A Word or Two on Religion:
Some of you who have read posts in this blog and in “This and that…” (and although I write the later blog primarily for my amusement, it pleases me that some of you do), have wondered about my fixation with religion in my posts over the past year or so. I often quote unsympathetically from the Good Book and from statements by modern American christian divines. At other times I post juicy tidbits about the notorious personal lives of various religious leaders throughout the ages. One reader asked if I were a communist atheist. Communist I will leave for another time, atheist, hardly.
To me atheism and religion both represent the same syndrome, a fixation on what they do not and never can know. The organizing principle of most religions is based not on any morality but on exclusion (“I’m saved but you’re not”), except for something like Buddhism who’s organizing principle seems to be “I don’t give a shit what you believe because it doesn’t matter anyway.” Atheists, although generally a fiercely independent and curmudgeonly bunch, are equally affected, especially when they get together, as we experienced in, say, Soviet Russia where they practiced merely a less virulent form of intolerance.
No, what fascinates me is the penchant of these religious elites to blithely ignore the horror of their own history and their so-called sacred writings in their mad rush to control (Dominion, if you must) the fruits of society.
I find it frighteningly amusing to observe, certainly in the case of modern fundamental christianity, their leaders alliance with capitalism and its ideology (Atheists appear to mostly prefer communism of socialism). Their goal seems to be to expropriate the fruits of liberal democracy and capitalism without having to participate in the risks of the market, work hard, increase productivity and all the other requirements of a free enterprise economy. The purpose of the religious élite has always been to secure for themselves a by on what the rest of us have to do to survive.
Have you noticed the tendency among most politicians to ape the religious élite more than their industrial padrones. They, especially those of a conservative bent, frantically seek to make money without working, while at the same time their voices thrash with emotion in anger at some of those whose labor affords them this option to live on the dole, who instead, taking the pols and religious élite as role models, attempt to get something for nothing.
I say send them all into the tomato or cotton fields to work alongside some illegal aliens and learn something about real life. Lets have our own “great leap forward,” except that instead of sending our intellectual elites out to enjoy the pleasures of rural and industrial toil we send out our conservative religious and political brethren (and perhaps a few of those classical economists who argue with a straight face, unemployment does not exist). It could not have any worse impact on our economy than that inflicted on it by our own brand of parasites; the politicians, bankers, fundamentalist preachers, lawyers and economists.
- How to Understand Atheists: A Guide for Christians (atheistrev.com)
- A Few Ways for Obama To Win Back the Atheist Vote (patheos.com)
- Misunderstanding Atheism, the Atheist Movement, and Secularism (atheistrev.com)
- ATHEISM: Why are Atheists so Hated in the USA? (alwaysquestionauthority.com)
- The Danger of Making Hate Popular (xaviergeorge.wordpress.com)
- Daylight Atheism: The Book (bigthink.com)
- Coming Out As a Heretic (religiondispatches.org)