The story of Noah…or My Genocidal Rage- by Yaweh!

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Posted: 04/01/2014 8:53 am EDT Updated: 04/01/2014 8:59 am EDT

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One of the persistent criticisms of the so-called New Atheists — Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, et al. — is that many of their arguments, although directed against religious belief in general, are really relevant only for fundamentalists. Sure, if you interpret the Bible literally, God comes across as a homicidal, genocidal, misogynistic monster, but this crude understanding of scripture is held only by ignorant believers, who, at most, constitute a substantial minority of the faithful. Therefore, the New Atheists present a distorted view of religion and show little understanding of the mindset of “moderate” religionists. The moderate religionists do not believe the Bible provides us with a literally true history of ancient times, nor do they regard the Bible, in particular the Old Testament, as providing an accurate conception of God and God’s relationship to humanity.

Mmm, OK. Well, now there’s the perfect opportunity for all those moderate religious leaders, including presumably Pope “Who am I to judge?” Francis, to publicize their rejection of the simplistic, literal interpretation of scripture. They can discuss the story of Noah and God’s destruction of the world by flood, and in doing so they can repudiate the depiction of God that’s set forth in this story.

The recently released film Noah, starring, among others, Russell Crowe, is being marketed aggressively and is receiving wide publicity. Millions of people will be watching it across the world. Although the film deviates from the biblical version in some details, the key parts of the story are represented just as they are related in Genesis: God kills most humans and (non-marine) animals by causing them to drown. He does so because he is angered by the wickedness of most humans. Noah, his immediate family, and representatives of the various animal species are spared. In their publicity, the makers of the film assure us that they have tried to stay true to the values of a story that is a “cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.” Having seen the movie, I think the filmmakers have stayed true to those values. It is also undoubtedly true that the Noah story, with its accompanying values, is a “cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.” The problem is these values are morally repugnant.

Let’s not mince words: if the story of the Flood is to be believed, God is a moral monster. To say his response to the alleged wickedness of humans is disproportionate is a gross understatement. Moreover, God engages in conduct that we would expect from the worst dictators, namely collective punishment that sweeps in the innocent along with the guilty. Children, presumably, were among those drowned (unless we assume that wicked adults had no offspring) as were most all of the animals, who bore no responsibility whatsoever for the misdeeds of humans. Intentionally drowning a kitten is conduct we’d expect of some psychopathic juvenile, not a loving deity.

For those who accept the truth of scripture, the “lessons” of Noah are that violence and destruction are perfectly acceptable means of addressing problems, human rights (let alone animal rights) are an illusion, and power is ultimately what counts. God could destroy humanity and all animal life because — well, who’s going to try to stop him?

Anyway, now that Noah is on the minds of many, it’s an opportune time for all those moderate religious leaders to set the record straight. Indeed, one would think these religious leaders would feel obliged to repudiate the literal interpretation of the biblical story, lest the faithful misapprehend the true nature of God. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing for the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and other respected leaders to issue a joint statement declaring the Noah story to be a pernicious fable, not to be taken seriously by believers today? This would be morally edifying, and, of course, would put those coarse New Atheists in their place.

But we know this is not going to happen. Of course, there are many religious people, including some religious leaders, who do not interpret scripture literally. They don’t believe that Adam and Eve were the first humans, that God expelled us from Eden, that God destroyed the world by flood, that Noah built an ark that somehow housed representatives of all the animal species, and so on. They do not accept the Bronze Age myths found in the Bible. However, unless they are leaders of denominations which have expressly moved away from reliance on scripture (e.g., the Unitarians) religious leaders generally keep quiet about their skepticism. Because the dirty little secret of moderate religious leaders is that their authority ultimately depends on the continued loyalty of the naïve believer, that is, the person who does accept these Bible stories more or less at face value, and it would not be prudent to have these believers begin to doubt scripture. Once one begins to cast doubt on the veracity of biblical accounts, it’s hard to know where to draw the line. It’s one thing to be skeptical of the Noah story, but Moses? And what of Jesus and the Resurrection? And what happens when believers stop relying on holy writ entirely and actually use reasons and facts to come to an understanding of their world and their moral obligations? Without the authority of scripture to legitimize their positions, religious leaders are out of business.

So best keep silent about some of the absurdities and embarrassments in the Bible. Oh, you can have some learned theologians write essays criticizing the New Atheists for their unsophisticated understanding of religion, waxing eloquent about how the Bible is only metaphor, and how God is not a personal deity but the ground of all Being, but for the ordinary believer, mum’s the word. Shh! It’s movie time. Pass the popcorn — and the collection plate.

-As a ‘New Atheist’ I believe that if cherry-picking the Bible is in order then people need to invent a new god. This current mythology doesn’t seem to work for the PC masses of today. They find the genocidal rages, the misogyny, the support of slavery and the call for believers to commit murder kind of distasteful to their current beliefs.   

Hi God!!

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Hey God!

Me again. I forgot to thank you today for inflicting your plan on the Washington mud slide victims of all ages, including a baby, that was creative! Let’s not forget the 200+ victims of flight 370. Hey, your loyal follower Jane says hi and thanks for the uterine cancer to strengthen her faith in you even though she probably won’t survive it, there’s that, mmmhmmm. I saw the most inspiring thing the other day at the children’s hospital, a mother wheeling around her critically ill toddler in a wagon while holding your word in her other hand, thanks for not disclosing your plan to THAT person! Hey it’s all part of your grand plan man! You got a plan Homie! There’s just that TINY part of not telling those that you inflict it upon that bothers me, I dunno, call it a respect thing if you will. I didn’t walk up to an old lady, whop her upside the head and run so I wuz thinkin’ that you probably shouldn’t either…juuuust sayin.’ God?? God? Are you listening? Hmmm, sometimes I get the feeling that you just don’t exist!

Love and respect

Me.

Honest Atheism

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I would like to begin this post with a heartfelt thank you to the Four Horsemen, Hitchens, Dennett, Dawkins and Harris for making my journey to out atheist a wonderful experience. I am normally a very outspoken person who has received negative feedback in the past for telling the truth and take heart in seeing others unabashedly challenge the status PC quo.  As a younger man, I used to be very introverted and quiet about my opinions and would retreat if a strong personality disagreed with me. I joined the Army many years ago and was molded slowly form a scared child into a very muscular, self-sufficient and confident adult who quickly adopted an ‘I don’t give a fuck what you think’ attitude toward overbearing assholes. My drill sergeant was very fond of saying ‘I calls it like I sees it, ‘ and I found a courage and commitment toward the truth in those words. My shyness melted away and I learned to temper my attitude for fighting for honesty in my arguments. I attended debate classes and argued with different people on political subjects usually winning due to an affinity for common sense answers.

The sad truth is that the disease of PC is spreading like wildfire especially in the liberal communities where it all began. The senseless notion that all speech should not be heated and should be carefully worded so as not to offend anyone lest their virgin fucking ears explode into flame defies logic! We are being trained as a society to be passive and to lack passion and conviction by the dummying down of our school system and the constant barrage of stupid peripheral issues meant to divide our concentration. The common sense that our grandparents wielded on a daily basis has now become what I call ‘Uncommon Sense’ because so many people today lack this simple ability! Rather than meet in the middle, people would rather divide on small political issues while the 1% grow exponentially watching our idiocy. Example, the welfare sandwich. The rich orchestrating the sandwiching of the middle class between social and corporate welfare. We get to work our asses off paying for both and grow weaker by the fiscal year. More and more people are afraid to stand up to this oppression because of the threat of losing that which they worked so hard to achieve, stability for their families.

Normally when the rich abuse their power so blatantly, the public rises up and cuts all of their fucking heads off ala French Revolution, but today we have a weakened populace that features about 100 million people on welfare and growing and corporate taxes decreasing yearly as THEY hold wage earners hostage as well! One of the byproducts of all of this is  convincing people that they need to watch every word that they say and create euphemisms for existing terms.  Imagine the confusion and angst that this causes, having to weigh everything that comes out of your mouth because society now consists of thin skin panty waste idiots who take offense to the smallest perceived insult!

Honesty is becoming a thing of the past and this blogger will resist until the very end. If I have to bounce from place to place in order to tell the truth, then I am sure as Hell ready and will not let the threat of being financially ruined stand in the way! Social pressure can be a good thing when used in small increments, but when exuded from every pore of humanity becomes like arsenic in the water supply, or better yet, lithium! The great ‘Horsemen’ did not let the disease of PC infect the truths that they spoke and printed, they became self sufficient and continued hurting the feelings of the bastard children of the euphemistic age! Please see The great George Carlin’s hilarious rant on political correctness and euphemistic language.

I sat down the other day at my local Starbucks and had nothing to do for several hours so I started writing. As the hours passed I turned out eight complete pages of article worthy material that will follow this post. I then decided to follow those who I respect the most and write a book about atheism. This book will not spare any religious feelings just as The God Delusion and god is NOT Great did not either. Hitchens, Harris, Dennett and Dawkins did NOT gain their  reputations by dabbling in PC feelings sparing bullshit, they went right into the fray and challenged every notion held by the religious leaders of our time. They were confident, assertive, acerbic, unabashed and honest in an age where sheep follow the yellow line into the slaughter house! I shall carry the legacy of the horsemen on right in the face of these pablum puking milquetoast idiots who seem to believe that the best way to win a fight is to drop your shields! Hitchens didn’t become an icon by playing nice, he did it with cutting honesty. The notion of having to break a few eggs to make an omelet was true then and remains so today and I intend to eventually go toe to toe with the famous apologists of this time and have been inspired to do so by brave men who used their voices against popular demand. 

Look for more posts and links to other social media sites as I gain popularity on the atheist scene. I am not doing this because I wish to be lauded, I do it to further the cause of honesty, reason and logic and to staunch the retardation of science in the public schools while assisting people in throwing off the shackles of political correctness, or as I call it, ‘Nouveau Nazism. Be genteel but do not sacrifice your soul to do so. Do not go out of your way to be insulting but if the truth hurts then there is a good reason why feelings are hurt. People who are dishonest do not like to hear the truth or be singled out and exposed. Until the next post, thank you for your attention to my little corner of reason and peace to all in a reasonable world of the future!

Agnostics- “Atheists without balls.” -John Stewart

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I often wonder, in my tiny scientific mind, why the major religions are not concerned over the growing tide of agnosticism in the civilized world. Every year hundreds of thousands of people who do not buy into Bronze-Age mythology identify themselves as ‘Agnostic.’ These people describe themselves as spiritual but not aligned with any religious belief. When I speak at length with agnostics, I find that they do not really believe in any of man’s suppositions and dogma, just in the tenets of being good to each other, and that they don’t know for certain that there are absolutely no higher beings. These folks state VERY often that they do not buy the bullshit that Christianity, Judaism or Islam is trying to sell them. They stay in the eaves awaiting PROOF that any of these myths has basis and do not hold out any hope that the GOD or GODS of Abraham are true in any form.

The comedian John Stewart calls them atheists without balls because these people do not believe in any GODS, but are still spiritual in soul and doubtful of mans deist construct; Yaweh. Now if I sat on the Golden Throne like the Pope, or had power in the other mythological bastions of Christian power, than I would be very afraid of these rabble rousers! They DON’T believe in the LORD THY MYTH! Don’t be comforted by people that claim to be ‘spiritual’ because all that they are saying is that they haven’t taken the final step to non-belief, but most of them eventually will! Why? Because they really don’t believe in GOD and you christians goddamned well know it, so put the atheist numbers at more like 40% of the civilized population! Agnostics DON’T believe in your god! Don’t you get it? I fucking LOVE that so many people say that they are agnostic, because they are really saying that they don’t buy the defined GOD thing! OUTSTANDING! We have actually won the numbers game due to the fact that more than 50% of the population of the civilized world will actually not take their commands from the tower of complete myth and superstition! 

These people will finally admit that they adhere to a moral policy because it is the right thing to do and not because a foolish piece of shit mythological Bible tells them what to do! The Christian God is one of the most amoral, savage, barbaric throwback redneck myths to follow if there ever was one! The smart people claim agnosticism because they can’t believe the simple minded savagery of the God of Abraham! Advanced people will abandon this stupid redneck throwback god due to the lack of scientific evidence and will be better because of it. God does not exist and neither does the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus! Get off of it Christians and others, you have lost! The agnostics are the future atheists! 

Praise Black Jesus!!

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My dilemma with the whole religion thing is that the civilized world cannot even settle on the COLOR of Christ but claims the right to declare Him a real person! The Mormons( that fucking cult ), believe that Jesus was as white as a lily but was born in the Middle East. Most white christians believe in the white Jesus as he was distanced from the traditional Hebrew for the supposed crime of killing Christ. This is, of course, absurd in that if you were born to the Middle Eastern region then you would posses negroid features typical of the region. The bible does not say anything about Jesus being of mixed race so that argument would not apply. Joseph was NOT a mailman from Duluth, he was from the region, so Jesus was technically BLACK!

Get it through yer heads folks, your Lord and Saviour is of a race that you reviled in the past and white Jesus was manufactured to appeal to WHITE PEOPLE! This persists today and further invalidates the claims that the historical Jesus was in fact a real person! How do idiots maintain that they can minister to atheists when they don’t even know the race of JESUS?! They can’t! Atheists tend to know their bibles MUCH better than christians and end up beating the believer down with their own bible! I have read the bible many times with explanations of the passages and THIS is what lead me to be an atheist. I could not fathom the fact that I, a mere mortal, had a much higher moral fiber and standing than the God that I was supposed to believe in! I have never condoned or promoted rape, genocide, child murder, etc. I would NEVER sit by and let kids die of cancer or other diseases if I had the magical powers to cure them, I’m just not that barbaric and selfish! 

If there happened to be a GOD, then he should be removed from godhood for incompetence and ignorance! The thought of an omnipotent being who would sit on his all-powerful hands just pisses me off and stirs me to stick with the here and now and not put my faith in fairies. Fuck fairies! Peter Pan can choke on his fucking poison for all I give a shit! Click yer fucking heels and wish for a cure for cancer bitches! I am 99% sure that gods are fiction so I’m comfortable. Christians are arrogant enough to say that they are 100% sure that their fuckup of a god exists, but as an atheist, I must leave a margin open for the unknown. Theists are very small minded and choose to believe that the 1% includes a fairie with a fucking beard! The Romans, Greeks, Sumerians, Etruscans, etc ALL believed in this primitive ape-like shit so they are bedfellows! In other words, just as backward as these ancient peoples. 

As the Christ-Mass season approaches I will, like Ricky Bobby, pray to the Lord Baby Jesus that these deluded crazy folk wake up and get some common sense and start helping people because it’s the right thing to do, not because if they don’t, they will ‘go to a lake of fire and fry’ as Nirvana used to sing before Kurt Cobain went to Hell by committing suicide! Personally, I believe that he blew his brains out because he realized that he had to spend his life screwing that crack-whore Courtney Fuck! Muslims however, worship the black god as is real! They also adhere to the old Hebrew practice of fucking little boys and goats too! Praise Jaysus!!  Anywhooo, praise Black Jesus this Solstice Season and peace to my fellow blog runners!

Happy Festivus!!

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Fox News-led War on Christmas™ made its way into the studios of Fox News itself, with Gretchen Carlson, Catholic League president Bill Donohue, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach tag-teaming American Atheists president David Silverman over some rather unique displays being put up in state capitals across the country; one a Satanist display, the other a Festivus pole made of beer cans.

Carlson found them unbelievably offensive, asking, “Are we making a mockery of everything regarding Christianity in this society?” Boteach found it ridiculous and offensive, arguing that there is no imposition of religious worship in the United States, while Silverman argued it should never be the place for the government to take sides.

Silverman asserted there’s a right to a Satanic display, but Donohue actually made the argument that the First Amendment “is contidioned on time, place, and manner,” and even went so far as to compare it to the KKK demonstrating on Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Neo-Nazis showing up on Yom Kippur.

Carlson found the beer-can Festivus pole to be so outrageous, saying she doesn’t want to tell her kids, “There’s baby Jesus behind the Festivus pole made out of beer cans!” Silverman insisted the season does not belong to Christians alone, and when Donohue called him out for quoting the Bible, he shot back, “I can cite it better than you.”

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Spreading the love to The Vatican

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By Sam Harris

I confess that, as a critic of religion, I have paid too little attention to the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Frankly, it always felt unsportsmanlike to shoot so large and languorous a fish in so tiny a barrel. This scandal was one of the most spectacular “own goals” in the history of religion, and there seemed to be no need to deride faith at its most vulnerable and self-abased. Even in retrospect, it is easy to understand the impulse to avert one’s eyes: Just imagine a pious mother and father sending their beloved child to the Church of a Thousand Hands for spiritual instruction, only to have him raped and terrified into silence by threats of hell. And then imagine this occurring to tens of thousands of children in our own time—and to children beyond reckoning for over a thousand years. The spectacle of faith so utterly misplaced, and so fully betrayed, is simply too depressing to think about.

But there was always more to this phenomenon that should have compelled my attention. Consider the ludicrous ideology that made it possible: The Catholic Church has spent two millennia demonizing human sexuality to a degree unmatched by any other institution, declaring the most basic, healthy, mature, and consensual behaviors taboo. Indeed, this organization still opposes the use of contraception, preferring, instead, that the poorest people on earth be blessed with the largest families and the shortest lives. As a consequence of this hallowed and incorrigible stupidity, the Church has condemned generations of decent people to shame and hypocrisy—or to Neolithic fecundity, poverty, and death by AIDS. Add to this inhumanity the artifice of cloistered celibacy, and you now have an institution—one of the wealthiest on earth—that preferentially attracts pederasts, pedophiles, and sexual sadists into its ranks, promotes them to positions of authority, and grants them privileged access to children. Finally, consider that vast numbers of children will be born out of wedlock, and their unwed mothers vilified, wherever Church teaching holds sway—leading boys and girls by the thousands to be abandoned to Church-run orphanages only to be raped and terrorized by the clergy. Here, in this ghoulish machinery set to whirling through the ages by the opposing winds of shame and sadism, we mortals can finally glimpse how strangely perfect are the ways of the Lord.

In 2009, The Irish Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (CICA) investigated such of these events as occurred on Irish soil. Their report runs to 2,600 pages. Having read only an oppressive fraction of this document, I can say that when thinking about the ecclesiastical abuse of children, it is best not to imagine shades of ancient Athens and the blandishments of a “love that dare not speak its name.” Yes, there have surely been polite pederasts in the priesthood, expressing anguished affection for boys who would turn 18 the next morning. But behind these indiscretions there is a continuum of abuse that terminates in utter evil. The scandal in the Catholic Church—one might now safely say the scandal that is the Catholic Church—includes the systematic rape and torture of orphaned and disabled children. Its victims attest to being whipped with belts and sodomized until bloody—sometimes by multiple attackers—and then whipped again and threatened with death and hell fire if they breathed a word about their abuse. And yes, many of the children who were desperate or courageous enough to report these crimes were accused of lying and returned to their tormentors to be raped and tortured again.

The evidence suggests that the misery of these children was facilitated and concealed by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church at every level, up to and including the prefrontal cortex of the current Pope. In his former capacity as Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict personally oversaw the Vatican’s response to reports of sexual abuse in the Church. What did this wise and compassionate man do upon learning that his employees were raping children by the thousands?  Did he immediately alert the police and ensure that the victims would be protected from further torments? One still dares to imagine such an effulgence of basic human sanity might have been possible, even within the Church. On the contrary, repeated and increasingly desperate complaints of abuse were set aside, witnesses were pressured into silence, bishops were praised for their defiance of secular authority, and offending priests were relocated only to destroy fresh lives in unsuspecting parishes. It is no exaggeration to say that for decades (if not centuries) the Vatican has met the formal definition of a criminal organization, devoted not to gambling, prostitution, drugs, or any other venial sin, but to the sexual enslavement of children.

Consider the following passages from the CICA report:

7.129 In relation to one School, four witnesses gave detailed accounts of sexual abuse, including rape in all instances, by two or more Brothers and on one occasion along with an older resident. A witness from the second School, from which there were several reports, described being raped by three Brothers: ‘I was brought to the infirmary…they held me over the bed, they were animals….They penetrated me, I was bleeding’. Another witness reported he was abused twice weekly on particular days by two Brothers in the toilets off the dormitory:

One Brother kept watch while the other abused me …(sexually)… then they changed over. Every time it ended with a severe beating. When I told the priest in Confession, he called me a liar. I never spoke about it again.

I would have to go into his …(Br X’s)… room every time he wanted. You’d get a hiding if you didn’t, and he’d make me do it …(masturbate)… to him. One night I didn’t …(masturbate him)… and there was another Brother there who held me down and they hit me with a hurley and they burst my fingers …displayed scar….

7.232 Witnesses reported being particularly fearful at night as they listened to residents screaming in cloakrooms, dormitories or in a staff member’s bedroom while they were being abused. Witnesses were conscious that co-residents whom they described as orphans had a particularly difficult time:

The orphan children, they had it bad. I knew …(who they were)… by the size of them, I’d ask them and they’d say they come from …named institution…. They were there from an early age. You’d hear the screams from the room where Br …X… would be abusing them.

There was one night, I wasn’t long there and I seen one of the Brothers on the bed with one of the young boys … and I heard the young lad screaming crying and Br …X… said to me “if you don’t mind your own business you’ll get the same”. … I heard kids screaming and you know they are getting abused and that’s a nightmare in anybody’s mind. You are going to try and break out. … So there was no way I was going to let that happen to me…. I remember one boy and he was bleeding from the back passage and I made up my mind, there was no way it …(anal rape)… was going to happen to me. … That used to play on my mind.

This is the kind of abuse that the Church has practiced and concealed since time out of memory. Even the CICA report declined to name the offending priests due to pressure from the Vatican. The cover-up of these atrocities continues.

I have been awakened from my unconscionable slumber on this issue by recent press reports (12345, & 6) and especially by the eloquence of my colleagues Christopher Hitchens (1234, & 5) and Richard Dawkins (1 & 2). Both have begun a public effort to make the Pope accountable for the Church’s complicity in these crimes. Here, I would like to announce that Project Reason, the foundation that my wife and I started to spread scientific thinking and secular values, has joined Hitchens and Dawkins (both of whom sit on our advisory board) in an effort to end the “diplomatic immunity” which the Vatican claims protects the Pope from any responsibility. We would greatly appreciate your support in this cause.  All donations are tax-deductible in the United States.

May 10, 2010

Update (August 7, 2011): Project Reason has sponsored Geoffrey Robertson’s, The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse.

Related Articles:

Eagleton, T. (2010). The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuses by Geoffrey Robertson The Guardian. (September 11).

Home, M. (2010). Author Sam Harris joins plot to have Pope arrested. The Sunday Times. (May 15).

 

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