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Ridiculous Religions    

Quotes: 

"One man's theology is another man's belly laugh."  [Robert A Heinlein]

"Religions are conclusions for which the facts of nature supply no major premises." [Ambrose Bierce]

"All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few."   [Stendahl]

“Religion is the art of occupying limited minds with that which it is impossible to conceive or comprehend.”   [Baron D’Holbach]

“The main irrationality of religion is the preference of comfort to truth.”  [Richard Robinson]

"Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis."  [Sigmund Freud]

   "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever would believe in      him would probably believe just about anything."  [Unknown]

"Can atheists get insurance for acts of God?"  [Unknown]

"What men usually ask for when they pray to God is that two and two may not make four."  [Russian proverb]

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Religions such as Scientology, Heaven’s Gate, The Order of the Solar Temple, Branch Davidians, and Raelians, and others of that ilk are often referred to disparagingly as “cults” by Christians, Moslems and other mainstream religious groups. A cult is a religion that is considered unorthodox, spurious or heretical by those religionists in the mainstream. A cult, however, in spite of its pejorative connotation, is really nothing more than a religion that has not achieved political power or cultural assent. Moreover, after close examination one will discover that their belief structures are no more irrational or outlandish than those religions that have achieved cultural acceptance. My former classmate Brian Fawcett, in his essay Missing John Lennon, has this to say about the religious mainstream:

In the aftermath of the Cold War, organized religion has become the prime threat to both the survival of the human and most other species, and the chief impediment to the intellectual and spiritual leap humanity needs to make if it is going to survive its obsolete instincts to dominate, murder and reproduce itself beyond the capacities of the food supply and land resources.

It isn’t just one of the religions, either. I’m non-denominationally anti-religion. They’re all bad: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism. They make people crazy and murderous or they make them dangerously docile toward unearned authority. Either way, they make people morally myopic and intolerant of others.

Does religion offer people comfort? Sure, it does: religions give morons safe harbour from the complexity of the world. Do such safe harbours actually exist? No, they don’t. And the illusion of these safe harbours kills today, and will kill more murderously and violently in the future. Do I need to get specific about the Pope, or the current manipulators of Islam, Judaism and Hinduism? No, I didn’t think so.

 And Robert Carroll maintains that:

 Examined closely, however, the beliefs of Heaven's Gate or Scientology are no stranger than the beliefs which billions of "normal" people hold so dearly in their sacred religions. As has been noted by others, delusions held by one is insanity, by a few a cult, and by many a religion. To ask why anyone would believe such nonsense as the Scientologists or Heaven's Gate cult believe regarding alien beings and space ships, fallen angels, thetans, etc., but not ask why anyone would believe in heaven and hell, angels, devils, crucified gods, resurrections, messiahs, transubstantiation, the trinity, etc., seems inherently self-deluded. (Skeptics Dictionary, p. 94)

Two of the more farcical religions are The Church of All Worlds based on Robert A Heinlien’s popular science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land and The John Dillinger Society whose followers seriously believe Dillinger “died for our sins”.

 Many people are not aware that Scientology was concocted by L. Ron Hubbard about fifty years ago and was essentially based on his science fiction writings at the time. He obviously came to the realization that forming a religion was more lucrative than writing novels. Two well known pea brain celebrities who are disciples of Scientology are Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

One of the most ludicrous religions spawned in the United States by a delusional charlatan racist by the name of Joseph Smith in the early Nineteenth Century is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint (LDS). This oppressive religion is often referred to as Mormonism. I highly recommend the recent book by Jon Krakauer called Under the Banner of Heaven (2003) that chronicles the evolution of Mormonism and its sordid fundamentalism.

Mormon Fundamentalism links:

http://www.mormonfundamentalism.com/

http://www.exmormon.org/violence.htm

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Some "words of wisdom and compassion" from famous Christians:

"Who will venture to place the authority of Copernicus above the Holy Spirit?" - John Calvin

"It is to be believed because it is absurd" - Tertullian

"To arrive at the truth in all things we ought always to be ready to believe that, what seems to us white, is black, if the hierarchical Church so defines it." - Ignatius de Loyola

"To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin."  - Cardinal Bellarmine, trial of Galileo, 1615

"Heretics may be not only excommunicated, but also justly put to death." - The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911

"The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with The Devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell." -  St. Augustine

"Hell was made for the inquisitive." - St. Augustine

"Man was made to rule, woman to obey." - St. Augustine

"Intercourse even with a lawful wife is unlawful and wicked if the conception of offspring be prevented." - St. Augustine

"The head of every man is Christ and the head of every woman is man" - 1 Corinthians 11:9

(1) "Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ..." - Ephisians 6:5  (2)  "If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property..."And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money." - Exodus 21:20

For more Biblical Wisdom check out: http://www.evilbible.com/


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We know from the authority of Moses, that longer than six thousand years ago the world did not exist" - Martin Luther

"We know that reason is the devil's harlot, and can do nothing but slander and harm all that god says and does." - Martin Luther

"I have no compassion for a witch; I would burn them all." - Martin Luther

"The doctrine of the double motion of the earth about its axis and about the sun is false, and entirely contrary to Holy Scripture." - Pope Paul V

"Sin is the moral cause of earthquakes." - John Wesley

"Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it...Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory." - Reverend Jimmy Swaggart

"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God." - George Bush, Sr.

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Links:

(1) A website that attempts to clarify the conceptual problems associated with cults is: http://www.religioustolerance.org/cults.htm

(2) A very good website with a huge list of alterative religions, spin-offs from the mainstream, their gurus and followers can be found at: http://www.apologeticsindex.org/index.html

(3) An extremely funny satirical site on mainstream religions such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam can be found at:  http://www.landoverbaptist.org/

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