Mass Thinking: The Alternative to Thinking

Bloggified by Jake on Sunday, January 31, 2010

Recent polling has shown that a majority of people don't know what is in the health care reform bills. The upshot of that ignorance is that a lot of those who say they want congress to "kill the bill" would actually support it if they bothered to look into it instead of taking marching orders from Glenn Beck.

Unfortunately, Americans don't like to do things like "read" and "think" about things. It's much easier to be told what you think by someone who must know what he's talking about because he has a microphone.

Politics and religion have always been equally dangerous in my mind. The idea of having your thoughts and feelings dictated to you because you choose to be part of a group--be it Catholic or Democrat or Muslim or Libertarian--makes no sense to me. If you are a pro-life Democrat, you're not really a Democrat. Your party has made a point of stating that your belief is not a part of it's platform. If you are a gay Republican... well, no, you're not.

I have heard the case that a belief in free market economics and lower taxes for businesses can supersede one's desire to be treated with equal civil rights, but in my mind it is proof that the very concept of a two-party system is irrevocably flawed. If there are 200 million voters in America, there should be 200 million political parties. A two-party system merely dumbs down any debate to the most simple soundbites as if a nation of hundreds of millions of people can be run on a straight choice of abortions or miniature American flags.

Religions thrive on the same ignorance. In fact, they go so far as to encourage it, threatening eternal suffering to those who dare to question the Almighty's Divine Plan. "Faith" is defined as belief in that for which there is no evidence. In other words, believe what the guy with the microphone in the pulpit tells you and don't go doing a lot of research and reading and thinking that might contradict what he's said.

Ask most Christians whether God is cool with rape and they'll get indignant. "God would never do that. You atheists just hate God for no reason and make up stuff like that!" Then you show them Numbers 31: 17-18 where the followers of Moses are told, "Now kill all the boys and all the women who have slept with a man. Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves." Translation: commit mass rape in thy Lord's name.

Oh, there are rules about rape. Like if you want to rape a woman after you kill her family in war, you have to wait 30 whole days and marry her, and if you decide you don't want to stay married to her, you have to let her go rather than enslave her (Deuteronomy 21:10-14). And if you rape a girl and get caught, you have to pay her dad 50 pieces of silver and you have to marry her and you can't divorce her (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)! Because if you ask any rape victim, they'll tell you the worst part about the experience is that, after all they shared, the rapist never calls.

The list goes on--God endorses the ravishing of women in Zechariah 14:2--and on--God punishes King David by having his wives publicly raped in 2 Samuel 12:11 (then he kills a baby seven verses later)--and on--rape victims who don't scream loud enough for help get put to death in Deuteronomy 22:23-24--and on--Babylonian babies get murdered while all the women get raped in Isaiah 13:15-18. Yet the majority of Christians are oblivious to these passages.

It's long been said that the greatest tool in the atheist's toolkit is the Bible. The overwhelming message of the book is not one of love, peace, and kindness, but one of hatred, violence, and intolerance. God endorses and demands genocide of his followers (Exodus 22:19, 23:23, Deuteronomy 13:7-12, 13:13-19, 17:2-5, Numbers 25:1-9, Ezekiel 9:5-7, 1 Samuel 15:2-3, Joshua 6:20-21, 8:1-29, 19:47, 2 Kings 19:35... Christ, there's a lot more, but I'm tired of listing them). Jesus suggests men should chop off their penises to get into heaven (Matthew 19:12). God commands thou shalt not kill, but then has a long list of exceptions where killing is okay, including cursing at your parents (Proverbs 20:20, Leviticus 20:9), being related to a sinner (Isaiah 14:21, Leviticus 26:21-22), not circumcising your son (Exodus 4:24), and not punching a prophet who asks you to do so (1 Kings 20:35-36).

What's most interesting is that a majority of atheists will have a passing knowledge of these passages, while most Christians will find them a surprise.

The Christian leader teaching the most accurate dogma per the Bible is Pastor Fred Phelps. The Westboro Baptist Church's leader is most famous for drumming up the "God Hates Fags" rallies and protests, often outside churches and cemeteries where funerals for homosexuals are taking place. Pastor Phelps can quote chapter and verse to explain why terrorist attacks and natural disasters are God's punishment for societal tolerance of homosexuality. He correctly points out that God says he will kill our children if we don't follow his every demand, such as killing our children for mocking bald guys (2 Kings 2:23-24).

Perhaps the greatest interpreter of the Bible is cartoonist Jack Chick, whose tracts are famous for using Bible verses to explain why Dungeons and Dragons is a gateway to Satan and telling your kids about the Tooth Fairy will make them murderers.

Understand, Phelps and Chick are both batshit insane. They promote hatred and intolerance, but they are the true voices of the Lord of the Bible. Any Christian who denies Phelps and Chick is as much a Christian as a pro-gun, anti-abortion Democrat is a Democrat.

1 sarcastic replies:

David Anaxagoras said...

Jake is right! Everyone...we are all individuals! We are all different! Come on...say it together!

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