When I posted this essay (rant) on the Kindle Forum, I got numerous hate mail and threats. I decided to take it off rather than jeopardize my Kindle account. “You better watch what you say here,” and, “The soldiers of Jihad know what to do with people like you.” Stuff like that.
I’ll admit it: I do have a tendency to go over the top. But only because humans are in such perilous times. We’re shuffling the deck of Tarot cards that’ll determine what happens to life on the planet.
So here’s the essay broken up into bite-size bits. I’d appreciate comments to determine if I should continue to expand it to my next Kindle book after Mirror Reversal. Thanks,
Religion Is Abomination
Preface: I’m not gay, but if I were I’d be pissed at some bronze-age fisherman or goat-herder declaring my genetic sexual proclivities to be “Abomination”—to be loathed and deplored. I have news for you, I’d say, the whole screwy religion has caused more misery and suffering than same-sex lovemaking ever could. At least nobody gets hurt when safely and consensually performed. It’s time we turn the tables and ask if “Religion Is Abomination.”
What gets me is the arrogance and gall of these religious assholes. With the world population recently exceeding seven billion and the natural world violated and defiled such that the biodiversity on the planet is in irreparable decline and seriously endangered, religious leaders think they ride the moral high road and non-reproductive sex immoral and perverse. It should be the other way around. Every baby born into this over¬populated world makes life a tiny bit cheaper, one droplet at a time in an unsustainable ocean of humanity. In Mirror Reversal, I propound that the entire attitude—zeitgeist— toward sex has to change. Just like blacks, the GLBT community should be granted a social affirmative action to atone for the undeserved abuse they had to endure over the ages, and straight, unprotected, face-to-face, dick-in-vagina coitus be considered unnatural. Extinction is a natural phenomenon, but it was never caused by one runaway, cancerous species. We must spend our lives passively and silently witnessing the sixth.
The Bible and Koran encourage and condone the worst aspects of human behavior: war, human sacrifice, slavery, necrophilia, cruelty to animals, anthropocentrism, suicide, starvation, racism, dichotomous thinking, nepotism, xenophobia, child abuse, blind faith, hadephobia, sexism, homophobia, nepotism, denial of reality, self flagellation, torture, symbolic cannibalism, and other insults to reason. The result has been to corrupt, distort and pervert the worldview of all who stubbornly cling to these religious beliefs and have faith in the dictates and promises of well meaning but delusional, professional clerics.
Consider the suffering and misery war has caused since the agricultural revolution and the inception of private property. This is when mankind changed from tribal hunter/gatherer to city-state farmer/herdsman with specialized division of labor. Land and wealth ownership began to play a key role in human interactions. Any enlightened religious leader would have realized that humans are descendents of primates, tree dwellers, and consequently strongly hierarchical. It’s safer and healthier at the top branches. Ever notice that the rich (strong) live longer than the working class? In this regard, humans haven’t evolved much from the Law of the Jungle. In many ways we’re still animals at a primal level.
War is mostly unknown in the animal world except for a few insects (mostly ants) and chimps in occasional skirmishes over territory due to human-caused shrinking of habitat. The Bible and Koran not only permit but encourage the faithful to pick up arms and bash the skulls of enemies, usually members of other tribes or people with dissimilar religious beliefs.
There are a myriad of quotations permitting or encouraging war. Here’s just a few:
Josh 8:1-2 The Lord then said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid or dismayed. Take all the army with you and prepare to attack Ai. I have delivered the king of Ai into your power with his city, people and land. … take its spoil and livestock as booty.”
Ex 15:3 The Lord is a warrior. Lord is his name.
2 Kings 18:20 Do you think mere words substitute for the strategy and might of war?
Num. 31:18 God orders his warriors to kill every living thing in a captured city, except the virgin girls, who are to be raped and turned into sex slaves.
Judges 5:30 The spoils of war include “a damsel or two” for every man.
Judges 21:12, 28 God’s warriors killed all the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead except for 400 virgin girls, who were taken as slaves. If there are not enough girls to go around, God’s warriors may raid neighboring towns for more to rape.
I could go on and on this goofy-ass mythology. The Bible contains scores of similar quotations. How different history might have been if the writers of the sacred scripture had realized that humans are evolving hominids in early stages. Humans are mammals that need as infants to suck milk and hug other warm bodies—that’s what “mammal” means. War wouldn’t have been glorified but used only as a last resort, like a cat with its back against the wall, to be endured only in absolute self defense whereby every citizen avers, I will only fight defending my own land. Without Biblical thinking, fighting primitive tribesmen Afghanistan would be considered “nuts.”
Hitler and the Nazis thought war was a natural condition, a unique characteristic of manhood. War was so familiar to every generation it was considered part of growing up. Because of Holy Scripture, the insanity was considered acceptable and normal.
Let’s call a spade a spade. If you’re a Catholic and you attend mass on Sunday, you’re assisting at a human sacrifice. Christ was human right? I see very little difference between the pre-Columbian Aztecs of Mesoamerica holding up the beating heart of a warrior to the Hummingbird Wizard, Huitzilpochtli, and the priest at the alter holding up his chalice muttering something about “corpus Dei.”
I could never understand what the heck God the Father gets out of it, human or animal. To my mind, a good God should say, “Screw that. Put your swords and daggers away. Just have fun and enjoy the life I gave you. And let that baby lamb do its thing as well. Whatever led you to believe I get my divine rocks off seeing the blood of a lamb?”
To be continued with Slavery and the rest of the evils in Pandora’s Box.