I share 99% of my genes with chimps and gorillas – so do you!
I do not set out to promote hatred or disrespect. I set out to promote debate and stand up for freedom, equality and tolerance.
If you are of a religious persuasion and are easily upset by the outspoken views of a devout atheist and antitheist who believes all religion is medieval superstition then this is probably not your scene. If you proceed you will be offended. My advice is to stay out!
However, if you are religious and open-minded you may want to enter the debate.
If you are an atheist, antitheist, agnostic or couldn’t care less then you might find this interesting.
I wish nobody harm and would support your right to believe in whatever you want.
The one thing I know is that if there is a god then it must be me. I am the only thing I can be 100% sure exists.
If I had been born in Pakistan I’d believe in Mohamed, in Louisiana it would be Jesus and in India I would have believed in Shiva, Ganesh and the rest.
Fortunately my parents did not indoctrinate me with their views. I am sceptical about everything. As far as I’m concerned all religion is based on superstition. All religions will die away. We’ve already forgotten Baal, Isis, Zeus and a hundred thousand others that were all equally believed to be the answer.
We create religion because we are trying to understand the wondrous universe, our short lives and to come to terms with death. We are programmed to try to understand and find answers.
There are no answers. There are not even any questions.
The Earth is not flat; it is a sphere.
We live on a tiny planet in an outer spiral of a small galaxy called the Milky Way. Our sun is one of trillions of stars in our small galaxy. There are trillions of galaxies many of which are much bigger than ours.
I find it a trifle arrogant to suggest that anyone is part of a small tribe that God chose to speak to and created the whole universe for their benefit. That is clearly bollocks. Though to the indoctrinated it makes perfect sense.
I believe that the setting up of religious schools, madrassas and any other means of indoctrinating children is child abuse.
I do not attack your faith – I attack your religion.
Faith is a personal thing.
I regard all faiths as primitive superstition for those unable to accept reality.
I respect your right to believe whatever you wish.
I will attack your desire to impose your beliefs on others.
I urge that you argue your case with passion!
I will passionately oppose your misogyny, sexism, racism, arrogance and irrationality.
I want the women in my world as equals.
I do not want women consigned to life behind prison walls of cloth or brick, seeing life through a restricted slit, unable to drive, denied a vote and subject to different laws.
Women have beautiful bodies and minds. I want them able to run, breathe and help direct the world as equals.
I believe in equality.
We are all equally important regardless of gender, race, intelligence, disability or colour.
We are alive and we can contribute.
No one is the chosen one of any fictitious god.
I believe in the Big Bang and science.
I have grown up and put fairy tales behind me.
It seems laughable to me to believe that any god waited four billion years to reveal himself to a bunch of primitive, semi-illiterate tribes living in the wilderness in the Middle East, India or anywhere else on this jewel of a planet.
I do not believe in the wisdom of the ancients.
Our ancestors were equally intelligent but they lacked knowledge, scientific method, technology and the understanding all that brings.
They were ignorant.
There is little that we have to learn from them.
Their intuitive introspection has been superseded and proved erroneous.
So Oph Why are you so angry?
I am angry at anyone or any doctrine that causes young baby girls to scream as their genitals are mutilated with blunt razor blades
I am angry over any doctrine that brainwashes young kids.
I am angry because I hear of brutal sadistic Shia thugs torturing and slaughtering Sunni’s in the name of God.
I am angry because I hear of brutal sadistic Sunni thugs torturing and slaughtering Shia’s in the name of God.
I am furious that islamist barbarians hacking off the heads of innocent Christians.
I am furious because I hear of pogroms, crusades, inquisitions, and genocides in the name of fictitious Gods.
I am furious every time I see women in sacks, with no rights, not able to vote, drive or go out of the house.
I am furious when I hear of idiots talking about an after-life when there is no evidence of any God, after-life or religious purpose. It is all farcically fanciful.
I am furious when I think how much progress has been held back by the idiocy of religion.
I am furious when I think of Persia – the seat of civilisation, agriculture, writing and maths – stultified into the dark ages for 1500 years because of religion.
I am infuriated when I hear bigoted immigrant newcomers to my country telling me my ways are wrong and that they want to impose what I consider to be primitive barbaric laws on me and my family.
I am furious when I hear of primitive cultures, hidebound, bereft of ideas, rejecting all western values and progress, yet quite happy to use western products such as Kalashnikovs, high explosives and electric lights when it suits them.
I am indescribably incensed by the idiocy of religions promoting large families and opposing contraception when the world population is 7 billion and growing, swamping ecosystems, consuming finite resources at an alarming rate, creating mass extinctions and altering the whole balance of the biosphere.
I am furious at the thought that people can be persecuted, threatened and even tortured and killed for daring to speak out against the insanity of religion.
So what are you happy with Oph?
I am happy to believe that humans are capable of using their intelligence for the good of all living creatures and themselves.
I am happy when I see people smiling, helping one another and caring for other living things.
I am happy when I hear of people opposing cruelty, conserving nature, and using their intelligence.
I am happy when I see beauty, hear beauty, taste beauty and touch beauty.
I am happy when I love and am loved.
I am happy when we are in harmony with the world.
I am an extremely tolerant easy going individual. I do not want everyone to think like me. I am appalled by the mess we have made in the world and I hold religion, politics and greed to be the worst culprits. I am perfectly happy for people to believe whatever daft rubbish they want as long as they do not try to shove it down anyone else’s throat or get shirty when someone points out that it’s bollocks.
This is a blog for the future.
The wisdom of the ancients:
Seemingly earthquakes in Japan are created by a gigantic underground catfish bashing its tail around. There is a monk in a temple looking after a huge rock which is pressed on the catfish to keep it still. Ho hum.