Friday, 31 May 2013

Gay Marriage

The problem with the majority of people in this world, is that they are stupid.
Yep, I'm in one of those moods.

People, are inherently stupid, stubborn, and not willing to change their minds once they've put their ego out there with their beliefs. It's like changing your mind and evolving your views based on evidence is weak. Guess what, it's not.

Recently here in Australia our former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently made a public announcement that he had changed his views on gay marriage to coincide with the non-homophobic, morally correct view. This is in contrast to his political party's view on gay marriage. Reading through the comments of article he released on his public blog about his change of stance (I know, great place to look for a reasonable discussion), I found that there are a large number of people who are really stupid.

Now I'm going to tackle some of the most common and apparently most perplexing arguments against gay marriage.
1) Marriage is a sacred Christian practice and redefining it impinges on Christian freedom.
First of all, Christians didn't invent marriage, so you don't own in; however this is irrelevant. The day that secular governments (Governments that constitutionally recognize the importance and freedom of separation of church and state) adopted legal ramifications as a consequence for marriage, religion is immediately forfeited from getting a say in what is done with the "institution of marriage".
More so, Christians can still conduct their homophobic marriages, no one is forcing specific pastors or churches to endorse a ceremony. 70% of marriages in Australia over the last ten years have been conducted by non-religious affiliated celebrants. So gay's can still marry, and Jesus can keep hating fags.

2) This country was founded on Christian values, that means one man and one woman in marriage.
You know what else this country was founded on? Killing Aboriginals. You know what else America was founded on? Slavery.
Things change, for the better. Get the fuck over it.

3) If we allow gay marriage, what next? People will want to start marrying their dogs!
The reason people are not or never will be allowed to marry their dogs, or any other animal for that matter, is that a dog can not give consent to be married. However, two grown men or women can both consent for a willing marriage. So you can be sure that there won't be any marriage between adults and animals, or adults and children any time ever, because both parties have to give consent, and children and animals can't do that.

So there you go. Please share this article with your ignorant/retarded relatives or acquaintances, so that they can understand why they are wrong, and homosexual marriage is the future, whether they like it or not.

Monday, 27 May 2013

The Faith In Science

I've heard this argument too many times to count. That science's "faith" in it's theories are just as blind as religious "faiths". This is simply not true.

For one, scientific theories are based on evidence. There is always some original observation that has lead a scientist to hypothesis about an aspect of reality.

Secondly, and most importantly, theories are tested, repeatedly, in as many ways as logically possible. And if they are wrong, they are thrown out.

This is the biggest difference between major religious faiths and science. Science is willing to admit what it doesn't know, and it is willing to admit it was wrong if evidence contradicts a scientific theory.

Religious faiths have decided on their view of reality, and fight to preserve it contrary to evidence. The earth is not 6000 years old. The earth was not created in 7 days. Science does not rely on faith.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

The Religious Are Not Evil

They are wrong, but they're not evil.

Many Atheists I know often call religious people, particularly those who proselytize and preach, evil. It appears that anyone who wants to keep marriage away from the gays, and get creationism taught in schools is evil, but 99% are not. Yes the consequences of their actions could be termed "evil", but at heart, the causative agent is not evil.

The simple fact is, is that they are just trying to do what they think is right. If you ask any Christian what they are trying to achieve for humanity by preaching whatever they do, you'll find its things like "everyone should love each-other", "everyone should be happy", "no one should be suffering through poverty", etc. These are quite similar to secular goals, except religious people have a different way of trying to achieve them.

The way they are trying to achieve them might be wrong, but a positive outcome is still what they are trying to do. No one can hold such incorrect beliefs so firmly if the beliefs weren't leading that person towards a more ultimate purpose. They are not evil, they are trying to achieve the exact same thing many of us are.

Sure there are  probably some people out there, for whatever reason don't have empathy and compassion, and are using religion as an excuse to do evil things, but these people will exist with or without religion. Bad people will always do bad things, but it takes religion to make a good person to do bad things.

The way to solve the religious problem is to alert religious people to the common ground we have, in our ultimate goals, and try to educate them on the alternative (secular) way of achieving them. Ignorance is usually all that is holding people from accepting such an obviously more correct view of reality. Attacking them isn't going to  change their beliefs, getting them to listen first, and educating them second, is what will make a difference. 

By calling the person committing "evil" acts an evil person, it won't convince them to change their position. They know they are not evil at heart, and by calling them evil, you convince them that you must not understand their position, and that you must be "one of Dawkins mindless sheep". Yes they might be committing evil acts, so point out the consequences and call that evil. However your average Joe Blow Christian is good at heart, just misinformed and ignorant, causing "evil" consequences through good intentioned actions.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Criticisim Of Islam Is Not Islamophobia

There have been many people getting confused lately about this newly introduced term, Islamophobia. Many people are confusing or willfully mislabeling criticism of Islam as Islamophobic and racist. 

Islamophobia is a bad thing don't get me wrong, but it's not what many critics of Islam are expressing, and it's certainly not racist.

Islam isn't a race, it's a religion, it's an idea. Islamophobia is no more racist that "Democrato-phobia", or "Comuniso-phobia". These are ideas, not races of people. A person of any ethnicity can be Muslim, so it's nonsensical to call it racist.
That clears that one up pretty easily.

However normal criticism of Islam is now being labeled as Islamophobic, in what I assume is an attempt to get the critics of Islam to back off. With the recent riots in Bangladesh surrounding calls for blasphemy laws to be implemented, this is a pretty safe assumption.

Except almost all criticisms and critics receiving the title "Islamophobic", are not. It seems doubtful that such liberal free-thinking people would be so unintelligent to stoop to the lows of bigotry. Taking one Sam Harris as an example, indeed if you examine his arguments, they are in no way Islamophobic. However Harris' Muslim critics don't really care about logic, and have to resort to ad hominem attacks to try to degrade his  arguments.

Islamophobia is the prejudice toward all Muslims, or irrational fear of Muslims. What many people don't understand is that it's not the people that most of Islam's critics attack with their arguments, it's the Islamic faith. The ideas of Islam is what we fight against, not it's people. However, if someone is beating and raping women, that person is liable to judgement, regardless of their religion or faith.

Not all Muslims are like this,
but these ones in particular are fucking terrifying.
It's difficult to express these two ideas together, without sounding "Islamophobic". Expressing criticism of Islam together with judgement of those who hold that faith who commit moral atrocities, inherently is difficult for people to grasp. However it must be made clear that no extrapolation must be drawn, to where the conclusion that all Muslims behave in this way, is reached. And indeed, many of the figureheads of he new atheist movement do not draw this incorrect extrapolation.

We are critical of Islam because of its many logical and moral flaws, but in no way does this lead to irrational prejudice against all Muslims.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

How Evolution Works

An astonishing 48% of Americans don't believe in evolution, but it's not their fault. How could you believe in evolution, if your whole life, since you were a child, people told you it was wrong, and to not bother with it. Even learning it in school, imagine approaching the topic with the forethought that it was wrong, and taught be a teacher with the attitude "this is just some theory you have to learn". This is the sad reality for many people in America. People think that this is uncommon, or not an issue, but it is.

For those of you who are Atheists already reading this, I'm probably preaching to the choir, but remember the importance to have these arguments well articulated and fully understood to explain to people who don't understand. Many people probably have never heard the other side of the argument in a convincing way before, never been shown the proper way to think.

Today I'm going to go through evolution quickly, simply, and try to dispel some of the misconceptions around evolution. Spoiler alert: Evolution is true.

1st misconception: Evolution doesn't happen in big jumps, evolution works slowly, very slowly. 
One day a monkey didn't give birth to a human, it doesn't work like that. A good analogy is the process of ageing. Compared to yesterday or tomorrow, you don't look very different. But 50 years from now (if you're alive) you will look very different from how you do now, and you won't notice the changes as you go. Except each day is like 100 or 1000 years on an evolutionary scale. 2 or 3 generations of humans don't look that different, but 200 or 300 generations ago, your 300 x great-grand dad, looked quite different from you.

2nd misconception: "It's just a theory".
This is scientific semantics. In the study of science, a "theory" is an idea/law/concept, which is presently accepted to be true, as proved by analysis of evidence or experiment. Gravity is a theory, and we accept that to be true. If a scientist does an experiment about something never done before, and gets results, and forms a conclusion, that conclusion is a theory. Other scientists then do the same experiment, or other experiments that would prove or disprove that theory to try to disprove it. If many scientists can't disprove a theory (because it is true), it is still called a theory.
Theories that are incorrect, often don't last longer than a year among the scientific community. And a theory is almost never formed unless it is almost certainly true.

3rd misconception: There is debate among scientists about the legitimacy of evolution.
There isn't. 99% of scientists accept evolution because of the overwhelming amount of evidence for it.
There are people out there who try to discredit evolution because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. These people are laughed at and mocked by real scientists. It's simply propaganda concocted by creationists and perpetuated by uninformed people.

Hopefully this clears up the sad big 3 misconceptions that are still perpetuated by ignorance of the science. Have these arguments well articulated and ready so you can explain to people who perpetuate them. Most of all, encourage them to do their own research! Tell people to find out for themselves and to think for themselves! 

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Are You A Christian Woman? God Says Shut The Hell Up!

The reason why any self proclaiming free independent woman would call herself a Christian, is beyond me. Female Christians clearly either haven't read the bible, don't understand the bible, or don't give a shit about half the things in there.

Below are some misogynistic quotes from the bible:
From Paul's first Epistle to the Corinthians (New Testament)

But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man.
[1 Cor. 11:3]

Nor was man created for the woman, but the woman for the man.
[1 Cor. 11:9]

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.
[1 Cor. 14:34-35]

This isn't even taken out of context, Paul was very clear about "God's" ideas for women. There are websites on the internet that claim these passages are misrepresented by anti-religious folk like me, I assure you there is no misrepresentation on my part. But don't take my word for it, and don't take your ministers word for it, find out for yourself! Read the bible, you will see who is right.

The bible is the Christian holy text, allegedly written by god through the hand of man. No woman should support the any of the Christian denominations that  follow the bible, by affiliating herself with them by calling herself a Christian.

If you say you're "Christian" you are saying you support the bible and it's teachings. You can't ignore the teachings in the bible that you don't like. If you say you're Christian, you are showing support for all of them, including the misogynistic ones. Do not support the misogyny that is Christianity, unless you wan't to further the oppression of women in today's society. 
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