Why Christians Are So Afraid of the Truth

I have been watching the episode of Star Trek: Voyager “Distant Origin.”  It’s pretty good stuff.  Sure, the metaphor of the episode to modern religion is a little on the nose, but it is still solid stuff.  And the concept is unique enough.  But as I watched it, I got to the scene where Chakotay is having to stand up for the truth alongside the alien who took him captive.  He talks about how the aliens are having their beliefs challenged, all of their doctrines challenged, and how the truth frightens them.  It got me to thinking about religion here on this world.  Since this is the only world we’re on right now, because humanity is fucking retarded.  We should have wrangled an asteroid by now, but no.  Our species is nothing but wasted potential.  But I digress.

Throughout history, Christianity has been terrified of the growth of human knowledge.  For the longest time, we had Christians claiming that the Geocentric model of the universe is absolute truth, and to say otherwise is heresy and must be met with death.  They claimed that those who spoke otherwise were spitting in the face of doctrine and the belief in the divinity of Christ.  The reality is that it was people spitting in the face of the doctrine that controlled the world and that if people started to believe things were different than the church told them, that their power would be gone.

Maybe they were at least right about that much.  The church did everything in its power to combat the growth of knowledge and the proliferation of truth among people.  Countless enlightened people were put to death.  Giordano Bruno was a man who loved God so much that he believed the universe was infinite because of an infinite God.  The church didn’t care.  All they wanted was power.  All they wanted was for the public to not question what they told them.  Faith has been afraid of knowledge for a very long time.

When Darwin first posed the basis for the Theory of Evolution, he didn’t know what we know now.  I cannot tell you how many creationists say things like “if Darwin could see what we know now, he’d say it was time to go back to the drawing board.”  Well yeah, Megan Fox, and he’d be wrong.  See, so many of these people think that science is beholden only to what Darwin posed.  That’s not the truth at all.  In reality, science is ever-evolving.  Our understanding of modern biology has led to changes in how science sees evolution that Darwin did not.  Here’s a link, check it out for yourself.  Creationists tend to believe that science only sees reality as a spectrum of what Darwin thought.  In truth, we see it as a constantly evolving, changing force.

Religion is a stagnant thing.  It has to be.  The books that it’s based off of are thousands of years old.  It was written by primitive people who have no understanding of science.  Like how they believed that you can make spotted or striped goats by having them mate in front of spotted or striped trees (Genesis 30:39).  Or how God kept rain from falling by putting it in the “firmament” in the sky (Genesis 1:7).  Or how bats and birds are the same thing in God’s eyes (Leviticus 11:13).  The startling reality is that the Bible is scientifically illiterate.  No surprise.  The people who wrote it are primitive tribesman who wrote it on papyrus.  The original language of the Bible is a dead language – ancient Hebrew.  Modern Hebrew is nothing like it.

Faith cannot evolve with time.  What ends up happening is that those who practice it have to make the times match up with their understanding of reality.  But that’s not the point of this.  The point is that people are so afraid of the reality that the Bible is wrong, because if it’s wrong, then their understanding of the universe is wrong.  And then they have to question things.  Like “why did my (insert name of relative here) get cancer.”  Or “why did my father rape me?”  Or any other of a laundry list of hard questions that there is no easy answer to.  That scares people.  Because then, reality as you understand it doesn’t make sense anymore.

Humanity, as I’ve observed, likes easy, simple to digest answers.  It’s better to believe comforting lies than hard truths.  It’s human nature.  We’re still animals, despite what human arrogance would have you think.  Because we all heard that line in A Matter of Faith where the creationist kid asks the dude “is your mother a monkey?” and the pro-evolution guy gets all angry and has no answer.  I have an answer to that – we all are.  We are a species of primate.  The most evolved, to date.  We’re still animals.  Sentience has given us a sense of entitlement to believe that we are totally separate from nature.  That just isn’t true.

So why is Christianity so afraid of the truth?  Because the truth sucks, while the lie is comforting.  In the lie, you have an all-powerful father-figure who loves you and looks after you.  He thinks that you’re just tops, and your life has greater meaning other than eating, sleeping, fucking, reproducing, and then dying.  You don’t have to find meaning on your own.  That’s hard.  It’s better to have easy answers that you don’t have to think too hard about.  It’s why my family buys into it.  It’s why so many so viciously defend it.  It’s why you can go through old religion posts on this site and see some very ugly comments, all because it’s easier to believe in that than accept the truth.

Until next time, a quote,

“Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.” – Russian Proverb

Peace out,

Maverick

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Lucien’s Review (Sort of): God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2

I am not feeling very good today, and a friend of mine has these two films on bootlegged DVDs because he has religious family who gave him this stuff.  And I can safely say that I have seen the worst, the absolute worst in Christian propaganda films.  This is more going to be a discussion of what about these films annoys me, rather than the films themselves, because that’s a wash.  Both of them suck.  I will have a Final Verdict for them and justify it, but I really am just looking to talk about Christian propaganda films and how these two movies are exemplary of what is so wrong with them.  What an awful use of my time today.

First we have God’s Not Dead.  This was Pure Flix’s claim to fame, and they have never forgotten that.  Every chance they can they will shove that in your face.  In it was have Josh Wheadon, which always makes me think of Wil Wheaton (Shut up, Wesley!).  He has an philosophy class with the EVIL philosophy teacher played by Kevin Sorbo.  We also have a dozen other characters because that film has more subplots than Carter has little pills.  It’s really bad.

Here are the tropes in this film that exemplify themselves in other Christian movies.  First, we have Kevin Sorbo as the EVIL philosophy teacher who comes right out in the very first class and, instead of doing what an actual teacher in college would do at the start of class, like go over the syllabus or give some basic rundown for how things will work with that class, he has to make very clear the film’s forced message – God is Dead!  The quote by Nietzsche that religious people take such umbrage with without understanding it at all.

When Nietzsche said that “god is dead”, he didn’t mean there is a literal God and he is literally dead.  What he meant was that religion’s roll in society was coming to a close.  But the religious crowd have been touting that as the great heresy against their respective belief structures and how it must be destroyed.  One of the many stupid points in this film.

Since our good boy Josh is too good to do what the strawman philosophy professor tells him to do and write “god is dead” for that day’s only assignment.  Another sign that this is not even a real college course in any way.  Strawman course with a strawman teacher.  Christian films don’t set the bar very high.  He can’t write that, so the professor challenges him to a debate about the nature of God’s existence.  Another thing that philosophy isn’t exclusively about, but this film really makes it out to be.  In fact, this whole damn movie paints college as the act of EVIL secular society and people in there are snobbish assholes.

We then get to suffer through the debate, and this is just amazing.  The debate between our hero Josh and the EVIL professor is basically watching the absolute paragon virtue fighting it out with Ray Comfort’s vision of an atheist.  All of the terrible arguments that Josh makes are ones that I, a pseudo-intellectual asshole who got my degree in journalism could handily refute.  It’s terrible.  No atheist argues the way that the EVIL professor does, and Josh’s points are never refuted in a way that any atheist would.  It’s a stereotype beating a strawman.

Naturally, the whole film is really just a Christian circle-jerk.  All the Christians who feel so downtrodden in a country where 80% of the population identifies as Christian can sit there and feel so validated by what’s on the screen.

Overall, the film is terrible, but to stupid to be frustrating.  It’s almost kind of fun to watch Kevin Sorbo’s terrible acting.  That guy has always sucked.  But the next film absolutely takes the cake for Christian circle-jerk factor.

God’s Not Dead 2 came out and now we have Sabrina the former Teenage Witch and now reborn Mega Christian (no joke, the actress is very, very Christian now) starring as the teacher who is being trampled down by the EVIL secular society and their EVIL secular values as the EVIL ACLU is brought in to try and destroy her.  This film is made to have fundamentalist, conservative Christians cumming in their pants because their absurd sense of siege can be blasted all over the screen.

This film is the worst.  The absolute worst.  None of what happens in this movie would have happened.  If a teacher at a public school went into religion with a student, would they get talked to?  Maybe.  But this whole insane thing about her nearly being fired would never have happened.  It would have been just “yo, don’t get too crazy into the religious stuff, we don’t want to upset anyone, so just tone it down, will ya?”  And then any sensible person who gets the separation of church and state would be like “sure.”  That’s where this would end.

But no, they have to get the EVIL ACLU involved to try and destroy this woman’s life.  Because the ACLU is so awful, right?  Fighting for the constitutional rights of citizens to be upheld.  Those bastards!  Oh, and the film tries to head off the argument about separation of church and state by saying that nowhere does it say that anywhere in our law.  Here’s the thing this movie doesn’t get – part of the job of the Supreme Court is to interpret the laws as they are written.  It’s the reason that Roe v Wade gave women the rights to their own bodies, or Obergefell v Hodges granted gays and lesbians the right to marry in all 50 states even though that isn’t in the Constitution either.  It’s that branch’s job to interpret the laws in respect to other issues.  So in the case of Everson v Board of Education, it was strictly laid out the separation of church and state in respect to public schools.

You can’t explain that to conservative Christians, though.  For whatever reason, these fucking morons have this inexplicable sense of siege in this country, and I will never understand.  I know so many people in atheist groups I have been a part of online who are teenagers and say that they can’t say who they are to their parents because they would disown them, or even fear for their physical safety.  But nope!  It’s all Christians who have it so hard.  Hand to Groj.  Ugh.

This film has court scenes that are so bafflingly stupid.  From characters being questioned and the ACLU representative never objecting even though it is so obvious that this has nothing to do with anything.  Like when Lee Strobel is on the stand.  Hell the ACLU has no cross-examination then, and you can bet your ass that I’d be all over that guy if I had him in a courtroom to testify under oath.  Trust and believe.  Then we get this teenage girl running in and not only does the bailiff not do anything, but they allow this girl to take the stand.  Then, when it is patently obvious how much this case has been a breach of legal rules and how it would so obviously get destroyed in appeal, the film doesn’t do that.  Because after all, they have to suck the religious cock and make all the religious people blow their metaphysical load all over these films.  It’s the worst.

Unlike the other film, there was nothing to enjoy there.  That film is the worst, the absolute worst.  It’s religious propaganda at its worst and I hate that I devoted time to actually taking it in.  I don’t get how religious people aren’t offended by how their religion is made to look in films like this.  It’s terrible.

These films suck.  Don’t watch them.  Ever.  Oh, and the Newsboys fucking suck!  They are the worst group ever.  Brings to mind that great quote by Hank Hill – you’re not making Christianity better, you’re making rock worse.

Final Verdict:
God’s Not Dead:
4 out of 10

God’s Not Dead 2:
2 out of 10

Peace out,

Maverick

Let’s Respond to Christians (of BuzzFeed) Defending Themselves

I’ve done a lot of responses to BuzzFeed Yellow videos.  The bulk of which are questions that one ethnic group has for stereotypical white people.  Because I guess stereotypes are fine, so long as it’s against a class of people that they don’t like.  Funny how that works.  I even did a response to an older BuzzFeed video where they tried to tackle Islam and their stereotypes against us whiteys.  Well, now it seems that Christians want to take their crack at it.  So let’s tackle this.  Here’s a link to their video, now let’s get down to it.  I get the feeling that they are going to  be fighting against Strawman Atheist in this video.

I’m Christian, but I’m not homophobic

Good for you.  Your holy book is.

I’m Christian and I’m definitely not perfect.

Don’t Christians believe that they are born with sin that the have to eternally pray for?

I’m Christian, but I’m not close-minded.

Your holy book is.  Just look at their opinions about shellfish and rape.

But I’m not unaccepting

Okay

But I’m not uneducated.

You believe that the world was created by a divine being who reigns over us all.  Either you are deliberately ignorant or you are closing off part of your faculties in order to preserve that belief structure.  Which is it?

But I’m not judgmental.

Everyone is judgmental.  Everyone.  That is the ultimate lie.

But I’m not conservative.

So, the parts of the Bible that say that women are to keep silent and gay men are to be stoned to death?  Do you just close your eyes and pretend that those don’t exist?  I honestly am more annoyed by liberal Christians than conservatives.  At least the conservatives are honest about their premise.

But I’m not ignorant.

You believe that a magical man in the sky created the universe.  Yes you are.

But I don’t place myself on a pedestal.

You’re in a BuzzFeed video.  Yes you do.

I’m a Christian, but I don’t have all the answers.

Glad to hear that.  Shows real humility.

But I am accepting.

Cool

But I am queer

Fantastic.  Your God hates you.  And his kid said that that didn’t go away with his appearance.  He outright says that he did not come to abolish the Old Testament laws, but to fulfill them.

But I am gay.

See previous response.  Your God hates you.

But I am a feminist.

So, those parts that say that a woman is less than a man and that women should have no power over men and that women should stay silent in church?  Or the part that says that a man who rapes a girl should have to pay the father some silver shekels and marry her?  You just pretend that doesn’t exist?

But I’m a feminist.

Same deal.

Definitely am a feminist.

The logical hoops you must jump through for that are impressive.

But I do believe in science.  In fact, I think science makes God look really cool.

Oh yeah.  Like that part where he creates a person by pushing some dirt together and breathing into that.  Something that scientifically impossible.  Yup, that totally makes God look cool.  Or the part where God floods the entire world, which is impossible due to the fact that there is no amount of water that exists that could do such a thing.  Or that the rain would have to fall in such a way that it would be like smashing something over and over again with sheetrock for weeks.  Yeah, those biblical stories sure do make science and God seem compatible.

I’m not afraid to talk about sex.

Cool.  Same here.

I love Beyonce.

Who cares?

But I love wine!

Jesus turned his blood into it.  You’re cannibalizing him with each glass.

But I do believe in monogamy before sex.

You’re a Christian.  That’s not very shocking.

But I do go to church on Sunday.

Yeah, that makes sense.

I do listen to Christian music.  Christian rock, Christian rap, T-Mac (did I get that right?), all the cool kids.

You have shit taste in music.  Congrats.

I have friends from all walks of life and all religions.  And I love them all.

This isn’t a shock.  It’s like you think us atheists just assume that you all are part of conservatives enclaves.  We know that there are Christians of all stripes.

What I guess I want people to know about Christianity is that we’re kinda not all crazy.

Never said you were.  Just that your beliefs are really stupid.  How is this so complicated?

You shouldn’t be judged by just the people that you see in the media or just the people that you’ve met in your everyday life.

We all make judgments about people based on the people we meet in everyday life.  Hell, BuzzFeed’s existence is predicated on stereotypes.  Of white people.  And men.  And white men.  I judge people individually.  Do you?

A lot of people think that Christianity ruins people.

Citation, please.

But to me, I think that it’s people ruining Christianity.

Your book is bigoted and hateful.  I don’t get how this is so hard for you to understand.  It isn’t people twisting it.  It’s people believing in it.  I hate this mentality that because Jeebus came, it’s all about love and shit.  Jesus once said that he did not come as a shield, but as a sword, and told people that if they don’t love him more than their own family, they aren’t with him.  How can you just shrug that off?

You never really see the good that happens.  You only see the hypocrites.

I know, right?  I’m looking at one now.

But at it’s core, it really is about love and acceptance, and being a good neighbor.

Which passage and verse should I destroy this with?  I know – Genesis 6:7: “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

Just because we have a faith that has a bunch of terrible people in it doesn’t make us terrible.

Agreed.  But you have a holy book that is full of terrible teachings.  How do you get around that?

And that’s this boredom.  That was the saddest defense of Christianity that I’ve seen in a while.

Until next time, a quote,

“I challenge you to find one good or noble thing that cannot be accomplished without religion.  It is impossible.  You cannot do it.” – Christopher Hitchens

Peace out,

Maverick

Musical Insanity: Singapore, Reach Out To Your Children

I’ve talked about some weird-ass Christian music before.  Like “Gimme that Christian Side Hug” or “Jesus Christ is my Nigga.”  And while both of those things are hilariously bad, neither of them are truly cringe-worthy.  They are god-awful and probably shouldn’t exist, but they don’t truly suck the life out of you when you realize that this is something that you have to exist in the same world with.  If anything, they make Christianity’s lame attempts to be cool that much more amusing. But then you get this shit.  The people behind the hilarious videos that The Bible Reloaded make fun of (and all of them are my favorite thing ever) decided to make a music album for the express purpose of telling the Singapore government why they need Jesus.  Yes, it is just as bad as it sounds.  I should not expose you to this, but to be perfectly honest, it’s too fascinating not to watch.  Just so you know, this song is only the first track on this video.  If you want to listen to the rest of the cringe, go ahead.  As for me, I can settle with this.

This makes me think of that song that Peter and Lois sang in Family Guy when they were stoned.  Not even kidding, this is so fitting.  Where did this song come from?  I guess these two went to Singapore and wanted to sing this song for the country.  The decisions made that brought this album to life just blows my freaking mind.

Let’s not get into how bad their singing is.  Let’s not get into how they can’t harmonize for shit.  Hell, let’s not even talk about how that man has the biggest pedo beard in the world.  Instead, let’s talk about how god-awful the lyrics are.  Take a shot every time they say “Singapore.”  You’ll be dead!  You’ll be freaking dead.  This entire album is just them repeating the line “Singapore” over and over again for over three minutes.  And if it isn’t them repeating that, they repeat the other lyrics.  This song is listening to the exact same words, over and over again, with a TERRIBLE melody that sounds like the guitar music that that hippie was singing to in Animal House.  We all remember how that turned out.  How I wish I could do that here.

There are no words for how weird and sad this is.  The fact that this album was used to try and sell Jesus to the Singapore government is just the icing on the cake.  I love it.  This is whack. It’s cringe.  I’m baffled.  Hope you didn’t gouge your ears out in pain.  If so, my apologies.  This one is on me.

Until next time, a quote,

“I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.”  – Frank Zappa

Peace out,

Maverick

So, You Want McDonald’s to Sponsor Your Religion? (A response to McMass)

With all the stupid shit in this country, like Puritan Feminists and Fox News, it might be hard to look on what America does and be like, “man, I just love this country!”  But then, you hear a news story that reminds you why you enjoy living in this backwards, slowly-crumbling empire so much.  For me, it’s because I am just so entertained!  This country is so full of idiots that it makes me always so pleased.  You’d think that I wouldn’t be.  You’d think that the stupidity would bug the fuck out of me.  For a time, it did.  However, as I got a little older and a little wiser, I wasn’t quite the shit-kicker that I used to be when I started this blog.  Now, I just shake my head and enjoy the show.

McMass ProjectSo, what is today’s show about?  Well, a preacher man named Paul Di Lucca has started an Indiegogo project that has one stated goal – buying a McDonald’s for the express purpose of getting it inside a church.  You can’t make this shit up.  He’s crowd-funding to get a fast food restaurant inside of a church.  This is weird and wrong and right on so many levels, but I’m getting ahead of myself.  Why is he doing this?

Well, Di Lucca has noticed how there has been something of an exodus from religion in this country, so he wants to help turn it around.  His plan of action is rather unique, I must say – appeal to fat people!  And not only appeal to fat people, but also get them to help you crowd-fund your project to buy a McDonald’s and get it in a church.  That is amazing.  It just boggles the mind.  While McDonald’s has not officially commented, Di Lucca made a comment that, just read it –

Will McDonald’s save Christianity in America?  Maybe not – and in fact, probably not.  But the McMass Project has the power to get the conversation started.

Only in America.  For real, only here.  Dumb shit happens everywhere, but only in America do you have the dumb shit take center stage in such a way as this.  McDonald’s is going to save Christianity in America?!  Are you fucking kidding me?!  I can’t stop laughing about this.  It’s just so funny!  What planet is this guy on?!  He thinks that this whole initiative is going to get the ball rolling on a conversation about this issue.  I keep expecting to hear that this is satire, like an article in The Onion making fun of religion and how corporate it has all gotten in this country.  But no!  It’s real!

Now, a number of church activists are against this.  Why?  Well, according to them, it’s breaking traditions and whatnot.  To that, I say – have you ever seen a mega-church?  I have.  Been in one, actually.  Those places are cities unto themselves.  I’m with The Young Turks in being kind of surprised that this idea hasn’t come up before.  It’s so perfect.  After all, religion really is nothing but a bunch of money-changers.  Only now, instead of them being in the temple, they own the damn thing.  There’s a step in the right direction, am I right?  But when you look at the metropolis mega-churches, or the Vatican palaces (both of which would offend Jesus to no end), how can you say that having a McDonald’s in a church is offensive?  That just seems like you want to preserve this image you have of the little church in the countryside, where all the women wear dresses and all men are in their finest suits and country hats.  Religion in the 21st century can’t sell out fast enough.  Since there is a large exit from the church, they are doing whatever they can to get people to sign on.  It’s getting kind of sad, really.

A friend of mine, who thinks that this is the stupidest thing ever and is annoyed by it, pointed out something interesting to me.  There is an ethical conflict in a church buying a fast food joint and putting it in the church.  See, churches are tax exempt, because they are ‘places of worship.’  I’ve always thought that that is stupid and should be rescinded, but whatever.  That’s neither here nor there.  However, if a corporate entity like McDonald’s is going to throw in with a church, how can they possibly claim that they are still a religious institute?  They have corporate backing!  If people are coming to their church to order food instead of worship, isn’t there a conflict there?  That is something worth considering, and I would LOVE to see how Di Lucca is going to get around this question.

However, at the end of the day, I am still amused.  See, if they are going to go the route of corporate sponsorship, I want them to go all the way!  For real, have the church give out coupons on stuff to people who attend services.  You can’t just come there for the food.  You have to attend McMass before you can get cheaper garbage food.  Have the preacher do a plug-in at the beginning.

Today’s service is brought to you by McDonald’s!  Because even God needs a Big Mac every once and a while!

In fact, given that I am educated in PR work, I would do the ad campaign for this!  For real, I would have so much fun promoting McMass.  Me, a douchebag liberal atheist, would love to promote this.  It’s like a tacit admission that they don’t give a fuck about God.  They just want to get people’s fat asses into their pews.  I love it!  There’s my slogan for the campaign!

God’s Lovin’ It

*any and all usage of that line is owned by Lucien Maverick and must pay royalties to him*

Until next time, a quote,

“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”  -H.L. Mencken

Peace out,

Maverick

Ray Comfort vs. Cosmos – Please Stop

I recently got done reading an article where Ray Comfort decided that he would jump on the creationist bullshit bandwagon of being against the newest incarnation of “Cosmos.”  Yes, the creationists are getting quite the butthurt about this show, and are doing everything they can to fight back against it.  Such as demanding that their insane and completely unsupported by facts “Theory” gets equal airtime as Cosmos (link here), so they can have a “balanced” approach.  Never mind that what Cosmos shows is backed up by mountains of evidence, whereas all the “Theory of Creation” has is a book and claims to science that have been beaten with a stick, over and over again.  But indeed, they are getting their panties in a bunch about this fairly hard.

There was even a recent story about how the creationists were against his statements about comets.  Why?  You’re gonna love this – because they suggest a view that the universe is billions of years old, rather than the few thousand that they believe (link here).  It’s madness.  I mean, they are going after Tyson and his show’s representation of comets, just because it conflicts with their worldview.  Maybe it’s because they have gone after everything else that they are doing this.  They went after the show’s segments about the origin and age of the universe.  They also attacked the episode about evolution.  Now, because they got their big talking points out of the way, they are just going after whatever they can, so we call can understand the butthurt.  What will they go after next?  Maybe the show should say that the sky appears blue, and it has been so for the billions of years that this planet existed.  Would they then get their butthurt going after that?  Probably.

Now, in an effort to stay relevant, Ray Comfort (or Cumfart, as I like to call him) has said on his radio show that the stuff that Cosmos is showing isn’t scientific, but the Book of Genesis is (link here).  Really?  You’re really making that argument.  So, the fact that Gawd spent the bulk of seven days making shit on this one little ball of rock, yet made the rest of the vast universe as an afterthought is scientific?  The existence of an all-powerful being who is powerful enough to make the universe, yet left absolutely zero tangible evidence (outside of your Bronze Age book) of his existence, following the age of accurate record-keeping.  Or how we all are descended from the incestuous fucking of Adam and Eve’s children?  Or how a 900 year old man got all the animals on a boat and then got them all to their perfect geographic areas without a single marsupial ending up in Europe?  That’s scientific to you?  You even go so far as to say the Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t qualified to give his opinion on science because he isn’t a theologian.  You really believe this.  Though maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised.  After all, this is the same guy who said that the banana is proof of God, because it clearly evolved for us to be able to handle.  Fucking genius…

Ray Cumfart, you are so full of shit.  For real, I don’t believe that you believe two words that come out of your mouth.  You are a charlatan who got on this bandwagon, for the express purpose of staying relevant.  I have been convinced, for some time, that you are just as much of an atheist as I am, and your running to join this latest Christian butthurt parade is proof of that.  You don’t believe in God.  You don’t believe in anything, except staying in the spotlight to make money.  You’re like Mitt Romney, except not as boring.

Part of me believes that most of the people in power with respect to religion are just like Cumfart.  I am certain that almost everyone in a position of power at the Vatican is an atheist.  There comes a point where you become so powerful, because of money, that the world of religion just becomes so foolish, because you see it as useful.  That’s the world we live in.

In closing, Ray Cumfart is a charlatan who doesn’t believe in anything.  He is a liar and only wants your money.  If you give it to him, that truly is on you.  I wouldn’t.  What can I say, I’m not big on indulging real-life trolls.

Until next time, a quote,

“Sister Augustine believes in things that aren’t real.”
“I thought that was a job requirement for you people.”  -Gregory House, House M.D.

Peace out,

Maverick

RAB: Funny Christian YouTube Comment

So, I was watching Jaclyn’s latest video on YouTube, Ray Comfort vs. Logic.  It’s a good video and I recommend you check it out.  She was talking about Comfort’s hilarious reactions to her last video where she took apart the charlatan’s “Evolution vs. God” movie and how stupid it is.  But while I was watching, I would take a look from time to time at the comments section.  In it, I came across this gem –

Jaclyn, do you honestly feel in your heart that these people truly love you and care about you?

Please listen, I’m speaking from my heart to yours. Please don’t continue to grieve the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is our life. We are the bride of Christ. Nothing in this life is worth losing our relationship with our Holy God and being eternally separated from Him.

No sin is worth it.

The comment was from a user called “Jesus Saves.”  And…this is hilarious.  I am going to break this down, bit by bit, so that we can enjoy it.

First, what people?  Who is Jaclyn supposed to believe loves and cares about her?  Fellow members of the atheist community?  I assume that she isn’t that arrogant.  I have only just started to follow her videos, so I respect her, but I have to genuinely get to know a person before I can “love and care” about them.  I would assume that it is the same with most people.

Next, how does her atheism “grieve the Holy Spirit”?  One thing about Christianity that I have always found interesting is how this Gawd character is so desperate for people to love him. (Oh, and I’m with Carlin in believing that if there is a God, it has to be a man.  No woman could or would fuck things up like this.) I mean, think about it – he grieves when people don’t love him, but if you don’t love him, he will send you to a place where you will face endless suffering for all time.  For all fucking time.  I put it to you – what sort of heavenly being who claims to love their creation does that?  I have had people who I care for who don’t care for me in the same way.  I don’t want them to suffer for all eternity.  Sure, it sucked, at the time, but I don’t have any issues with it now.  What kind of heavenly being would actually do this?  The new Christian rhetoric is that God is really loving, so all you have to do is to just say that God is your lord and savior, and he gives you entry.  But again – this contention is based on the idea that you still have to kiss this guy’s ass to get in.  He can’t just let you in.  He can’t just be kind and compassionate.  There is a cost that you must pay, and if you don’t pay it, you burn forever.  Interesting.

The next part interests me.  The wording makes me assume that this is a woman talking, and since Jaclyn is also a woman, it fits, talking about how they are “the bride of Christ.”  If you listen to a lot of Christians talk, and what is written in the Bible, you find out that that metaphor isn’t incorrect.  Most Christians believe that your love of Jesus and his baby-daddy (who is also him) must supersede all other attachments.  You have to love them first, completely and with no strings attached, ahead of family, friends and romantic partners.

And you bet your ass that there are things worth losing “our relationship with our Holy God and being eternally separated from him.”  According to the buybull, I mean Bible, this guy thinks that a lot of normal behaviors are unacceptable.  Homosexuality – a mortal sin.  Jerking off/rubbing one out – a mortal sin.  Bad-mouthing your parents, a normal part of teenage years – a mortal sin.  Being open and not stringent about your sex life – a mortal sin.  Hell, eating shellfish – a mortal sin.  My love of lobster alone is reason-enough to lose that relationship!

Then there is this idea that everything in life becomes instantly better if one has Gawd in their lives.  I know a fuck-ton of Christians who think that they are unworthy, disgusting and evil sinners all because they have human feelings and do human things.  This idea that a connection with this heavenly bullshit, I mean being makes life instantaneously worth something more just makes no sense to me.

Religion is a funny thing to me.  It gives people a false sense of something profound when the fact is that what they are getting is the exact opposite.  They are being given a belief structure that will allow them to bend the rules of reality however they wish to keep what they call “faith.”  Faith, the belief in something without evidence.  While part of me wants to agree that religion is more akin to a mental disorder than anything else, the fact is that it is human nature.  What person doesn’t want to hear – hey man, you having a hard day?  Well, don’t worry!  This is this powerful sky-daddy who made you and loves you and who thinks that you are just super!  Not how you are, because you do a lot of things that make this being really sad.  Sad enough to send you to a place of torment forever.  But don’t you worry!  Because if you psychically tell that person that you accept them as your lord and savior, then he’ll love you forever!

Awww, that’s sweet.  Too bad it isn’t true.  Jesus Saves, you are part of a culture that the rest of us mock.  Sometimes mean-spiritedly, but sometimes, as I am doing now, we point out how ridiculous your beliefs actually are.

Until next time, a quote,

“The truth is that theistic beliefs affect your worldview, which heavily influences the choices you make, which heavily influences the choices of others.”  -Jaclyn Glenn, Religion: Society’s Cancer 

Peace out,

Maverick