Knowledge is a tyranny

Some people like to pretend that knowledge does not exist. They do not assert this simply, honestly, straight-forwardly. Rather, they make claims that deny the objectivity of knowledge. They try to reduce all claims to the level of mere opinion; a...

Religion: why be so hostile? #7

Religion: why be so hostile? There are many reasons one could offer in response to this question. I have already mentioned a few. Today I would like to bring that list to an end by providing one more. It is not that I think this will make the list of...

Religion: why be so hostile? #6

Religion: why be so hostile? This is a question that the religious ask in response to even the most mild of criticisms. And they mean it. The religious, and their secular fellow travellers, sincerely believe that to subject religious beliefs and...

Religion: why be so hostile? #5

Religion: why be so hostile? I have already provided a number of reasons in answer to this question. Today I would like to add the fact that religion is unbelievable. Religions demand that adherents believe things that are absurd, illogical and...

Religion: why be so hostile? #4

Religion: why be so hostile? I have already spoken about how religion is ignorance masquerading as knowledge; how it is immoral; and how it is child abuse. I would now like to add to this list the fact that religion denies the equality of human beings....

Religion: why be so hostile? #3

Religion: why be so hostile? I have already offered two reasons. The first reason is that religion is ignorance and superstition pretending to be knowledge.The second reason I presented is that religion is immoral. In this post I will point out that...

Religion: why be so hostile? #2

Religion: why be so hostile? It is truly amazing that anyone could ask such a question. In the previous post in this series, I offered one reason. I pointed out that religion is ignorance and superstition masquerading as knowledge and that this drives...

Religion: why be so hostile? #1

Religion: why be so hostile? Whilst the notion that the question can even be posed is astonishing in itself, the idea that it can be asked sincerely defies credulity. Allow me to re-phrase the question. Ignorance and superstition: why be so hostile?...

Wonderland

Some people do not believe in the existence of Wonderland. How can that be? The evidence is overwhelming, and yet, some people are too blind and arrogant to see the plain truth. They are puffed up with pride and too obsessed with the tawdry cares of...

Mockery

Mockery is one of the greatest of all the arts and crafts every devised by humanity. More importantly, it provides an essential public service. The art and craft is essentially very simple. It takes human follies and foibles and through a...

Yom Kippur

It is the Day of Atonement. This is when, according to Judaic tradition, the sins of the people are atoned for and Yahweh wipes the slate clean. The mechanism by which this atonement is achieved does involve sacrifice; the killing of a bull and a goat...

Hipocrisy

In his speech at Westminster Hall, the infallible pontiff called on the political leaders of this country to 'seek ways of promoting and encouraging dialogue between faith and reason at every level of national life.' This is so disingenuous as to...

Fooling oneself

Should you ever get into, what we may charitably call, a discussion with a theist, and you express disbelief in the existence of their god, it is only a matter of time before they come up with the 'You can't prove god doesn't exist,' line. It is clear...

Former Nazi attacks

Former Nazi, Joseph Ratzinger, has now arrived in Britain and immediately launched into a vicious attack on the godless, describing atheists as Nazis. In a manner that can only be described as surreal, the Catholic Church has sought to play down...