Aug 152013
 

A great article from Scott Gavura on the growth of nonsense and the acquiesce of rationality all too evident with the scam medical treats promoted, consciously or not, by pharmacies, celebrities, the deluded, and other con artists. But Dr. Paul Offit stands as a candle in the dark, and should be applauded for his stance against the nonsense and the threats of violence directed at him.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Mar 102013
 

The BBC reports that Nick Clegg, an atheist, raises his children as Catholics:

At face value, this means that Clegg is knowingly lying to his children. Instead, Clegg should be raising his children to think critically so that his children can make up their own minds and be armed to tackle the nonsense in this world.

Let’s be clear about this; I’m not condemning Clegg for sending his children to a Catholic school. I’m condemning him for raising his children as Catholics when he, himself, is a declared atheist. In particular, if the BBC report is true, what does this tell you of Clegg? That he is a hypocrite, a liar, and a coward, running away from making the hard choices.

Having just checked more online, it appears that Clegg’s hypocrisy and dishonesty on this subject is common knowledge. Not sure how I missed it all before. Perhaps Clegg misspoke or was misinterpreted about raising his children as Catholics?

Regardless, the injustices, brutality and immorality of religion are well known; Christianity/Catholicism, along with Islam, being particularly infamous:

Perhaps by exposure to these evils Clegg’s children will realise the true nature of religion. After all, his children will learn that the bible calls their father a liar, an antichrist, and that he will be damned to hell forever.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Nov 282012
 

Idiots. Another example of how religions poison everything.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Oct 212012
 

The trial of Alber Saber has been postponed and he faces further time in remand as bail seems to be unlikely.

What are they waiting for?

There are worrying signs that such incidents are on the increase against those that don’t adhere to various interpretations of Islamic precepts.

With the many changes occurring in Egypt at this time, there is an opportunity right now for a rebirth, for Egyptians to collectively reject the unreasonable and the irrational, and to stop Egypt becoming another Saudi Arabia:

Egypt has a chance. Seize the opportunity.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Jun 102012
 

More religious evil, this time highlighted by ZOMGitCriss:

Raping Islam

Religion is a force for control, for suppression, and for barbarity, clothed in dogmas and rituals which the religious hope is mistaken for civility and progress, shielded by the mock claims of “offence” and “racism”. I am tolerant of religion (I don’t go around threatening people for a start) and adults can believe in whatever fairy-tales they wish (and I will judge their competency on rationality accordingly) but I am against those fairy-tales if the religious enforce indoctrinations onto children, when they threaten liberty and free speech, when they threaten and commit violence, and when they encourage a closed-mind view. Religion will abuse, it has a proven track record. – Kulvinder Matharu

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Apr 252012
 

The Koran, much like the Bible, is full of injustice, intolerance, cruelty, violence, contradictions, and hate. It’s true, though, that violence is much more likely to come from Muslims than from Christians. Christianity has had its violent past but it is now largely neutered but Islam is increasingly expressing more closely its core fundamental believes manifested as violence. In that respect I can see, without condoning, why Germany seems against the free-issuing of Korans:

But such differential prohibitions are not for the common good. Most people who have rejected religion are those that have studied religion and found it to be nothing more than man-made nonsense. Instead of such censorship, I would rather concentrate on secularising governments and making fun of religion by highlighting the nonsense/injustice/hatred/etc. in these religions, and showing the incompatibility of religion to the truths revealed by the beauty of science.

I, for one, will take it as extremely insulting if any person of faith makes the assumption that their faith gives them the moral edge on me. I want to hear a lot more apologising from the faith based communities for the evil that they’ve done before they even start clearing their throats and telling me I wouldn’t know right from wrong without their permission. I’m sorry, I won’t be, can’t be spoken to in that tone of voice and nor should any of you.
— Christopher Hitchens

I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.
— Thomas Jefferson

There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That’s perfectly all right; they’re the aperture to finding out what’s right. Science is a self-correcting process. To be accepted, new ideas must survive the most rigorous standards of evidence and scrutiny.
— Carl Sagan

Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It’s our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.
— Christopher Hitchens

I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake… Religion is all bunk.
— Thomas Edison

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Mar 122012
 

Magisterial District Judge Mark Martin has just given a free pass for the deluded to commit violence. I’ve said it before, those who believe in fairy tales should not be given special privileges. Unfortunately, Martin has just done that.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Feb 142012
 

I saw a newspaper article today with Baroness Warsi wanting to fight against “militant secularists” and for religion to feature more strongly in government and society. Coyne has his own thoughts on this:

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Religion is a force for control, for suppression, and for barbarity, clothed in dogmas and rituals which the religious hope is mistaken for civility and progress, shielded by the mock claims of “offence” and “racism”. I am tolerant of religion (I don’t go around threatening people for a start) and adults can believe in whatever fairy-tales they wish (and I will judge their competency on rationality accordingly) but I am against those fairy-tales if the religious enforce indoctrinations onto children, when they threaten liberty and free speech, when they threaten and commit violence, and when they encourage a closed-mind view. Religion will abuse, it has a proven track record.

It seems to me that Warsi wants to extend religion’s special privileges where none is warranted. She wants a safe harbour for religious indoctrination to thrive. She wants irrationality to become ubiquitous. She stands for all that is backwards and medieval in thinking and outlook. It is perhaps the religious like her that are the real danger to civilisation.

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I will criticise all religions and the religious where they come into conflict with ideals such as reason, rationality, freedom, equality and justice. History has shown that religions will suppress such ideals through use and abuse of whatever powers and controls they have.

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It’s quite simple. The religious are not at all comfortable in their delusions and instinctively lash out at those that expose the irrationality and fragility of the religious mind. So much for turning the other cheek!

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Religion needs people to be uneducated, to be unquestioning, to be stupid and credulous. This is how religion exerts itself and how it continues to enslave people into backwards thinking. Jerry Coyne explains this quite clearly in the recent “Be stupid” command from Pope Benedict XVI of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Religion is institutionalised delusion, a social grouping mechanism for the irrational. But for those within this group who dare to explore with open minds, with the tools of critical thinking, there is hope of a life free from the prisons and poisons of religion.

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Religion, contrary to the naivety expressed by some, cannot lay claim to morality. Religion is a source of enslavement, a source of inequality, a source of barbarity. Humans, as a community-based species, have derived morality from within itself, from within the community, influenced by the social interactions that takes place. And morality changes, progresses, as communities advance. But religion stakes a claim on morality, claims itself as a source of morality, and distorts it for its own means. Here we are, in the 21st century, with the inhumanity and unreason of religion exposed by advances in science and by application of critical thinking. Religion has not only passed its sell-by-date but was defective when conceived and manufactured. Let’s move on and free ourselves.

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Science is the search for truth. It is a rational mechanism that uses logic, evidence and other facts to formulate theories to arrive at the truth. Religion is at odds with this rationality and thus those who advocate religion are deluded. And those scientists who claim compatibly of religion with truth in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary must do a pretty good job of compartmentalising the irrationality of religion from their rational thoughts. But, then, humans are not always consistent or rational in what they do which makes the scientific process an absolutely critical method to progress.

Religion is not compatible with truth. Religion is an intellectual prison, a method of control, a method of suppression and repression, which blinds the religious to the truth. It’s about time humanity broke free of its shackles, to experience the truth, to experience the excitement, wonders and mysteries of this planet and the universe.

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…religion does not deserve any special privileges; it is not immune to criticism and I will object to any laws or “politically correct” influences that seek to protect religion or not cause “offence”. Any “offences” that religious people feel, I think, may be the result of a deep split within their personalities where their rational-self is trying to get to the surface but is pushed back down by the irrational-self. This battle probably goes unnoticed by the person but if they really thought about it they may perhaps know that there’s something not quite right. And rather than explore and understand and admit that they are wrong they, instead, lash out at the external, the rationalists, the critical thinkers. They want this nice, cosy world that they’ve built around themselves and are afraid to venture out, afraid to grow-up, afraid to confront reality.

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…religion is used as the canvas and as the brush to paint a veil of terror

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Feb 122012
 

I’d already written about threats from Christians and Christianity. Recently I’ve noticed a surge in blogs articles regarding threats from Muslims and Islam; I’ve collated these here.

Let this be clear though; criticism of Islam is not racist, just as criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic, although it is probably in the best interests of certain organisations and groups to conflate such ideas. I will criticise all religions and the religious where they come into conflict with ideals such as reason, rationality, freedom, equality and justice. History has shown that religions will suppress such ideals through use and abuse of whatever powers and controls they have. Christianity has abused and committed atrocities in the past, its holy book full of violence and injustice, but Christianity has largely been neutered and is now merely a nuisance. Islam needs to be similarly neutered; their atrocities, their abuses, their unreason, must be highlighted. It is true that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and just want to live a life of peace, to love their children, in a world where there are many struggles to overcome, just like people the world over. Unfortunately, other Muslims are carrying their vision of Islam through acts and threats of violence.

Articles on Christianity and the irrationality religions:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012