Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Why I am an Atheist (part three)


This is part three of this article, here you can find parts one and two.

Part III: Indoctrination, endemic of a delusional mind 


As children, we are bombarded constantly with an endless barrage of information. We tend to put a lot of trust in our parents as guardians of the truth. As I've said before, for children the world is a much smaller place than the one we as adults come to know. The mind of a child is much like the surface of a sponge, and like water to a sponge, information is the thing that fills the brain. But not all information is good information, in fact most information is probably bad information, and as children we have no real sense of this struggle of good and bad, for children all information has an equal footing.

To a child who has never seen a pot of boiling water, he or she could easily be convinced to place their hand in that pot even as steam is clearly seen emerging from its top. This isn't because children by nature are unintelligent, but rather ignorant to the world they are experiencing. It is incumbent upon us as adults and parents to educate our children to the good and the bad.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Why I am an Atheist (part two)


This is part two of this article, you can find part one by following this link.

Part II: The Imagined, the fantastic, the miraculous and the ridiculous



As a child, I spent a lot of time living in my imagination, as I think most children do. I had a lot of toys when I was young, in fact rarely did a Christmas or birthday go by without receiving a complete set of some kind of toy. One Christmas it was M.A.S.K, another Voltron, and one Christmas I even got the complete set of these little bug guys with antennae on their head, called Sectaurs. It was kind of curious because I didn't ask for them, in fact I had no clue what they were, but I took great delight in the use of them in scaring my mother. There was one bug toy in particular that comes to mind, it was a weird plastic bug thing with a few legs, antennae and pincers.

You would take one of the toy bug people and mount him to a saddle that rested on the back of this bug, and you would insert your hand down a black sock like cloth mechanism that was fitted on the underside and allowed your fingers to be inserted into the back of this bug's head. It allowed you to work the bug much like a puppet and two rings attached on the inside could be pulled to open and close the pincers. As I said, receiving these toys from my mother was weirdly curious, after all, she made no secret her distaste for insects, arachnids, reptiles, or amphibians. In fact, as I recall, if it wasn't human she didn't really like it at all.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Why I am an Atheist


In this article I will attempt to explain all the things that resulted in my opinion of religion, as well as try to defend my view as best as I can with hopefully well thought out arguments. First I want to say, that although I detest religion as it stands, it is a blight on what would otherwise be something special, I believe that as long as I argue for freedom, granting everyone the same rights, as a matter of law, and more so a matter of human decency, people should have the right to observe any religion they choose to, as long as that religion is not harmful.

For instance, if your religious beliefs dictate that once a day you pray to a toaster and eat ice cream while dancing, apart from the possible implications of eating ice cream every day, which include gaining weight, increasing your in-take of fat which could result in premature heart disease and maybe worse, after time a disapproval for ice cream altogether, I have no problem with it. Eat as much ice cream as you like, dance the night away, and pray to the shiniest toaster you can find. However, the second you criticize someone else, cause harm to someone else, or try to coerce someone else, all in the name of your religion, we have a problem.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Constitutional Erosion: Supreme Court rules, strip-search legal for any crime


If you have been reading my blog, you know I like to follow the US Supreme Court rulings very closely. While the highest court in our land is supposed to be the epitome of fairness and justice, never failing to uphold the constitution, this court seems more concerned with politics and partisanship than with the oath they swore to uphold.

"I, __ do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

When a Supreme Court Justice affirms this oath, they are swearing that they will put aside personal opinion, personal faith, and personal feelings, to only follow the letter of the law and defend the words of the Constitution of the United States of America. This isn't a joke, and it's not a game. This is the most powerful document this country has ever written, and it holds for all of us freedom and justice from tyranny. The justices of the supreme court are supposed to be the ultimate defenders of our liberties, protecting the rights of individuals, even when their decision to do so is an unpopular one. Being appointed to the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment so popularity need not be a factor in making their decision, nor should political influence, religious zealotry, or personal bias.

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