Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Much ado about nothing

I wish I could say I was surprised about the reaction that we've seen from the Imaginary Friend Addicts on the Islamic side. Since their religion is about 500 years younger that Christianity and much younger than Judaism we can expect them to act immature. And immature they have acted! How juvenile is it to get violent over a joke? And do they not realize that they're acting in exact accordance with what they found to be mocking? It's not true! It's not true! Islam is a religion of peace! Allah is loving and so is his prophet! Now take those cartoons down or we'll f*cking kill you!

Now what we see is a media blackout in certain circles because, once again, their terror tactics worked. I have to wonder, though, was is it the terror of being physically harmed or the potential financial losses that prompted this reaction? Being that money is the one true God, it was most likely the latter!

So, in accordance with the American ideal of freedom of speech and the press, I offer everyone the cartoons that have offended the god junkies:



Blogger Reverend Jeremiah said...

Thankyou for offering your insightful article along with the offending, yet truthful cartoon. Truth is always offensive to those who lie to themselves and others. It is very true that some muslims are reacting the same way that the cartoon that offends them depicts them. "How dare you draw a comic that shows muslims with bombs that say Allay is great. Supress your freedom of speech and remove that offensive cartoon or we will blow you up...because Allah is great!" It is nothing more than your typical, fundamentalist hypocritical favoritism. I am sure that the majority of those who have terrorised over this cartoon would laugh their asses off at cartoons depicting Christians, Jews, and Atheists in in similar themed situations. Freedom of speech is always harmful to theocratic tendencies.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Reverend AtheiStar said...

It has been pointed out, actually, that almost daily that in Muslim newspapers you will find terribly insulting caricatures of Jews. Yet we don't see them attacking them for it. Secularism is also equated with Atheism and both are considered to be the scum of the Earth. Yet, again, we don't find either of these groups attacking Muslims for saying bad things (and probably publishing cartoons, as well) about us. We're above that. We've matured. We've grown way past the babaric children. Reaching adulthood means letting go of the hand of your cherished imaginary friend.

8:33 AM  
Blogger jim earl said...

When I look at the reaction of the offended people concerning the cartoons, I am reminded just how stupid some religious people appear to be. I am not a religious person as you can no doubt tell, but the reaction of these followers of Islam shows just how scary religious terrorists can be. Evil deeds done in the name of religion is still evil, no matter how you slice it. This religion needs to get a grip on reality, as do all religions. As for me, I will continue to use logic and reason, and will keep a sharp eye out for the religious fanatics, no matter what religion they represent. Thanks, Jim Earl

6:08 AM  
Blogger A. said...

Dear reverand(s),

I would be pleased to see you not amalgamate between Islam and fanatics of Islam. It absolutely is a religion of peace, love and brotherhood.

It has a complex message though, and unfortunately its message can be radicalized, adding to some frustration related to the conflicts in the middle east, and the result is what we see on our TV sets.

Keep in mind that every religion on earth had its fanatic periods and still do; fanatics and radicals are not only muslims but everywhere. And no one could say how the history of mankind would have evolved without religion.

Probably now people are ready to exchange God, but through history, man always looked for a God to preach. It is only natural, just read socrates and his relationship with the Gods.

Now, you are welcome to read the postings I wrote about this subject in my blog.


5:44 PM  
Blogger Reverend AtheiStar said...

When I look at the reaction of the offended people concerning the cartoons, I am reminded just how stupid some religious people appear to be.

They make me think of little kids throwing tantrums. The crucial differnce is, of course, that unlike children, they have access to weapons. its the case of undeveloped barins being housed in adult bodies.

I am not a religious person as you can no doubt tell, but the reaction of these followers of Islam shows just how scary religious terrorists can be.

Yes! They are so prone to violent outbursts that they will attack at the drop of a hat! A damn cartoon? Are you kidding me? How many cartoons have slammed Atheists? How many of the religious daily tell lies about us? And do you see Atheists proesting with violence? No. Since we are all about using our brains, we think up ways to combat our foes peacefully.

Evil deeds done in the name of religion is still evil, no matter how you slice it.

Blaise Pascal: "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."

8:48 PM  
Blogger Reverend AtheiStar said...

I would be pleased to see you not amalgamate between Islam and fanatics of Islam. It absolutely is a religion of peace, love and brotherhood.

I agree there is a difference between the average believer and the fanatic. That's why fanatic's get a special name -- to separate them from the rest. I have to completely disagree with you, though, when you say that Islam is a religion of peace. It most certainly is not. Let's take a look at what your "peaceful" holy book has to say about my kind:


Unbelievers and the Qur'an

[al-Baqarah 2:221.31] Do not marry unbelieving women, until they believe: A slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she allures you. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: A man slave who believes is better than an unbeliever, even though he allures you. Unbelievers do beckon you to the Fire. But God beckons by His Grace to the Garden and forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind: That they may celebrate His praise.

[Al-Imran 3:28.10] Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from God: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But God cautions you Himself; for the final goal is to God.

[Al-Imran 3:127.10-:128] That He might cut off a fringe of the Unbelievers or expose them to infamy, and they should then be turned back, frustrated of their purpose.

Not for thee is the decision: Whether He turn in mercy to them, or punish them; for they are indeed wrong-doers.

[Al-Imran 3:151.11] Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with God, for which He had sent no authority: their abode will be the Fire: And evil is the home of the wrong-doers!

[Al-Imran 3:156.9] O ye who believe! Be not like the Unbelievers, who say of their brethren, when they are travelling through the Earth or engaged in fighting: "If they had stayed with us, they would not have died, or been slain." This that God may make it a cause of sighs and regrets in their hearts. It is God that gives Life and Death, and God sees well all that ye do.

[Al-Imran 3:178.4] Let not the Unbelievers think that our respite to them is good for themselves: We grant them respite that they may grow in their iniquity: But they will have a shameful punishment.

[Al-Imran 3:196.8-:197] Let not the strutting about of the Unbelievers through the land deceive thee:

Little is it for enjoyment: Their ultimate abode is Hell: what an evil bed!

[an-Nisa' 4:51.27] Hast thou not turned Thy vision to those who were given a portion of the Book? they believe in sorcery and Evil, and say to the Unbelievers that they are better guided in the way Than the believers!

[an-Nisa' 4:84.28] Then fight in God's cause - Thou art held responsible only for thyself - and rouse the believers. It may be that God will restrain the fury of the Unbelievers; for God is the strongest in might and in punishment.

[an-Nisa' 4:101.21] When ye travel through the earth, there is no blame on you if ye shorten your prayers, for fear the Unbelievers May attack you: For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.

[an-Nisa' 4:102.69] When thou art with them, and standest to lead them in prayer, Let one party of them stand up with thee, Taking their arms with them: When they finish their prostrations, let them Take their position in the rear. And let the other party come up which hath not yet prayed - and let them pray with thee, Taking all precaution, and bearing arms: the Unbelievers wish, if ye were negligent of your arms and your baggage, to assault you in a single rush. But there is no blame on you if ye put away your arms because of the inconvenience of rain or because ye are ill; but take precaution for yourselves. For the Unbelievers God hath prepared a humiliating punishment.

[an-Nisa' 4:139.8] Yea, to those who take for friends unbelievers rather than believers: is it honour they seek among them? Nay,- all honour is with God.

[an-Nisa' 4:141.29] The ones who wait and watch about you: if ye do gain a victory from God, they say: "Were we not with you?"- but if the unbelievers gain a success, they say: "Did we not gain an advantage over you, and did we not guard you from the believers?" but God will judge betwixt you on the Day of Judgment. And never will God grant to the unbelievers a way over the believers.

[an-Nisa' 4:144.9] O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer God an open proof against yourselves?

[an-Nisa' 4:151.6] They are in truth unbelievers; and we have prepared for unbelievers a humiliating punishment.

[al-Ma'idah 5:44.92] It was We who revealed the law: therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who bowed to God's will, by the rabbis and the doctors of law: for to them was entrusted the protection of God's book, and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men, but fear me, and sell not my signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by what God hath revealed, they are Unbelievers.

[al-Ma'idah 5:80.11] Thou seest many of them turning in friendship to the Unbelievers. Evil indeed are which their souls have sent forward before them, that God's wrath is on them, and in torment will they abide.

[al-An'am 6:5-:7.22] And now they reject the truth when it reaches them: but soon shall they learn the reality of what they used to mock at.

See they not how many of those before them We did destroy?- generations We had established on the earth, in strength such as We have not given to you - for whom We poured out rain from the skies in abundance, and gave streams flowing beneath their (feet): yet for their sins We destroyed them, and raised in their wake fresh generations.

If We had sent unto thee a written (message) on parchment, so that they could touch it with their hands, the Unbelievers would have been sure to say: "This is nothing but obvious magic!"

[al-An'am 6:25.59] Of them there are some who listen to thee; but We have thrown veils on their hearts, So they understand it not, and deafness in their ears; if they saw every one of the signs, not they will believe in them; in so much that when they come to thee, they dispute with thee; the Unbelievers say: "These are nothing but tales of the ancients."

[al-A'raf 7:66.5] The leaders of the Unbelievers among his people said: "Ah! we see thou art an imbecile!" and "We think thou art a liar!"

[al-Anfal 8:7.44] Behold! God promised you one of the two (enemy) parties, that it should be yours: Ye wished that the one unarmed should be yours, but God willed to justify the Truth according to His words and to cut off the roots of the Unbelievers;

[al-Anfal 8:12.28-:13] Remember thy Lord inspired the angels: "I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them."

This because they contended against God and His Apostle: If any contend against God and His Apostle, God is strict in punishment.

[al-Anfal 8:15.9-:17] O ye who believe! when ye meet the Unbelievers in hostile array, never turn your backs to them.

If any do turn his back to them on such a day - unless it be in a stratagem of war, or to retreat to a troop - he draws on himself the wrath of God, and his abode is Hell,- an evil refuge!

It is not ye who slew them; it was God: when thou threwest, it was not thy act, but God's: in order that He might test the Believers by a gracious trial from Himself: for God is He Who heareth and knoweth.

[al-Anfal 8:18.17] That, and also because God is He Who makes feeble the plans and stratagem of the Unbelievers.

[al-Anfal 8:19.2] (O Unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment, now hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist, it will be best for you: if ye return, so shall We. Not the least good will your forces be to you even if they were multiplied: for verily God is with those who believe!

[al-Anfal 8:30.4] Remember how the Unbelievers plotted against thee, to keep thee in bonds, or slay thee, or get thee out. They plot and plan, and God too plans; but the best of planners is God.

[al-Anfal 8:36.2] The Unbelievers spend their wealth to hinder from the path of God, and so will they continue to spend; but in the end they will have regrets and sighs; at length they will be overcome: and the Unbelievers will be gathered together to Hell;

[al-Anfal 8:38.4] Say to the Unbelievers, if they desist, their past would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before them is already.

[al-Anfal 8:50.13] If thou couldst see, when the angels take the souls of the Unbelievers, they smite their faces and their backs: "Taste the penalty of the blazing Fire-

[al-Anfal 8:59.4-:60] Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the better: they will never frustrate.

Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the enemies, of God and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom God doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of God, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.

[al-Anfal 8:65.33] O Apostle! rouse the Believers to the fight. If there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred: if a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the Unbelievers: for these are a people without understanding.

[al-Anfal 8:73.2-:74] The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief.

Those who believe, and adopt exile, and fight for the Faith, in the cause of God as well as those who give asylum and aid,- these are in very truth the Believers: for them is the forgiveness of sins and a provision most generous.

[at-Taubah 9:26.25] But God did pour His calm on the Apostle and on the Believers, and sent down forces which ye saw not: He punished the Unbelievers; thus doth He reward those without Faith.

[at-Taubah 9:30.32] The Jews call 'Uzair a son of God, and the Christians call Christ the son of God. That is a saying from their mouth; they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. God's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!

[at-Taubah 9:32.25] Fain would they extinguish God's light with their mouths, but God will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest.

[at-Taubah 9:37.14] Verily the transposing (of a prohibited month) is an addition to Unbelief: the Unbelievers are led to wrong thereby: for they make it lawful one year, and forbidden another year, in order to adjust the number of months forbidden by God and make such forbidden ones lawful. The evil of their course seems pleasing to them. But God guideth not those who reject Faith.

[at-Taubah 9:40.19] If ye help not, (it is no matter): for God did indeed help him, when the Unbelievers drove him out: he had no more than one companion; they two were in the cave, and he said to his companion, "Have no fear, for God is with us": then God sent down His peace upon him, and strengthened him with forces which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word of the Unbelievers. But the word of God is exalted to the heights: for God is Exalted in might, Wise.

[at-Taubah 9:49.30] Among them is a man who says: "Grant me exemption and draw me not into trial." Have they not fallen into trial already? and indeed Hell surrounds the Unbelievers.

[at-Taubah 9:72-:73.7] God hath promised to Believers, men and women, gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein, and beautiful mansions in gardens of everlasting bliss. But the greatest bliss is the good pleasure of God: that is the supreme felicity.

O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell,- an evil refuge indeed.

[at-Taubah 9:90.38] And there were, among the desert Arabs, men who made excuses and came to claim exemption; and those who were false to God and His Apostle sat inactive. Soon will a grievous penalty seize the Unbelievers among them.

[at-Taubah 9:120.71] It was not fitting for the people of Medina and the Bedouin Arabs of the neighbourhood, to refuse to follow God's Apostle, nor to prefer their own lives to his: because nothing could they suffer or do, but was reckoned to their credit as a deed of righteousness,- whether they suffered thirst, or fatigue, or hunger, in the cause of God, or trod paths to raise the ire of the Unbelievers, or received any injury whatever from an enemy: for God suffereth not the reward to be lost of those who do good;

[at-Taubah 9:123.7] O ye who believe! fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you: and know that God is with those who fear Him.

[Yunus 10:2.51] Is it a matter of wonderment to men that We have sent Our inspiration to a man from among themselves?- that he should warn mankind, and give the good news to the Believers that they have before their Lord the lofty rank of truth. Say the Unbelievers: "This is indeed an evident sorcerer!"

[Yunus 10:104-106] Say: "O ye men! If ye are in doubt as to my religion, I worship not what ye worship, other than God! But I worship God - Who will take your souls: I am commanded to be of the Believers,

"And further (thus): 'set thy face towards religion with true piety, and never in any wise be of the Unbelievers;

"'Nor call on any, other than God;- Such will neither profit thee nor hurt thee: if thou dost, behold! thou shalt certainly be of those who do wrong.'"

[Hud 11:7.50] He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days - and His Throne was over the waters - that He might try you, which of you is best in conduct. But if thou wert to say to them, "Ye shall indeed be raised up after death", the Unbelievers would be sure to say, "This is nothing but obvious sorcery!"

[Hud 11:27.6] But the chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people said: "We see thee nothing but a man like ourselves: Nor do we see that any follow thee but the meanest among us, in judgment immature: Nor do we see in you any merit above us: in fact we think ye are liars!"

[Hud 11:42.38] So the Ark floated with them on the waves like mountains, and Noah called out to his son, who had separated himself: "O my son! embark with us, and be not with the unbelievers!"

[ar-Ra'd 13:7.3] And the Unbelievers say: "Why is not a sign sent down to him from his Lord?" But thou art truly a warner, and to every people a guide.

[ar-Ra'd 13:31.60] If there were a Qur'an with which mountains were moved, or the earth were cloven asunder, or the dead were made to speak. But, truly, the command is with God in all things! Do not the Believers know, that, had God willed, He could have guided all mankind? But the Unbelievers,- never will disaster cease to seize them for their deeds, or to settle close to their homes, until the promise of God come to pass, for, verily, God will not fail in His promise.

[ar-Ra'd 13:32.13] Mocked were apostles before thee: but I granted respite to the unbelievers, and finally I punished them: Then how was my requital!

[ar-Ra'd 13:35.35] The parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised!- beneath it flow rivers: perpetual is the enjoyment thereof and the shade therein: such is the end of the Righteous; and the end of Unbelievers in the Fire.

[ar-Ra'd 13:42.28-:43] Those before them did devise plots; but in all things the master-planning is God's He knoweth the doings of every soul: and soon will the Unbelievers know who gets home in the end.

The Unbelievers say: "No apostle art thou." Say: "Enough for a witness between me and you is God, and such as have knowledge of the Book."

[Ibrahim 14:2.19] Of God, to Whom do belong all things in the heavens and on earth! But alas for the Unbelievers for a terrible penalty!

[Ibrahim 14:13.3] And the Unbelievers said to their apostles: "Be sure we shall drive you out of our land, or ye shall return to our religion." But their Lord inspired to them: "Verily We shall cause the wrong-doers to perish!"

[an-Nahl 16:27.39] Then, on the Day of Judgment, He will cover them with shame, and say: "Where are My 'partners' concerning whom ye used to dispute?" Those endued with knowledge will say: "This Day, indeed, are the Unbelievers covered with shame and misery,

[an-Nahl 16:84.18] One Day We shall raise from all Peoples a Witness: then will no excuse be accepted from Unbelievers, nor will they receive any favours.

[al-Kahf 18:56.16] We only send the apostles to give Glad Tidings and to give warnings: But the unbelievers dispute with vain argument, in order therewith to weaken the truth, and they treat My Signs as a jest, as also the fact that they are warned!

[al-Kahf 18:100.9-:102] And We shall present Hell that day for Unbelievers to see, all spread out,

whose eyes had been under a veil from remembrance of Me, and who had been unable even to hear.

Do the Unbelievers think that they can take My servants as protectors besides Me? Verily We have prepared Hell for the Unbelievers for entertainment.

[Maryam 19:37.11] But the sects differ among themselves: and woe to the unbelievers because of the (coming) Judgment of a Momentous Day!

[Maryam 19:73.10-:74] When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, the Unbelievers say to those who believe, "Which of the two sides is best in point of position? Which makes the best show in council?"

But how many generations before them have we destroyed, who were even better in equipment and in glitter to the eye?

[Maryam 19:81-:83.14] And they have taken gods other than God, to give them power and glory!

Instead, they shall reject their worship, and become adversaries against them.

Seest thou not that We have set the Evil Ones on against the unbelievers, to incite them with fury?

[al-Anbiya' 21:30.4] Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together, before we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?

[al-Anbiya' 21:36.3] When the Unbelievers see thee, they treat thee not except with ridicule. "Is this the one who talks of your gods?" and they blaspheme at the mention of (God) Most Gracious!

[al-Anbiya' 21:39.4] If only the Unbelievers knew (the time) when they will not be able to ward off the fire from their faces, nor yet from their backs, and (when) no help can reach them!

[al-Anbiya' 21:97.16-:99] Then will the true promise draw nigh (of fulfilment): then behold! the eyes of the Unbelievers will fixedly stare in horror: "Ah! Woe to us! we were indeed heedless of this; nay, we truly did wrong!"

Verily ye, and the gods that ye worship besides God, are fuel for Hell! to it will ye come!

If these had been gods, they would not have got there! but each one will abide therein.

[al-Hajj 22:44.22-:45] And the Companions of the Madyan People; and Moses was rejected . But I granted respite to the Unbelievers, and after that did I punish them: but how was my rejection!

How many populations have We destroyed, which were given to wrong-doing? They tumbled down on their roofs. And how many wells are lying idle and neglected, and castles lofty and well-built?

[al-Hajj 22:72.19] When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, thou wilt notice a denial on the faces of the Unbelievers! they nearly attack with violence those who rehearse Our Signs to them. Say, "Shall I tell you of something worse than these Signs? It is the Fire! God has promised it to the Unbelievers! and evil is that destination!"

[al-Mu'minun 23:24.5] The chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people said: "He is no more than a man like yourselves: his wish is to assert his superiority over you: if God had wished, He could have sent down angels; never did we hear such a thing, among our ancestors of old."

[al-Mu'minun 23:117.26] If anyone invokes, besides God, Any other god, he has no authority therefor; and his reckoning will be only with his Lord! and verily the Unbelievers will fail to win through!

[an-Nur 24:39.3] But the Unbelievers,- their deeds are like a mirage in sandy deserts, which the man parched with thirst mistakes for water; until when he comes up to it, he finds it to be nothing: But he finds God with him, and God will pay him his account: and God is swift in taking account.

[an-Nur 24:57.6] Never think thou that the Unbelievers are going to frustrate (God's Plan) on earth: their abode is the Fire,- and it is indeed an evil refuge!

[al-Furqan 25:52.6] Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness, with the (Qur'an).

[al-'Ankabut 29:12.3] And the Unbelievers say to those who believe: "Follow our path, and we will bear (the consequences) of your faults." Never in the least will they bear their faults: in fact they are liars!

[ar-Rum 30:58.23] verily We have propounded for men, in this Qur'an every kind of Parable: But if thou bring to them any Sign, the Unbelievers are sure to say, "Ye do nothing but talk vanities."

[as-Sajdah 32:29.13] Say: "On the Day of Decision, no profit will it be to Unbelievers if they (then) believe! nor will they be granted a respite."

[al-Ahzab 33:1.10] O Prophet! Fear God, and hearken not to the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites: verily God is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.

[al-Ahzab 33:8.22] That (God) may question the (custodians) of Truth concerning the Truth they (were charged with): And He has prepared for the Unbelievers a grievous Penalty.

[al-Ahzab 33:25.6] And God turned back the Unbelievers for their fury: no advantage did they gain; and enough is God for the believers in their fight. And God is full of Strength, able to enforce His Will.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Reverend AtheiStar said...

It has a complex message though, and unfortunately its message can be radicalized, adding to some frustration related to the conflicts in the middle east, and the result is what we see on our TV sets.

It's message is similar to that of Christainity and Judaism as it evolved out of them. It wants to be the only one. Like a virus it wants to propagate itself within the minds of as many people as possible. It wants to be the only one and through the programming found within it's pages it influences it's followers to do whatever is necessary to spread it. Some take to the programming better than others and these are the ones we call fanatics.

Keep in mind that every religion on earth had its fanatic periods and still do; fanatics and radicals are not only muslims but everywhere.

I agree. Fanaticism transcends religion. But religion amplifies this natural tendency and says it's not only ok but what their deity wants. In your religion's case the make sex drive is sued against him as the mythology states you'll get nostop sex with 72 virgins after you blow up a bus full of Jewish kids.

And no one could say how the history of mankind would have evolved without religion.

That is an impossibility. Ignorance is the stuff that religion feeds on and the further back you go the more you find. Add to this the fact that we have very strong anthropomorphic tendencies. It is only now, in modern times, that Atheism has begun to spread rapidly because of advances in science and the internet.

Probably now people are ready to exchange God, but through history, man always looked for a God to preach. It is only natural, just read socrates and his relationship with the Gods.

This is, again, because of anthropomorphism. We cannot help but project our humanity onto everything we come across. It is also because of fear. Fear has dominated our short stay on this planet because there are real things to fear, yes, but also because our fear systems are geared in such a way that imaginary things can scare us, too. Another reason religion has had such sway over humanity is because of the want to see dead loved ones. Religion has taken full advantage of this desire! So much so that this life, the only real one we'll ever get, seems diminished by comparison in the mind of the believer!

9:18 PM  

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