25th January 2013

“Religion thrives on fear. And powerful people take advantage of this. They have always done their best to silence anyone who questions.”

Lauren J. Barnhart

12 Responses to “25th January 2013”

  1. R J Says:

    but their best will never be good enough.

  2. Bruce Williams Says:

    Hence the concept of blasphemy. Wouldn’t political leaders love to silence their opposition by invoking the blasphemy defense? Christians used to kill people for blasphemy – some Muslims still do.

  3. Capt'Z Says:

    Fun thing to do with JWs: After they do their bit about how bad the world is today and how their religion can provide the answers, point out all the myriad ways in which it’s far, FAR better to be alive today than it would have been even 50 years ago, let alone 2000. Go into detail about life expectancy, crime, violence, wealth etc., and how on all these measures life is better today. For bonus points, mention the extermination of small pox and the benefits of vaccination since JWs used to not believe in it. (not sure if this persists).

  4. Bruce Williams Says:

    I give up. What is a JW?

  5. Atheist MC Says:

    I give up. What is a JW?

    Similar to a Mormon, but if at all possible slightly more annoying.

  6. The Heretic Says:

    Jehovah’s Witnesses. A very exclusive cult. Not really allowed to have friends on the ‘outside’. Nice people, but can be weirdos.

  7. electra Says:

    Wait, so it’s not all about eternal life with Gramma in the clouds and being kind to widows? Shit is fucked up and stupid.

  8. Kit Says:

    It still is about fear. Only now combine the arrogance of “knowing” what god wants with the “belief” that you are doing just that so YOU claim that fear is not involved or part of the coersion of religion. “I have no fear”… “It is all so simple”… And then you have Joel Osteen to televangelize to you that god wants you to sell your house! God wants you to have that fur coat!… all you have to do is believe hard enough… (and send your check)… We have a baptist church we drive by every day and they have a big huge sign on the side of the church that says something about being washed in blood to remove our sins…. my daughter calls it the “bloodbath” church… which secretely pleases me.

  9. Bruce Williams Says:

    I’ll bet it is not so secret.

  10. Jeff Says:

    Best defense against JW’s ringing the doorbell – a 500 ft driveway with an 11% upward grade, and an Ohio winter. The drive and grade are 90 to 95% effective year round, but I’ve NEVER had one try it in the winter on foot!!!

  11. Capt'Z Says:

    Jeff – HA! I’m sure that works great. Maybe it’s a slight mean streak in me but I actually enjoy our little chats from time to time. Great fun poking all sorts of holes in their pathetic little theology and asking them severely uncomfortable questions. All done with unfailing politeness. I’d like to think I’ve deconverted at least one. Possibly two.

  12. Kit Says:

    You’d probably win that bet Bruce. But you would have to know me to be able to tell that I was pleased. I don’t give away much on the surface.