Tag: religion

Blasphemy laws around the world

Anti-blasphemy legislation still exists in many countries around the world, including those dominated not only by Islam but also by Christianity. You’d be surprised at how many countries have blasphemy laws, even supposedly civilized “Western” nations! Americans, count yourselves lucky to have the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and do NOT take it for […]

Egyptian and Mithraic influence on Christianity

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We mythicists and comparative religion/mythology scholars and students often hear apologies attempting to refute comparisons between the Egyptian religion, Mithraism and Christianity. These rebuttals include that Egypt had nothing to do with the creation of Christianity and that Mithra’s birth was not celebrated on December 25th or the winter solstice, as many have claimed. Both […]

Believing the unbelievable

Excerpted from the essay/ebook: “Believing the Unbelievable” by Barbara G. Walker Why are human beings so frequently prone to believing the unbelievable, trusting the improbable, being convinced by the very eccentricity of the impossible? As a species, we seem to want marvels and miracles more than facts. This might account for the almost assured success […]

Human-hating, sociopathic religious fanatics

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Time and again, devotees prove that religious fanaticism causes sociopathic behaviors, including intense human-hatred, misogyny and violence. The hatred and bile with which religious fanatics attack those who question, critique or reject the ideology they follow are relentless and depraved. This sociopathic behavior in defense of an unfeeling ideology often borders on and carries over […]

Why are young people leaving religion in droves?

Gee, I dunno. Maybe because the standard religious beliefs and practices globally are irrational, illogical, ineffective, intolerant, guilt-inducing, fear-promoting, bigoted, sexist, divisive, hateful, cruel and violent? I have little doubt that this healthy and welcome move away from religious fanaticism is due significantly to the American Constitution and secular ideals of our freethinking Founding Fathers. […]

Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ remark fuels women’s increasing skepticism of religion

I’m all broke up! Women, please leave these idiotic male-dominant cults in droves NOW!!! They are manmade, FALSE and destroying the world. ‘Legitimate rape’ remark fuels women’s increasing skepticism about religion A roar has erupted over the now-famous phrase “legitimate rape,” Rep. Todd Akin’s clumsy attempt to justify fundamentalists’ justification of strict anti-abortion measures. Echoing […]

Rhode Island student follows American Founders, gets hate speech, death threats

Bring back the witch burnings! The brouhaha involving Rhode Island high school student Jessica Ahlquist, 16, who requested her school remove a prayer banner invoking ‘”Our Heavenly Father,” serves to illustrate how the ideals of the American Founders have been trampled and corrupted by religious fanatics in this country. Ahlquist made a simple request to […]

Religion, internet, wine, pot and veganism may cause your brain to shrink

So suggests an article in Atlantic Wire, which summarizes various substances and activities that might cause brain shrinkage in humans. Included in this list of possible brain-shrinking substances and activities are the following: Chronic back pain Alcohol Internet addiction Sleeplessness/insomnia Vegetarianism/veganism Sunlight deficiency Marijuana use Religious affiliation It would appear that a religious, wine-drinking, internet-addicted, […]

Swiss police arrest Hindus over proposed Bible, Koran burning

In Switzerland, three Hindu fundamentalists tried to invoke Agni the fire god to destroy anti-human and children-abusing hate speech. In this quest, they wanted to burn Bibles and Korans, which are loaded with such hate speech, targeting non-believers, women and all manner of other ethnicities and living creatures. The Hindus’ planned religious ceremony was stopped […]

What is ‘your’ religion?

An exchange on my Freethought Examiner article “Pope further damages Church reputation with Shroud claim” brought up a recurring issue regarding religion and culture: To wit, what is “your” religion and/or culture? Is it really “yours?” Did you create it?  Or was it put upon you from the outside? In the latest incident to remind […]

Religion and mental illness

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I have many religious friends who are clearly not mentally ill. They like to fool themselves into acceptance of their religion by denial that their religion promotes unethical and at times horrific actions, not to mention the acceptance of supernatural occurrences without a smidgen of evidence. There is a wide range of this self delusional […]

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