October 7th, 2008

green rose

religion can do no wrong... it's all a lie!

Before I get into my comments from my trip back from the wedding, I got into an argument with my mom last night over religion, and it really highlighted one of the main problems with her worldview. I was telling her about live blogging the wedding ceremony, and how, for a moment, I thought about going up to the communion rail and getting a communion wafer to "play" with. And then decided not to risk ruining my brother's wedding for something so unimportant.

She immediately attacked me for wanting to do something like that, as if I had actually done it, I should point out. She asked me why it would even cross my mind, and I tried to explain to her about the student in Florida who was attacked for unknowingly offending Catholics by doing exactly what I had been considering (though for different reasons), and that said Catholics had tried to get him kicked out of school, and did get him kicked off the student government body and so on. She didn't believe me. She has a hard time believing that Christians are that mean or radical... And of course, it's all my fault for provoking them.

She also argued with me that there is my truth and there is their truth, and how are they hurting me? This multiple truthes idea is total nonsense, of course. And I asked her where did it stop? Did it stop with just my actions? What about what I say? Am I supposed to not "insult" them? And basically, she didn't want to come out and say it, but yeah, I shouldn't "insult" them either. It's not okay for them to tell me I'm immoral (how exactly she's planning on enforcing that, I don't know), but apparently, there will be no discussing reality, just in case someone is offended.

This is exactly the kind of thinking that makes me not just an atheist, but a full-blown anti-theist. Religion poisons people's thinking. It allows them to get away with things no one else could get away with. People just refuse to believe it could happen. I offered to get her the articles, and she still didn't believe me.

And she wonders why I can't talk to her without screaming at her some days.

Faith Mission

I have a real hard time donating money to organizations that are overtly religious. I just do. I don't know how the money will be spent, regardless of their protestations, but especially so when they send me prayers along with their solicitations.

I got one in the mail today to help provide Thanksgiving dinners for local homeless people. The fourth paragraph of their mailer finally gets to the point:

We will also see many homeless people who are struggling with addiction. A few will be tough and wary, and many will have a distant, hopeless look in their eyes. For these people, real change will have to start on the inside, as they experience God's life-transforming love.

Sorry, but I can't support these people preying on people that in need of real help.

I'd love to send some money, but not to these people. Replacing one addiction with the other is no solution.
noie & shoe

reception and Leviticus

I recorded the following comments on the voice recorder on my phone as I listened to Leviticus on my way back from my brother's wedding.

I managed to get out of the reception, finally. It was about what you'd except. Sappy. Some nice. Some over the top. I managed to avoid the dancing by leaving early. And I skipped the bouquet toss by hiding in the back. The bride I guess forgot about me. I'm married to my work. :) I was really, really glad I stayed away when the guy who caught the garter decided to put it on with his teeth. I was wearing pants, so that would have been awkward anyway. I don't think I would allow a strange many to touch me, and certainly not for peer pressure.

I did see some relatives I hadn't seen in a while, though, there were some I could have gone a little longer without.

What is the difference between an "unclean thing", and an "abominable unclean thing"? Certain types of badly done sacrifices are also abominable, so they are on-par with being gay, I guess. Just how bad is this?

No camels, they are unclean. So, not in the desert either? No pigs. No hares. I don't get these rules. And Aaron... why did they have such a hard time following instructions. Fowls and eagles, too. More abominations. Eagles are as bad as gays. Keep that in mind.

No animals on paws, they are unclean. No cats or dogs? Is this where Muslims get their prohibition against dogs or is it in the Koran, too? We're in big trouble then aren't we. Keeping cats is as bad as being gay. I have some friends who are really in trouble then.

Wouldn't it have been easier to say which creatures were clean rather than all these ones that were bad? And if you touch eat an unclean thing you have to change your clothes. That makes tons of sense.

So, if a woman has a boy, she's unclean for a week, but a girl, it's for two weeks. That's not sexist is it? She goes through a painful childbirth thanks to Eve, supposedly, but now she also has to make an offering to cleanse her of her "sin". So I suppose miscarriages aren't sins?

If you get sick you're unclean, too. Primitive medicine. Great.

Can clothes really catch leprosy and turn weird colours? Houses, too?

How many different offerings are there? Burnt, wave, sin, trespass...

It got really dull at some point. I had a hard time staying awake.

Sexual relations with relatives, even by marriage is an abomination. Bestiality, cursing at parents or god, and blasphemy are all punishable by death. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, for a crime against a man. But against god, well, you just have to talk bad and then you should be killed.

I don't get this. Very anti-capitalist. You sell something and then you can come back in a year and reclaim it?

This is the second time in two books they've banned usury.

This book is so proof that there is no god. If you follow god's rules, then things will go well, and if not, then really bad things will happen. Do you really think that the Jews before the Holocaust were following the rules less well (qualitatively) than they are right now? How then could god let the Holocaust happen, or why did they do so well for so long if they were fucking up just as badly?

Where are the plagues of locusts?

Is there anyone eating their own children's flesh? That's what he says he's gonna do if they don't follow the rules.


There is still a bit more of Leviticus, but it will have to wait for the next long drive.