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“Conservative Christianity is now everything it hated”

“Christianity hasn’t changed at all; it’s just used to being the thing that dictates what truth and morality are. Now that society is freeing itself, it has nothing to do but scramble for new hosts any way it can.

It can’t become post-modern, because it’s pre-modern. It’s older than the idea that people shouldn’t be enslaved. Older than the idea that rape is a crime against a woman, rather than against the man who owns her. Older than even the word for genocide, because we didn’t invent that word until we realized that murdering an entire race of people might not be okay.

Religion has been a blight on humanity since the day the first con man met the first moron.”

What a great comment. I did however feel empathy toward the author’s writer,  even though he hasn’t realized Christianity is not true.  I think that the Christians who oppose Trump and who want to actually follow Jesus’s humanistic philosophy are less bad than other Christians who want to follow their church’s leaders and political agendas.

https://sojo.net/articles/conservative-christianity-now-everything-it-once-hated-post-modern-morally-relative-and

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Three Billboards likens christians to gang members

“You know what I was thinking about today? I was thinking about those street gangs they have down in Los Angeles, those Crips and those Bloods. And I was thinkin about that bunch of new laws they came up with in the 1980s, I think it was, to combat those street gangs, those Crips and those Bloods. And, if I remember rightly, the gist of what those new laws were saying was, if you join one of these gangs, and you’re running with them, and down the block one night, unbeknownst to you, one of your fellow Crips or your fellow Bloods shoot up a place or stab a guy…well then, even though you may not know nothing about it and even though you may have just been standing on a street corner, minding your own business..what these new laws said was you’re still culpable. You’re still culpable by the very act of having joined those Crips and those Bloods in the first place. Which got me thinking, Father…that whole type of situation is kinda like you church boys, ain’t it? You got your colors, you got your clubhouse. You’re, for want of a better word, a gang. And if you were upstairs smoking a pipe and reading your Bible…while one of your fellow gang members is downstairs fucking an altar boy, well…Father, just like those Crips and just like those Bloods, you’re culpable..cause you joined the gang, man. I don’t care if you never did shit, you never saw shit, you never heard shit. You joined the gang, you’re culpable. And when a person is culpable to altar boy-fucking, or any kind of boy-fucking, cause I know you guys didn’t really narrow that down…then you kinda forfeit the right to come into my house and say anything about me or my life, or my daughter or my billboards.. So why don’t you just finish up your tea there, Father, and get the fuck out of my kitchen.”

“My 3 Years As a Child Slave in a Magdalene Laundry Run by Sadistic Nuns” + mysterious ways

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/fox-news-priest-assures-storm-victims-little-girl-died-hurricane-part-gods-purpose/God’s plan:

☐ Cure cancer
☐ End world hunger
☐ Bring world peace
☑ Kill scared little girls with a hurricane
☑ Create beaverduck platypus to troll lol
☑ Throw fossils around to confuse people

http://churchandstate.org.uk/2016/09/my-3-years-as-a-child-slave-in-a-magdalene-laundry-run-by-sadistic-nuns/

 

#mysteriousways

 

There’s so much that is evil about religion and so many atrocities commuted in its name that there’s not much left for me to say anymore, other than that we must fight this ultimate evil.

 

 

Sometimes you can’t stay friends with Koreans just because they’re Christian

Asian Christians are insane extremists, especially the Koreans whenever they stop being Buddhists. Back in the day I was close to a Korean guy, but his family used to annoy me by practicing playing Christian songs on guitar and singing in the living room when I visited him. They also used to listen to tapes of sermons in Korean when we they gave us rides in their car, and were really judgemental and hot tempered. The church they went to was a megachurch with thousands of Koreans and basically no other race, and the guy would give sermons where he would talk about how wearing a nice suit made him feel good. His face was framed and plastered countless times on the walls in the hallways and I kept telling my friend his pastor was the most egocentric pastor I’d ever seen.

One time I went with him and a Chinese friend and after the sermon he was called to do some volunteer work washing dishes in the kitchen. We decided to volunteer too rather than to leave him there, and the people at the church saw that and told us all that we didn’t have to do it. My Chinese friend and I immediately suspected they were racist, and when we were out of earshot we started joking about how they thought their plates were holy, and that they must never be touched by non-Korean hands! My Korean friend found that funny.

Later on we went to another church where my Chinese friend used to go. We stood in back rather than sitting down when we came late, because we didn’t really want to be there and wanted more freedom, and it let us chat a little. They would put their hands up to bless the children who had come to the stage, and we would joke about how they wanted to direct their chi energy toward the kids like in a Hong Kong flick. At one point I copied the guy on the stage, except I tapped my shoulder first and then stuck it outright in a Hitler salute. We shared peals of repressed laughter, and I think the guy on the stage saw me do it, because he frowned.

I quickly hated that church, and at a later visit at the beginning I stepped out and just sat outside for an hour. When my Korean friend asked why, I told him that I got more inspiration staring at that green hill over there in the distance than I would have inside that building where they were acting like a cult.

In hindsight it makes sense why we eventually quit getting along. From the day he brought me to his church I was skeptical and sarcastic of it, saw the most religious people as crazy hypocrites, and looked suspiciously for corruption in how money was spent at churches even though I believed in the religion. Though he had to become less religious at college because his major contradicted Christianity, he never could completely let go of his crazy religion.

We had some arguments, and our relationship deteriorated faster than it would have if neither of us had been religious. I don’t think he was able to accept when I developed into an atheist and then an anti-theist, and it weighed on him even though he didn’t talk about it much. We talked less and less. At one point I told him excitedly that I had found a new argument that almost surely proved there wasn’t a God, and he cut me off before I could say anything, telling me that whatever it was he didn’t want to hear it. I asked him why, but he didn’t give an answer, although he later told me he was starting to find my atheism annoying and thought it was a hole of nihilism. He also told me a bit before we broke-up that even if it was all fake, he still found it beautiful and wanted to believe in it rather than to live an empty life.

President of Philippines say he will resign if you can prove God exists

He has many reasons to hate the Catholic church. He claims to believe in a God, but then attacks the problem of evil and puts the burden of proof in the Christians. For all of his problems,  I do like to see a former Catholic attacking Catholicism because maybe it’ll make more of them open up their minds,  though there might be a backlash in a fee years too.

On an unrelated noted here’s a great video about why religion is outdated in the 21st century:

It is the willingness of scientists to say “I don’t know”-to really integrate doubt into their view of the world-that constitutes their privileged position with respect to truth

I just read part of an email exchange Sam Harris had a a few years ago with Andrew Sullivan, a ‘moderate’ conservative gay Catholic who worked for the Atlantic (how much cognitive dissonance he must live with!) It was a fruitless exchange and shows the limits of rational discourse when religious people simply refuse to answer Socratic questions or have their premises challenged. So I just wanted to share a well written paragraph by Sam Harris:

It is the willingness of scientists to say “I don’t know”-to really integrate doubt into their view of the world-that constitutes their privileged position with respect to truth. As you know, there are an uncountable number of questions upon which religion once offered a faith-based answer, which have now been ceded to the care of science. Indeed, the process of scientific conquest and religious forfeiture is relentless, unidirectional, and highly predictable. Some smart person begins to doubt received opinion-about the causes of illness, the movement of celestial bodies, the nature of sensory perception, etc.-he or she then observes the world more closely (often making shrewd use of technology and/or mathematics) and makes predictions that can be verified by others. What we see, time and again, is a general unwillingness for religious people to seriously interact with this discourse (and even an eagerness to subjugate or murder its perpetrators) whenever it challenges doctrines to which they are emotionally attached. Eventually, however, the power that comes with actually understanding the world becomes too seductive to ignore, and even the clerics give in. In this way, real knowledge, being truly universal, erodes the basis for religious discord. Muslims and Christians cannot disagree about the causes of cholera, for instance, because whatever their holy books might say about infectious disease, a genuine understanding of cholera has arrived from another quarter. Epidemiology trumps religion (or it should), especially when people are watching their children die. This is where our hope for a truly nonsectarian future lies: when things matter, people tend to want to understand what is actually going on in the world. Science (and rational discourse generally) delivers this understanding and offers a very frank appraisal of its current limitations; Religion fails on both counts.

http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/secular-philosophies/is-religion-built-upon-lies.aspx?p=16