Category Archives: Anti-Religious

Here I will post arguments against religion. When I talk about specific religions, I usually mention christianity, but I’ll try to pay attention to some of the other silly belief systems too. I welcome debate with open arms as long as you are respectful. I don’t respect religion, but I do respect religious people.

Escaping Islam

If a person is born to Muslim parents, then that child is brought up to be a Muslim. If a Muslim leaves the religion, which happens all the time, the Qur’an says that person is to be put to death. Heck, it’s pretty hard to not be put to death if you live in a country where the government enforces Sharia law. All you can do is constantly think and talk about how there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.

So I’ve been wondering if there is a point during a Muslim child’s life (and I use the term loosely, because children don’t really have religious beliefs of their own) when they have the option to get out of the religion before the death sentence kicks in for apostasy. If Islam doesn’t have this, then it means that Islam has no tolerance for atheists who were born to Muslim parents.

And that would suck.

Cultural context does not excuse the condoning of rape

Deuteronomy 22:28-29 states:

28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;

29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

Biblical apologists defend this passage by saying that back in those days, if a woman was not a virgin and not married, nobody can marry her according to Leviticus 21:13-15.

13 “‘The woman he marries must be a virgin. 14 He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people, 15 so that he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the Lord, who makes him holy.’”

Furthermore, Deuteronomy 22:13-21 says that if a man marries a woman who claims to be a virgin and decides to accuse her of not being one, her parents have to get proof of their daughter’s virginity in the form of bloody sheets from the wedding night.

13 If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,

14 And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:

15 Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:

16 And the damsel’s father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;

17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.

18 And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;

19 And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.

20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:

21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

So in ancient Jewish society, it was pretty darn important for girls to be virgins until they were married and to only ever have sex with their husbands.  The apologist position on forcing women to marry their rapists is that it ensures that the women will be taken care of and not abandoned by society, a society that created the corner that nonvirgin women were backed into in the first place.

So rapists were forced to marry their victims.  Let’s say the rapist decided he was tired of his wife, so he went out and raped someone else.  He was caught, and he was stoned to death.  (I’m assuming that if the man is already married, he gets murdered, unless the marry-your-rapist clause kicks in again and he ends up with a second wife.)  Now his first rape victim/wife is all alone, and nobody else can marry her because of Leviticus 21:13-15 despite the fact that she did absolutely nothing wrong.

13 “‘The woman he marries must be a virgin. 14 He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people, 15 so that he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the Lord, who makes him holy.’”

Also note that nowhere is it stated that the crime that the man is punished for is rape.  The crime is causing a girl to no longer be a virgin or defiling another man’s wife.  Deuteronomy 22:22 says that in the case of a man raping a girl who is already married, then they both are to die.

22 If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.

If a woman is merely engaged to be married and is still a virgin, then Deuteronomy 22:23-27 kicks in.

23 If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;

24 Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.

25 But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die.

26 But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter:

27 For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her.

It doesn’t say this directly, but according to Leviticus 21:13-15, the woman, who was oh so mercifully not murdered along with her rapist, is now unmarryable.  So any apologist that says that forcing a woman to marry her rapist is somehow a favor done for women in ancient Jewish society is completely off the mark and should read the bible at least once in his or her lifetime.

Another christian argument blown out of the water

Among the apologies made for the christian faith is that Yahweh can’t allow sin to enter heaven.  We’ll ignore the obvious “there is something a supposedly omnipotent being can’t do” fallacy for now and dig a little deeper.  Christians think that the human race is inherently sinful and that it’s something we can’t really do anything about.  Our getting into heaven has nothing to do with our actions or intentions because those are tainted by our sinful nature and more to do with our belief that Jebus died so we could believe in him and go to heaven even though we don’t deserve it.  Are you seeing it now?  Even though Yahweh CAN’T  allow sin to enter heaven, Jebus’ sacrifice makes it possible for sinful beings to do what?  Enter heaven!  Clearly, either Yahweh actually can allow sin into heaven or believing in Jebus doesn’t actually help our chances of getting in.

Then again, maybe there’s a third option.  Maybe the process of dying as a Jebus believer changes a spirit into a sinless being much like dying with vampire blood in your system causes one to become a vampire according to Ann Rice’s mythology. (I think that’s how it works anyway.  I’ve never actually read any of her books.  It’s on my to-do list.) I’d like to hear what an apologist can come up with to explain this contradiction.

Distance from Religion

I used to sorta be a christian, though it was mainly because I wasn’t aware that there was anything else until shortly before I rejected it. Going to church was a normal part of life for me until I was 19, and for someone to believe that Jesus died to pay for our sins so we can go to paradise after we die was as normal to me as people eating chicken sandwiches.

It has been almost 10 years since I attended a church “service”, and in that time, I have grown accustomed to viewing reality from an atheist perspective. I now see religious beliefs as something that isn’t normal or natural to have. It’s nice that I’ve distanced myself so much from the programming that it’s foreign to me.

Oh, and by the way… NOT IT!

Teenagers Having Sex

I was listening to some moron on the radio talking about the fact that kids in high school are having sex, and “they’re not supposed to”. It made me wonder who he thinks he is to decide when a person should be having sex. If someone under the age of 18 is considered too young to make the decision to have sex and therefore anyone having sex with them is committing rape, what about two people under 18? Are they raping each other?

Just to be clear, I’m not saying that any age is all right for sex. What I’m saying is that if a post pubescent person consents to it willingly, without coercion, then it’s nobody’s business but the people involved. Sex can be dangerous, but it is by no means dirty or evil, and telling teenagers not to do it just makes them want to do it more. Rather than criminalize it, we should educate people and leave it to them.

Girls don’t suddenly become sexually attractive on their 18th birthday. I’d say it generally starts around 15. Finding a 15- 17 year old appealing is not pedophilia, though personally I think taking advantage of their overemotional nature and lack of life experience is wrong. But that’s my moral code. Other people have different morals, and they’ll do what they think they should. Girls are not much more mature at 18 as they are at 15, and the law does nothing to prevent them from having sex even at ages much younger than that.

American society just needs to get a grip and stop looking at sex the way they’ve been taught to by their idiotic religions.

Bigots are not my friends

I don’t tolerate intolerance, which makes me a hypocrite, but it beats being a gay bashing hate monger. Until a few days ago, I had a list of people who had expressed interest in reading my books and telling me what they thought about them. They were very helpful with book 1, but I hadn’t heard anything at all about book 2, so I sent a message to everyone saying I wasn’t going to send any more chapters out if nobody expressed any interest in continuing to read them. Here is a response I got:

[Ankh], I wanted to let you know you are a sweet person but we are just different people. My husband, kids and I are all Christians. We believe in God and I just didn’t want to read about gay people and such. I stopped reading back when all that started. You are wonderful at writing and you have a wonderful imagination for it. I hope you keep on writing. The material you are writing just isn’t for me now. I am sorry and I hope you are doing well. We have one son graduation High School this year and going onto college. Another in 5th grade now. We stay very busy as you can imagine. Hugs and sorry again.

My first problem with this is that she didn’t tell me when she started to have issues with my awesome writing. My second problem is that she is raising her kids to be brainwashed fundie idiots like she is. She is against homosexuality because the bible forbids it, but I met her while playing Runescape, a game where people practice magic and pray to different gods. She’s not against homosexuality because she’s christian. She’s christian because she’s against homosexuality. If her husband shaves, then there can be no denying that she is a loathsome hypocrite, and I hope at least one of her kids is gay just to force her to grow some tolerance.

My third problem is that there are no references to homosexuality in book two until chapter 20, and even then it isn’t at all a major theme in the book. She’s thinking about books three and four, which contain a romance between two goddesses. Basically, my former friend is against love. That doesn’t fly with me. Good riddance to her. I wish her all the pain that her bigotry earns her in life.