Margaret Sanger Interview
New video added to the God’s Autopsy T.V. playlist.
New video added to the God’s Autopsy T.V. playlist.
As a fundraiser for legal, humanitarian and non-profit organizations, I have recently become a fundraiser for PPFA (Planned Parenthood Federation of America). Here is PPFA’s president Cecile Richards’ response to the heavily edited undercover videos created by right-wing extremist activists.
This post will be my first Coroner’s Report. The Coroner’s Report will be my first-thoughts on news and events.
Before posting this Coroner’s Report, I’d already watched the two interviews and noticed the Duggar sisters Jill and Jessa think 2/3rd’s families go through similar incidents of, I’m guessing, family or brother/sister molestation. I’ll have to look up some statistics because this doesn’t sound realistic at all. I searched a handful of websites on the matter, and it was very hard to find any evidence suggesting the 2/3rd’s statistic is true.
The Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute has this to say about the definition of a child molester:
“A child molester is any older child or adult who touches a child for his or her own sexual gratification.
Child molestation is the act of sexually touching a child.
A child is a girl or boy who is 13 years of age or younger.
What’s the age difference between a molester and a child? It is five years, so a 14-year-old “older child” sexually touching a nine-year-old is an example. This is the accepted medical definition.“[childmolestationprevention.org]
It’s like the sisters want to minimize the severity of the issue by saying that it’s common. If child incest molestation were that common I would be mortified. Why are they so horrified that their privacy was violated if they think America has this problem? They should be taking the opportunity, as figures in the media, to help fight and prevent such abuse. Instead, they’re crying about what got leaked, as if that’s a worse crime than child abuse.
The deranged mentality of the pious, is to focus on biblical teachings like forgiveness, even in the face of heinous acts, one must convince themselves that they can forgive everyone for anything. If Jesus were an actual person, he was a monster. He taught that the dismissal of an invisible tyrant was unforgivable, but rape and murder could always be forgiven. That the rejection of God was worth spending an eternity in the worst torture one could possibly imagine. If death isn’t good enough, then torture is revenge, and that revenge is only for disobedience.
I think the Duggar family was so preoccupied with making sure they forgave their son, that they risked their other children’s safety in order to adhere to their Christian values. However, I want to be clear, this is a horrendous situation for any parent or family to have to go through, and it seems like they did the best they could with the values and resources they had to work with. But Christian values and organizations are terrible moral and institutional resources to turn to. Christian morals and values are disgusting in so many areas.
Christianity is singled out in this particular argument. My goal is not to offend, but rather to criticize specific beliefs that most moderate and fundamentalist Christians hold about morality and the universe. I’m going to argue that Christianity is harmful, that fallacious beliefs are the basis for delusion. I don’t claim to know everything, but I do know that Christianity severely violates reason and logic.
1.) Faith Makes You Ignorant!
Some say “faith isn’t hurting anyone, so why do you care?!” That’s a really annoying question. Anyone who asks this question is ignoring the effect faith can have on much or most of your life. I don’t think that anyone can honestly say that a belief in an afterlife doesn’t effect your views about this life. Your faith is strongly considered in terms of your career, your children’s names, where you want to live, how you dress, who you will marry, what you eat, who your friends are going to be, how you spend your money, who you vote for, etc (another reason one person’s beliefs effect others).
If you identify as a Christian, it’s likely you’re somewhat serious about it, after all, you’re reading this post. I’d like to give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume that you’d care if you were wrong about Jesus’ descent into Heaven, and his having walked on water. You see, if reality itself isn’t relative, and you believe in things that aren’t real, then you’re walking around with blind spots, walking into the unknown unknown each day. Up until now, you’ve been making decisions about your future, some of those decisions are ones you’d rather not make, you’d change your entire view on subject X if only you know that Y were false/true. Understanding reality means that we can make stronger predictions about the future based on our understanding of probability. Meanwhile, faith attempts to do this, but always fails miserably (science has always been the best fortune teller).
Faith literally is, by definition, the complete opposite of, and enemy to reason and logic. One cannot deduce or induce a god into existence without making an assertion. This is an iron fact.
Religion demands that you take God at his word, never questioning his authority or judgment. Faith slows discovery, skepticism and morality, and faith makes you willfully ignorant.
2.) Faith Harms Your Health.
When someone in a religious family or circle gets sick, here are some common thoughts:
“Why is God doing this to me/us?” “What did I/we do wrong?” “How can I/we ask God for healing?” “How can I/we change God’s heart?”
Christian families will scramble to organize a fundraising, a fundraising for spiritual, rather than monetary, currency to campaign and compensate God in hopes he will lend his courteous healing services (have you ever wondered if your life would be better if you just had more people praying for you?) You shouldn’t have to pray the way you vote! Faith and prayer do nothing compared to medicine, research and other forms of sober problem solving. The more you know about an illness, the better equipped you might be at helping to prevent or beat it, because doctors don’t know everything.
Also, in terms of general health, fundamentalists, do not accept that we humans are animals, and that our knowledge of evolution shapes and models our habits and diet. Faith can harm your health.
3.) Faith Makes You A Bigot!
Religious people, especially fundamentalists, are more likely than secularists, to discriminate against homosexuals, those of other religions, other races or those of different nationalities. Faith can make you a bigot.
4.) Faith Makes You A Walking Contradiction, and You Don’t Care!
Faith forces the fundamentalist to accept some areas of biology, geology, astrophysics, history and so on, while ignoring any data which contradicts the young-Earth model. For example, we take advantage of discoveries made by Einstein, Newton and countless other scientists every day. But when it comes to the age of the Universe, fundamentalists deny select aspects of the very laws of physics that make GPS and computers work properly. Fundamentalists are in favor of the use of DNA testing in court, yet they do not believe DNA can confirm our relation to other forms of life on Earth. We know that donkeys and horses, and dogs and foxes are related because of their similar DNA, not just because we think they look alike. Darwinian evolution is a proven scientific fact. It’s just as solid as the theory of gravity (but of course, that’s not enough for Ken Ham).
(see page on Evolution)
5.) God Is Like An Abusive Spouse, And You Don’t Care!
I’ve read that God murdered over 2 million people in the Bible (Satan 10), but you continue to make excuses for him as if he can do no wrong. God claims he is all good, yet he allows stillbirth, disease, deformity, cancer and all possible forms of abuse and torture to persist unchecked. Either God abuses humanity, or he is not omnipotent, either way, you make excuses for God’s evil nature and blame it on the world’s first campers. If God is omnipotent, then he must have created evil. An omnipotent god directly negates the idea of human free will. Some Christians may even accept that God is the author of evil, yet they don’t seem to care, and continue to respect and worship this rabid dictator. God is abusive, and you don’t bat an eye.
6.) Faith Makes You Immoral!
Faith is used as the justification for honor killings, child genital mutilation, slavery, bigotry, inequality and war. It seems as though humanity would be much more moral without ancient books telling us what is right, wrong and decent.
7.) Faith Promotes 100% Certainty!
When it comes to making decisions, no motivation is more powerful than having 100% certainty. The problem is that we humans are fallible, yet many of us overestimate our own faculties to the degree that we will bet our lives on what we think is true. The less in touch with reality you are, the more likely you are to make bad decisions. If your understanding of reality is distorted in addition to you being 100% confident in your decision making, you risk your own health, well-being or even your life or the lives of others around you. Scientists base their decisions on evidence, and probability based on that evidence. They are willing to change their minds, and remain objective. We should all try to think more like scientists do.
Objectivity, testing and reasoning are our best and only available tools for determining what is true. A person can be willing to kill or die for something that they think is 100% true. But even in matters of self-defense, one should always keep and open mind, whilst also taking action, and making important decisions.
Faith promotes 100% certainty, which is utterly pernicious. The delusional see no problem with it.
I will be referring to the person you are debating as simply ‘your friend’. Now, assuming your friend is honestly trying to rebut your arguments for atheism/agnosticism, here are some signs that that person has drifted too far into oblivion, or are just in the willfully ignorant category. They may be too [Ray] Comforted?
10.) They Get Angry and Defensive Every Time You Bring it Up:
Although this is frustrating, it may be a huge fallacy that these people won’t ever change. Anyone who gets heated at the mere mention of faith being wrong, has probably not spent much time debating or even thinking critically about their faith. This would mean that you can easily shake their view on God, and thus making them uncomfortable. However, it’s more likely that they are 100% certain of God’s existence, and are just angered at the idea that anyone would have the audacity to disrespect God by questioning his existence in the first place. (I will be referring to any god or gods as simply ‘God’ for the sake of simplicity.)
9.) They Keep Making Moral Excuses for Their God-Figure:
When questioning the moral character of God, bringing up all the people God has killed, and the problem of evil, the believer always has an excuse. As in all monotheism, the god-character insists he is, himself all benevolent, peaceful and loving, however, his actions and the world’s suffering logically contradict this. A theist will probably tell you that God doesn’t stop the sinner from committing horrible immoral acts, because that’s why we have free will, and that’s why Jesus died. However, God promises to sometimes intervene, and perform the miracle of protection from harm. But wait, God was kind enough to insert a little loop hole — he doesn’t promise tomorrow — so don’t be surprised or blame God when tragedy strikes.
8.) They Can’t Get Past Evolution:
Although the theory of evolution is just as solid a fact as the theory of gravity, it’s still rejected by your friend. Let’s face it, they just don’t like the idea that we are apes, and probably don’t have a clue how evolution really works. You’ve probably explained several times already that we humans didn’t ‘come from chimps/monkeys’, but that we are related to them. Show them a documentary on YouTube [click link] about evolution and see how they react when watching scientists hold skulls and discuss fossils, skeletons and other forms of rock hard evidence (literally). If they are still hell-bent on rejecting the theory, then hard evidence doesn’t matter to them as much as you’d hoped.
7.) They Demand Ultimate Respect be Shown to Whatever Holy Book or Faith They Hold Dear To:
Explain to them how religions have absolutely no respect for atheists or even agnostics. Most religions, especially the monotheistic ones, only respect blind faith. If you don’t put your reasoning and skepticism behind you and get on your knees, you deserve to burn forever, because you’re scum (thought crime). If you’re going to suffer for all eternity, then why the heck should you respect their religion or flawed holy book? Religious people push the fallacy that criticizing their holy book or faith is somehow criticizing the believer themselves. Challenging and debating faith should be as free as challenging and debating in politics or sports.
6.) They Show a Double Standard for Any Contradictions in Their Holy Book:
The first time someone told me about the contradictions in the Gospels, I thought he simply didn’t know what he was talking about, and dismissed it. If only that person could have been more specific, but he couldn’t remember what the exact mistakes were. I believed that the Bible was incorruptible and I hadn’t read the Gospels in their entirety. Many years ago, biblical contradictions were unheard of to many people of faith (still so), so I assumed that this person must have been mistaken, and swayed by his bias. However, if your friend seems skeptical in other areas, but always makes excuses for biblical contradictions, then they probably aren’t very open minded.
5.) They Are Big On Conspiracy Theories:
This is a really bad sign for obvious reasons. A conspiracy theorist is a person who disregards the major fundamentals of reason. They rely heavily on their own inductive reasoning skills, gleefully hopping to conclusions. If they can’t imagine something, they fill in the gaps with imaginary scenarios (of conspiracy theories). Anything that personally ‘makes sense’ to them is assumed as fact! We’ve all seen the Illuminati & 9/11 videos on YouTube. The theorist will look for evidence to support their theory, while excluding any evidence to the contrary. Their religious narrative is just another of those theories; they will reject any evidence against their faith, and more than likely welcome any evidence that suggests their religion is true. “I found my keys! Jesus did it! Thank you Jesus!”
4.) You Have to Keep Re-Explaining a Scientific Theory or Model to Them:
If you have to keep explaining what it means to be related to chimps rather than coming from chimps, or why chimps are still extant, you’ve got a problem. If you have to keep saying that an omnipotent god is self contradictory, you’ve got a problem.
For example, an omnipotent and omniscient god cannot make a rock he cannot move (so he can’t do all things). He cannot truly forgive and forget, if he can forget a thing, he can’t carry on being omniscient, can he? Also, I love it when apologists use Ockham’s razor as a way of saying God is the simplest solution, so therefore he exists.
(plz see my criticism to Lane Craig’s argument)
3.) They Demonstrate a Religious Double Standard for Science and History, Even After You’ve Pointed Out the Contradictions:
If you believe in a young-Earth (6,000-10,000 y.o.), the creation of all species in their present form, or homeopathy, you clearly aren’t requiring a lot of evidence to form an opinion. A young-Earther has to reject radiometric and carbon dating techniques which confirm the ages of fossils and other materials. He or she would also have to reject the reliability of DNA evidence. I’m sure most young-Earthers accept DNA identification for criminals and relatives, but ignore its identical correlation to the fossil record.
(see how Radiometric Dating Works)
2.) Evidence is Proven Not to Be Important, Even When They Keep Losing Debates With You:
You explain how logic and reason work, and use analogy, but they don’t think any of this should apply to their god. They may stress that God is beyond all possible human understanding. Your rebuttal to this argument is to ask them if they believe the human mind is fallible, and in its fallibility, one can’t be 100% certain of anything, especially about the nature of the creator of the universe. How can you know God’s character with absolute certainty when your brain is fallible? How can you be certain God is who he claims to be, or if he is even benevolent?
If they keep whirling back to the assertion that ‘only God is infallible’, then you’ve begun a circular argument, and they’ve been backed into their assertive corner. If they can’t be convinced that the ‘God is perfect, therefore he’s infallible and exists’ argument is circular, then they can’t see past the fallacy.
1.) They Simply Can’t Seem to Grasp the Basics of Logic:
When debating your friend, if you’ve demonstrated the difference between subjectivity and objectivity, or inductive and deductive reasoning, but have to keep explaining how reasoning works, you are either a bad teacher, or your friend has a learning disability. It seems that if you point reason in the direction of any religious or holy book, reason shreds religious assertions like the vary paper its printed on. If your friend can’t digest logic, how can the two of you possibly have a logical exchange?