Too many cowards. Don’t talk about it, it will go away.
Originally posted on Lawyers' Secular Society:
By LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian
Over the last five days I have listened patiently to the most extraordinarily confused and painful discussions on the rights and wrongs of murdering people who draw cartoons. What an odd response our public discourse has generated towards what is, to my mind at least, a moral issue of the most blinding clarity.
I have heard people discuss virtually every single free speech scenario possible: incitement to murder; publishing military and intelligence secrets on the internet; defamation; contempt of court; Holocaust denial; footballers’ super-injunctions; and rape victims’ right to anonymity. You name it and I have heard it. I even heard of a discussion between lawyers – actual grown-up lawyers – about the rights and wrongs of wearing an openly anti-Semitic t-shirt to work. Come to think of it, it’s very suspicious just how many diversionary discussions I have heard about Jews generally these last few days.
The one free speech scenario which…
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Religion is totally pre-occupied with death (also sex, but that is another story).
Religion teaches people to put up with deprivation in this life with the promise of reward in a future life, after death. Governments of course, will happily follow along with this to pay poor wages, ignore homeless etc. to encourage greed with leaders of industry, knowing the religious will obey preachers/Imams/Rabbi’s, rather than rock the boat. This sadly also applies to Soldiers who are more happy to die for their country, because of promise of reward of an afterlife for heroes? Strange how both sides are confident that God is on their side!
All Religions hate anyone different, whether another religion, or denomination within the same religion, or no religion and will even kill them, as is happening with Gays in Africa, or with the non-religious in lots of countries. This includes people who leave religion Apostates. Each ‘Holy’ book wants those who leave religion killed (probably because they are dangerous, knowing all the weaknesses of that religion’s theology/dogma)!
Religion promises different places in the afterlife dependant on certain conditions. Heaven for goodies. Hell for baddies (someone different). Places that no one can see or prove let alone guarantee. Also are there different heavens for different faiths / denominations?
Religion’s focus on death keeps believers in fear. Whether they are good enough (complicit) for heaven, or disobedient and qualify for Hell. If people realised this is the only life, then they might do more positive things, hate less, kill less etc.
Don’t waste your life on Religion, live for now. Get a better education to better serve humanity to improve the lot of everyone, not waste on being subservient to an invisible friend who is not necessary for you to help others.
Wasted Time cannot be retrieved.
Wasted energy – not only on Sundays, but extras such as Choir, bible study.
Wasted money – Tithing wastes precious resources that could go directly to charity.
Wasted opportunity – We all only have only so many chances to develop a wholesome life.
Wasted emotions – religion relies and feeds on peoples fears, superstition and ignorance.
Wasted Love on an invisible friend, who cannot prove, let alone see, hear or touch. Because of this factor alone, you don’t know if you have the right god, even if there is one or more. Give your love to real people, animals and issues that need it and will appreciate it.
Get a real productive intelligent life.