01 April 2010

A week of religion

What a week it's been for faith! Islamic suicide-bomber terrorists (excuse me, practitioners of the "religion of peace") struck Russia twice, first in the Moscow subway and then in Dagestan near the Caucasus mountains, killing at least fifty people. In Michigan and points nearby we had the "Hutaree" Christian "militia" (Hutarese for "terrorist organization"), whose own plans would doubtless have claimed an even larger death toll, had not the authorities forestalled them. The endless Catholic-priest child-molestation scandals continued to blow up in country after country, leaving the hierarchy with rotten egg running down its face; Pope "He Who Zings Rats" Benedict XVI is reduced to croaking "I am not a crook" as the world wonders, "What did the Pope know and when did he know it?" Finally, Fred "God hates fags" Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, the bunch who put the "protest" in "Protestant", are back in the news; having been sued for picketing the funeral of a US soldier killed in Iraq, they've now obtained a ruling claiming court costs from the soldier's father!

Apologists for religion have been busy making excuses, and the "no true Scotsman" fallacy has gotten a predictable workout.

Religion....."a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel." And the week isn't even over yet. Maybe the Buddhists or Hindus have something planned.

13 Comments:

Blogger Holte Ender said...

Please oh mighty (insert God here) preserve me from your followers.

01 April, 2010 06:02  
Anonymous amadmike1 said...

Jesus kick me please through the goalposts of life....

Happy April Fool's Day Infidel and friends!

01 April, 2010 06:40  
Blogger One Fly said...

Lent-the worst time of the year for a kid like me and it lasted a whole damn month. Being forced to say and participate in the rosary bull shit was too much at times.

Then this last week of mumbo jumbo pass all-sheez!

01 April, 2010 07:01  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Maureen Dowd says the Catholic Church has given up its credibility for Lent. Not that they've really had any for a long time.

01 April, 2010 07:48  
Blogger Tim said...

Somewhere in the dribble it says we shall reap with thy has sowed.
The seeds of religion have soured over the years. The bible is a good book but what the zealots don't realize it's not the only book.
And me being blasphemous on Easter..Ha couldn't be better..
Later

01 April, 2010 08:09  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Be careful what you wish for. ;)

01 April, 2010 08:23  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Tim: I would disagree that it's a good book. But blasphemy is always welcome.

Elizabeth: Running a brothel? Kidnapping a minor? These guys have possibilities. They could use some tips from the pros, though. I'm sure the Vatican's ecumenical office will be calling them.

01 April, 2010 08:30  
Blogger TomCat said...

PS Happy GOP Day.

01 April, 2010 11:02  
Blogger TomCat said...

I'd say that the problem is not religion. There are millions of believers worldwide who respect and honor other faiths, including atheistic faith. The problem is extreme reigious fundamentalism in which adherents believe that they alone have God's justification for whatever evil they do.

01 April, 2010 11:02  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

"...including atheistic faith..."--TomCat

LOL! You sound like my blogging friend dmarks. He and I have gone at each other over this. I say atheism is NOT a "faith" since there is no belief in a supernatural entity, and dmarks insists that that nonbelief is a "faith."

I say calling atheism a "faith" is like saying bald is a hair color.

Personally, I am a nontheist--I have no belief in gods. That's not the same as saying there is no god.

I can't prove there is no god, but neither can religionists prove there is no celestial teapot circling the sun as Bertrand Russell asserted:

"If I were to suggest that . . . there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time."

Happy Spring and Cadbury chocolate eggs.

01 April, 2010 16:46  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks Shaw -- I didn't notice that turn of phrase in TomCat's comment (very pressed for time yesterday) or I would certainly have responded to it.

Atheism by definition is the absence of a belief in any god. Atheism is no more a form of religion than silence is a form of noise or health is a form of disease.

"Faith", of course, means belief in spite of lack of evidence, or in spite of contrary evidence -- a term which doesn't apply to atheism since atheism isn't a belief at all, but rather the absence of one.

02 April, 2010 02:35  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

And then, there is this.

Um, enjoy...?

02 April, 2010 11:14  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Gaaack.

02 April, 2010 12:48  

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