the same tired drivel we’ve been hearing over the last four years. Republicans are stuck in the past and demonstrating exactly the kind of future a christian America would be.

No more immigrants, we’re kicking everyone “foreign” out, we’re a christian nation and we say Merry Christmas dammit! Muslims are ticking timebombs, all too often literally! Christians are being persecuted in America, and it’s time we fought back! A christian America would throw up a thousand-mile border wall and close our doors to anyone different. A christian America alters public school history and science textbooks to cater to creationism and intelligent design while erasing evolution and slavery. They never tire of trying to take away women’s rights to safe and affordable health care. They’ll never stop signing into law bills that try to establish christianity as the religion of preference. These people are the least American Americans I’ve ever laid eyes on. In 2016, let’s make sure that none of these turds are elected and enforce their dangerous beliefs and agendas on the real American people.

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This can’t be shared enough. #RepublicanTalentPool

 Mitchell Olson is the author of the YA fantasy book series  Devil Ash Saga, currently available on Amazon. The third entry, Devil Ash Disarray, is available Dec. 25. When he’s not writing books, he’s co-hosting the Thought-Speak and Talking Evil Dead Podcasts. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.

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According to this Bishop, “oral sex is holy and a good thing”

Some of my favorite religious news topics have to do with religious leaders talking about sex. Generally, these articles take one of two positions: that sex is shameful, sinful and should be avoided as much as possible except for the purposes of procreation, or sex is meant to pleasure the man and becomes sinful if the woman enjoys it too much. Bishop Heward Mills provides us with a rare dose of sanity saying “oral sex is holy and a good thing.”

While I’m sure many members of his congregation are thrilled to learn they can spice things up in the bedroom without fear of eternal damnation, I can’t help but chuckle at the absurdity of this sermon. One thing I remember from my days of going to church is the sheer number of old people and prudes. People who blush if the hem of your skirt is higher than two inches below your knees who walk around with rules at dances reminding people to ‘leave room for the holy spirit,’ I have a hard time imagining a room full of those people listening to a sermon about oral sex.  Furthermore, with church generally being a family affair I can’t see parents being okay with their teenagers hearing talk of such things. Nonetheless, I appreciate this small step toward eliminating the guilt and shame religious people often associate with one of the most basic human instincts.

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The Problem With Putting ‘God Before Government’

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A pastor in the bible belt is seeking attention by flying a christian flag over the American flag outside his church. The move is obviously upsetting to many, who see it as disrespectful to basically every American. The pastor believes this gesture is necessary to combat our government’s growing oppressive attitude towards christians, reminding everyone that christians “serve god first” and not the governing institutions set up by man. He called on other churches and religious folk to join in the movement to put ‘god before government’, reminding his fellow christians that their imaginary friend always comes first: “God is first. If you’re a monotheist and you believe god is the highest authority, then you have to stop when any human authority tries to get you to dishonor that commitment to god.”

Putting god before government is the start of a very dangerous trend for American christians. Right now the movement calls for churches to fly christian flags over the American flag (and also to buy a flag pole if you don’t already have one because come on guys Jesus needs us!). And sure, it starts with lame nonaggressive gestures like raising their stupid flag first, but they’ll have to keep raising the stakes if they want to continue to draw people’s attention. But what happens when the peaceful phase of the movement fails to draw any responses? They could follow it up with a string of equally lame stints and allow the movement to die out quickly. That’s the likeliest option, and the one we should all hope for. But how long before one of the more extremist christians takes hold of the idea, god before government, and decides to take things to the next level: organized, premeditated acts of terrorism? By putting their religion above the law, which they feel is justified because “we’ve always been a christian nation”, it will only be a matter of time until we see the rise of a new extremist sect of christian warriors on a power trip.

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Just in time for the NRA to unveil their new logo.

Right now christians across America are crying out that they’re being discriminated against, that their religion is under attack from our own government, simply because a group they don’t like was given equal status finally. This happens every time new laws are created that help the struggling minorities of society: the churches push back, saying their being persecuted simply because we won’t allow them to get away with their discrimination anymore. If this is what they think “being under attack” looks like, imagine what they’ll say and do when we finally take away that tax-exempt status they’ve enjoyed taking advantage of for so long. Just watch this bigoted Senator from South Carolina freak the hell out over the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality and the removal of their precious confederate flag to see the maddening effects of equality on die-hard christians. Watching this publicly elected official speak reminds me: Religion is just a legal loophole that allows bigots to publicly express their hate and enforce it on others.

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Maybe its not a good idea letting this guy get near sharp objects like that sword…

I can imagine the “GBG” movement leaving the ineffective hands of the current out-of-touch pastors and church administrators and making the leap into dangerous extremism perpetrated by the bold new gun-and-bible toting, foreigner-hating, ‘Merica-lovin’, confederate flag flying, Supreme Court bashing, Republican bible belters. It’s hard to imagine a “christian ISIS” successfully forming within America, but that’s exactly what “god before government” would mean to a frightening amount of people. They already say “we answer to God, not the United States Government,” a solid foundation for any religious terrorist group to grow out of. They have even boldly claimed they’re willing to take up arms in defense of their religion. We just have to wait and see how far they’re really willing to take it.

It is my expert opinion that American christians are in desperate need of an attitude adjustment. I’ll get the ball rolling with a little creative re-imagining. In the meantime, how about we all make sure America doesn’t become a theocracy like so many christians feel it should be. We can start by fighting their hashtag God Before Government with our own.

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 #GodDontGovernMe

 Mitchell Olson is the author of the YA fantasy book series  Devil Ash Saga, currently available on AmazonWhen he’s not writing books, he’s hosting the Thought-Speak Podcast. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Marriage Equality Wins, Religion Throws a Fit

Marriage equality has come a long way in America. With the recent Supreme Court win, one would think the issue of marriage equality is settled and done with. Even with the majority of Americans in support of it, there are still some, and I’m sure you can guess who, that are opposed to the ruling. Some are even Presidential candidates! Oh how I wish it didn’t have to come to this, but we have to face the facts that even with the law on our sides, the religious right won’t go down without a fight. On the plus side, we all get to sit back and watch them scramble in the aftermath. Let the Great Christian Freakout commence!

In what should come as a surprise to no one, the group “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” (The religious “Legion of Doom” to the LGBT community’s “Super Friends”) released a manifesto condemning the dreaded gays. This is significant, I guess, because it urges the two christian communities to finally squash their beefs and join forces to fight against marriage equality, the all-consuming scourge of society and bringer of doom! Nothing gives christians the willies more than the sight of two men kissing, and they’re willing to go to great lengths to prove it.

“Make sure to tell them where they can and can’t put their genitals!”

These catholic and evangelical bigwigs are trying to crank the Fearometer™ up to eleven as they rehash the same old tired arguments against gay marriage with a bleak outlook on the future of our nation and society. Among their deeply-held beliefs is the notion that same-sex unions are a worse threat than divorce or cohabitation, and will lead to a moral dystopia in America and the persecution of traditional believers. How giving people equal rights is considered persecuting an unrelated group of people, I’ll never know. All because they decided their imaginary friend is more important than the rights of an entire group of real people.

“What the state defines as marriage no longer embodies God’s purposes in creation,” the group says in a statement reported by Baptist Press. “An easy acceptance of divorce damages marriage; widespread cohabitation devalues marriage. But so-called same-sex marriage is a graver threat, because what is now given the name of marriage in law is a parody of marriage. We are today urged to embrace an abstract conception of human nature that ignores the reality of our bodies. Human beings are no longer to be understood as either male or female.”

Basically their arguments amount to “Change is really really scary and wedontwanna!” They speak of the redefinition of marriage as if it were the apocalypse. They worry tremendously about what that will mean for their future, for as long as they continue to discriminate against the growing LGBT community with their shrinking numbers, they should be scared. Their so-called persecution is the fear of a legal system that will actually stand up for people’s rights and not allow any religious organizations to get away with discrimination any longer. There will come a day when appalling essays like theirs are considered flagrant hate speech. They fear the near future, when no one cares who’s gay and who’s not anymore.

Most importantly, the longer these christian institutions cling to their primitive beliefs, the more damage they inflict upon themselves. Same-sex unions are just the current hot item on the list of “things that christians think are destroying America”. “Gay marriage” is right up there with atheists on that list. A couple years ago it was inter-racial marriage, and now the fight for transgender rights is underway. Religions worldwide are dragging their feet against the changing times, refusing to admit that there’s anything wrong with being a happy lesbian, gay, bi, or transgender person, or why their right to marriage matters. As if someone’s sexual orientation is any of their business.

“But I’m one of the GOOD guys!”

What these people truly want the most is the right to discriminate freely. To openly belittle and disrespect any group they choose. Without that, any religion that refuses to blend with the changing societal norms will no longer belong in the modern society. In order to stay afloat they’ll need to keep homophobia and discrimination alive in an evolving society that realizes more and more people are gay, and it’s all working out okay. The religious agenda needs to look down on somebody, but the list of targets keeps shrinking every year as more and more people expand their minds and hearts and accept their fellow human beings the way they are: gay, straight, transgender, atheist, whatever. The labels assigned to us are as pointless as the titles given to anyone working for a church.

“I’m a level ten Cardinal.”

Though their manifesto may be condemning of the LGBT lifestyle, what it won’t offer is any sort of detailed plan of action to combat gay marriage. That’s because, realistically, there’s absolutely nothing they can do about it. It’s been legalized nationwide. More and more people are coming around to the realization that gay or straight, people are still people and there’s no need to hate each other for whomever they choose to love. Of course, that’s not the message that organized religion would have you believe. Check out this trailer for the new anti-gay documentary “Light Wins: How to Overcome the Criminalization of Christianity”.

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Ho-lee-SHIT do they hate the idea of two consenting adults of the same sex being romantically intimate! From the ominous opening music over – what else?- a bible quote: “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil”, equating gay love to damnation-inducing evil that will wipeout mankind. The talking heads that appear throughout the trailer attempt to scare the living shit out of everyone by making them think the gays are coming to kill us. That’s barely an exaggeration. If you’re in need of a good laugh, watch the trailer and see how desperate they appear to convince everyone that something malicious is happening here.

“Gay marriage”, or just marriage now, is a legal institution that serves to benefit everyone. But the religious right would have you believe it’s a “privilege” exclusive to religion, where the “sacred” one-man-one-woman law has always been in play and respectively upheld. Their sad, sick mindset won’t disappear from society soon enough. But if Presidential hopefuls like Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, or Rick Santorum are given a shot at running the country, you can bet that high on their to-do list will be finding a way to outlaw the freedoms we’ve all gained, and try to change the definition of marriage to one that would better serve their own theocratic agenda.

Let’s not let that happen.

 

 Mitchell Olson is the author of the YA fantasy book series  Devil Ash Saga, currently available on AmazonWhen he’s not writing books, he’s hosting the Thought-Speak Podcast. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Halal Sex Shop opens in Saudi Arabia

In a time and place where sexual repression is at an all time high, someone is opening a Halal Sex Shop. The sex shop will not sell sex toys or pornography as they are against Islam but will sell things that “increase feelings of sensuality and improve the atmosphere between the couple.” The store is planing to sell a total of 18 products and cater exclusively to Muslim clientele. This is a very timely event as clerics recently announced women should never deny their husbands sex. Hopefully, these products will make the experience more enjoyable for the women obligated to have sex whenever her husband wishes.

 

While I am all for sexual liberation and absolutely supportive of everyone’s right to a fulfilling sex life, I’m a little bit confused about this whole thing.  What exactly makes these products halal? It sounds like the store will carry scented candles, oils and creams. Although this isn’t the most exciting line up for a sex shop, at least we can rest assured that none of these products will cause any excessive physical damage to the preteen brides.

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5 Things That Christians Should Know

1)    Believing in a god does not make you a better person.

Some of the most evil, horrible people believe in a god. To quote Matthew McCormick, “Is it true that unless God exists, then no one would act in a morally decent, law abiding fashion? It’s hard to know what the critic is getting at if they say yes. They might be thinking that it’s only the fear of God or respect for God’s commandments that makes people behave themselves. But again, this is myopic. There have been billions of people in history who don’t believe, don’t know about, or who have taken no note of God in their deliberations, but they have behaved morally. So it’s not believing that God is present that keeps people in line. Whether God exists or not, there are people who think he does not and who behave morally. So it seems implausible that his existence or non existence makes any real difference in their behavior.”

2)    Morality does not come from God.

Morality is always subjective and circumstantial. Slavery was once accepted in parts of the western world and the Bible was used to show God’s support of slavery, however, we now know that slavery is immoral and we don’t own slaves. The Bible clearly approves of slavery in many passages, and it goes so far as to tell how to obtain slaves, how hard you can beat them, and when you can have sex with the female slaves. Our morality has evolved and has changed despite what your objective law giver prescribes, and we have proven that morality is subjective.

3)    Marriage was not invented by Christians or their god.

The first recorded evidence of marriage contracts and ceremonies dates to 4,000 years ago, in Mesopotamia. In ancient Rome, marriage was a civil affair governed by imperial law. But when the empire collapsed, in the 5th century, church courts took over and elevated marriage to a holy union. As the church’s power grew through the Middle Ages, so did its influence over marriage. In 1215, marriage was declared one of the church’s seven sacraments, alongside rites like baptism and penance. But it was only in the 16th century that the church decreed that weddings be performed in public, by a priest, and before witnesses.

4)    The Bible contains, at minimum, transcriptual errors.

For example, biblical scholar Gleason Archer has stated: “Even the earliest and best manuscripts that we possess are not totally free of transmissional errors. Numbers are occasionally miscopied, the spelling of proper names is occasionally garbled, and there are examples of the same types of scribal error that appear in other ancient documents as well.” Do copyists’ errors appear in other ancient documents, too? Most assuredly! Corruptions in the writings of the Greek classics are very common. Take, for instance, the secular works of Tacitus. They are known to contain at least one numerical error that Tacitean and classical scholars have acknowledged as a copyist’s mistake. These scholars recognize that at some point in history, a copyist accidentally changed a number (from CXXV to XXV). Why is it, then, that biblical critics will not recognize the same possibility when supposed discrepancies are found in the Bible? Just as those who copied secular historical documents sometimes misspelled names and numbers, scribes who copied the Bible from earlier texts occasionally made mistakes. The complexity of the Hebrew language and its alphabetic/numeric system no doubt served as an even greater challenge for the scribes. Bart Ehrman has a great speech on this very topic.

5)    Before attempting to convert anyone to Christianity or defend your theology in a debate, please have a working knowledge of what that actually entails.

You wouldn’t debate physics if you were not a physicist and you would not perform a surgery if you were not a surgeon, but you would if you were a creationist. There are many polls that suggest that Christians do not read their Bible. A poll over at Bible Gateway gives a rough estimate that 40% of Christians have never read the entire Bible.

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I would like to propose a 614th commandment—educate thyself.

-Aeolus

Aeolus is an avid atheist writer for Religion Hurts Humanity and Philosophical Atheism and founder of the satirical channel GodWorksOut. You can follow him on twitter @GodWorksOut and on his Youtube channel or connect with him at Facebook.com/AeolustheAtheist

 

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Ebo-LIE? No, but close…

As freethinkers, it is our responsibility to dispel rumors and confirm scientific discoveries using evidence, logic, and reason. Chances are you have seen the news and heard the exaggeration of the Ebola virus, especially since Nina Pham, the first nurse to contract Ebola in the U.S., is being moved to the NIH in Bethesda, MD. To quote The New Yorker,

At work here is the curiously divergent and inconsistent way most of us think about risk. As a myriad of studies have shown, we tend to underestimate the risk of common perils and overestimate the risk of novel events. We fret about dying in a terrorist attack or a plane crash, but don’t spend much time worrying about dying in a car accident. We pay more attention to the danger of Ebola than to the far more relevant danger of flu, or of obesity or heart disease. It’s as if, in certain circumstances, the more frequently something kills, the less anxiety-producing we find it.

What the writer of the article was reaching for is a cognitive bias known as Neglect of Probability. The truth is—it probably will not affect us that much.

Don’t go locking yourself away to hide from Ebola. Just keep washing your hands and pretty much doing what you’d normally do.

Despite the fear mongering on the news, Ebola is not airborne.

Which means it will not travel nearly as fast.

You are more likely to die by the flu. Did you get your flu shot?

Panicking has huge economic costs. The outbreak of SARS is estimated to have cost over $50 billion in damage to the global economy, but caused fewer than 800 deaths. This is why flights will continue.

Still worried? Ebola has killed approximately 6,000 in the past couple decades, but the flu kills more people than that every year. By the way, did you get your flu shot yet?

After sharing this information with my wife yesterday, her response was, “Yeah, but it is huge in Africa!” While the 2014 outbreak is the largest outbreak thus far, it still pales in comparison to Malaria (a treatable illness), which kills half a million Africans every year (or about 1 person every single minute).

Did you get your flu shot yet? Keep washing your hands.

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The agenda of all this propaganda is unclear at this time, but there definitely is one.

-Aeolus

Aeolus is an avid atheist writer for Religion Hurts Humanity and Philosophical Atheism and founder of the satirical channel GodWorksOut. You can follow him on twitter @GodWorksOut and on his Youtube channel or connect with him at Facebook.com/AeolustheAtheist

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Why are Atheists so Hostile?

In my interactions with atheists across various social media platforms, I have noticed that one group in particular tends to be more hostile in nature and least likely to extend acceptance. This group is none other than the group that I attribute myself to—atheists.

I suspect that atheists are more hostile to each other simply because there is no established common ground between them. Contrast this with Christians, who have an entire creed, holy text, or general idea that holds them together.

While atheists may have things in common, the only guaranteed thing we have in common is a lack of belief in a god(s). There is no clear-cut way to be an atheist. For example, think about how a pro-life Christian could say that a pro-choice Christian is immoral in the support of abortion because it is murder. Of course this circumstantial, as with most things, but atheists could be pro-life or pro-choice and neither side would be “wrong.” It is like that with most issues and I believe this creates a separation between atheists and it makes it harder for us to welcome other atheists into our social circle.

So what can we do about this? Well, the best place to start is with us. The problem with developing an atheist movement, which was said best by Richard Dawkins, is “organizing atheists has been compared to herding cats, because they tend to think independently and will not conform to authority.”

We live in a very special time where being an atheist is a thing that we can be proud of, a thing that makes us stand out. It will not always be this way. Eventually, being an atheist will be no more special than owning a computer. Despite that, I believe that we should still stand together and encourage others to live for that day because a world without religion is a better place for you, for me, and for our children.

I can drink to that.

-Aeolus

What do you think? Leave a comment and join in on the discussion!

Aeolus is an avid atheist writer for Religion Hurts Humanity and Philosophical Atheism and founder of the satirical channel GodWorksOut. You can follow him on twitter @GodWorksOut and on his Youtube channel or connect with him at Facebook.com/AeolustheAtheist

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Christians Just Don’t Get It

I have reason to believe that very few Christians remain, that actually believe the Bible is the Word of God and follow it wholeheartedly. If you really believed in God and Jesus you would follow his Word… unless subconsciously you don’t really believe it and go along with it because of tradition or fear of social stigma.

Here is a survey from American Bible, which shows how religiosity is declining in America.

The highlight from the survey is that Millenials are:

  • Less likely to view the Bible as sacred literature (64 percent in comparison to 79 percent of adults),
  • Less likely to believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to lead a meaningful life (35 percent in comparison to 50 percent of adults), and
  • More likely to never read the Bible (39 percent compared in comparison to 26 percent of adults).

Only 19% of those polled believe that the Bible is the Word of God and read it daily. I guess I was right.

Anyway, here are 5 important points about the “truth” of Christianity.

1) Christians Are Hypocrites

Here is a simple example. When Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” This was an important statement… remember it.

Many Christians will say (for the sake of simplicity I used homosexuality) homosexuality is a sin and they cannot advocate that behavior. To them I ask, have you been keeping the Sabbath day Holy? Chances are if you live in America you haven’t been… and that is a sin. You probably sin hundreds of times every Sabbath day because you are unfamiliar with the traditions and laws of the Sabbath. Instead of loving their neighbor the way they love themselves as Jesus said, Christians would rather condemn their fellow man to Hell.

And it makes no sense because…

2) There is no mention of Hell in the Bible

Indoctrinated Christians are going to say that Hell is real and it is in the Bible. While that is true, the King James Version of the Bible has 54 references to Hell. However, it is not the Hell that Christians preach, but they are all mostly mistranslations (or intentional ones). The English word Hell comes from comes from 3 words.

Tartaros/Tartaroo – “The deepest abyss of Hades” ^This word is the closest resemblance to the English depiction of Hell, but it is only used once. 2 Peter 2:4 is the only location it is used and it still doesn’t match up because the Bible says “the angels that are there are to be reserved unto judgment.” Meaning that this place is for angels and there is no mention of this place being reserved for man.

Sheol/Hades – “grave” or “the world of the dead” If you are very familiar with Greek mythology you will able to understand that these words simply meant a place where the dead dwell (no suffering mention or that is an actual physical realm). If you substitute “grave” or the “world of the dead” in everywhere this word is used it becomes apparent that the Bible is riddled with mistranslations.

Hinnom/Gehenna – A literal valley outside of Jerusalem where animal carcasses were tossed and burned. This is also the place where the Jews sacrificed children in their idolatrous days. The mention of the valley of Ben-hinnom was usually to scare children back onto the right path. Because it was basically a garbage dump, there were always flames burning and worms (maggots) feasting on dead flesh. From the understanding of these words we can understand that the idea of Hell was added much later as a part of Christian doctrine.

Which is interesting because…

3) Religion is Used to Control the Masses

In America—the U.S. especially—religion is a tax free enterprise that is basically a free for all. Politicians give tax breaks to churches and in return the churches give money and support to politicians. Using religion to rally support for political figures is nothing new. This has been going on for centuries. In fact, religion was designed to focus the people’s attention on a single, unchanging, uncompromising, and invisible Supreme Being who created an inferior race just for some extra companionship (and love for himself). Then supposedly foisted a set of oppressive and in some cases arbitrary rules on them, which if broken would be met with unimaginable punishment (which as we already discussed is a completely fabricated illusion).

This keeps the followers in a continuing state of fear and compliance. They are afraid to question the intentions of this invisible being and they are afraid of even expressing their own individuality in many cases. Christians (and others) are taught that they have virtually no power to do anything except pray, worship, and do good deeds. This mindset enables those in power to maintain and exert this power while the powerless feel unable to enact a change.

And this is sad because…

4) Religion has Been used to Engage in some of the Most Horrendous Acts

Were you taught about Pope John XII who became the Pope at the age of 18 while he was still the secular prince of Rome? He is most known for hacking off his opponents’ limbs and allegedly being murdered by enraged husband caught him having sex with his wife (needless to say he was a whore). Or what about Pope Urban II called upon the Franks to invade the more civilized Muslim world, which began five centuries of warfare?

During this time, not only did the Christian church become an ally of murderous kings and rogue princes, but also they directed the crusaders to plunder and murder for God. In the 14th century the anti-scientific, anti-intellectual, and especially the anti-medicinal hostility of the church allowed the plague to decimate Europe.

I haven’t even mentioned the Book Burners for Christ in the 16th century, the Inquisition, or the trying and burning of witches in the 17th century. I also didn’t mention the Christian churches willingness to endorse slavery, racism, and the subordination of women. In the 20th century, the church allied itself with fascism and opposed the advances of science and personal freedom. To add insult to injury, Adolf Hitler, a Roman Catholic, was never excommunicated for causing the death of millions whereas Martin Luther was excommunicated for his criticism of the papal system! In the present day, the church is still against personal freedom and homosexuality, even while pedophilia rocks the church. According to Reuters, quote dates June 9, 2002, “The Roman Catholic Church has removed 218 priests from their positions this year because of child sexual abuse allegations, but at least 34 known offenders remain in church jobs.” The church also continues to rally support against gay marriage donating millions of dollars to fight the establishment of the legality of same sex marriages in several states. The church continues to declare itself as anti-abortion and anti-birth-control.

The sad fact here is that I only listed atrocities committed by Christianity. When considering the whole spectrum of religious beliefs and practices, one would be disgusted and disappointed that we have allowed humanity to institute these horrors (if you aren’t already).

And it will continue because…

5) Christians Fail to Educate Themselves

Not only do Christians fall in the anti-intellectual trappings of the church, but also most Christians cannot name the 10 commandments. Most Christians don’t even realize that there are 613 commandments. Most Christians don’t even realize do not follow their savior, Jesus Christ, or his teachings, but instead follow the ways of the “god of this world”—the very one they preach against. If Christians read their Bibles and discovered the barbarism, misogyny, and immorality of the Old Testament and the lack of substance of the New Testament—outside of Christ’s fictional narrative—and the corruption and perversion of a belief in god with religion… Christians might rethink their positions.

*Closing*

This video is not to debate, dissuade, or allude to the non-existence of a god; however, it is a call to action to reconsider what you believe and what you hold dear. Religion is used for the most atrocious of all acts—the devaluation of your fellow man. Religion, the supposed foundation of morality, has been proven to be a fraud time and time again. Nothing can be done to erase the unspeakable history of Christianity, but through education we stand a chance of reversing the nature of religion.

This is your call to action…

Will you be one of those who will simply watch this video and dismiss it? Or will you make your contribution to humanity by sharing this video, liking this video, and spreading the word?

This is the true gospel, the good news. There is no hell. There is no god to fear. There is only freedom.

-Aeolus

Aeolus is an avid atheist writer for Religion Hurts Humanity and Philosophical Atheism and founder of the satirical channel GodWorksOut. You can follow him on twitter @GodWorksOut and on his Youtube channel or connect with him at Facebook.com/AeolustheAtheist

 

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Poll Claims Percentage of Pro-Life Voters at All-Time High

A newly released survey conducted between June 30th, and July 1st, claims that Americans who identify as pro-life are at an all time high. The poll by Rasmussen Reports says that 44 percent of voters are pro-life; previously American pro-life voters ranged between 35 and 43 percent of the population. The poll also claims that pro-choice Americans have decreased in number from 56 percent in March of 2013 to 48 percent currently. Others remain undecided on the issue.

According to Rasmussen Reports, many Americans call themselves pro-choice, but actually have pro-life opinions when asked about abortion in general terms. “Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters now consider abortion to be morally wrong most of the time, up slightly from 49% in March but also the highest finding since August 2012. Thirty-two percent (32%) believe abortion is morally acceptable in most cases, while 16% are undecided,” the Rasmussen report said.

Other statistics from the survey include the following:

  • 39 percent of voters believe abortions are too easily accessible in the United States.
  • 49 percent of Americans said there should be a waiting period to get an abortion.
  • 44 percent of respondents agreed with banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • 71 percent of respondents who identified as Evangelical Christians were pro-life.
  • 64 percent of voters said that abortion affects how they will vote in the next election.

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I am still unsure how you can be so anti-humanity and claim to be pro-life.

-Aeolus

Aeolus is an avid atheist writer for Religion Hurts Humanity and Philosophical Atheism and founder of the satirical channel GodWorksOut. You can follow him on twitter @GodWorksOut and on his Youtube channel.

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