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When Theists are Crazy

Stop quoting yourself!

Sometimes, you know you’re talking to a crazy person but you can’t actually identify why they’re crazy.  And then it becomes painfully obvious that this person is a lunatic when the proof gets dropped in your lap.

Such is the case when I was debating with a theist over on Minds.  He followed the typical theist tactic of arguing by posting links from apologetics websites and when I pointed out that said links had already been debunked, he would declare that anyone who disagreed with him absolutely didn’t know what they were talking about, because they disagreed.

Yeah.  This is going to end well.

And then I noticed that he kept posting memes.  Of himself.  Of his own quotes.  Because, according to him, he was the only one worth quoting.  I mean seriously, he created a ton of memes of his own sayings that he posts with just about every comment.  Talk about being delusional.

So I pointed out how crazy that is and he says that fine, this is what someone, who isn’t him, said about him.  And I quote:

Ancient Clown was a hippy pothead I met who cultivated a circle of acolytes who believed him to be the second coming, a notion he did nothing to disabuse them of. He was quite charismatic, granted. And he made little trees out of twisted wire. Oh, and he predicted the tsunami several days in advance. Go figure. He managed to wear sandals with no socks for the duration of a Toronto winter, which makes him a fairly impressive individual. Also taught me how to breathe properly.

It all makes sense now why he believes such utterly insane religious nonsense, because he’s fried what little brain he ever had and thinks he’s something special.

Seriously, where do these idiots come from and how do we get rid of them?  That was a couple of hours of my life I can never get back.  It accomplished nothing, which is what most of these so-called debates do.  Taking with crazy people never does a thing and after a while, it becomes painfully clear that you need to slowly back away and call the guys with the nice white coat that ties in the back.  The Internet is full of them.  These people need help.

What is Wrong With These Crazy People?

Now as everyone knows, I’ve been checking out Minds as a new social media platform, not because I have any love for social media, but because a lot of people have been abandoning places like Twitter and Facebook and moving over there and these are, what I thought, were “my people”.

But wow, was I wrong, at least for a sizeable chunk of them.

Now these people are seemingly intelligent, at least they can string together a couple of sentences of decently chosen words, but on more than one occasion, and it’s more than you might even think, these people will be speaking semi-intellectually about things like politics or philosophy and suddenly go into a diatribe about the Illuminati.  Or the flat earth.  Or some other crazy conspiracy theory that leaves me shaking my head, once my jaw stops bouncing off the floor.  Because it makes me wonder what the hell is wrong with these people?

I mean seriously, I was watching one video where this woman was having what seemed to be a serious discussion about the rise of communism in America, when she just broke off into “well, I could talk about the Illuminati or the Bilderbergs, who really run things…” and I just shut off her video.  Sorry, you’ve just lost yourself a viewer.  And I have also noticed that there are a ton, and I mean a metric ton of anti-Semites running around too, blaming the Jews for everything.  I mean, holy crap, what is wrong with these idiots?

There honestly doesn’t seem to be anywhere I can go where people are just rational.  It’s always varying degrees of irrationality.  There’s always some kind of crazy running around out there, even in so-called “skeptic” communities, where people will be pretty decent most of the time until you find that one thing that they are just out of their bloody minds about.

What the fuck is wrong with humanity?

Stupid Racist Communist

Okay, I’m not going to blame this one on the liberals because this idiot is a self-identified communist, but geez, he sure talks like a liberal most of the time even though he claims to hate them.  So we’re in this discussion about racism and he’s making statements about “reverse racism” and I point out that there’s no such thing.  Racism is racism, it doesn’t matter what the race is of the racist or the victim, it’s still just racism.  And he freaks out.

He starts demanding that I tell him what is worse, racism by whites against blacks or racism by blacks against whites.  I respond that both are equally as bad but he doesn’t like that answer so he keeps demanding that I pick one or the other.  Sorry, I don’t play false dichotomies, thank you very much.  Racism is racism, racism against any person is just as bad as racism against any other person, period.  Don’t like that?  Don’t care.

See, he wants to make a point and wants me to pick a choice that lets him do that.  Either I pick that racism against blacks is worse, at which point he gets to attack me as a liberal, or I pick racism against whites is worse, at which point he gets to attack me as a conservative.  When I refused to play his game, he just got mad and started hurling insults, which I have to say wasn’t at all unexpected because people who are unable to articulate a decent point without a “gotcha” really aren’t all that stable or intelligent to begin with.  But he’s a communist, what more really needs to be said?

I honestly have no idea why I keep encountering these crazy people, I just do.  They’re everywhere and the more you encounter them, the more you get the stink of their craziness on you.  It makes me happy that I resolved to know when to walk away from insanity and stop beating my head on the wall.  Now, I just do it with twice as many crazy people for half as long.  Not sure if that’s a real improvement.

That Old Time Libertarian Religion

Social ContractIf there’s anything that doing a YouTube channel has taught me, it’s that libertarians are crazy.  In every comment I get from them, it becomes harder and harder to tell the difference between them and fundamentalist Christians.  There is nothing but blind faith and empty assertions in their ideas and when you point that out, they just double down on the stupidity.

In that, there’s really no difference between the ideas of the libertarian and the ideas of the religious, or, let’s be honest, the ideas of the conspiracy theorist.  You only have to look at the comments on videos like this one or this one to see how clear that is. There really is no fundamental difference between libertarianism and creationism, you have people who are denying demonstrable reality in favor of their daft desires to live in a world that doesn’t happen to be the one they actually live in.  No amount of evidence matters.  If it goes against their religious beliefs or political ideologies, it has to be wrong.

So much of this comes down to dealing with the reality of the social contract.  I recently had someone state that the social contract doesn’t exist, which demonstrably does, but he just doesn’t like the idea, so it magically poofs away in a cloud of irrationality.  He suggests that it’s like saying that because a woman chooses to go eat dinner with a man, she agrees to be raped by him.  Okay, let’s ignore the fact that nobody can, by definition, agree to be raped.  If you agree, it isn’t rape.  How he didn’t realize that one is beyond me.  But still, the use of rape is just an emotional tool, pretty much nobody but rapists actually like rape, therefore you’ve got an automatic negative emotional reaction to the proposition which then gets transferred to the idea that you’re comparing it to.  This is old, dishonest and very common, but anyone with half a clue sees right through it.

Therefore, let’s not talk about rape.  Say you go out to eat at a restaurant.  You are obligated to pay for the food that you consume.  If you don’t, if you try to walk out without paying, you are stopped, the police are called, you are handcuffed and put in the back of a police car, taken to jail, etc.  You don’t get to say “but I didn’t agree to pay!”  Sure you did.  It’s inherent in the transaction.  You have agreed, by your participation in the transaction, to carry your end of the bargain, whether you like it or not.  If you don’t like it, by all means, don’t take part in the transaction.  Don’t go to the restaurant.  Don’t eat the food. Whining that you’re hungry but don’t want to pay for it has no impact on this reality.

The same is true of the social contract.  It has existed in every single society in the history of mankind and always will.  If there are laws, if there are rules and regulations, there is a social contract because people are expected and in fact obligated to follow the laws of the land or face penalties for failing to do so.  That’s what the social contract is.  It is the inherent expectation that people within a society are going to follow the rules set up by that society or face the consequences for not doing so.  There is no way to opt out and you never have to opt in.  You agree to it as a consequence of being part of that society.  The only way out of it is to physically get up and bodily leave the society and find another that you find more acceptable, assuming they’re willing to take you in.  Or you can go find an unclaimed island somewhere and set up your own society, define your own rules and laws and then, you’ll be holding everyone who lives there accountable to your own social contract.  I’m sure the crazy libertarian’s brains will implode at the thought.  Even if there was a libertarian society where the concept of “no force” was in place, that “no force” would be part of the social contract!  Too bad these political wingnuts have no rational thought processes or they’d know that.

It really is no wonder that nobody takes libertarians seriously, except for other libertarians, just like nobody takes the religious seriously, except for other members of their cult.  No one should, these people are completely irrational in their ideas and completely unable to step back and see just how irrational they really are.  As such, ignoring them and/or pointing and laughing seems to be the only worthwhile responses to their insanity.  Since I spend so much time pointing out the idiocy of religion, I have no problem expanding that to crazed political ideologies as well.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.18

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Lots of stupid as a judge orders a couple to get married and write Bible verses or go to jail, 5 women in India are beaten to death as witches, Wal-Mart’s new minimum wage is upsetting workers, as we predicted, two state representatives are having an affair, but they’d rather pretend he was sleeping with a gay prostitute.  Then we look at the Sovereign Citizen movement and just how crazy these people really are.  Get your aspirin ready, you’re going to need it.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.15

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A foodie show, we look at a South African preacher who makes his followers eat live snakes, then crazy theists insist Pepsi is made of dead fetuses, an Australian naturopath convinces a mother to almost kill her baby and the EEOC decides that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LBGTQ from discrimination. Finally, we talk about Donald Trump and his insanity and what it means for the GOP.

Surf, do not run to the podcast!

Natural Rights Loons Drive Me Crazy

libertarians-are-crazyI guess it’s time for another one of those “why are these people so crazy and irrational” posts, owing the the fact that I’ve gotten myself involved, once again, in a debate with libertarians who cannot demonstrate that natural rights actually exist, they just keep repeating that they do over and over and over again.

I’ve said before that belief in natural rights is pretty much identical to religious faith, but it occurs to me that I don’t think I’ve ever run into anyone who believed in natural rights and wasn’t religious.  That’s not saying it can’t happen, I just can’t remember anyone I’ve debated that wasn’t also a theist and I think that’s important.  Of the three libertarians trying desperately to defend their blind faith in natural rights, all of them are fundamentalist Christians.

So anyhow, here’s one quote I wanted to pull to show how bat shit insane these people really are.:

you don’t seem to understand why I find natural rights to be so important. they are part of a philosophy that exists. trying to impose one concept of existence on “things” that are not defined that way is stupid. Does say “roman catholicism” exist? or angry atheism? sure they do-but not the same way say Iron ore or helium gas exists. same with Natural rights vs. a concrete block

Sure they do, but you can point to them in the real world, you can define what they mean and you can differentiate between the two.    I can define what constitutes Catholicism and produce evidence that such a thing actually exists in the real world.  I can define what atheism is and again, produce objective evidence for it’s existence.  Apparently, these libertarians can’t do that with natural rights.  They seem to think there’s a difference between legal rights and natural rights but they just can’t explain it.  They just have an emotional reaction to it.  They want natural rights to exist, the same way they want gods to exist.  These people are also ardent founding father worshippers.  One is saying that because Thomas Jefferson said something, it has to be true because… Thomas Jefferson.  It’s the same thing as claiming that the Bible has to be true because… the Bible.  And yes, they do use that argument, no matter how pathetic that it is.  Of course, I became a heretic when I said I didn’t care what Thomas Jefferson said, I only cared about demonstrable reality.  That didn’t go over well.

To be honest, I get tired of the dance for the same reason I tire of debating fundamentalist Christians.  They have no interest in listening and I have no interest in compromising.  They have no way of providing objective evidence or logical arguments to support their claims and I am not going to accept less.  If you can’t make your case intellectually, then you’ve lost.  It doesn’t stop these people from making the same claims that the religious do, often the exact same claims that the religious do, and ignoring any and all challenges because they are emotionally attached to their beliefs, but it isn’t a worthwhile argument either. What’s the point when “because!” is the only argument they can make?  It’s like debating with a 6-year old.  I really don’t see the point.

Sauron Kills!

EyeofSauronLordoftheRingsReturnoftheKingSeriously, sometimes this stuff is so unbelievably stupid that it’s hard to believe at all.   A local art group in Moscow had planned to mount a replica of Sauron’s Eye on top of a skyscraper to celebrate the release in the last movie in the Hobbit series.  Fans were elated and I’m sure Warner Bros. wouldn’t be unhappy with the free publicity, but the whole plan was kaboshed when… get this… the Russian Orthodox Church claimed that such a display would invite evil upon Russia’s capital and convinced Svechenie, the group who was planning the event, to back down.

Seriously?

Because a scene from a book of fiction is going to do bad things to your country?  According to the group, “We didn’t expect that our fan initiative, which received lots of attention from the media and millions of John R.R. Tolkien fans, would provoke such a reaction from society.”  They went on to add that the display “does not have any religious or political subtext,” as if that really had to be added.

But the spokesman of the powerful Russian Orthodox Church, Vsevolod Chaplin, warned  that the display would be a “symbol of the triumph of evil … rising up over the city.”  He further said that it was a bad thing and people shouldn’t be surprised if something bad happens to the city if it was put up.  The Church has, in recent years, moved to decry anything that it sees as disagreeing with its religious authority and position.  Heavy metal groups like Cannibal Corpse have been banned in Russia and others like Marilyn Manson have had to cancel dates because of religiously-oriented bomb threats.

People in Russia see the horrors that are coming to their land, strengthened in recent years by Vladimir Putin’s highly religious rule.  A fan of Svechenie wrote on their Facebook page, “Guys, it’s a cool idea — we’re with you, but in the Stone Age our people are living in, you’re like Giordano Bruno!”  Yeah, hopefully the Church doesn’t burn them alive like they did Bruno.

Different Levels of Irrationality

IrrationalThere’s a lot of irrationality in the world and lots of people who hold irrational beliefs who point at other people who hold different irrational beliefs in an accusatory manner, like their own silly beliefs are fine, but those other silly beliefs… HERESY! I ran into someone like that recently, whose hypocrisy was so utterly blatant, yet she was completely blind to it.  We were talking about supernatural claims, whether they were worth considering or not and one woman said that she recognized  belief in gods were irrational, but she  believed in ghosts for personal reasons and argued that belief in ghosts was less irrational than belief in gods.

I asked her how she could justify such a statement and she said that at least belief in ghosts caused no harm to the world, it didn’t order a particular set of morals, it didn’t require people attend services or read books or hold a particular worldview.  To her, the belief in ghosts was totally neutral.

Belief in anything irrational is still irrational and if you recognize that it is irrational at all, then you lose all credibility when you continue to hold that belief.  The level of irrationality is just a justification for a belief, it doesn’t make that belief any better than the true wingnuts out there.  You can’t argue that belief in ghosts is better than belief in unicorns, but worse than a belief in leprechauns.  It just doesn’t work that way.

Unfortunately, she’s convinced, as are many irrational people, that because there are a lot of irrational people in the world, that makes irrationality fine and dandy.  That’s like saying that because there are lots of racists around, that makes racism acceptable.  Essentially, she’s arguing that because other people are crazy, nobody can possibly complain about her own brand of insanity.

Bullshit.

Of course, the discussion isn’t going to go anywhere because she can’t be reasoned with, any more than a theist can.  She’s utterly convinced that her belief in ghosts is valid and true and beyond reproach and no amount of logic or reason is going to convince her otherwise because she doesn’t live in a rational world.  She lives in a world where wanting something to be true is all the evidence that she needs that it actually is.  Funny how much that sounds like religion, isn’t it?

We only need one standard, as I told her.  That standard is based on evidence and reason and logic.  It is based on the best supported position, determined by the best currently-available evidence and, at least so far, the factual existence of ghosts doesn’t meet that standard.  She chose to ignore me, which is hardly unexpected, the delusional don’t get their minds changed by rational arguments, especially when she lives in a world where rationality is fairly non-existent.

More sad insanity for the reader to consider.

Libertarians Don’t Get Reality

libertarians are crazyI was recently involved in a discussion about which American third-party had the best chance to go mainstream and what might happen if they did.  Of course, the whole discussion is based on an irrational idea, the whole reason that third parties aren’t mainstream is because they don’t appeal to a sizable number of American voters and the only way to appeal to a sizable number of American voters is to change their platform to such a degree that they’d no longer be that third-party.  Since the majority of third parties in America are very similar to either the Democrats or the Republicans, except for one or two points that they go to extremes on, scaring away the majority of American voters, the only way to become more mainstream is to remove those extreme points, at which time they are virtually indistinguishable from the Democrats or Republicans.

But of course, it wasn’t long until the crazy libertarians showed up, as they always do, and started making absurd claims that show they just don’t comprehend reality.  In this case, one came by and said that tons and tons and tons of people actually supported the Libertarian Party, although it was a conspiracy of sorts why that support never came out in the elections, where the Libertarians have failed, for more than 40 years, to garner even 5% of the electorate to their cause.  So I and a couple of other people started asking questions.  First off, we all know that there are huge swaths of people who wear the libertarian label who are single-issue voters.  They want drugs legalized or they want to own guns or they want to end borders, etc.  They care only about their issue and only vote libertarian because the party supports that issue.  Our libertarian friend agreed that this is an issue and that just because you call yourself a libertarian, that doesn’t mean you actually are one, you have to embrace the “libertarian philosophy”. Great, we agreed that the Libertarian Party is even worse off than one might think  because the majority of it’s support comes from people who don’t drink the Kool-Ade and  don’t buy into the platform, they just want to sponge off of some of the side issues.

This, of course, brings us around to our second point, she then said that she’s been to a lot of libertarian “meetings”.  Not rallies, meetings.  She was very specific on that.  She said that everyone that goes to these meetings buys into the libertarian philosophy hook, line and sinker and that proves that most libertarians are really serious about the platform.  I immediately pointed out that this is a self-selection fallacy.  Very few people  go to these meetings out of the whole of registered libertarians and the ones that do attend will be the ones who accept the ideas that the libertarian leadership is preaching, after all, they are attending these meetings specifically to hear what the leadership has to say.  Those who don’t care are very unlikely to attend.  Therefore, the fact that these meetings are made up of people for whom these meetings are put together proves nothing about the overall makeup of the party or the people likely to vote for libertarian candidates and she just couldn’t get this very simple fact through her head.

There seems to be a very small group at the core of the Libertarian Party that are extremely cultish, they worship the “libertarian philosophy” and declare that anyone who doesn’t structure their entire lives around it “isn’t a real libertarian”.  Yes, those were her exact words.  How is this any different than a religion?  Yet these same people are the ones that are the most vocal, evangelizing the “libertarian gospel” to anyone who will listen and insulting anyone who will not.  The Libertarians are a third party for a reason, their message does not resonate with the majority of American voters and it’s not getting better, their influence is not growing, even after 40 years, their poll numbers aren’t getting higher and their candidates are stagnating at less than 3% of the voting public, often much less.  Yet these people, in election after election, continue to vote for candidates that have no chance in hell of winning and then whining about the majority of Americans who won’t take a chance on their piss-poor political platform.  When most libertarians don’t even take the platform seriously, why should anyone else?

Oh yeah, they have no grasp on reality!

The Craziness of the Calendar

 

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I’ve said before that I write prolifically and that my blogs, both of them, are scheduled out to an absurd degree.  In fact, I often don’t even remember writing many of the posts that come up during the week, I have to go back and re-read them because it’s been literally months since I last thought about it.

 

Therefore, I thought I’d post a picture of my calendar.  I had to get a 3-month calendar just so I can keep track of how much gets written and when I have to schedule my next post.  I know it’s not the clearest picture, but if you strain, you can see that there are two marks, a pink one and a blue one.  Pink marks indicate a post scheduled here.  Blue marks indicate a post scheduled over on my Cephus’ Corner Blog.  Keep in mind, these are only posts that are actually completely written and scheduled, not just planned..

 

As of this writing on March 15, 2014, I have scheduled regular posts out to May 9 here on the Bitchspot Blog. That’s a minimum of 4 posts per week, most weeks have more and as time goes on, I will fill in a lot of those “empty” days.  The Religious Horror Show posts are another matter entirely.  I decided, as I said on the Bitchspot Report Podcast, to do a “Religious Horror Show Week” in June and the number of stories that are actually written at the moment goes up into mid-September.  The number of stories just waiting to be written goes out into late January.  There are far too many religious horrors to be believed.

 

Yeah, it’s insane.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #22

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In an especially lengthy show, Cephus and Mike take on religious failure, weird views on magic, the immigration debate and American education.  Run, don’t walk, to the not-so-little episode we call “Time for sum Edumacatin’

Raising the Bar of Craziness

With the Tom and Katie news lately, which frankly I couldn’t give a flying fuck about, you have lots of people bringing up how crazy the Scientologists are.  I’ll be the first ones to agree that they are, utterly, hopelessly and ridiculously insane.

But they’re not the only ones.

The thing is though, most people I see bitching about the Scientologists are just as religious and don’t want to face the reality that they’re just as crazy as the Scientologists.

I saw someone complaining that the Scientologists sue people to keep secrets about the church buried.  He went on and on and on about how horrible and awful it was that the Church of Scientology teaches it’s members to go out and try to censor anything negative about the church online.  But bring up, say… the Catholic Church and their attempts to do the exact same thing and you’ll be met with blank stares.  They just don’t want to acknowledge that Christians are just as nutty as Scientologists.

Nobody has any monopoly on crazy religious shit, that’s something the religious ought to get through their delusional little heads while they’re pointing fingers at each other and calling each other insane.

The Past Makes You Think

I had mentioned that I did, at one time, kick around the idea of doing a podcast, but for various reasons it never got off the ground.  Out of curiousity last night, I dug around for my copies of the test podcasts and listened to them, in particular, a very long segment where I described my religious background and views, etc.

You know, I was sort of surprised at what I thought a mere 4 years ago.  I made it very clear that I was okay with people believing nonsense so long as they didn’t try to force it on others in any way.

I don’t share that view anymore.

To be honest, while I recognize that I cannot stop anyone from believing whatever irrational crap they stuff into their head, I’m no longer okay with it.  It is harmful, at least in theory if not necessarily in practice, no matter how liberal, no matter how social, no matter how minimal it is.

It’s like saying you’re okay with racism.  I’m not.  I can’t stop anyone from being racist, but I am going to detest the fact that someone holds racist views anyhow.  Those views are, in my opinion, damaging and dangerous to everyone, no matter how casual they might be.

This was even clearer to me when reading an article on Reason Being about congregational support of the abuse claims against Creflo Dollar.  Now this is nothing new, there are tons of cases of pastoral misconduct that are inevitably supported by their congregations. This goes both for believing the pastor is innocent and in defending the actual misdeeds themselves because those deeds must be justified by their faith.  Catholics are notorious for defending their pedophile priests, even beyond the point where it’s known for sure that they molested children.  Faith becomes more important than morality.

It also reminds me of a debate I’m currently having with a theist.  It started out as a discussion about the voices that Joan of Arc heard.  Both of us agree that she was delusional, both of us agree that the voices she heard were just in her head.  However, he keeps making rationalizations for why it doesn’t matter.  Even if it wasn’t saints telling her what to do, she still did “good” and therefore should be entirely excused for being out of her mind.  We then moved on to talking about Jesus and he says that even if the Jesus that’s written about in the Bible wasn’t real, the faith and “good works” that come from believing it justifies the belief.  Faith becomes more important than fact.

The thing is, theism is just part of a much larger problem, although it seems to be one of the largest parts of that problem.  That problem is irrationality.  It’s believing things that aren’t so.  It’s trading critical thinking and an interest in the truth for emotional comfort and soft, illogical views.  It’s wanting to feel good about things so you only embrace those things that feel good.  No matter how fundamentalist or liberal one’s beliefs are, the fact remains that they are believing something that is not factually true.

Faith becomes more important than reality.

People will often say that liberal theists aren’t as dangerous as fundamentalists and this is just one more reason to disagree.  Fundamentalists, in their delusion, won’t even acknowledge the possibility that their faith is wrong.  Many liberal theists, though, not only will acknowledge the possibility, they just don’t care.  Debating fundamentalists is generally pointless because they are intellectually incapable of changing their minds, or even considering doing so.  They are fanatics.  However, and this has become more and more clear to me in the past couple of years, debating liberal theists is likewise pointless because most of them just don’t care if what they believe is true or not!

Matt Dillahunty, over on The Atheist Experience, asks what people believe and why.  Just about everyone can tell him what they believe but virtually no one can tell him why rationally.  They can’t provide good, evidence-based, critically-evaluated reasons why they believe what they believe.  They don’t have any good reason to believe what they believe, then they take that faith-based ignorance and apply it to all aspects of their lives.  Religion and religious thinking poisons everything about an individual.  It poisons how they think, it poisons how they vote, it poisons how they treat their fellow man.

Certainly, there are many things which can influence your thinking and voting, but very few which are so utterly impervious to rational discussion.  You don’t hear many people saying “I understand what you’re saying but the invisible fairy on my shoulder tells me something else so I’m going to have to ignore you.”  Most things can be talked out in a reasoned and rational manner.  Not religion.  I don’t know any other force which could justify killing the Jews or dragging a gay man behind your truck or any of the other atrocities that have been done in the name of religion.  I think that religion is unique in that regard, with the possible exception of insanity.

But really that’s what religion is.  It’s a form of insanity.  It’s a disease, as much as I hate to give in to that much misused terminology.  An adult that still believed in Santa Claus would be considered delusional.  Why isn’t one who believes in an imaginary friend in the sky?

Religion has no place in the modern day.  It must be stopped if man is to continue advancing.