I Will Tell The Truth & I Need No Book

I wonder how the oath taking happens in legal courts. I mean, cause I’ve never actually been to court and seen it first hand. Whatever I have seen is in movies or tv. Weather in Western movies or Indian, it always seems the same – before you testify in a trial, a clerk of the court brings you the bible and asks “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” or something along the same lines.

So the person wouldn’t have planned on telling the truth but just because he does swear on the bible or some holy book, he or she will do so! “Oh dear, now I can’t lie. I’ve sworn on the bible! Dammit!” Or the koran or the torah or the gita! And that’s more than enough until the person testifying is proven to be lying while on oath.

What happens when an Atheist is called to testify? Like me! “I swear to tell the truth… On what book will we swear? The Da Vinci Code? The Encyclopedia Britiannica? Science or Math text books? Playboy? We wouldn’t need any. But I would love to see a clerk bringing the bible or some holy book to a testifying atheist and the guy or gal say loudly “No thanks, I’m an Atheist!” (Gasps from the crowd)

Now that they have an African-American President for the very first time, maybe in a few years they will have an Atheist President in the While House! “…so help me ….Einstein? Newton? Da Vinci?” LOL!

A Few Atheist Quotes – 2

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. – Susan B. Anthony

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike. – Delos B. McKown

Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer. – Anonymous

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point. – Friedrich Nietzsche

On the first day, man created God. – Anonymous

You do not need the Bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate. download suffering man s charity aka ghost writer movie – Richard A. Weatherwax

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish. – Anonymous

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God should be executed for crimes against humanity. – Bryan Emmanuel Gutierrez

Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea. – Anonymous

A Few Atheist Quotes

Faith means not wanting to know what is true.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. – Frank Lloyd Wright

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. – Isaac Asimov

A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows. – Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.

– Steven Weinberg

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I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence. – Doug McLeod

The world holds two classes of men – intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.

– Abu’l?Ala al Ma’arri

Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going? – Anonymous

Doing Good Even If You Don’t Believe

Last night, as I was clicking on links that the blogs that I read have, I arrived at one of a devout catholic. One of this person’s entries was about how American Humanist Association in Washington DC were going to run ads on buses that read “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake. While I am in firm agreement with the AMA, this person is not! Obviously, since he has a problem with all ‘silly atheists’ as he puts it.

His argument is that how do we derive at ‘good’ without something to base it upon, a standard or a code of conduct. And he choses the Bible or any religious book for that matter & god as the guide for the good. He also says that if there isn’t a god then why put constraints on people to do good and telling people to ‘do good’ is at best pedantic. Mr.Catholic also doesn’t allow people to comment against his blog posts.

I have to ask : Mr. Catholic, will you only do good because god says so? Or are you only doing good so that your god won’t punish you or will be pleased with you and grant you entry into heaven? Do you really need a religious book to tell you what is wrong and what is right? It might help some people like you but the truth is most good people, who happen to believe in a god, would be good even if they didn’t believe in a god.

Do you really need a god to tell you that you should not steal? Or that you should not beat a harmless being? That you should not molest an innocent child? Do you really need to read it in the Bible to help a stranger in trouble, someone drowning or in an accident? Do you only help others just because you think Jesus or Yahweh or the fairy godmother wants you to?

If you do, then the rest of the world is in big trouble!!

And he also thinks that it is not fair to run the add in the 3rd week of November, because December belongs to Jesus and his followers and running it so close to December is harsh. And he challenges the AMA to run the add during the month of Ramadan (which he claims they won’t do since they might get sued).

That notion is a ball of rubbish! The Islamic fundamentalists would sue no matter which time of the year it is. The timings doesn’t so much matter to them – they would find a reason to protest & sue at any time of the year!

New Reason

I found this over at the Friendly Atheist

. To all you believers of god, how many found this highway billboard offensive? Is this aggressive?

Well apparently the right-wing Fox News isn’t too happy about it! They have some scary music to along with the news clip on the billboard. I hope nasty Bill o’Reilly has his knickers in a permanent twist.

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What about all the mindless god stories spoon fed on millions every day? Entire tv channels devote to spreading drivel and junk, god tv for Pete’s sake.

Quotes Atheists Will Like

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Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” – Seneca

[Humanity] has a moral code not because of religion but in spite of it.” – Richard Dawkins

“More people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, my friends, that is true perversion.” – Harvey Milk

“All religions are ancient monuments to superstition, ignorance and ferocity.” – Baron D’Holbach

Star Trek – An Atheist’s Dream

While watching the episodes of Star Trek : TNG on tv, I used to be struck by the predominant characteristic theme of atheism. In the world of Star Trek there is no need for money, materialistic possession, hunger, famine, diseases are almost non existent (other than the ones that the crew encounter on their trips) and instead there is a brotherhood of humans. And there is no god for humans! If you want to live a peaceful life bettering yourself, its possible. But from time to time, a human has been mistaken for a god.

Like in this case, Jean-Luc Picard is thought to be a God by a less advanced race. Saying he has no desire to send them back into the “Dark Ages,” Picard is determined to repair the cultural damage as much as possible while not further violating the Prime Directive. It finally takes the witnessing of the death of a human at sickbay for them to realize Picard is just as mortal as they are and that his godlike powers are nothing more than a technological advancement.

The Holy Bully

The God Hypothesis: 31.1

1. The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction;
2. jealous and proud of it;
3. a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak;
4. a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser;
5. a misogynostic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

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The Big Bang

“I find it deeply unimpressive that the Bible can be said to predict the Big Bang (theory). There are only two possibilities – either the universe began or it’s been here forever. Just two possibilities! To get one of them is really not that impressive” – noted author, Oxford Professor & atheist Richard Dawkins

Kathy Told Jesus To “Suck It”

I read about it a couple of days ago but only an hour back did I see / hear what actress- comedian Kathy Griffin said when she accepted an award at this year’s Creative Arts Emmy. Griffin stirred up controversy with her acceptance speech, saying that a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn’t help me a bit.” She went on to hold up her Emmy and say, “Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now!

When I saw it, I started laughing and then I read more about it. I also saw her interview in Larry King Live. She stated that Jesus isn’t in Darfur where needed, but is busy helping celebrities win awards or athletes win tournaments! She was parodying their acceptance speeches when she said that. Plus, she claims to be a militant atheist! And ofcourse Christian groups have denounced in print & on television. Her speech was edited in taped versions of the show.

Kathy Griffin, you’ve got balls!

My Religious Colleague

My company’s client are going through a huge changeover today, something that means big bucks and lots of opportunities. I also hope that this means much better quality standards in the way that they run their business. That is needed a lot.

We are planning a huge event at the office premises and once again I have been roped in as a volunteer. Or better put, I was ‘volunteered’ by a senior manager. I guess there is no way for me to weasle my way outta this. But it can be fun, provided things happen properly.

One of my colleagues sent some of us in an email an old joke about an atheist professor who gets humiliated by one of his students who is a believer. The lines in it are lame; you can’t see the professor’s brain but it’s supposed to be there, so therefore there is a god. Ha ha ho ho, very funny! So I sent him back some anti-Christianity emails and stuff that has been done in the name of religion & god!

He has promised never to send me such bullshit again!


Christian fundamentalists would have you think that Norwegian Black Metal, which denounces all things about Christ and is anti-Christianity at it’s core, is evil & should be stopped at all costs. Black Metallists in Norway & other Scandinavian countries started due to a deep hatred of the history of how Christian crusaders brutally murdered thousands of Vikings in those countries and forcefully converted the remaining In May, 2007 an article by the BBC, The Global Peace Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, looked at 24 factors to determine how peaceful each country was. Norway is rated as the ‘most peaceful country’ in the world. In 2005, a survey conducted by Gallup International in sixty-five countries indicated that Norway was the least religious country in Western Europe, with 36% counting themselves as being religious, 9% as being atheists, and 46% neither.

Chalk one for the Norwegians!

Quote of the day

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” – unknown

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: Songs For The Atheist

  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • One Man Army – Our Lady Peace
  • Dear God – Sarah McLachlan (orig. by XTC)
  • Freewill – Rush
  • There Is No God – Extreme
  • Angels Losing Sleep – Our Lady Peace
  • Shallow Be Thy Game – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Jesus He Knows Me – Genesis
  • God Am – Alice In Chains
  • Leper Messiah – Metallica
  • Heresy – Nine Inch Nails

Song for the day – “Freewill” – RUSH

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Here is review of this intreaguing book, In Defence Of Atheism :

“In the twenty-first century, religion is making a comeback, bringing in its wake extremism of all kinds. From Christian anti-abortion campaigns to suicide bombers claiming the righteousness of Islam, we are witnessing a resurgence of religious fundamentalism. Michel Onfray’s response to the threat of a post-modern theocracy is to lay down the principles of an authentic atheism: exposing the fiction that is God, he proposes a new philosophy of reason that celebrates life and humanity. “In Defence of Atheism” demonstrates that organised religion is motivated by worldly, historical and political power; that the three dominant monotheisms – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – exhibit the same hatred of women, reason, the body, the passions; that religion denies life and glorifies death. Onfray exposes some uncomfortable truths: Judaism invented the extermination of a people; Jesus never existed historically; Christianity was enforced with extreme violence by Constantine; Islam is anti-Semitic, misogynist, warlike and incompatible with the values of a modern democracy.”

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