Religion has always been used by evil men (and some times women)
to inflict evil upon the world. The evil enacted is always
either by design or by consequence. The latter generally has two
causes: the person engaged in evil believes he is doing good,
godly works, or another person or groups of people take the
result of someone's good works and builds upon those works with
evil acts. A specific example I can readily think of is Islam:
when Mohammed founded his religion, he taught liberal reforms
such as equality for females and tolerance for infidels. One
problem, though: he was illiterate. When the Koran / Qur’an /
Alcoran was written by his followers, Mohammed's teachings
were drastically altered. Slavery of women became law; infidels
were taken hostage and, upon threat of death, ordered to convert;
women who did not sexually submit to their owners could be
beaten, with the authority of law.
"So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the
idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and
besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if
they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their
way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
"Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of
them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property
(for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding
in secret what Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye
fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and
scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them.
Lo! Allah is ever High Exalted, Great."
--- Surah IV, verse 34
These, and many other "Satanic Verses" may be found in the
Koran. The very book that says to convert infidels using force
and the promise of death also says not to ("Let there be no
compulsion in religion" -- Qur'an 2:256).
So, too, can the same be said about Jesus of Nazareth (if he
existed at all), and his teachings (the fact that everything
Jesus is said to have said predates him and is not original with
him, I won't go into here). The reprobate Saul of Tarsus took
what Jesus is said to have said, twisted them around
demonically, and created Christianity with the results. The
policy of hatred and the demonification of females within
Christianity is one result (though females were demonized long
before Saul was born).
- The Foundations of Faith By
Robert G. Ingersoll. "One of the foundation stones of our faith
is the Old Testament. If that book is not true, if its authors
were unaided men, if it contains blunders and falsehoods, then
that stone crumbles to dust." 56,656 bytes!
- The Existence of God By Thomas
Paine. "Religion has two principal enemies, Fanatism and
Infidelity, or that which is called Atheism. The first requires
to be combated by reason and morality, the other by natural
philosophy." 55,930 bytes!
- The Existance of God By Charles
Watts. "Theists of marked intellectual ability persistently avoid
any attempt to defend the Christian's notion of their God as he
is delineated in the Bible. The reason, no doubt, of this is
that the character given to the deity by the 'inspired writers'
is so contradictory and repulsive that no amount of reasoning
will harmonize it with modern ideas of justice, purity, and
morality." 34,175 bytes!
"If the theists all shut up, the gods would be speechless."
--- Robert Curry
- When God Becomes A Drug Often, belief in a god becomes an addiction just like an
addiction to heroin. Here are the signs of god addiction.
- God as Abusive Parent By Eric
- The concept of God By John
James O'Heare. "I will be arguing that the concept of God has no
cognitive content and that not only is the belief in a God
irrational but that a God does not and indeed cannot exist."
"God has been around much longer than superstition."
--- Steve Bedard
- Albert Einstein And God A
brief quote from Albert Einstein.
- God Is Here! In San Diego! His
name is Gourasana, which means "The Golden One."
- The Muddled Kingdom Of God By
Michael Hakeem, Ph.D. April 1993 issue of Freethought Today.
- John and the Magic Penny "I'd
like to share with you a little story, Malcolm."
"Well, Jesus said if you have faith as big as a mustard
seed you could move mountains. Imagine the terraforming one
could do if one had faith as big as a golf ball.
"I guess the faithful don't possess as much faith as
they claim." --- Dave Hamilton
- God Does Evil I Chronicles 21:15
- Prayer in School It's only fair!
- Evil "Homo homini lupus,"
Dark Willard would remark. "That's Latin, guys. Man is a wolf to
man." Is there more evil now, or less evil, than there was five
years ago, or five centuries? "Evil is the nature of mankind.
Welcome again, my children, to the communion of your race."
- The War Comes Home An Episcopal
bishop's unorthodoxy reaches epic proportions.
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