Rational Russian — Withering Lies

April 1, 2008

The Race Is On: Islam vs. Christianity

Filed under: god, religion — Tags: , , , , — RoAleks @ 8:36 pm

Like any good race, it seems that this one has all the markings of a nail-biter. We have all the necessary components:

1) Islam, sponsored by Muslim radicals and clerics, led by the prophet Muhammad at the helm.
2) Christianity, sponsored by the Vatican, propelled by Jesus himself.
3) All other, apparently lessor, religions, trailing far behind.

According to the Vatican, Muslims have overtaken the lead (or market share of religious crazies), and are reproducing at an astonishing rate that, even the Christians cannot contend with.

I’m speculating here, but I have a hunch that the Vatican is going to promote abstinence rather any useful form of contraception, in an attempt to keep up.

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Does God Hate Ill Children?

Filed under: god, religion — Tags: , , , , — RoAleks @ 7:18 pm

It seems to me, that there exists a direct correlation between fundamentalist religious beliefs and unnecessary child death. A conclusion can be drawn that the more prominent and literal the belief in <insert your favorite deity here>, the more that deity tests faith, by killing innocent kids.

Let’s look at this article, for example.

“Two followers of a fundamentalist Christian church that favours faith healing over conventional medicine are to be prosecuted for manslaughter after their daughter died of a treatable infection.

Carl and Raylene Worthington were indicted by a grand jury in Oregon’s Clackamas county following the death of their 15-month-old daughter Ava in March.

The toddler died of bronchial pneumonia and a blood infection, according to the state medical examiner’s office – both conditions that could have been treated with antibiotics.”

The notion that any rational human being living in the 21st Century, can believe that something other than medicine would heal illnesses, is a little hard to swallow. Apparently, there are plenty of people who would rather pray for miracles rather than save (or murder, depending on the point of view) an innocent 15-month-old life.

Okay, all rationality aside (for just a moment), let’s assume that your chosen deity actually cures the sick. Why not in this case? According to that god, the 15-month-old Ava therefore deserved to die, like a blood sacrifice? Furthermore, following the sacrifice, that deity then failed to protect it’s faithful followers by basically sending them to jail? What a horrible god! This particular god clearly hates its followers. Why would anyone believe in him?

Oh, right… I forgot that we cast rationality aside. Keep on praying, then! I’m sure that *your* flavor of god loves you and your kids more than Ava.

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March 31, 2008

National Day of… Bigotry?

Filed under: god, religion — Tags: , , , — RoAleks @ 11:22 pm

Some people would like you to believe that you are not praying enough. To fine-tune your prayer-ing, the “National Day of Prayer” website, wants you to pray seven days a week.

Here is what they say:

“Are you willing to commit to pray for our country seven days a week? Are you able to set aside time in your car, during your coffee break, or before bedtime? We want to challenge you make this prayer commitment. 7×7 involves praying for seven centers of power seven days a week:
Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family. By remembering these specific prayer points, we can cover all Americans with God’s power. Together, we will see positive change!”

You see, all you have to do is PRAY, and everything will be much better.

Digging a little bit deeper, here’s what’s behind this:

“The heart of the National Day of Prayer are the 40,000 plus volunteers around the country who are planning events every year to unite the body of Christ in prayer. Behind these wonderful prayer warriors are the staff of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, led by Mrs. Shirley Dobson.”

Shirley Dobson, of course, is the wife of Dr. James Dobson, the founder and president of “Focus on the Family,” a right-wing evangelical Christian conservative organization.

In fact, after filtering through all the niceties on the site, here’s what you see:

“Please pray for the family to be preserved as the Lord intended ­ the marital
union of one man and one woman devoted to each other and to raising the children in their home to be responsible, caring adults. Also keep in
mind our elected leaders and the members of our judicial system as they consider proposed legislation and various court cases related to marriage and the family. This is one of the most crucial matters facing our nation, and it’s imperative that God’s people remain diligent in
intercession for these concerns.”

In other words, take the time out of your schedules and fill it with bigotry and discrimination against your neighbors. Repeat every day for seven days — until it really sinks in.

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Who Heals? Jesus vs. Medicine

Filed under: god, religion — Tags: , , , , — RoAleks @ 10:22 pm

I recently came across this disturbing website that implies that Jesus Christ continues to heal people, and that,

“the physical healing aspects of Christianity, i.e. Jesus healing today, are more valuable than all medical therapies.”

In light of another, albeit much MORE disturbing article from a few days ago, where an innocent girl died of perfectly treatable diabetes because her parents PRAYED (for a month) instead of taking her to a doctor, the ideas brought to light on this site move into the realm of dangerous, if not criminal.

The site points to three (3) specific cases where prayer “miraculously” healed the afflicted. In two of the three cases, according to their own testimony, medicine played a pivotal role in the healing process.

Any reasonable person would understand that religion is not a replacement for medicine, but alas, to my dismay, this is not the case. In fact, it is simply appalling and self-centered to come to a conclusion that amongst all the horrible problems in the world, some kind of deity (be it Christ, Allah, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster) has taken the time out of his/her schedule to come to YOUR rescue. Instead of stopping the slaughter of innocent women and children in Darfur, for example, God has focused his/her time on removing the skin cancer from your body, because you went to a church and prayed. The 14 rounds of chemotherapy didn’t have anything to do with your “miraculous” recovery.

I understand the need for hope, particularly during great times of adversity, and I respect people’s beliefs in whatever made-up, ridiculous thing they want. I understand that medicine is not foolproof, and is capable of making errors, as it relies on personal expertise and experience of a particular doctor (of your choosing). I concede the fact that there have been numerous documented cases where truly inexplicable events have occurred. With that being said, however, I am absolutely convinced that the following statement is a complete and utter lie, straight from the JesusHealsToday website:

“Even if it’s the most dreadful diagnosis, Jesus is your Solution. We’ve worked with people suffering with diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes. Time and again we’ve seen that Jesus still heals today!”

Jesus, Allah, Zeus, and every other deity, is simply too busy resolving much more pertinent issues to fix your ailment. Unfortunately, you’ll have to rely on medicine and science to get through your disease — or risk death, just like that little girl in Wisconsin who’s parents killed her with their ignorance.

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March 28, 2008

We Make Our Own Heaven

Filed under: god, religion — Tags: , , , — RoAleks @ 10:35 pm


‘We Make Our Own Heaven’

This is so sad! I can’t figure out if the reporting is just inadequate, since the reporter continuously interviews the eight-year-old, or the atheists of Palo Alto are simply confused.

An eight year old, Jane, in this case, can be taught to believe in anything. Just because her parents taught her to say things like “I like free thinking” doesn’t mean anything, well, because she is *eight* years old. She may also believe in Santa, but that doesn’t make Santa real.

Shedding religious baggage is an invitation for atheists to use the time they normally would be spending in a church, mosque, or synagogue to do something really productive for themselves or the community they live in. Simply replacing that baggage with atheist dogma, and surrounding yourself with like-minded “free-thinkers” who “believe in science” is a mistake that makes atheism look and feel like a replacement to religion, which it definitely is not.

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April 16, 2004

Jehova’s Last Visit

Filed under: god, religion — Tags: , , — RoAleks @ 7:07 pm

Let me tell you something, people…

I would like to know if everyone in the corporate world is experiencing this, but here, we are cutting back on costs of everything. When I first started working here, we used to have breakfast served to us during morning meetings. Then, in 2001, they cut that down to just juice, coffee, and bagels. Then in 2002, we got nothing at all. “But Alex,” you say — “it’s only breakfast; at least you still have your job.” Okay, fine — that’s just breakfast, but where does it end?

Our old CEO just received his golden parachute valued around $30M. I say we cut back THERE! Instead of giving these crazy amounts of money to ONE person, we divide it all and buy me breakfast at my morning meetings! 😀 That’s just my idea… Nobody else’s. Oh yeah, along the same lines, I suggest giving ME a golden parachute. I like that idea because I’m ready for retirement.

Speaking of retirement, these gas prices are costing me a fortune. The A6 (apparently) works just fine on REGULAR octane gasoline, despite the high octane recommendation by the Audi dealership. If it’s running just the same on regular gas, why in the world would I spend an extra $5 for high octane gas? I just don’t understand… The A6, by the way, is NOT a performance automobile. It’s a luxury (read: “old-people”) sedan. No old person ever drove that thing past 65 mph. There is NO need to put high octane gas in this car. So now, I’m going to save a total of $15 per month. WOOO!!! Early retirement is just THAT much closer. Freakin’ CRAP!

And another thing… A Jahova’s witness guy “dropped by” my house the other day. Not knowing that he was CRAZY, I let him in the house — to chat about this and that. We discussed lots of interesting topics such as:

* Why it is so important to read (and live by) the bible.

* Why atheists — such as myself — are going to hell.

* Why atheists — such as myself — are slowly destroying the world.

* How I have nothing to “look forward to” after death.

* And other incredibly-interesting topics.

In response, I politely told him that I didn’t come to his house to discredit his beliefs, so he shouldn’t come to mine to discredit mine, and asked him to go away. He did not. I suggested that he read “Homer’s Iliad” because he might find striking similarities between the stories he believes in and the stories he will read in that book, and he said that “it’s on the list of books he is prevented from reading by his faith.” I find that to be really interesting — a faith that *prevents* you from reading materials that might contain controversial material. Anyway, he left when I told him I had to get back to watching Simpsons.

Lessons learned: Simply referencing “The Simpsons” can get you out of sticky situations. Oh, and the A6 doesn’t need high octane gas. And most importantly, I want a golden parachute so I can finally retire… Or bagels for breakfast.

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