Facebook has recently come under attack for failing to enforce its own guidelines on hate speech and violent imagery. Is it a website’s job to moderate the content users post, or should users have freedom to say what they want? Is there a happy medium? If so, how would you structure it?
Ho ho, this is a topic that I seem to come against quite often and is discussed almost everyday among friends & acquaintances. I don’t think anyone reading this post will be unaware of Facebook. You may not have an account there due to either disinterest or maybe you can’t be bothered as you don’t have regular access to the internet or due to a job/work issue you have either chosen or been advised to get rid of your account. The rest of you will have one. Sometimes your cat or dog or goldfish will have one too!
I’ve always treated Facebook like this; what’s in my page is what I want to share. I don’t care who you are, you should not be bothered about it. If you don’t like what I post, there’s an unfriend button. Go on, press it, I don’t give a fuck. If you do defriend it, you weren’t worth it in the first place. I have had so called “friends” de-friending me on Facebook because of an anti-religious post I have posted. Usually it is a post that is a news article about the wrong doings of the priests in either Hinduism, Christianity or Islam and some believers can’t handle the truth. And yes since I hate religion and all it’s shit and all the fake gods and godmen & saints & fuckers that have benefited from these shameful religions I chose to report it. If you can’t handle the truth fuck off. You aren’t using your brain.
However hate speech is different. And people, please hate speech isn’t the same as criticizing the evils of a religious organization or religious people. If you want to see hate crimes just look at some of the religious fundamentalists in any of the religion calling for killing a person who has offended them by “insulting’ their dumb holy book, their stupid religion or their godmen/prophet. They have whole pages on them. That should be reported. Calling for the death, rape or injuring a person or persons, animals, organizations, places etc is not right. Making changes for the betterment of humanity by calling out immoral activities in the name of tradition, culture or religion is needed. That how we progress.
You may agree, you may not agree.
10. ”It [evolution] took 20 million years? Monkeys don’t live that long!”
9. ”So you don’t believe in anything?”
8. “Why are you mad at God?”
7. ”When we meet in the afterlife, you will look stupid.”
6. ”I have proof of God!”
5. ”You can’t prove God, you just have to believe!”
4. You did not have a genuine experience of salvation, or you were never a true Christian because if that were true you would have never left the Lord.
3. ”I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.”
2. “I’ll pray for you.”
1. “You’re going to hell,” and, of course, all of its variations: “You’re going to hell, faggot;” “No, really, you’re going to hell”
From the Atheist Pig
One of of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement who was martyred, Bhagat Singh wrote a pamphlet titled ‘Why I Am An Atheist‘ while in jail, awaiting his death sentence.
“As regard the origin of God, my thought is that man created God in his imagination when he realised his weaknesses, limitations and shortcomings. In this way he got the courage to face all the trying circumstances and to meet all dangers that might occur in his life and also to restrain his outbursts in prosperity and affluence. God, with his whimsical laws and parental generosity was painted with variegated colours of imagination. He was used as a deterrent factor when his fury and his laws were repeatedly propagated so that man might not become a danger to society. He was the cry of the distressed soul for he was believed to stand as father and mother, sister and brother, brother and friend when in time of distress a man was left alone and helpless. He was Almighty and could do anything. The idea of God is helpful to a man in distress.”
Towards the end he wrote “Let us see how steadfast I am. One of my friends asked me to pray. When informed of my atheism, he said, “When your last days come, you will begin to believe.” I said, “No, dear sir, Never shall it happen. I consider it to be an act of degradation and demoralisation. For such petty selfish motives, I shall never pray.” Reader and friends, is it vanity? If it is, I stand for it.”
Bhagat Singh (28 September 1907 – 23 March 1931)
So I go to sleep tonight and I can choose that one thing had changed about the world? It’s easy. I’m going to go ahead and choose the one deadliest disease known to mankind that has caused more deaths, destruction, horror, chaos, causes friction, takes away your rights as a human, divides people, wants to run your life and still manages to piss off a lot of people on a daily basis – religion.
So I’d like to wake up tomorrow and find that all the temples, churches, mosques, gurudhwaras & synagogues of the world have been either demolished and malls, houses, public parks or something else nicer have been established there. I don’t see divisions amongst people, no recognizable differences that show up because there is no religion. There also seems to be no poverty, no homeless people because we’ve apparently had humanist programs created by the rich and the government to eradicate poverty, famine, hunger and homelessness. Oh and what’s that, every human has a safe home with enough power, food, water, plumbing and entertainment stuff? And say what; there are no reports of murders, looting, cheating, abuse, racism or rapes? Far out!
No money? What’s that, money is no longer needed because guess what, we’ve created a safe way to create food, clothing and everything we need because instead of fighting for money & power, we’ve pooled all the world’s scientific minds into creating clean energy. No one will ever need to be greedy for money anymore. Oh and what’s that, every family keeps a cat or a dog and sometimes more than one of each? Awesome. And guess what – we’ve aimed for the stars cause planetary exploration is up next and everyone wants to go visit the neighbouring planets and stars and see what’s out there.
Wanna join us?
You know that guy who made a rap song & video about how he hate all religions but loves his homeboy Jesus? He inspired me to write the lyrics of a short rap song. So here it goes:
I don’t believe in religions but I love the goodness in people,
No churches, temples or mosques or buildings with steeples,
Love one another don’t hate; it’s a crime,
We all share one world in this space & time,
Differences in race and colour and borders and creed,
These are the things that were created by greed,
Fear & oppresion that’s what religions bring,
All me and my fellow atheists want is for you to dance & sing
You think less of your fellow humans so you created a god
“Holier than thou” cannot hide the facade
Of the need to control by fearing the wrath
Of a pompous, egomaniac ghost – who needs that
– DJ Roshy Rosh aka Pimp Daddy Rocky
Influential writer, cultural critic & popular atheist Christopher Hitchens died yesterday due to complications of cancer of the esophagus. He was 62.
Over the years, Hitchens’ caustic attention was directed at a broad range of subjects, including Henry Kissinger, Prince Charles, Bob Hope, Michael Moore, the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa. His career spanning 4 decades has seen him be a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in September 2008. Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the spring of 2010, just after the publication of his memoir, Hitch-22, and began chemotherapy soon after.
A well known debater, his confrontational style made him a huge set of admirers and some detractors as well. Identified as a champion of the “New Atheism” movement, Hitchens describes himself as an antitheist and a believer in the philosophical values of the Enlightenment. Hitchens says that a person “could be an atheist and wish that belief in god were correct,” but that “an antitheist, a term I’m trying to get into circulation, is someone who is relieved that there’s no evidence for such an assertion.” He argues that the concept of god or a supreme being is a totalitarian belief that destroys individual freedom, and that free expression and scientific discovery should replace religion as a means of teaching ethics and defining human civilization. He wrote at length on atheism and the nature of religion in his 2007 book God Is Not Great.
Though Hitchens retained his British citizenship, he became a United States citizen on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial on 13 April 2007, his 58th birthday. Asteroid 57901 is named after him. He has 2 children from his first marriage to Eleni Meleagrou. In 1989 Hitchens left Meleagrou for Carol Blue, an American writer.They have one daughter.
Christopher Eric Hitchens (April 13th, 1949 – December 15th, 2011)
Alright, one of my favourite topics. Here is my answer – yes I think that aliens have visited earth. Probably quite a few alien races over centuries. And you know what, I think that they probably thought that we were worth much and they decided that we weren't worth sticking around for, so they packed up their bags and left. They might never return.
I think an alien race built the pyramids in Egypt. and the ones in Mexico (at Teotihuacan). They built it as some kind of monuments and showed the humans of that time how to do it. But it became a lost art and no one can build them the same way anymore. I also think that they might have been the mysterious and well advanced land of Atlantis, which was supposed to be in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. People think that the land sank but you what I think? I think Atlantis was actually a flying city, large and able to sustain a huge population. When they decided to leave they created the illusion of a sinking land and hence the legend. In truth, they flew the flying city aka Atlantis away from Earth and back to where they came from.
Most of the aliens who visited us showed benevolence & even outright kindness. However some of them were not so polite and they did have some ulterior intentions. They wanted to enslave humans and in some cases make them subservient to them. Thus they created the illusions of being extremely powerful beings, using their advanced technology and gadgets to dazzle the natives how in turn worshiped them as gods. Thus the creation of legends of many gods in the heavens – Greek, Roman, Norse, Mayan, Incan, Hindu & the last of them Allah & Jesus.
Think about it; how come all the sightings of god were during the earlier periods of humans? When we were still so naive and lost and still not able to defend ourselves. All the gods visited earth when the only weapons we had were bows & arrows, spears, swords and a few catapults. Nothing mindblowing and certainly not dangerous to those aliens/gods. But when the guns & bombs started being created – not one single god to be seen! We frightened them fucker off and they have never come.
Think about it; all of them came and created religions. Once that work was done they are not to be seen. Fucking scardy cats all of them. In India we have hundreds of stories of all these gods coming to fight & kill all these demons and even humans deemed to be evil. Bows & arrows, spears & maces. Guns were invented – the gods lifted their dhotis and ran. Heck, they didn't help Indians during the British reign!!
So there you have it, I think aliens have visited us, created some stuff and made up a few hundred legends of gods and all such bullshit. Most humans still believe in them and even take them too far. The descendents of those old aliens are laughing at us know. "Oh those stupid humans. What nonsense they believe?" Sigh!
Hands down Religion is the most destructive force know to mankind. Combined with racism and you have one tough bitch to handle. And if we are not careful religion will be the death of man. Every major war has a reason – expansion, wealth, power, greed but religion tops it all. Religion can destroy a nation and it’s people and if you though that religion is the reason for our morality – we have morals inspite of religion! The idea of a god was first created by thinking men as a means to explain that which we cannot explain but it has since evolved into something much more complex and dangerous.
Despite all the progress we have made as a species, we are still held back by the disease called religions. Imagine what all we could have achieved if it wasn’t for religions. We would certainly be exploring the galaxy by now! Religion is like a cancer; it spreads and fucks up everything in it’s past. As I type this some hindu fundamentalist leader is planning the next attack against what he thinks is “immoral”, some muslims are planting a bomb and christians fundamentalists are plotting to terrorism a non-christian community.
Religion keeps us from progressing. My family’s religion wants all of us to forgo everything and stay at temples, singing prayers and kissing the ass of some deity. Do nothing except that while our families are taken advantage of by fake “swamis” and give up our worldly possessions. Your religion does too. Most religious people don’t realize what the Bible, Gita, Ramayana, Quran, Torah really are – bad science fiction & fantasy novels! I like Star Trek – that doesn’t mean that I’m gonna be beam up anytime soon! Or apprehend someone because they violated the Prime Directive (lol, I am killing myself). Grow a brain!
“Imagine no heaven”!
From Think Atheist
Today, May 21st, is supposed to be Judgment Day and the coming of the Rapture. According to the Bible. So better take heed. So what is this rapture? After a brief study online, here is what I have come up with.
The Second Coming of Christ will occur in stages. First, He will remove all Christians from the Earth, to protect them. This is called “The Rapture.” The term comes from the Latin verb raptare, and the Greek word harpizo, both meaning “to be caught up” or “to be snatched up.” Jesus will “snatch us” out of harm’s way.
So, I’m not getting a ticket on the Jesus train, cause I’m not a christian. Worse, I’m an Atheist. Yes – capital A, small c. Forget about his second coming, I was never sold on the first one either.
On May 21st, 1988, God finished using the churches and congregations of the world. The Spirit of God left all churches and Satan, the man of sin, entered into the churches to rule at that point in time. The Bible teaches us that this awful period of judgment upon the churches would last for 23 years. A full 23 years (8400 days exactly) would be from May 21 st, 1988 until May 21st, 2011. This information was discovered in the Bible completely apart from the information regarding the 7000 years from the flood.
Ok, so if this is right, anyone who went into a church from May 21st, 1988 till today were worshiping in a godless place. Huh, must explain all those molestations of alter boys by them Catholic priests! Cause Satan was there instead. So he made them priests do all that molesting. Makes sense. So get this religious Christians, you were basically worshiping Mr. Lucifer for these past 23 years (if you went into a church). Now that’s something to think about!
By God’s grace and tremendous mercy, He is giving us advanced warning as to what He is about to do. On Judgment Day, May 21st, 2011, this 5-month period of horrible torment will begin for all the inhabitants of the earth. It will be on May 21st that God will raise up all the dead that have ever died from their graves. Earthquakes will ravage the whole world as the earth will no longer conceal its dead (Isaiah 26:21). People who died as saved individuals will experience the resurrection of their bodies and immediately leave this world to forever be with the Lord. Those who died unsaved will be raised up as well, but only to have their lifeless bodies scattered about the face of all the earth. Death will be everywhere.
All the dead that have ever died will rise from their graves? Good for us Hindus – we burn our dead ;) That’s finality. We don’t take chances!
So basically we will have the mother of all zombie fest. I’m getting my camera and making the biggest Hollywood blockbuster EVER!
From the comic book issue of The List : Wolverine – where people who have been infected with an evil virus that can only take over your mind if you believe in some sort of god and then turns you into zombie like creatures. Our superheroes Fantomex & Captain Marvel aren’t affected because they are both atheists.
Taken from Pharyngula.
five across the eyes online download This I Believe.
I am an atheist. I do not believe in any supernatural deities. I believe in Science, not the death cult superstitions of bronze age nomadic tribes in the Middle East.
I believe in Logic and Reason, and not in vengeful gods that demand unthinking worship. My “Bible” is the ‘CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics’ and ‘Mark’s Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers’. My “Concordance” is ‘The Pocket Ref, 3rd Edition’.
The symbol of my “faith” is not an ancient torture device, it’s a slide rule. The simple three part device that helped build the Brooklyn Bridge, Hoover Dam and the Empire State Building, as well as sending humans to the Moon and returning them to Earth. Algebra and Calculus are my “liturgy”, and Physics is the celebration of all that exists, from the smallest subatomic particle yet to be discovered, to the Universe as a whole.
The “Saints” of my faith are legion. Galileo and Einstein, Sagan and Asimov, Eratosthenes and Fermi, Hawking and Feynman, Dawkins and Darwin, Jefferson and Franklin and Paine, and countless others who have sought and still seek to expand the knowledge of how the Universe works, for the betterment of all, to free the minds of humanity from the shackles of superstition and ignorance, and, finally & simply, “To Know.”
gnomes and trolls the secret chamber dvd I worship no god, nor bend the knee to anyone, man or god. And yet, despite my lack of fawning obeisance to the judeo/christian/islamic deity, I do not rape nor rob nor murder my fellow man or woman. I do not defraud them nor seek to enslave their bodies or their minds. I do not turn my face from them if their beliefs differ from mine, nor do I condemn them if they choose to love someone of the same sex or of a different “race”.
My friends include the gay and the straight, the atheist and the deeply faithful, Caucasian, African and Asian. I help the less fortunate in this world as best I can, and do not seek to convert them to my way of thought by my actions. I help merely to ease their suffering.
I choose to stand in the Light of Knowledge and Reason. I oppose the Darkness that is ignorance and superstition.
And I KNOW that, in the end, it IS Knowledge and Reason that will triumph over ignorance and superstition, and triumph over those who would use ignorance and superstition for their own evil and ego-driven ends.
THIS I believe…
© Copyright 2008, Christopher H. Tucker.
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Ariane Sherine is a 29 year old British comedy writer & journalist. She is also an Atheist.
In June 2008, Ariane saw a red London bus featuring a Bible quote and the URL of a website. When she visited the website, it told her non-Christians would burn in hell for all eternity. Ariane then wrote an article for The Guardian’s Comment Is Free site, “Atheists – Gimme Five”, At the end of her article, keen to suggest a solution, she proposed: [if all atheists reading this] contribute £5, it’s possible that we can fund a much-needed atheist London bus ad with the slogan: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and [enjoy] your life.”
Thus was born the Atheist Bus Campaign! You see the link provided in the header of this blog? Ok, so many Atheists responded and in January of this year the buses with the ads were running around in London. By now, it has spread to cities Germany, Canada, Finland, Holland, Switzerland, Croatia, Spain, Italy & the US.
You can read her blog at Ariane Sherine