The irony of religion is that because of its power to divert man to destructive courses, the world could actually come to an end. The plain fact is, religion must die for mankind to live. The hour is getting very late to be able to indulge in having in key decisions made by religious people. By irrationalists, by those who would steer the ship of state not by a compass, but by the equivalent of reading the entrails of a chicken.
George Bush prayed a lot about Iraq, but he didn't learn a lot about it. Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith, and enable and elevate it are intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction. Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do. Most people would think it's wonderful when someone says, "I'm willing, Lord! I'll do whatever you want me to do!" Except that since there are no gods actually talking to us, that void is filled in by people with their own corruptions and limitations and agendas.
i heart Bill Maher. i really do.
and while it may appear that my mood is contrary to the mystical Christmas spirit in which we all should be this time of year, i assure you that it's not. after a lovely weekend of shopping for gifts, drinking whiskey, and spending quality time with great friends, i truly am in the Christmas spirit. i'm just not in the Christianist spirit.
so upon seeing the headline, "Religious Group Puts Out 12-DVD Series on Environmentalists' 'Spiritual Deception'" this morning, i became freshly enraged and couldn't help but think about, and want to share, some of Maher's rants from his documentary Religulous, which i HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you haven't yet seen it.