> From: Joe E. Dees <email@example.com>
Lee Daniel Crocker" <firstname.lastname@example.org (none)> wrote:
> > It is unfortunately not rare to find people so insecure in their
> > own observation and judgment that they would question their own most
> > cherished beliefs simply because 2 billion people happen to disagree.
> > It is also unfortunate that people can't be brutally, scrupulously
> > honest about their beliefs without being seen as "rude". Dishonesty
> > causes far more problems in the world than rudeness ever did.
> > It is my sincere, honest, carefully considered, firmly held belief
> > that Christian dogma is complete hogwash. To say anything less would
> > be an insult to my audience and to philosophy as a whole. To take
> > offense at such an honest expression is a fault of the listener, not
> > the speaker.
> I am in full agreement with you on this.
Me too. Religious superstitions have nothing useful to
offer us. On the contrary; they often actually prevent (or
rather: delay) positive changes to the human condition.
This alone makes them morally repulsive -- not to mention
the fact that many gods are childish, sadistic bastards.
We should be very glad that they don't really exist.
To quote Robert G. Ingersoll:
"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that
all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my
brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood the sense,
the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled
and fell. The dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts
and bars and manacles became dust. I was no longer a servant,
a serf, or a slave. There was for me no master in all the wide
world, not even in infinite space. I was free--free to think, to
express my thoughts--free to live my own ideal, free to live
for myself and those I loved, free to use all my faculties, all
my senses, free to spread imagination's wings, free to investigate,
to guess and dream and hope, free to judge and determine for
myself...I was free! I stood erect and fearlessly, joyously faced
Ah, to bask in the warm light of reason...
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