17th April 2008

“Religion easily – has the best bullshit story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man… living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.”

George Carlin

8 Responses to “17th April 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    Crude rhetoric, correct conclusion.

    Too many people believe this noxious biblical nonsense.

    At this level of belief it certainly harms the simple innocent.

  2. Critic Says:

    I agree about the rhetoric and the conclusions.

    Carlin is amazingly preceptive in most aspects of western, particularly American, society. The crude delivery is his schtick and has been since the 1960s when I used to listen to his albums in my friends basement and truly marvel at the fact that he cursed on a record. Ah, those wonderful childhood memories.

  3. Terence Meaden Says:

    “The god of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, blood thirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniac, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. Those of us schooled from infancy in his ways can become desensitized to their horror. A naïf blessed with the perspective of innocence has a clearer perception.” Richard Dawkins. The God Delusion. p.31.

    Thomas Jefferson: “The Christian God is a being of terrific character—cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust.”

  4. Tzuriel Says:

    No doubt, the Bible has some serious flaws in it’s central character.

  5. Terence Meaden Says:

    This helps to suggest that the words of its central character can hardly emanate from the mouth of a god—as Jews, Christians and Muslims would have us believe—but rather from the scientifically-challenged minds of mostly illiterate pre-0 BC tribesmen.

  6. Tzuriel Says:

    Well, it certainly isn’t impossible, assuming God exists, that He doesn’t have multiple personality disorder. Although, I don’t think we should insult the poor tribesmen, they were doing the best with what they had. And, all we have comes from them. So respect your ancestors, boy! lol

    Interesting little funny thing, speaking of a God with multiple personality disorder, I’ve often wondered if schizophrenic people were actually right, in that the things they saw were REAL and we just couldn’t see them. Just a funny thing to think about. I don’t lend it much credence, though.

  7. Terence Meaden Says:

    Schizophrenia, yes maybe.

    Furthermore, a reconstruction of Mohammed’s known life leads medical experts to suspect that he was an epileptic, and that at the time of his repeated fits he may have thought he was meeting Angel Gabriel. I brought this up two or three months ago on this web site.

  8. Tzuriel Says:

    TM:

    That’s really interesting. Of course, it could be that such things as epilepsy and schizophrenia are just the way the “supernatural” communicates with us. Of course, that’s getting into comic territory, so I’m not actually positing that as a possibility. Just something fun to think about when you’re bored.