Are we lucky Christians don’t behead us for blasphemy like other religions do in other parts of the world? This question, that seriously grated on my brain like a cheese grater, is presented in the left sidebar. Your response to it and anything else on page 432 of Hate Mail is welcome.
13 thoughts on “Lucky we only have Christians? Hate Mail continued…”
Luck has nothing to do with it, like you said, Bob. Sure, it’s great that we no longer have to worry about that from the Christians, but honestly, even if that were not the case and atheists such as myself were ordered to be burned at the stake, or even tortured, I’d still make fun of it. I’d rather fight and die for what’s right than live a cowardly existence in constant fear of retribution for something I know isn’t right, or just, or true. To waste the only life you have on a lie is one of the saddest things of which I can think. Of course, that’s not to say I wouldn’t be terrified as hell if I were to be tortured for not believing, because I’d probably piss all over myself. But I’d never give in.
Democracy and free market systems are actually what I owe the ‘not having to live with the threat of beheading’ in this country. The owners of this country have signed a secular contract that agrees that we won’t kill each other and will keep church out of our official affairs. If the Christian church were in charge officially, we’d be livin’ the life that other theocracies get to enjoy around the world. Free markets, free thinking and democracy have no room in any serious religion. Disembowling pregnant women and public stoning non-believers at the gates of all towns would eventually be our Bible sanctioned modus operandi.
“That’s okay, I’ll take eternity in Heaven with the one who loved me enough to die for me. All sins forgiven.” (Marnita Patterson)
Gee, how nice to know that little Marnita will never, ever have to be responsible for her own bad behavior, never have to accept the blame for anything she does wrong, and will never be punished for anything stupid or evil that she does in life, all because SOMEONE ELSE paid the penalty for her. Why, the guy DIED for her, even! You can’t get any better than that. That’s like some stranger walking into a prison and offering to serve out the sentences of every murderer, rapist, and child molester in the place, and then when they are all released, shooting himself in the head. It must be real love if you kill yourself for someone after taking their punishment away from them, right? I wish I could feel as loved as Marnita does right now. I wish I could do anything I want to, any time I want to, for any reason, knowing that my extra-special bestest friend in the universe will be right there to instantly take the blame and absolve me from all responsibility. What a sense of freedom Marnita must have!
Alas, I will never know that freedom, for when I do something that hurts another person, I have to own up to it and try to make amends myself. I do not have an invisible best friend up in the sky, waiting to swoop down and and take away my feelings of guilt and shame by pretending to die for me. It just doesn’t work that way in my world. It is my own fault, though. If only I would ask Jesus to be MY special invisible friend, then I, too, could experience the joy of never being accountable for my actions, just like Martina–but somehow, I just can’t bring myself to do it. Oh, well. I guess it’s a choice I’ll just have to live with.
Mr. Maturity was pretty amusing. I rather liked the way you handled that. I keep bumping in to children on the internet who have no levity in their existence. It’s just bitching and complaining. I’d pity them, but I really don’t care. The last “Dude” is basically the reduced version of this concept. I’m surprised he didn’t reduce it further, and go all “teh interwebz” on you by simply writing, “Fail”. That broken record has really lost it’s charm.
Dr. Maturity reminds me why I hate undergrads. Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke. “Wah. Atheists have to please Christians and Republicans so they’ll like us. Because we have to become mainstream or we lose. Hooray for being normal. Hooray for being boring. Hooray for the Establishment! Wah.”
A little comment about Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard… (No, I’m not a Scientologist, I’m an atheist but I do know quite a bit about Scientology)
Well, while Scientologists do believe in L. Ron Hubbard – here’s the thing though, unlike Jesus, Muhammad and Vishnu, he actually existed and in this current day and age – we can prove it. FOIA requests to the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed very clearly the dissonance between L. Ron Hubbard’s stated beliefs in Scientology and his pleas for help to the US Government for some serious psychological stress. We have a lot of people who have physically seen and spoken and written about L Ron Hubbard and we even have coroners reports of when he died.
But this does not mean that the powers he claimed to have were real. It does not mean that he willingly “dropped the body” and went on to the next plane of his study. And while we do know that L. Ron Hubbard was real, he wrote of many imaginary creatures, such as Body Thetans and the evil alien overlord Xenu. The behaviour of Scientology proves that it is a cult, much like any other religion out there.
And there is no single book of Scientology. There is much written material about Scientology – including Dianetics, What is Scientology?, Science of Survival, the Way to Happiness and a number of other texts. There are “basics” books, “congresses” on CD and a number of additional expensive courses and equipments (like e-Meters) that you can buy from the Church of Scientology.
“If a man has a hundred sheep but one of the sheep gets lost, he will leave the other ninety-nine on the hill and go to look for the lost sheep. I tell you the truth, if he finds it he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that were never lost. In the same way, your Father in heaven does not want any of these little children to be lost.”-Matthew 18:12
The insight into Scientology was nice, Jessica, but I’m sure Bob knows there is no “Book of Scientology.” The comment was, like much of what he says, facetious and meant to be funny while still making a point. And, as it is, his point was valid and his statement was funny, whether Scientologists have one book or one hundred books.
Alrighty, utu. Well, Bob probably knows that there is no “Book of Scientology”. But I also wanted to post it as an aside because even though you and I know this, there are some people who don’t and I think that it’s important to educate the masses. Even though the sheeples probably don’t read through this site too much. It probably makes them angry that Christians seem to reveal their stupidity, flawed arguments and possibly their unwillingness to engage honestly.
“If a man has a hundred sheep but one of the sheep gets lost, he will leave the other ninety-nine on the hill and go to look for the lost sheep.”
No, he won’t. That would be stupid. It would mean that 99 sheep would have nobody to look after them in case a wolf attacks them or something. He would send his assistant after the errant sheep, or else pen up the others before going off to look for the one. Thank you for posting this, “Anonymous.” It shows us what an idiot Jesus was even while he claimed to be the “good shepherd.” Frankly,I wouldn’t let the guy look after a hamster, let alone a flock of sheep!
I am sure you ment to say “not” in that last reply. Instead of “no”.
It’s “you’re” no “your”, kinda takes the piss out of it. haha
Keep up the good work. 😛
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Are you one of those who doesn’t read the left sidebars of hate mail? I tell all I really know about it on the left of pg 439
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