Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No Hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today... Aha-ah...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace... You...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

 

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world... You...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one


- John Lennon

 

 

 

 

The taboo of criticizing the beliefs of others is now outdated and unfounded.

In a modern world, where religious beliefs fuel everything from suicide attacks to the killing of one's one children, it is now MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER to directly challenge those beliefs without hesitation or apology.
Your religions beliefs are not "sacred" or immune to criticism.

They are beliefs in your head, based upon where you were born, how you were raised, and who influenced you.

Simply having religious beliefs does not make them true or obligate others to respect them.
Theist: "You gotta respect everyone's beliefs!"

NO YOU DON'T!

That's exactly what gets us into trouble. 

I will acknowledge your belief.  But I will respect no belief or religion that divides humanity, slows human progress, uses fear tactics, makes conclusions without deep examination, promotes homophobia, plays a huge part in wars, and limits free thinking and freedom of speech.

 

 
Religion, the ultimate con game.

Priests will tell you that they are 100% certain they know the mind of God and if you do not do what they say, then you will anger God and lose his love and protection. So you give money to the church, pray three times a day, and do good works with the poor, etc.

Yet your crops fail, your child dies, you are afflicted with illness. You might think the priests have some explaining to do. They will 'explain' it is your own fault you lost God's protection. You did not give enough to the church, you had impure thoughts, God is testing you, etc.

This is the ultimate con-trick. The 'expert' tells you to do something. You do it and get the opposite result of what is promised by the expert. The expert then tells you it is your fault.

Hilarious. And tragic.

The concept of sin has been one of the most profitable fictions for the Church.

It is the ultimate scam.

Think about it - you pay the church to insure you for imaginary crimes, against an imaginary being, so you won't go to an imaginary hell, as well as insuring you to go to an imaginary heaven.

It is a billion dollar industry established by charlatans and funded entirely by the stupidity of our species.





It takes a special kind of con artist to get rich without paying taxes, by selling people an invisible product for 10% of their income that they can't see until after they die.



 

Your god isn't real. He's not moral. The Bible isn't moral. Islam isn't moral. Anything that deteriorates the value of human beings, anything that hangs on to Bronze Age ideals about genocide and slavery and murder and deference to higher powers, none of those things are moral.

We've graduated beyond that, and I'm sorry that we've had to drag religions kicking and screaming into the 21st century, but some of you have to let this stuff go. You're not going to get anywhere until you realize that it's OK not to be afraid. It's OK to say, "You know, I think slavery is wrong. I think slavery was probably always wrong."

(Matt Dillahunty)



 

Morality is doing what is right,
regardless of what you are told.

Religion is doing what you are told
regardless of what is right.

Morality predates religion. From the earliest human ancestors, who relied on altruistic behavior to survive, to other animals living in complex social groups, morality has evolutionary origins and has been refined over time through secular moral philosophy, rational discussion, and legal debate.

You don't need religion to have morals. If you can't determine right from wrong, you lack empathy, not religion.
It is an insult to humanity to say our morality is completely dependent on someone else giving us a list of DOs and DON'Ts.

It is an insult to say we have no innate sense of right and wrong, that we have no independent ability to see what is good and what is just.




 

Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment?

That's not morality, that's just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base thought.

(Richard Dawkins)




 

Atheists have no need for a "moral compass."
They have their own conscience.

Human decency is not derived from religion.
It precedes it.

(Christopher Hitchens)

Religion doesn't provide a moral compass to people. What religion does is hand you a hammer to smash your own moral compass with.



 

Prayer Doesn't Work

Perhaps it makes the believer feel better, in the same way meditation or deep though would, but prayer doesn't actually affect the external world.

Not only is it ineffective, it is also a very narcissistic practice. Why would a "God" change his "divine plan" to accommodate any person's wishes?


Let's imagine you have cancer and you are a believer. You pray to God for a cure, you undergo surgery and chemotherapy, and the cancer does in fact go into remission. What cured you? Was it the chemotherapy, or was it God?

In other words, is there any way to know whether God is playing a role or not when we pray?

The problem is, in this imagined case, there is ambiguity. The Christian believes God answered the prayer, but it could also be a simple coincidence.

All scientific evidence clearly indicates it is, in fact, a coincidence. Whenever we do a scientific experiment on the efficacy of prayer, the data shows no effect from prayer. Scientific evidence indicates "answered prayers" really are coincidences every single time.

So how do we figure this out? Is God answering prayers as Christians believe, or is it coincidence as science indicates?

The way to answer that question is to remove the ambiguity. We make it impossible for the "answered prayer" to be a coincidence, and then we see what happens.

The way to remove the ambiguity is to say a prayer that cannot be answered (or is highly unlikely to happen) by coincidence. For example, instead of praying that God cures one person's cancer, pray that God eliminates all cancer tomorrow. The fact that prayers like that are never answered shows us something important about God.

What we find whenever we perform an unambiguous experiment like this is that God never answers unambiguous prayers. Jesus promises in many places in the Bible that he will answer prayers -- even impossible prayers. But what you find whenever you put Jesus to the test is that Jesus is making a false promise.

What we find is that God never answers impossible prayers - even if the prayers are incredibly worthy. For example:

  • Pray to God to levitate a car and hold it floating in the air for ten minutes. It will not happen, even if you are praying to levitate the car because a drunk driver has run over a college freshman and she is currently pinned under one of the wheels.
     
  • Pray to God to let you fly through the air like Superman. It will not happen, even if you are praying to fly like Superman so you can rise up to a tenth story window and save two children from their burning apartment.
     
  • Pray to God to fill your basement with $100 million in small unmarked bills. It will not happen, even if you plan to donate the $100 million God gives you to a worthy and deserving charity.
     
  • Pray to God to restore the amputated limb(s) of a deserving, penitent believer. It will not happen, no matter how sincere you are in your prayer.
None of these prayers will ever be answered. I know that with certainty. If they were answered, we would see people flying thought the air like Superman on the evening news. We would see amputated limbs regenerating all the time. Every Christian charity would be fully funded and there would not be millions of children starving to death every year.

These unambiguous prayers are how we know, for sure, that God/Jesus are not actually answering prayers. The scientific evidence is correct. "Answered prayers" are nothing more than simple coincidences every single time. The whole idea of "God answering prayers" is a complete illusion because God is imaginary.

- from the wonderful website "God Is Imaginary - 50 Simple Proofs"



 

Praying for others is the ultimate self indulgence. People pray for you as if they were actually doing something for you and then feel good about. It's delusional. It's about as helpful as worrying for you. I know plenty of people who have made an art form out of worrying. If people would spend as much time helping others as they do praying for them, it would be a much nicer world. The problem is helping others requires you to actually do something. The only thing worse than sitting idle as someone suffers is to do absolutely nothing yet think you're actually helping; in other words, praying.



 

Prayers never bring anything. Oh, they may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy - but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Christmas.

(W.C. Fields)
What is prayer?

Prayer – especially the supplication kind, requires the belief that...

you, a finite, short-lived, self-focused, fallible, mortal being with little knowledge, by uttering (or even just thinking!) some request out into the expanse of the universe somehow might be heard and comprehended by a more-knowing, less-imperfect and more-powerful Being (to whom you are directing the request), and that this may cause the Being to take some action that will cause change in the course of some part of the universe that you care about, in a direction that you think would be better than if this change didn't happen.

It's insanity. It's vanity. It's ridiculous.

 

 
People who pray for others actually think they're helping. In the process, it gives them peace of mind and can help them cope through difficult situations, such as a loved one being sick.

Atheists do not have such comforts, so they must be mentally and emotionally stronger than believers because of it. It is the price they pay for intellectual honesty, and most people simply find it too high a cost for what they consider little reward. But for those who value intellectualism and intelligence, it is more than worth it.

"I'll pray for you!" This comment sounds like an alien language to atheists. It comes out something like this:

 "BZPZTPFDQFYTOT."

When this alien phrase is interpreted, it becomes clear the person who is making such a comment feels quite smug and superior in that he/she has chosen the RIGHT god, and that he/she now has a direct pipeline TO this God, whereas you do not, and he/she will put in a good word for you, you lowlife scum.

If you truly want to make a difference, take action and physically DO something to make a difference. Praying does absolutely nothing to change anything in the world.

Oh sure, it may help the person praying feel better about a situation by talking themselves into some delusional sense of well being, but that's as far as prayer goes.

That's not helping influence the world. Instead, that's simply having a voiceless conversation with one's self.

Two hands working can do more than one thousand hands clasped in prayer.








 

Why do religious people always need physical evidence for each and every step of evolution, but when it comes to God, all they need is faith??? Faith is belief without and against evidence and reason. Coincidentally, that is also the definition of delusion. Faith isn't a virtue.
It is the glorification
of voluntary ignorance.


 

Faith is the great copout, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.

(Richard Dawkins)


Faith is nothing more than the license religious people give themselves to keep believing when reasons fail. In a world that has been shattered by mutually incompatible religious beliefs, in a nation that is growing increasingly beholden to Iron Age conceptions of God, the end of history and the immortality of the soul, this lazy partitioning of our discourse into matters of reason and matters of faith is now unconscionable.

(Sam Harris)
Faith means not wanting to know what is true.

(Friedrich Nietzsche)




Science adjusts is views based upon what is viewed.

Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.

(Tim Minchin)





Love and respect all people. Hate and destroy all faith.

(Penn Jillette)




Faith, if it is ever right about anything, is right by accident.

(Sam Harris)

If you define faith as the ability to keep working toward a goal when you aren't sure you can reach it, I'm all for it. When the whole world seems to be against you, it requires a certain kind of faith to say "I can do this despite all appearances," or "I'm going to keep pushing even if I can't ever succeed," and that kind of faith is the key component of any great endeavor.

But if you define faith as you don't have much evidence that something is factually true, but you decide you really should believe it anyway, so you close your eyes and grit your teeth and believe as hard as you can, then I can't imagine why anyone would want to do that. I can't imagine why an all-powerful God would want us to do that. Maybe that's just a lack of imagination on my part, but that's where I'm stuck. It just doesn't make sense to me.

 

 

An atheist will wonder why a Christian believes in God, and then joke about it. A Christian will condemn an atheist to eternal damnation in Hell for not believing in their God. Atheists are not mad at God. They are not angry or hurt. They are not rebelling or trying to be cool. Atheists are people that can tell the difference between real and imaginary, wishful thinking and facts, evidence, and faith. An atheist refuses to live a lie just because it feels good to be comforted. Being an atheist means coming to grips with reality.




Being an atheist is like being the only sober person in the car... and nobody will let you drive.
Believers do good things out of fear of death and Hell with expectation of great reward.

Atheists do the right thing because it's the human thing to do.


 

Football hero Tim Tebow prays on the football field while 8,640 people starve to death worldwide each day. (It is estimated one person starves to death every ten seconds.)

Christmas shoppers pray to find the latest gift fad while tsunamis and earthquakes bury whole cities in an explosion of swirling, violent debris.

Believers pray to find their car keys while Taliban hostages are beheaded on the internet.

Find a good parking space at the mall? Praise God!

A child dies of leukemia? Oh, that's just terrible, but God is love and he has a plan, right?

And, of course, anytime the law of averages or happy coincidence makes a wish come true? DING! God answers your prayer!

This is monumentally imbalanced, lazy thinking.

Prayer is the placebo. The empty calorie. The blue pill.



 

God is just Santa Claus for adults.

Believing in Him may give you comfort in times of trouble, and may give you something to look forward to... but that doesn't mean He is real.
 
God giving man free will, and then telling him, "If you worship me you will go to Heaven, but if you don't, you will be damned in Hell," is nothing less than extortion and coercion. How thoughtful of God to arrange matters so that wherever you happen to be born, the local religion always turns out to be the right one. I am not anti-religion. I am anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-homophobia, anti-violence, anti-misogyny, anti-slavery, anti-ignorance, anti-child abuse, anti-oppression, anti-war.

Religion is anti-me.


 

I have always wondered why sacrificing an immortal being has any inherent value. It's rather like being impressed and amazed by the bravery of someone getting a haircut. You do understand it grows back, right? I will not bow to any god, nor will I surrender logic and reason to faith.

I'm not an atheist by choice. I'm a seeker of truth. Being an atheist is just a natural result of that endeavor.

(JD Stockman)
If a beautiful sunflower or a rainbow is somehow supposed to be evidence of the Christian god, then what is a parasitic worm that eats children's eyeballs evidence of? If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people.

It's horrendous how people can be born, live, and die all under the impression that they are only on this planet to worship a god.


 

My favorite part of the Bible is when God, soon after he created faulty-humans and gave them free will, later killed everyone with a flood for not acting the way he wanted.

Yep, God killed tens of thousands of innocent infants, children, and animals.

Praise the Lord!
One does not "convert to atheism." One simply realizes everything they've been told about God is bullshit. Organized religion is like organized crime. It prays on peoples' weakness, generates huge profits for its operators, and is almost impossible to eradicate. Religion is like a virus that change's people's minds into dogmatic thinking, rule following, blind faith, qualities which do no good for the well-being of mankind.


 

Religion divides humanity, slows human progress, uses fear tactics, makes conclusions without deep examination, promotes homophobia, plays a huge part in wars, and limits free thinking and freedom of speech. The basis of religion isn't faith; it's fear.
 
The Bible no more proves the existence of God than my comic books prove the existence of Batman and Superman.

There is no society in recorded history that ever suffered because its people became too reasonable.
When one person is delusional it's called insanity. When many people are delusional they call it religion.

Would you allow your child to be raped, tortured, murdered if you were fully able to stop it?

God would... and did.


 

The plain fact is religion must die for mankind to live.

The hour is getting very late to be able to indulge in having 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.
 

If the only way the supreme creator of the entire universe can demonstrate his existence to me is to create images of Mary or Jesus on food items, I'm not impressed.





The scientist accumulates vast amounts information in a lifelong quest for truth. With a single, 2000+ year-old book, the religious man feels complete.
Yes, I found religion!  Thank you. I found it to be completely worthless.  Praise the Lord!





Atheists maintain a standard of evidence proportional to the extraordinary nature of certain claims. They are usually open to the idea of god, but so far unconvinced by any evidence or argument put forward to support it.
Religions often use the technique of "Believe in God or else he will punish you for eternity!"

Such religions portray God as a thug, apparently incapable of obtaining obedience or respect through any other means.

I don't worship thugs. I hold them in contempt. They have less character than I do. They need to come to me for wisdom and enlightenment, not the other way around. They need to seek my mercy and forgiveness through repentance, not the other way around.

What will happen if I were to meet such a thug? It should fear me. Not the other way around.


 

Christians outlawed atheists from the universities and teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books and their writings, drove them into exile, humiliated them, seized their properties, arrested them for blasphemy.

Christians de-humanized them with beatings and exquisite torture, gouged out their eyes, slit their tongues, stretched, crushed, or broke their limbs, tore off their breasts if they were women, crushed their scrotums if they were men, imprisoned them, stabbed them, disemboweled them, hanged them, burnt them alive.

And this went on for more than one thousand years.

And yet you have nerve enough to complain to me that I laugh at you?


 

The Bible is historically inaccurate, factually incorrect, inconsistent and contradictory. It was artificially constructed by a group of men in antiquity and is poorly translated, heavily altered and selectively interpreted. Entire sections of the text have been redacted over time.

Christianity is no more real than the ancient myth it is based upon.
 
Have you read the Bible cover to cover?

If not, be warned.  The Bible is full of dreadful stories about genocide, murder, adultery, incest, deceit, greed, arrogance, megalomania, sexual perversion, and all sorts of despicable behavior.
 
The god character of the Bible is a misogynistic tyrant that condones and even orders the practice of slavery, rape of women and murder of children.

The moment you disagree with a single instruction of the Bible, such as the command to kill any bride who is not a virgin or any child who disrespects their parents, then you acknowledge there exists a superior standard by which to judge moral action and thus no need to rely on an ancient, primitive and barbaric fantasy.

Science has already annihilated the very foundation of Christianity. According to the Bible, God made Adam and Eve when he created the Earth, 6,000 to 10,000 years ago, Adam and Eve sinned, and Jesus suffered and died for those sins.

Science has proven the Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old, humans have evolved over a period of two billion years, and modern humans descended from a group of least 10,000 primates.

Therefore, the story of Adam and Eve is false, which means there was no original sin and thus no reason for Jesus to have suffered and died.


 

If an omniscient, omnipotent, perfect being is the mastermind behind the Bible, then why does the book reflect only the culture, science, history, literature, technology, morals, and values of the era in which it was written?

Why are there so many versions of it?

Why does it have so many inaccuracies and inconsistencies?

Why is it open to so many different interpretations?

Why does it include stoning, torture, murder, burning, slavery, homophobia, bigotry, and chauvinism?

Why would anyone have to ask so many questions about it, if it's supposed to be the go-to source for truth and the ultimate instruction book for morality?


 

What is referred to as The Old Testament is a combination of hearsay, historical fact, fable, and a mixture of the various cultures, legends and mystical information the Jewish people collated over the many centuries of their existence in the Middle East.

The hearsay comes from their own longstanding word of mouth history before anything was ever actually written down. A dubious form of reference as to actual accuracy. Moreover, it is now well understood how much "cultural appropriation" was taken from so many other civilizations the Jewish people encountered.

This is something every civilization tends to do.

However, once the Jewish people actually began to record their history, they did make a great effort to keep this continuous recording as accurate as humanly possible. Outside the spin and editing that may have occurred as the Jewish people experienced so many Diasporas in their history.

One thing archeologists have noticed is the relative accuracy of Old Testament accounts of regional Palestinian locations that have been lost to history. Especially in the millennium before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

As to the accuracy of historical events in the Old Testament, much of it is questionable. There appears to be considerable confusion as to dates, events, people and even certain places.


 

The only problem I have with religion is that it divides humanity, slows human progress, uses fear tactics, makes conclusions without deep examination, promotes homophobia, plays a huge part in wars, and limits free thinking and freedom of speech.

The Christian Bible is full of dreadful stories about genocide, murder, adultery, incest, deceit, greed, arrogance, megalomania, sexual perversion, and all sorts of despicable behavior.

Religion is like a virus that changes people's minds into dogmatic thinking, rule following, and blind faith, qualities which do no good for the well-being of mankind.

Other than that, religion is okay, I guess.


 

If one accepts the prevailing scientific understanding of the development of the universe, yet also believes in one of the major religions, then presumably a god sat idle for 13.7 billion years - waiting as the stars, galaxies and planets formed. Then it watched with complete and utter indifference as modern Homo Sapiens evolved, struggled, and died for a further 150,000 - 200,000 years.

Finally, a few thousand years ago, this god suddenly decided to reveal itself to several people in the most primitive, illiterate and remote portions of humanity in a completely unverifiable way - and then simply disappeared.

 

 

There is no "theory" of evolution. In science, the jargon usage of the word "theory" applies to any properly demonstrated law, model, or understanding of how things work. The truth is, evolution is a fact. There is so much evidence for it that any sane, educated person has simply got to believe in it. The only "theory" is just how it happened. Evolution is almost universally accepted among those who understand it, and almost universally rejected by those who don't. (Richard Dawkins)

Note: The Catholic Church accepts evolution.
The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Do you want to know what the average theists knowledge of evolution consists of?

It consists of a single week of study in high school, in the 8th or 9th grade, as part of a Biology class, taught by a teacher who likely didn't understand it either.

I've already lost track of the number of times I've heard the ignorant question, "Well, if we descended from apes, why are there still apes?"
It's not the responsibility of evolution to prove that God doesn't exist.

It's the responsibility of those who make claims to prove they are true.

Evolution is proven by a huge amount of evidence.

There is no evidence for the existence of a god.


 

You just gotta love the great flood fable.

Despite the fact that Christianity seems to think itself the center of the universe, there were a dozen other civilizations at the time of Noah's flood who somehow managed to not be drowned or even mildly inconvenienced by the great flood that supposedly killed every man, woman, and animal on the planet.
What happened to the infants when the flood of Noah came?

Don't envision a worldwide flood. Instead, attempt to picture in your mind the image of a single crib with a single, terrified baby, slowly drowned by the cold, dark waters.

What could that child have possibly done?

I've always found it hilarious that Christians claim the entire world was drowned under water, but the Greeks, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Chinese, Koreans, Olmecs, Celts and so on were all going about their business without noticing they were supposed to be drowning under mountains and mountains of rainwater.

You'd think they could hardly have missed such a thing, but apparently, they did.
Historical records from all those other civilizations show that at no time were their civilizations suddenly wiped off the face of the map by a global flood, or a slow re-population afterward. Nowhere in the world is there any evidence of such an event. Not archeological evidence, not geological evidence, not historical evidence. Nothing indicates a flood wiped out the world and drowned all the people on it except one eight-person family.


 

The Bible describes Noah's Ark as being 300 cubits by 50 cubits by 40 cubits, which translates to approximately 450 feet long by 75 feet wide by 45 feet tall. Were this for real, the ark was four times as large as the largest wooden ship built by any civilization in the history of the world, and certainly out-sizes any other ship built by any other ancient civilization that existed during the second millennium BCE.

The stresses navigating the open ocean place on large wooden ships were severe, and the larger the ship, the greater the stresses. There is a reason why the ships built by Bronze Age civilizations were much smaller than those built by post-Dark Age civilizations. To be blunt, the technical advances later civilizations developed to enable a large wooden ship to survive ocean travel just did not exist in the Bronze Age.

In point of fact, no ship the size and weight we are discussing was known to have been built and successfully sailed until the year 1900 CE. These ships, built as I note in 1900, were nine-masted schooners some 300-feet long (150 feet shorter than the ark). They were so long they visibly undulated with waves and required large diagonal braces made of steel -- a substance unheard of in 2400 BCE, a time when bronze was the new big thing when it came to metal -- to keep it from breaking in half. And even with these reinforcements, the stress regularly caused gaps in the ship's hull; these schooners would leak like sieves and required constant bailing with automated pumps that ran -- quite literally -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And even with all this, these over-sized schooners were never taken out of sight of land, because if taken out onto the open sea they'd be battered to pieces by oceanic waves. They were used for coastal traffic only.

The fact that these large transport ships had so many problems was one reason why the world's navies turned to steel ships during the last years of the 19th Century and the years prior to World War I. And this was only 116 years ago.

So we're supposed to believe a ship 4,000 years ahead of its time was built by Noah -- a man who was not a nautical engineer but a shepherd and farmer -- and survived the open seas during a catastrophic, raging flood. We're supposed to believe this 600-year-old farmer solved engineering problems, all by himself and without the use of modern metallurgy, construction techniques, or physics knowledge, that every navy in the world could not manage to beat 4,000 years later. And then, after the flood, the knowledge of how to build these super-ships was apparently forgotten because no other ship of this type would be built, ever.

Disprove that something was a piece of Noah's Ark? I want to know when somebody proved such a thing ever existed.



 

It's blindingly obvious all world religions are the product of extremely ignorant (not stupid) near barbarians who didn't understand much about the world around them and made up stories to explain things the best they could.

It's also obvious most theists believe in the god that is worshiped by the culture in which they grew up. And everybody is convinced their religion is the only "right" one. They can't all be right, but they can certainly all be wrong.

It is also obvious the universe is just too vast and full of stuff not in any way related to humans to seriously believe it was all made just for us and we are the pinnacle of all creation.

Religious beliefs of today are substantively the same as every other discarded superstitious belief of the past. If it's silly to believe in Zeus and Apollo and Thor and Osiris, it's just as silly to believe in Allah or Jehovah.

Every single bit of proposed "evidence" for the existence of God has either been totally debunked or can be explained through other means. And it is obvious any justification for believing in God is part of an ever-shrinking "god of the gaps" argument.

The Holy scriptures that supposedly provide the only source for knowledge about God are riddled with internal inconsistencies and blatantly wrong information about the world and world history.

It is also blindingly obvious every depiction of God that is actually worshiped by anybody is riddled with logical inconsistencies. How can God be all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving if he permits massive suffering throughout the entire universe (and not just suffering caused by man's free will)? Why would an all-loving God set up a system whereby the vast, vast majority of his children would never get a chance to hear the "truth" and be saved, and thus be condemned to an eternity of torture? How can God simultaneously be immaterial and timeless ("pure mind") and still interact with the material world?

"God moves in mysterious ways" and "God always answers prayers, but sometimes the answer is no" are just lame excuses to explain why God rarely (if ever) keeps his supposed promise to actually GIVE the faithful what they ask for in faith.



 

An imaginary God gives some people hope. This is true... but it's a false hope. It's no good for the future of mankind. God and religion must die in order for man to succeed.

Imagine, for instance, a man wants to believe there is a diamond, the size of a refrigerator, buried somewhere in his yard. No doubt it would feel uncommonly good to believe this.

Just imagine what would happen if he then followed the example of religious moderates and maintained this belief along pragmatic lines: When asked why he thinks there is a diamond in his yard that is thousands of times larger than any yet discovered, he says things like, "This belief gives my life meaning" or "This belief gives me hope" or "My family and I enjoy digging for it on Sundays" or "I wouldn't want to live in a universe where there wasn't a diamond the size of a refrigerator buried in my back yard."

Clearly these responses are inadequate. But they are worse than that. They are the responses of a madman or an idiot.

Anyone who believes in God is delusional... just like the man who believes there is a diamond the size of a refrigerator buried somewhere in his yard.



 

Pascal's Wager

Pascal's Wager is the argument that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. Why? Well, their argument is if God does actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas they stand to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).

There are several things wrong with this.

(1) The most notable is that you believe only ONE god exists. There are many, many religions and there have been many, many gods! Over the years man has worshiped thousands and thousands of different gods. If you believe in a god, to think "your god" is the "one and only true god" is very, very naive. If there is a god and you chose the wrong one, you're no better than an atheist who chooses no god at all. You're just as likely to be "angering God."

One of my favorite quotes: "How thoughtful of God to arrange matters so that wherever you happen to be born, the local religion always turns out to be the right one."

(2) Secondly, if there is no God, you DO lose something. The finite loss mentioned above is huge. You lost the ONE chance you had while on this planet to think for yourself. You lived your whole life, the one and only life you had, based upon a lie. If a Christian, for example, is wrong, they have lost EVERYTHING -- their entire belief system, their morals, and in the case of some, literally their entire life's work.

Religions require people to...

donate money; participate in rituals; spend time in houses of worship; follow rules about what to eat, what to wear, what drugs to avoid, and who to have sex with; cut off ties with their gay children, suppress their sexuality. reject evolution, reject blood transfusions; refuse to consider interfaith marriage or interfaith friendship; memorize a long stretch of religious text and recite it in public at age thirteen; spend their weekends knocking on strangers' doors, pestering them to join the faith; bear as many children as they physically can; disown their children if they leave the faith; obey their husbands without question; not get tattoos, etc., etc., etc.

(3) Belief in God can actually bring harm. I'll give one example, but there are many. There are Christians in Nigeria who are killing their own children because they believe in God and their God said you shall not allow witches to live, and they believe their children are witches.

(4) Many people believe there are other possibilities besides just Heaven and Hell, such as progression to a better plane or just hanging around as ghosts or reincarnation. Neither of those require the existence of a god to be possibilities.

(5) Believing in the wrong God has additional problems. Most religions assure you that blasphemers will be more severely punished than un-believers. Again, your chances of picking the "right god," based upon the number of gods to choose from, is very small.

(6) If the Christian god is indeed omnipotent, He will know who are "true believers" and who worships him only to be on the "safe side."


Pascal's Wager assumes the stakes of the bet are zero. As you can see above, the stakes are far from zero.

Question: What is the fate of the unlearned? What happens to people who have not encountered the specific religion in which Hell is an issue? What happened to the billions of people who died long before Christ was supposedly born? What happens to the infants and children and young adults who have not learned about religion yet at all?

It is important to note that Pascal's Wager isn't an argument for why God exists and is really real. Pascal's Wager is, in fact, 100% disconnected from the question of whether God exists. Pascal's Wager offers no evidence of God's existence. What it is, is misdirection. Distraction. It's a way of drawing attention away from how crummy the arguments for God's existence really are.

I submit you would enjoy life even more than you do now, if you accept the fact there is no Heaven and no after-life. You will come to discover you don't need to be comforted by an imaginary wizard living in the clouds.

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.


 

A god that does not manifest in reality is indistinguishable from a god that does not exist.

(Matt Dillahunty)
Assume you're eating in a restaurant and you begin choking on your food.

A theist is standing nearby.

Do you want him to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on you or do you want him to pray for you?

(Lawrence Krauss)
God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance, that is getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time goes on.

(Neil deGrasse Tyson)
Gods are fragile things. They may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.

(Chapman Cohen)


 

I contend we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do.

When you understand why you dismiss all of the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.

(Stephen Roberts)
To most Christians, the Bible is like a software license. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click 'I agree.'

(Bill Maher)
The best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible.

(Mark Twain)
Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.

(Isaac Asimov)



The road to atheism is littered with Bibles that have been read cover to cover.

(Andrew Seidel)



 

 

Many Christians claim that God is the actual author of the Bible and that humans merely transferred the inspired words to papyri.

If that was true, it would be expected that the style of writing would be consistent throughout, similar, for example, to the similar writing style seen in each of Charles Dickens books.

This is not the case. Many of the 66 Bible books have very different styles, indicating that they were written by different people. The various writing styles indicate that God did not inspire the writers, but rather that they used their own minds to create their stories.

The Black Plague (aka The Black Death)

From 1346 to 1353, a devastating pandemic hit Europe causing the death of approximately 75 to 200 million people. Entire families were wiped out and villages were turned into ghost towns. Houses became empty because all of the inhabitants had died. Fields and animals went untended causing crops to fail and the animals to die.

Most people thought that a vengeful God caused this catastrophe and the remedies of choice were prayer, fasting, and mystical rituals. All of these were ineffective, of course, and when there seemed to be no end in sight, most people thought the world was coming to an end.

The Black Plague offers a multi-faceted demonstration of the non-reality of the Christian faith.

First, it convincingly showed the ineffectiveness of prayer, as God ignored millions and millions of prayers of the suffering Europeans.

Second, it showed the callousness of God to human suffering, as the plague caused pustules and tumors to grow almost visibly, fever, vomiting of blood, and pneumonia as victims suffered immense pain for up to a week before their deaths.

Third, it highlighted the failure of God to enlighten people of the causes and prevention of disease either through scripture or divine revelation. Had this been done, the range and scope of the outbreak would have been much less severe.

Fourth, it revealed God's flawed design of the human body to be so vulnerable to this pathogen.

In short, the Black Plague is exactly what would be expected from evolution, a godless process that has no preference or partiality for humans. For an objective observer, it provides a compelling clue that Christianity is false.


 

Religion does three things effectively. It divides people, it controls people, and it deludes people.

(Mary Alice McKinney)
Religion is the most perverted system ever shown on man.

(Thomas Jefferson)
Religious wars are nothing more than people killing each other who has the better imaginary friend.

(Napolean Bonaparte)
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

(Edward Gibbon)


 

Religion is bullshit. Big-time, major-league bullshit.

(George Carlin)
Religion is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.

(Albert Einstein)
Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.

(Mark Twain)
Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious people.

(Gregory House, M.D.)


 

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, and it will eventually fade away as adopt reason and science as our guidelines.

(Bertrand Russell)
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

(Blaise Pascal)
The one thing I think is really dangerous in many religions is that it gives a gold-plated excuse to stop thinking.

(Daniel Dennett)
What worries me about religion is it teaches people to be satisfied with not understanding.

(Richard Dawkins)


 

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.

(Robert Green Ingersoll)
Convincing oneself that a belief is true when there is no proof for it, and, in fact, there is evidence against it, is deceiving the mind and judgment thereof.

Yet again, religion meets the criteria for delusion.
If you "found God" at the most vulnerable part of your life it's because the vulnerable are much easier to brainwash.


 

SLAVE; noun.

1. a
person entirely under the domination of some influence or
person




DELUSION; noun

1. an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument
BRAINWASH; noun
 
1. a method for systematically changing attitudes or altering beliefs, originated in totalitarian countries

2. any method of controlled systematic indoctrination, especially one based on repetition or confusion


BRAINWASH
; verb

1. make (someone) adopt radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure




 

There is either a god who sends child rapists to rape children or there is a god who simply watches it and says, "When you're done I'm going to punish you."

If I could stop a person from raping a child, I would. That's the difference between me and your God.

(Tracie Harris)

Note: Theists will argue a god who prevents a rapist from raping is a violation of the rapists free will.  Hogwash.  What about the free will of the victim? His or her free will is now being violated. If someone's free will has to be violated, why not the rapist? Furthermore, stopping the rapist prevents them from acting upon their will, it is not a violation of it.

Let's face it, since God allows rape, one must conclude He is either impotent, evil, or imaginary.
We're under some gross misconception that we're a good species, going somewhere important, and at the last minute we'll correct our errors and God will smile on us. It's delusion.

(Farley Mowat)





Since it is inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is they are all wrong.

(Christopher Hitchens)



 

Why do people believe in God?

Unfortunately, humans are wired to believe in God. Evolution has programmed us to avoid death at all costs, and since almost every religion has promised a paradise in an after-life, we are attracted to claims that soften or erase the fear of death.

We believe an after-life because it is an attractive option that appears on the surface to continue our existence. For many, this belief helps them cope with the fear of death.

Abolishing this belief requires one to be completely intellectually honest with oneself. It is not easy for people to admit our consciousness ends with our death, yet this adds value to our life and stresses the importance of enjoying every moment.

Christians are often hurt when atheists attack their beliefs. It seems hateful. Being told your God doesn't exist, being told you're not going to Heaven, being told you're not part of anybody's divine plan... well, these things hurt.

You must try to realize atheists are against the belief, not the believer. Atheists don't hate you. They are simply against your sick, awful, abhorrent, abusive beliefs.  They hate seeing your belief keeping you trapped in a state of constant delusion.


 

I have no need for a god who doesn't feed a hungry child today, but promises you a heaven tomorrow.

(Kamal Haasan)
We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.

(Gene Roddenberry)
Never argue with stupid people. They'll drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

(Mark Twain)
Never be a spectator of unfairness and stupidity. The grave will supply plenty of time for silence.

(Richard Hitchens)


 

I know Christianity, especially Catholicism, like the back of my hand. And my education has given me the freedom to know it is completely absurd for me to believe it.

(Amber Heard)
But Marge, what if we picked the wrong religion? Every time we go to church we're just making God madder and madder!

(Homer Simpson)
God can either do nothing to stop catastrophes, or he doesn't care to, or he doesn't exist.

God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary.

Take your pick, and choose wisely.

(Sam Harris)
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

(Carl Sagan)



 

Bone cancer in children? What's that about?

How dare him. How dare he create a world where there is such misery that is not our fault. It's not right. It's utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?

Because the God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac, utter maniac. Totally selfish. We have to spend our life on our knees thanking him?! What kind of god would do that?

Yes, the world is very splendid but it also has in it insects whose whole life cycle is to burrow into the eyes of children and make them blind. They eat outwards from the eyes. Why? Why did you do that to us? You could easily have made a creation in which that didn't exist. It is simply not acceptable.

It's perfectly apparent he is monstrous. Utterly monstrous and deserves no respect whatsoever. The moment you banish him, life becomes simpler, purer, cleaner, more worth living, in my opinion.

(Stephen Fry)

 

 

If someone went to their doctor, would they want him/her using a 2,000-year-old medical journal to help diagnose their illness, or would they want him/her to use a journal from the current year?

The current year, of course.

But some of these same people have NO problem getting guidance from a 2,000+-year-old book of myth and fairy tales.

Absolutely astounding.

How can an atheist deny God?

It's easy. The same way a Christian denies everyone else's God.





Atheism: Having the courage to tell people you're not afraid of their imaginary friend.

 
I think rape, slavery, child abuse, and genocide are always wrong.

And just like that, I am more moral than your God.





Organized religion is like organized crime. It preys on people's weaknesses, generates huge profits for its operators, and is almost impossible to eradicate.
Believing in God and other supernatural beings and phenomena does NOT make you "open-minded."

It means you lack knowledge in the subjects of science, critical thinking, and human belief.

While most religions people adamantly believe the same things over a lifetime, even in the face of conflicting evidence, most nonbelievers revise their points of view when presented with new evidence that disconfirms what they originally thought.

 

 

Atheism is not a solution for improving our world.

Instead, we will need to replace harmful dogma and superstition with humanism and skepticism.

Atheism is just a by-product of this.
Religion - You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend. The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie.

Keep speaking the truth. Whenever one person stands up and says, "Wait a minute. This is wrong." it helps other people do the same thing.
God DOES exist!

Look in the mirror and you'll see him!

That's why his opinions are yours.

That is why only parts of the Bible you like are true.

This is why he knows you so well. He is you... and he only exists in your head.

 

 

There is no God and that's the simple truth.

If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. Oh, there might be some other nonsense in its place, but not the exact nonsense.

However, if all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and eventually we'd find a way to figure it all out again.

(Penn Jillette)

The question I get asked by religious people all the time is, "Without God, what's to stop you from raping all you want?"

And my answer is, I do rape all I want. And the amount I want to rape is zero. I also murder all I want. The amount I want to murder is also zero.

The fact that these people think that if they didn't have this person watching over them, they would go on killing, raping rampages is the most self-damming thing I can imagine.

(Penn Jillette)



 

Insanity is believing your hallucinations are real.

Religion is believing other people's hallucinations are real.

If God gave man free will, how can everything be a part of God's plan?

If everything is part of God's plan, how can man have free will?

Atheism - believing in one less god than you do.

Seriously, that's all there is to it.
 
Large groups of like-minded people who come together often undergo a euphoric experience through the release of oxytocin in the brain, much like a drug.

This what the theist feels in church, not God.



 

The idea of God was not a lie but a device of the unconscious which needed to be decoded by psychology. A personal God was nothing more than an exalted father-figure: desire for such a deity sprang from infantile yearnings for a powerful, protective father, for justice and fairness and for life to go on forever.

God is simply a projection of these desires, feared and worshipped by human beings out of an abiding sense of helplessness. Religion belonged to the infancy of the human race; it had been a necessary stage in the transition from childhood to maturity. It had promoted ethical values which were essential to society.

Now that humanity had come of age, however, it should be left behind.
It's okay to appreciate the food on your table, but thanking God for that food implies that he chooses who gets to eat and who doesn't.

Why would he choose to ignore all of the people in the world who die of starvation each and every day, while providing you with nourishment?

Are you somehow superior to those people?

Please think before participating in mindless traditions.



 

Knock Knock

"Who is it?"

"It's me. Jesus. Let me in."

"Why, Jesus? Why do you want in?"

"I want to save you."

"Save me from what?"

"I want to save you from what I'll do to you if you don't let me in."
When I was a kid my parents would fill my head with nonsense; Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy...

But now that I'm older, I don't fall for that shit anymore. Thank God!
Claiming that someone else's marriage is against your religion is like being angry at someone for eating a donut because you're on a diet.


 

The human brain is amazing organ. It keeps working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, beginning from before you leave the womb right up until the time you find religion.

"An Eskimo hunter asked the local missionary priest: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to Hell?"

"No," conceded the priest. "Not if you did not know."

"Then why," asked the Eskimo earnestly, "did you tell me?"
 



 

There's no Hell mentioned in the Old Testament. The punishment of the dead is not specified there. It's only with gentle Jesus, meek and mild, that the idea of eternal torture for minor transgressions is introduced.

(Christopher Hitchens)
Atheists are often accused of blasphemy, but it is a crime they cannot commit. When the atheist examines, denounces, or satirizes the gods, he is not dealing with persons but ideas. He is incapable of insulting God, for he does not admit the existence of any such being.

(G. W. Foote)



 

I refuse to believe or worship a God who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to Hell if I'm "bad." God sacrificing his only son, knowing he would resurrect him shortly thereafter, doesn't sound like much of a sacrifice to me.

How long was he "dead?" Three days?

Jesus gave up his weekend for your sins.
How can 41% of Americans believe Jesus is coming back?

There's absolutely no evidence whatsoever to show he was here in the first place.
Religion - the practice of training your mind to ignore evidence, logic, and reason while being able to believe in fairy tales based upon faith alone... and being proud of it rather than ashamed.



 

Religious moderation is the direct result of taking scripture less and less seriously.

So why not take it less seriously still?

Why not admit the the Bible is merely a collection of imperfect books written by highly fallible human beings?

(Sam Harris)
120 million of us place the Big Bang 2,500 years after the Babylonians and Sumerians learned to brew beer.

(Sam Harris)
It is terrible that we all die and lose everything we love; it is doubly terrible that so many human beings suffer needlessly while alive. That so much of this suffering can be directly attributed to religion - to religious hatreds, religious wars, religious taboos, and religious diversions of scarce resources - is what makes the honest criticism of religious faith a moral and intellectual necessity.

Unfortunately, expressing such criticism places the nonbeliever at the margins of society. By merely being in touch with reality, he appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.

(Sam Harris)



 

Religion Promotes Tribalism

Infidel, heathen, heretic.

Religion divides insiders from outsiders. Rather than assuming good intentions, adherents often are taught to treat outsiders with suspicion. “Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers,” says the Christian Bible. “They wish that you disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them,” says the Koran (Sura 4:91).

At best, teachings like these discourage or even forbid the kinds of friendship and intermarriage that help clans and tribes become part of a larger whole. At worst, outsiders are seen as enemies of God and goodness, potential agents of Satan, lacking in morality and not to be trusted. Believers might huddle together, anticipating martyrdom. When simmering tensions erupt, societies fracture along sectarian fault lines.

 

Religion Anchors Believers to the Iron Age

Concubines, magical incantations, chosen people, stonings.... 

The Iron Age was a time of rampant superstition, ignorance, inequality, racism, misogyny, and violence. Slavery had God's sanction. Women and children were literally possessions of men. Warlords practiced scorched earth warfare. Desperate people sacrificed animals, agricultural products, and enemy soldiers as burnt offerings intended to appease dangerous gods.

Sacred texts including the Bible, Torah and Koran all preserve and protect fragments of Iron Age culture, putting a god's name and endorsement on some of the very worst human impulses. Any believer looking to excuse his own temper, sense of superiority, warmongering, bigotry, or planetary destruction can find validation in writings that claim to be authored by God.

Today, humanity's moral consciousness is evolving, grounded in an ever deeper and broader understanding of the Golden Rule. But many conservative believers can't move forward. They are anchored to the Iron Age. This pits them against change in a never-ending battle that consumes public energy and slows creative problem solving.

Religion Makes a Virtue out of Faith. 

Trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus. 

So sing children in Sunday schools across America. The Lord works in mysterious ways, pastors tell believers who have been shaken by horrors like brain cancer or a tsunami. Faith is a virtue.
 
As science eats away at territory once held by religion, traditional religious beliefs require greater and greater mental defenses against threatening information. To stay strong, religion trains believers to practice self-deception, shut out contradictory evidence, and trust authorities rather than their own capacity to think. This approach seeps into other parts of life. Government, in particular, becomes a fight between competing ideologies rather than a quest to figure out practical, evidence-based solutions that promote wellbeing.

 

Religion Teaches Helplessness

Que sera, sera - what will be will be. Let go and let God.

We've all heard these phrases, but sometimes we don't recognize the deep relationship between religiosity and resignation. In the most conservative sects of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, women are seen as more virtuous if they let God manage their family planning. Droughts, poverty and cancer get attributed to the will of God rather than bad decisions or bad systems; believers wait for God to solve problems they could solve themselves.

This attitude harms society at large as well as individuals. When today's largest religions came into existence, ordinary people had little power to change social structures either through technological innovation or advocacy. Living well and doing good were largely personal matters. When this mentality persists, religion inspires personal piety without social responsibility. Structural problems can be ignored as long as the believer is kind to friends and family and generous to the tribal community of believers.



 

Christians: "The church doesn't do any harm."

What? Are you kidding me?

We have, first of all, Christians in Nigeria who are killing their own children because God said you shall not allow witches to live, and they believe their children are witches.

We have Christians in Uganda who are passing laws to make it a life sentence to partake in homosexuality.

We have Christians in Africa telling people in Aids-ridden nations not to wear condoms.

We have Christians here in the US who don't believe in women's rights.

We have Christians who are trying to trample the rights of gays.


Nah, religion doesn't do any harm.

Catholic Church Practiced Castration 

The church needed soprano singers to voice their scores and at some point didn't want to rely strictly on prepubescent boys who quickly outgrew their high pitch skills.  Women could not be used because they were to remain silent in church.  So their solution?  Castrate boys before they reached puberty so that their voices would remain in the soprano range for life.  They were called castrati. This butchery continued for hundreds of years, ending only in the 19th Century.

From:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castrato

The Catholic Church's involvement in the castrato phenomenon has long been controversial, and there have recently been calls for it to issue an official apology for its role.  As early as 1748, Pope Benedict XIV tried to ban castrati from churches, but such was their popularity at the time that he realized that doing so might result in a drastic decline in church attendance.

This unfortunate practice revealed three flaws in Christian philosophy- a denigration of women, a callous attitude to performing damaging and irreversible surgery on minor children, and a reluctance to issue a necessary apology.


Nah, religion doesn't do any harm.




 

And yet people ask what's the harm of religion - and we cite all these different problems with religion: the global gag-rules and things like that, the oppression of different people, etc. 

But there's a bigger harm with religion, and it's the reason why I'm outspoken about it.  It's because the average feel-good Johnny-in-the-pew person who is decent and kind and loving and good to their family and generally a good person to be around has polluted their mind to the point where they are unable to take credit for their accomplishments and responsibility for their actions. They are unable to interact on an interpersonal level with the people around them, to build a community in this cooperative society where that is absolutely essential.

They have got this mentality that they are worthless without God.

Matt Dillahunty
I'll live for me and for other real people. Until some god gives me five minutes of their time... they deserve none of mine.

Matt Dillahunty

 


 

There is no such thing as a single, global Christianity, but instead many different local Christianities, which often do not recognize each other, accept each other, or even understand each other.

(David Eller)
If this is your god he's not very impressive. He's got many psychological problems. He's insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes. He's a pretty poor excuse for a Supreme Being.

(Spock - The God Thing, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek script)
When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life.

(Sigmund Freud)
Ignorance is a virus.

Once it starts spreading, it can only be cured by reason.

For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure.

(Neil deGrasse Tyson)



 

I don't deny you your right to believe whatever you like, but I have the right to point out it's ignorant and dangerous for as long as your baseless superstitions keep killing people. If God himself was not able to render human nature sinless, what right did he have to punish man for being being sinless? When God put the Tree of Knowledge in the center of the garden, did he know what would happen?

If he did, he set us up for failure. If he didn't, he is not all-knowing.
How could Adam and Eve know eating the fruit was "wrong" if it took eating the fruit for them to get the knowledge of what "right and wrong" means?



 

Religion is a devastating virus.

It spreads to the children of theists, without the child having a say or knowing better, essentially brainwashing them.

It teaches people to ignore logic - that it is okay to accept something for which there is no evidence, as truth.

It triggers irrational emotions of anger and superiority while allowing them to be protected from people calling the virus of their beliefs ludicrously stupid.

It harms people the same way verbal abuse does, in the constant threat of Hell if you're "bad," which is ingrained into the person's thinking, using fear to control them.

Religion is poisonous.

At the end of a televised debate, both debaters were asked one final question: "What would make you change your mind?"

Ken Ham, Australian Christian Fundamentalist answered, "Nothing."

Bill Nye, American science communicator answered, "Evidence."


And therein lies all the
difference in the world.



 

The problem with faith is that it really is a conversation stopper. Faith is a declaration of immunity to the powers of conversation. It is a reason why you do not have to give reasons, for what you believe.

(Sam Harris)
If religious instruction were not allowed until children attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.

(Christopher Hitchens)
You can't convince a believer of anything, for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep-seated need to believe.

(Carl Sagan)



 

Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;

Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:

But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.

And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.


Deuteronomy 13:7-10

If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21

But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:

Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

Deuteronomy 22:20-21


 


 

But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

Genesis 19:4-8

(Translation: Lot offers up his own virgin daughters to be gang-raped, since this is apparently less wicked than consensual homosexual acts. And specifically because Lot did this, God saves him as the only righteous person in Sodom.)



 

Religion has no place in society today. We are now capable of scientific exploration.

The more we rely up a magical fairy in the sky, the further behind we are going to be.

Teaching kids to ask magical beings to solve their problems creates irresponsible adults who fail to find solutions.






Don't take it personally. I reject all gods, not just yours.
Suggesting I hate people with religion because I hate religion is like suggesting I hate people with cancer because I hate cancer.

(Rick Gervais)
Your ignorance of scientific knowledge is not evidence a god exists.

Don't settle for belief in fairy tales just because you are overwhelmed by questions for which you have no answers.



 

Twinkle Twinkle Little God
Science tells us you're a fraud
Existing in the minds of fools
Stay out of the public schools
Sky Daddy is fake
Big Brother is real
But give each the chance
And your money they'll steal



 

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

(Richard Dawkins)
It turned out I was pretty good in science. But again, because of the small budget, in science class we couldn't afford to do experiments in order to prove theories. We just believed everything. Actually, I think that class was called Religion. Religion class was always an easy class. All you had to do was suspend the logic and reasoning you were being taught in all the other classes.

(George Carlin)
The fact that a believer might be happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man might be happier than a sober one.

(MarxGeorge Bernard Shaw)


 

How safe would your loved ones be if Christians
programmed a robot to enforce God's Will from the Bible?


Task: Kill all unmarried pregnant women
Authorization Code: Genesis 38:24

Task: Kill all infants of no-Christians
Authorization Code: 2 Samuel 12:14

Task: Kill all homosexuals
Authorization Code: Leviticus 20:13

Task: Protect all slave owners from disobedient slaves
Authorization Code: 1 Peter 2:18

Task: Assist in gang rapes of young women
Authorization Code: Genesis 19

Task: Kill all police, firefighters and others who work 7th day
Authorization Code: Exodus 31:15

Task: Kill all uncircumcised males
Authorization Code: Exodus 4:24-25

Task: Kill all who curse their parents
Authorization Code: Leviticus 20:9

Task: Kill all who commit adultery
Authorization Code: Leviticus 20:10

Task: Kill all residents of any city home to a non-Christian
Authorization Code: Deuteronomy 12:13-19


 

If science and education and logic is able to destroy your faith, it's not God you're praying to, it's ignorance. Christian: "What will it take to convince you that God exists?"

Atheist: "I'm not sure... but God must certainly know what it would take to convince me... and apparently he has decided not to put forth that evidence or information."
It's often hard to accept the answer "We don't fully know yet," but it's a much better answer than "I don't know... so it must be God." The only difference between God and Adolf Hitler is that God is more proficient at genocide.


 

If you wake up tomorrow morning thinking that saying a few Latin words over your pancakes is going to turn them into the body of Elvis Presley, you have lost your mind.

But if you think more or less the same thing about a cracker and the body of Jesus, you're just a Catholic.

(Sam Harris)
We could be 1,500 years ahead if it hadn't been for the church dragging science back by its coattails and burning our best minds at the stake.

(Catherine Fahringer)
If the God of the Bible was real, I consider him an immoral thug and I wouldn't worship him.

If some other God exists, I wouldn't worship that God either because I believe worship itself, this idea of devout reverence to an individual, is fundamentally immoral.

In both cases I would believe they existed and I may well respect the individual, provided they can give justification for their thoughts.

(Matt Dillahunty)



 

During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live.

Therefore the Church, after doing its duty in but a lazy and indolent way for 800 years, gathered up its halters, thumbscrews, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. The Church worked hard at it night and day for nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean of their foul blood.

Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches and never had been.

One does not know whether to laugh or to cry.

(Mark Twain)


 

Let me see if I understand this story:

A cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever with eternal happiness if you symbolically eat his flesh, and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, while he will remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because at the dawn of time a woman who was magically created from a male rib was convinced by a talking snake to eat fruit from a magical tree.

Am I missing anything?


 

Let's just grant the possibility that there is a Creator God, who's omniscient, who occasionally authors books. And he's going to give us a book - the most useful book. He's a loving God, he's a compassionate God, and he's going to give us a guide to life. He's got a scribe, the scribe's going to write it down.

What's going to be in that book? I mean, just think of how good a book would be if it were authored by an omniscient deity!

There is not a single line in the Bible or the Koran that could not have been authored by a first century person. There is not one reference to anything - there are pages and pages about how to sacrifice animals, and keep slaves, and who to kill and why. There's nothing about electricity, there's nothing about DNA, there's nothing about infectious disease, the principles of infectious disease. There's nothing particularly useful, and there's a lot of iron age barbarism and superstition in there.

This is not a candidate book.

(Sam Harris)
The truth is that religion, as we speak of it - Islam, Christianity, Judaism - is based on the claim that God dictates certain books. He doesn't code software, he doesn't produce films, he doesn't score symphonies, he is an author. And this claim has achieved credibility because these books are deemed so profound they could not have possibly been written by human authors.

Please consider for a moment how differently we treat scientific claims and texts and discoveries. Isaac Newton went into isolation for 18 months starting in the year 1665. When he came out of his solitude he had invented the calculus; he had discovered the laws of motion and universal gravitation; he had single-handedly created the field of optics. No one thinks this was anything but a man's labor. And it took 200 hundred years of continuous ingenuity on the part of some of the smartest people who ever lived to substantially improve upon Newton's work.

How difficult would it be to improve the Bible? Anyone in this room could improve this supposedly inerrant text scientifically, historically, ethically, spiritually - in moments.

If God loves us and wanted to guide us with a book of morality, it's very strange to have given us a book that supports slavery, that demands that we murder people for imaginary crimes like witchcraft. The true basis for hope in our world is open-ended conversation; And religion has shattered our world into competing moral communities. What we have to convince ourselves of, is that love and curiosity is enough for us - and intellectual honesty is the guardian of that.

(Sam Harris)


 

Christians are obligated to accept the fact that God first chose to minister and support only the Jews, and to ignore all others, and even to assist the Jews in plundering the neighboring gentile populations.

At the time there were large civilizations in Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Australia. People living in these areas did not learn anything about Jesus until centuries later, some even until around 1,500 years later.

To consider this fact is sobering. Why would a god do this, ignore humans for tens of thousands of years only to present himself solely to a desert tribe on a tiny spot of land?

A much more reasonable explanation?  The Jewish people invented a god that favored them, just like every other culture that has existed.



 

I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.

(Thomas Jefferson)
I refuse to believe in a god that would send me to Hell just for not believing in him.

(Bob Snuka)
Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.

(Penn Jillette)
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.

(Bertrand Russell)


 

People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs. The argument isn't evolution vs. creation.  It's logic and reason vs. superstition and ignorance. I know an invisible giant with superhuman powers. He made the universe in a week and he kills people who don't worship him. His name is Norman and he's a talking pink squirrel.

That last sentence was the only one they locked me up for.
The most powerful nation on earth has millions of literate, educated citizens who actually believe a talking snake tempted a woman to eat a magic apple that caused her to be ashamed of her genitals?

What chance do we have of talking sense to these idiots?


 

Several fact-challenged televangelists have claimed Harry Potter books promote witchcraft and satanic worship. In essence it's just a jealous outlash. The Harry Potter series is far better fiction than their bible and Harry is much more likable than their completely deranged, hate-mongering god!

(EA Miller)
Common sense should tell you gods are the creation of man. Never mind what's written in the holy books.

The writing of fiction is as old as writing itself.

In fact, I'd go further and say fiction (the ability to fool others) is older than the written world, maybe older even than the spoken word.

(Anthony W. Allsop)
I have never, in all my life, not for one moment, been tempted toward religion of any kind. The fact is that I feel no spiritual void. I have my philosophy of life, which does not include any aspect of the supernatural and which I find totally satisfying.

I am, in short, a rationalist and believe only that which reason tells me is so.

(Issac Asimov)



 

Adolf Hitler dispatched Jews to the concentration camps and gas chambers for no reason other than their ethnic identity. This was a temporal punishment; it sometimes lasted only a few days.

God, on the other hand, is prepared to send good, well-accomplished, and generous people to a place of everlasting punishment and torture for the ‘crime' of not believing in something for which no credible evidence exists.

The god of the Bible is, in effect, worse than Hitler.

Furthermore, the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution states that “cruel and unusual punishments shall not be inflicted”. It should be obvious that placing a person in Hell is both cruel and unusual.

Consequently, Christianity violates the United States Constitution.
Ted Bundy, a convicted murderer of over 30 young women, confessed his sins before his execution and because of this, according to Christian doctrine, was sent directly to Heaven.

On the other hand, Andrew Carnegie, a well-known atheist and philanthropist who donated $350 million ($76 billion in current dollars) to charities, foundations, and universities, was sent to Hell.

It is hard to imagine anything more unjust or immoral, but this absurdity is precisely in accord with conventional Christianity.



 

When one examines the geographic distribution of the major world religions, it can be shown that a person's place of birth is by far the major deciding factor in their choice of religion.

This indicates religious belief is mostly a consequence of childhood and cultural indoctrination, and not the result of objective analysis.

People will put more logical thought into choosing a car than they do in choosing a god.
There are so many reasons why one should reject the Christian faith and all other religions.

Christianity for example, is completely illogical, nonsensical, hypocritical, superstitious, and has no place for an enlightened humanity.

Merely studying the history of the Christian church, with its grotesque torture, its vast intolerance and hypocrisy, and even today, with the rampant Catholic sexual abuse of young children, it's amazing so many still blindly accept this crap, and give their lives away to it.

Christianity, and religion in general, is a retirement home for the mind. It is a morass of nonsense, promulgated through fear. It is a spiritual prison.

A religious philosophy should be simple: live to do the most good, and the least evil. You do not need bibles, priests, prophets, saints, cardinals, and especially a non-existent crucified savior to rescue yourself by demanding conformity.

If humanity is to evolve than it is time to let religion, the source of our greatest fears and superstitions, fall into the dust where it belongs.

 

 

Fictional Stories

Many believes insist the Bible is the inerrant word of God, but for that to be true, it must stand up to critical analysis as a factual history. Any deviation from this ideal would mean that any other portions of the Bible, even the otherwise believable stories, would be suspect for their veracity. 

Most Biblical stories cannot be proven true or false, but, as an example, the following thirteen stories can be considered false beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • Garden of Eden - current science has long surpassed this amateurish explanation of our origins.
  • Noah Flood - there is no evidence of a worldwide flood or that the vessel described could have completed this mission.
  • Census in the gospels - the Romans took great care in documenting their censuses- there was no census at the time of Jesus' birth, and there never was a requirement for people to travel to their birth cities to be counted.
  • Passover prisoner release - the Romans never released a prisoner at the Passover.
  • He who is without sin - the story of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery was added to the scriptures almost 400 years after the fact, and was copied from a previous religious tradition.
  • Hebrew enslavement in Egypt - absolutely no evidence from any source including Egyptian historical records.
  • Camel archaeology - camels were discussed in the Old Testament before any camels existed there.
  • Zombies after Jesus death - Matthew's account of people rising from their graves, walking around the city, and conversing with people is false based on its intrinsic absurdity.
  • Elisha calling down a curse of boys who were mocking him resulting in two bears emerging from the woods and mauling 42 children - false by reason of absurdity.
  • The Tower of Babel - linguistic studies reveal this explanation for different languages to be farcical.
  • Jonah and the whale - a fantastical story borrowed from ancient traditions and with no basis in reality.
  • Joshua 10:13- the sun stood still for over a day - consistent with the then-assumed earth-centered universe, but now understood that this would have caused an epic catastrophe over the whole earth.
  • Cain acquiring a wife out of thin air in Genesis 4:17 when only Adam, Eve, and Cain were supposedly alive at the time.

These are just some of many examples, but they are sufficient to show that the Bible contains a lot of fiction and the extent to which it pervades the book is unknown. It calls into question every story presented in the Bible as being potentially fictional or otherwise exaggerated.


 

The following infamous open letter was written to Dr. Laura Schlessinger after she had made remarks about homosexuals based on her reading of the Old Testament.  The letter destroys the idea that the Bible can be taken literally, or that it is a bastion of morality and ethics.

Dr. Laura,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual un-cleanliness (Leviticus 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.

Leviticus 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Leviticus 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Leviticus 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Leviticus 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Leviticus 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them?  (Leviticus 24:10-16) Couldn't we just stone them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Leviticus. 20:14)


I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan


This should be required reading for any Christian who proposes that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, and that God's laws do not change.  A Christian must concede that the laws that we apply today are not the old Jewish laws, that a radical change has occurred, meaning that changes even from the time of Jesus and Paul might be in order.


 

We read the Golden Rule and judge it to be a brilliant distillation of many of our ethical impulses.

And then we come across another of God's teachings on morality: if a man discovers on his wedding night that his bride is not a virgin, he must stone her to death on her father's doorstep. (Deuteronomy 22:13-21)

(Sam Harris)
The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not 'cowards,' as they were repeatedly described in the Western media, nor were they lunatics in any ordinary sense.

They were men of faith - perfect faith, as it turns out - and this, it must finally be acknowledged, is a terrible thing to be.

(Sam Harris)
The only angels we need invoke are those of our better nature: reason, honesty, and love. The only demons we must fear are those that lurk inside every human mind: ignorance, hatred, greed, and faith, which is surely the devil's masterpiece.

(Sam Harris)



 

The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. - Neil deGrasse Tyson The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact.
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Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.
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Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.
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Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
 

So let's start a movement called Stupid Design, and we'll see where that takes us. For example, what's going on with your appendix? It's much better at killing you than it is at anything else. That's definitely a stupid design... or the fact that you breathe and drink through the same hole in your body, causing some fraction of us to choke to death every year? And here's my last one. Ready? Down there between our legs, it's like an entertainment complex in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that?

Neil deGrasse Tyson


 

Sin isn't a valid concept to nonbelievers. Sin is defined as actions that transgress against the will of God.


SIN; noun

1. an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.



Atheists care about how their actions effect others, not if they offend some deity they don't believe in.
I made a list of things that I might consider sin if the concept of sin were valid:

1) Credulity, gullibility. I'd say that's a sin.

2) Voluntary willful ignorance. I'd say that's a sin.

3) Letting fear prevent you from understanding reality. I'd call that a sin.

4) Limiting the rights and freedoms of others in order to make them abide by your standards. That's a sin.

5) Sacrificing the mental, emotional and physical well-being of a child in deference to your religion. That's a sin.

6) Wasting the one and only life that you know you're going to have, worrying about and working for an afterlife that somebody told you might be there. That's a sin.

(Matt Dillahunty)


 

If you know nothing about how a car works, you would think it is quite magical how you can just press the accelerator pedal and it moves. All you see is the shiny exterior and the passenger cabin but nothing else.

This is the situation with most Christians - they only see the shiny exterior of their faith. 

Here's how to be that kind of Christian:
  • Do not study anything about church history.
  • Read only select portions of the Bible, principally the more popular verses of the New Testament.
  • Get most of your Christian education from your priest or pastor.
  • Do not think too deeply or critically about your faith.

To continue with this analogy, if you look under the hood of the car, examine the parts, and study the science and mechanics behind how it works, it no longer seems magical.

This is precisely what happens when an objective person "looks under the hood" of Christianity.  It is so easy
to see how it came about, plagiarized other traditions, evolved, devolved, changed, and became distorted over two thousand years, without any need to postulate the existence of a single miracle, or the presence of a god, a devil, angels, or demons.

Christianity exists today only because most of its followers are intellectually lazy and all too willing to accept a reassuring fable over a harsh but authentic reality.

 

I don't understand how any Christian woman, or anyone who is for the rights and equality of women, can endorse the Bible.

In the New Testament, the Bible decrees:

 "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." (1 Tim. 2:11-14)

One Bible verse alone, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" (Exodus 22:18) is responsible for the death of tens of thousands of women.

Do women and those who care about them need further evidence of the great harm of Christianity, predicated as it has been on these and similar teachings about women?

Church writer Tertullian said, "each of you women is an Eve...You are the gate of Hell, you are the temptress of the forbidden tree; you are the first deserter of the divine law."

Martin Luther decreed: "If a woman grows weary and at last dies from childbearing, it matters not. Let her die from bearing, she is there to do it."

Such teachings prompted 19th-century feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton to write: "The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of woman's emancipation."

The various Christian churches fought tooth and nail against the advancement of women, opposing everything from women's right to speak in public, to the use of anesthesia in childbirth (since the Bible says women must suffer in childbirth) and woman's suffrage. Today the most organized and formidable opponent of women's social, economic and sexual rights remains organized religion.

Say NO to religion!

There are more than 200 Bible verses that specifically belittle and demean women.  And this is the book Christians use to guide their life?  Wake up and open your eyes!

 

 


 
The argument isn't evolution vs. creation.  It's logic and reason vs. superstition and ignorance. You don't get to advertise all of the good you think your religion does, without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does, and considering the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better. If your religion says you will spend an eternity in Hell, just because you don't believe in your god, (when there is no evidence to support that such a god ever existed), you need to find a new religion.



 

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.
No religion is greater than truth.

No faith is greater than fact.

(Malcolm X)
If you won't convert to another religion "on faith" and "without evidence" what makes you think I would convert to your religion "on faith" and "without evidence?" Theist:  What if you're wrong and you go to Hell for being an atheist?

Atheist:  What if Islam is right and you go to Hell for being a Christian?

Logic.  It works just like that.

 

 

Have you ever stopped to consider what the world might be like if everyone gave that 10% to medical research or charity every month, instead of to a church?

The Bible is NOT the evidence! 
The Bible is the CLAIM!

We're still at zero evidence,
much less proof, of any gods.

If your religion teaches you not to question, then your religion is hiding something from you.



 

Hello. I am God.  I can do everything and I know everything. I am testing you all the time, to see what you will do, although I already know in advance what you will do. And although I created you and I know what you will do, I will still punish you for what you will do, since it is all part of my divine plan.

(God)