Respect or War?
Recently a very close friend of mine who considers herself agnostic sent me an email telling me she disagreed with the methods of The Rational Response Squad. She told me that it is wrong to not be respectful to the beliefs of those around us, no matter how irrational they may be. I must admit I was shocked when I received this email from someone I consider to be very intelligent and I promptly replied telling her that the Rational Response Squad was very respectful to the beliefs of theists. She responded with a direct quote from the Sam Harris MySpace bulletin that stated we need to stop being respectful towards theism. I once again disagreed with her and assured her that she only misread the bulletin.
However, ever since these series of emails took place they have no left my mind. Why should I be respectful towards theism? Why should I hold my tongue while speaking out against the irrational thoughts of theists? At first my brain was telling, “Of course you should! You have many theists friends…you don’t want to offend them.” I agreed with this notion at first, but I still could not get the question out of my head. It was constantly jabbing me as if assuring me that I had reached the wrong conclusion. So, I began to give it the amount of thought it deserved.
One of the major problems in this world, if not the main, is theism. It’s irrational ideals are eating out supposed democratic government from the inside out. In 2000 a Christian politician stole the election. He cheated to be nominated President of the United States. In office this same man lied to us and involved us in a conflict that we didn’t need to be a part of. This man is also pushing his religious bullshit on the rest of the nation by suggesting that we have a National Prayer Day and is also called “God’s President” by many theists. Wait a minute…what happened to freedom of religion?
However, the evil that is theism is not only in our government…it’s everywhere. People are being fired from their jobs because they are atheists. Our money and pledge are stained with religious words and those who do not stand for the pledge are persecuted as if they were the most evil beings on Earth. Let’s face the truth, let’s stop hiding behind good deeds that will never out weight the damage done by religion. Theism is the plague of this Earth,.
It’s a plague planted in youth and urges all of those contaminated to spread it’s bacteria everywhere. This plague is worse than any real disease though. Real diseases are easily cured by doctors and the patients who suffer from them are willing to be treated. If you try to treat someone infected with religion you are ridiculed and condemned to suffer for an eternity in a place so horrible that the human brain can’t even imagine the pain in causes. Could something that causes people to wish eternal pain and suffering on a fellow human being really be good? Can a religion that worships a jealous God who demands you accept him as ruler or you will live in pain forever? That sounds a little like dictatorship to me. Let’s me ask you, does any sane, intelligent person believe that Hitler is good?
Of course not, and guess what? God is not good either.
How can a supreme, all loving being who is supposed to be perfect and all knowing allow people to be born on this Earth only to go to Hell. That’s right, I said it. If God is all knowing he is condemning people to eternal suffering before they are born. All these arguments that claim even though he knows what will happen we still have free will is bullshit. If he knows what is going to happen we don’t not have free will. Therefore, every murderer, every atheists, every homosexual who is born God had already condemned them to an eternity in the worst place imaginable. That is not good, that is evil.
Since I just mentioned it let’s look at what theism thinks of homosexuality. We all know now that homosexuality is not a choice, it is who a person is. Just like heterosexuality. People who choose to love others of the same sex are no different from what Christian’s consider right. It is right folks, and to think otherwise is evil and should not be tolerated. And yet the Bible teaches us that it is an abomination, that all homosexuals will burn in Hell. That’s right, no matter how a theist feels about homosexuals, your religion tells you it is wrong and that it is punishable by fire and brimstone.
Why should I ever respect something that is so intolerant that is so evil? I don’t respect Hitler or what he stood for. I don’t respect the KKK and what they stand for and I will openly speak out against their beliefs without a moments hesitation because I know it to be wrong. The only respect one should have for theism, the KKK, and all Nazi supporters in this country is the fact that they have the right to believe in whatever they choose. They have the right to believe in something no matter how evil it may seem. However, as far as respecting theism in regards to being careful where we step? Fuck that, I say it’s open war on theism and all that is harmful and irrational.
"If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank."-Woody Allen
"Atheism is life affirming in a way religion can never be."-Richard Dawkins