How To Tell If Your Religion Would Hack Someone To Death And Why I Don’t Call Myself An Atheist

Posted on May 23, 2013 in God | 9 comments

Your religion would hack someone to death in the street.

This goes for some of you Atheists too by the way, although I know you’re all frothing at the mouth at having your belief system compared to a religion (said in the same manner one would say ‘gobba of snot’).

Hear me out though…

As a Christian – nearly 3 years ago now! – I wanted to strangle idiots like the Australian Christian Party who said, and still say, such stupid things as ‘Gay Marriage is equivalent to Child Abuse‘.

I would say to myself, ‘They’re misrepresenting the truth about what Christianity is all about!! Grace, love, acceptance…”

Ironically, that very statement itself contained the base ingredient for yesterdays horrific incident where two men used religious extremism as an excuse for chopping a man to death in the middle of a London street in the middle of the day.

 

And everyone asks themselves… how does this happen?  Where does it come from?

There’s just one base ingredient for a religion – or belief system – to become capable of committing acts like yesterday as well as larger ones like the Muslim Conquests, Christian Crusades and Auschwitz gas chambers.

 

It believes it is right.  100%, absolutely, no room for doubt or changing of the mind.

 

This is called fundamentalism.  And what it does, is substitute a personal decision about what you have chosen to believe is true, despite there being no conclusive evidence either way, and turns it into something that is absolutely, definitely true for the rest of humanity.

It takes belief and faith and turns it into Truth.


Beliefs aren’t dangerous.  Fundamentalism is.

Believing that you, and only you and your extended network of same-believers, are right creates idiots out of everyone else.  It’s just a bad-childhood, job termination, mental illness or lack of purpose* to turn Idiot to Opponent to Adversary to Enemy.  An enemy who deserves whatever he was given.

 

Before it gets to this…

 

Please.

 

Before it gets to this…

 

Could we accept  that we live in a world where we’re all not 100% sure about what is real and what is not (which is totally whacked up by the way) and we’re all doing our best to try and work it out?  Some have drawn one conclusion, others another and some just haven’t really bothered to draw anything except a horse that looks like a dog.

Whatever works for you.

 

This is why I don’t call myself an Atheist.  Regardless of what it’s proponents individually mean that term to believe, it has become synonymous with an unwavering 100% certainty that there is no god or higher being and anyone who believes differently is an idiot.  Unfortunately you don’t know that for sure.

It’s also why I’m not a Christian.  There’s no proof Jehovah Wanyonyi isn’t god-incarnate but my money is on him being not.  Jesus or just god existing in the first place… same, same.  Confession: trying very hard not to believe Jehovah Wanyonyi’s followers aren’t idiots.

 

Now is the time for a Christian who’s read two books by Lee Strobel to pipe up with ‘But Scientists turn belief into truth tooooo.  It’s not possible to be 100% sure on anything.  Even when you drive a car, you are believing it works, even though you don’t know how…”

First of all, please go read something not written by a Christian.

Second of all, scientists are not fundamentalists.  It might take them 300 years to get used to the fact that the earth is not flat but eventually they (and the rest of humanity as well by the way) do get used to it, change their mind (<——— keyphrase, HERE!) and get on with the new reality.

If you are not willing to change your mind about what you believe is true or acknowledge that it is even a small bit possible you’ve got it backwards…

 

Your Religion Is Capable Of Hacking Someone To Death In A Street.

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*Please forgive the stereotypical assumptions, I’m just trying to point out that other ingredients are involved in fundamentalism turning into death crusades…

 

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  • starrra1

    Thanks Clair, i completely share your sentiment 🙂

  • Frank Farquar

    Good post Clair, I sense your frustration somewhat 🙁

    On atheists/atheism 🙂 An atheist is simply someone who has excellent reasons for not trusting/believing the claims theists make. Not in a deluded, absolutist way, like a theist knows (100% certainty) only their *special* supernatural stuff exists. And all other supernatural stuff is the mere construct of the human imagination. Something so embarrassingly stupid, it’s an excellent example of sectioned (cultural) conditioning.

    Atheists simply state the (intellectually honest) truth, proven beyond all reasonable doubt. All theist’s claims are incoherent, irrational, contradictory and unsubstantiated. Truly cringe worthy. “Claims” that would be laughed out of every court in the land, an ironic truth. Simply laughed away.

    Atheism isn’t a belief system, it’s the innocent, natural, sane, rejection of ridiculous claims theists make. I am atheist, afairiest, and ‘a’ every other supernatural bit of stuff humans of a wont peddle. Anyway, once again good post and…

    All the Best.

    • Hey Frank,

      Thanks for the comment!

      What’s your thoughts on the Dawkin’s Test http://msclair.com/the-dawkins-test?

      You’re so right that that’s what atheism is SUPPOSED to be. Just as Christianity is SUPPOSED to be about grace, love and forgiveness.

      The point is though, that if someone with the atheism mindset – ie: “only believe those things that are beyond reasonable doubt” – decides that anyone who doesn’t also approach the world the same way is ’embarrassingly stupid’ or ‘deluded’, he begins to feel superior to others and makes sweeping general statements like ‘all theists claims are…’

      This black and white approach is what breeds intolerance and anger rather than compassion and respect.

  • Daniel Rivera

    Hey Clair! Thank you for following me On Twitter!

    I really enjoyed this post. It was very thought provoking and enlightening to read. As an once devoted catholic turned atheist, I understand the potential abuse of influence and power from religious institutions.
    I don’t have a problem with religion so long as they are able to respect the belief of others and not assert their own on everyone else, so I do agree with you when you say fundamentalism is the problem concerning all belief systems.
    Though there isn’t any empirical evidence to suggest the existence of a supreme being, I keep an open mind about it. And I think that’s where the heart of the issue lies: admitting you don’t know everything but are willing to search for something tangible.
    All and all a great post, and I hope to see more great postings! (:

    • Thanks Daniel, sounds like you have the kind of balance I was referring to in the blog post. My other question is whether religion can exist without fundamentalism? I used to think it wasn’t ‘true’ religion if you didn’t believe it 100%, follow all the rules, have complete faith etc. I have since met others who manage it obviously but I can understand why the fundamentalists become that way.

      • Daniel Rivera

        That’s a tough one.
        It’s human nature for people to associate themselves with a group they can depend on. Religion serves this purpose, but its followers oftentimes are not able to acknowledge any other alternatives than their respective institution.
        Organized religion is meant to do just that- organize. I want to be optimistic, but it’s very unlikely religion can exist without fundamentalism. However, I find the unitarian philosophy to be particularly interesting in this regard, since they’ve adopted a let and let live approach to their teachings.

  • Hi Clair, just found you through Twitter. I think we’re coming from a similar place. I do call myself and atheist, because I think we’re getting to a critical mass where people are starting to understand it as a lack of belief in gods rather than a certainty that there are none. But in principle I agree with your argument.

    I’m from a more extremist end of Christianity, and one of the things that frightens me now is that I’m sure I was at least as convinced of the truth of my beliefs as any terrorist.

    • ClairM

      Jonny I definitely believed as much as any terrorist! And I think it’s such a valuable reminder that we always have to hold onto that base thought that, ‘hey, we don’t know for SURE…’ It doesn’t restrict believe or decisions or logical thinking about what makes sense but it just keeps us all from getting to a place where we force our own beliefs on other people.

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