I’m not sure how old I was when I went snooping in my parents closet and found my presents from Santa were stored there, a week or so before Christmas. I’d been encouraged to look by a classmate who had made a small step towards truth and enlightenment himself, and was more than happy to share it with his “wittle baby fwends”.
I was living in St. Louis County, Missouri when I received my draft notice back in late 1966. In order to avoid going to Vietnam, I joined the Navy, having been assured by the recruiter that there were no Navy personnel in Vietnam. As this was exactly what I wanted to hear, presented by a well trained liar in a uniform, and encouraged by my WW2 Navy veteran father, I signed up.
As an atheist, I don’t take religion seriously. I’m somewhat amused by it’s adherents, but sometimes shocked and horrified as well. Let’s take a break from the sometimes disturbing topics covered in this blog and have a laugh at the folly of we humans.
Bigotry and fundamentalist beliefs can easily bury truth when they’re allowed to roam free in people’s minds. There’s no point in doing any personal research when you already know all the answers.
In our current world, there is far more than heated arguments about who’s god is real and which are false. In his epic satire “The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce included this concise definition of scripture.
“Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.”
Allah, YHWH and God have many commonalities, but Jesus as the resurrected ” Son of God” sets the Christian foundation at odds with Muslims and Jews on religious “Truth”. Much conflict, both theological and military, has been over whose God is the One and Only True God. Lost in the myriad of details each “true religion” has developed to define their God/Creator is a commonality that eclipses the details and is seldom discussed.
There are a number of versions of this list, but this one is pretty thorough and includes some that are fairly obscure. I’ve seen a couple on bumperstickers. I hope a few of them give you a good chuckle.
Many Christians continue to insist that the USA is a “Christian nation” and was established as one by the “founding fathers” (although most would have a problem naming even 5 of them without a quick internet search). While it’s true that the U.S. has the largest Christian population of any country, there are many misconceptions about the Dads of Democracy, including the fact the U.S. was founded as a Republic, not a Democracy. There are some foundational differences.
Here’s a link to an excellent site that provides quotes from some of the Dads that may be surprising to those waving a flag with one hand and their Bible in the other.
Being a life long skeptic, I’d rather watch someone speaking their own words, rather than rely on an article about what they’re supposed to have said. Here are some well educated and enlightened individuals presenting truth and facts based on what’s often been years, or decades, of research and study.
I’ve also been a life long atheist, as are most, if not all, of the presenters.