The irony of religion is that because of its power to divert man to destructive courses, the world could actually come to an end. The plain fact is, religion must die for mankind to live. The hour is getting very late to be able to indulge having in key decisions made by religious people. By irrationalists, by those who would steer the ship of state not by a compass, but by the equivalent of reading the entrails of a chicken. George Bush prayed a lot about Iraq, but he didn't learn a lot about it. Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith, and enable and elevate it are intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction. Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do. Most people would think it's wonderful when someone says, "I'm willing, Lord! I'll do whatever you want me to do!" Except that since there are no gods actually talking to us, that void is filled in by people with their own corruptions and limitations and agendas. And anyone who tells you they know, they just know what happens when you die, I promise you, you don't. How can I be so sure? Because I don't know, and you do not possess mental powers that I do not. The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble, and that's what man needs to be, considering that human history is just a litany of getting shit dead wrong. This is why rational people, anti-religionists, must end their timidity and come out of the closet and assert themselves. And those who consider themselves only moderately religious really need to look in the mirror and realize that the solace and comfort that religion brings you comes at a horrible price. If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you'd resign in protest. To do otherwise is to be an enabler, a mafia wife, for the true devils of extremism that draw their legitimacy from the billions of their fellow travelers. If the world does come to an end here, or wherever, or if it limps into the future, decimated by the effects of religion-inspired nuclear terrorism, let's remember what the real problem was. We learned how to precipitate mass death before we got past the neurological disorder of wishing for it. That's it. Grow up or die.
Having a discussion yesterday that started with my father asking me "A Question" Sure Dad. "When are you and Cody getting married, you've been divorced for a while now." A) Whenever we damn well please! B) What does being divorced have to do with marriage... It has everything not to do with marriage! This led to a rather assertive religious discussion on my end. Father- "You know if the bishop finds out your living with him he'll excommunicate you." GOOD, that will save me the trouble of writing a letter then. "What?" Ya... I don't believe in the church dad... If there was a God he wouldn't approve of the church. To have a church/organization with the name of Christ is an insult to him, it's a total hypocrisy. No organization of men can all be Christ like. That's a personal journey and you will screw it up on the way. Organizing people together is the worse possible way to be Christian. The Nazi didn't start out to kill Jews and to hurt any number of other persons. No, no. No Organization can be perfect like Christ so give it up. Do it on your own! I believe being a better person will reward you in this life if nothing else. I will be writing my letter at work tonight and also looking up how exactly to submitted it and to whom. FUCK THE 'SAINTS' OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS! FUCK EM!