Archive for September, 2010

GOTT MIT UNS!

September 17th, 2010

His holey-ness, the pope, would have you believe that people like me (atheists, that is, not bloggers) are akin to Nazis.

He has used phrases like “atheist extremism”, “aggressive forms of secularism” and made reference to “a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society”. He also pointed out the Nazis treatment of the Jews.

This is from a man who presides over an organisation which:

  • Perpetrated torture as an official part of its practise until the early 19th Century
  • Has perpetrated genocide on Cathars, Byzantines, Jews and Muslims or anyone else who disagreed with it
  • Was complicit in the rise of the Nazis
  • Was silent on Nazi treatment of the Jews during WWII
  • Wants to make a saint of the very pope who was complicit with the Nazis
  • Supported fascism in Spain
  • Until 1964 considered the Jewish people collectively responsible for the death of Jesus Christ
  • In 2000 made Thomas More patron saint of lawyers, despite the fact that he had many English people tortured to death in his capacity as a Cardinal of the Church
  • Encourages the death of ignorant African Catholics by telling them that condoms spread AIDS
  • Continues to sell indulgences to this day
  • Has systematically protected perpetrators of child rape

Fascists in Spain are, and have always been, Catholic.

It is also disingenuous to imply that the Nazis were following some atheist agenda. The Nazis massacred people because they were lunatics, not because some of them were atheists.

It is true that some of history’s atrocities have been committed by atheists. It is also true that many of history’s atrocities were carried out by the Catholic Church in the name of their imaginary friend in the sky.

To imply a connection between me and Hitler, while saying that the Church’s own evil past (and present) is just history, is the height of scumbaggery.

Mr. Ratzinger, you are a contemptible fraud. You almost make me wish there was a hell.

Nazi belt-buckle from WWII with the slogan "GOD WITH US".

Faith conquers all until it comes to bullets

September 16th, 2010

I just saw the Pope on the telly wandering around Edinburgh in his bullet-proof Popemobile.

After a little while he got out and went for a stroll among the throngs of people who had come out in their tens to see him. There were more bodyguards around him than spectators. So what is it about the Pope and bodyguards? Is his faith not strong enough? Why does he have the Swiss Guard? Why does the UK need to spend £1.5 million on security? Surely the combined prayers of the Catholics in the UK alone would be enough to keep the bullets at bay. Surely if all the faithful around the world prayed hard at the same time, potential evil-doers would be inspired by the Holy Spirit to turn themselves in at their local police station.

That’s the thing about faith. It’s all very well having God’s ear, but when it comes to the crunch, even the Pope prefers bullet-proof glass to prayer.

The Pope demonstrates his tremendous faith on his trip to the UK

I’ll think three times…

September 10th, 2010

So does Pakistan want help or not?

In a recent post I expressed disappointment in myself for not responding more quickly to Pakistan’s pleas for financial aid in the aftermath of the flooding. But now I am starting to wonder if they deserved my help at all.

First they prevent Israelis and Indians from going to Pakistan to help with the flood relief efforts: Pakistan refuses relief work visas for Indians and Israelis

Then they discriminate against Christians when it comes to aid distribution: ASIA/PAKISTAN – Discrimination in aid: incidents and testimonies

Now some of them are finding the time to burn US flags in response to that idiot Terry Jones’s threats to burn the Koran. Fight idiocy with idiocy, seems to be the method.

The question that is annoying the crap out of me is this: Why are these people spending their time burning American flags when they should be taking the hard-earned money I sent them to help their compatriots in their time of need.

If Pakistan prioritises keeping out Indian and Israeli volunteers, and burning American flags, over helping their own people, then I’ll think three times before sending my cash over there in the future.

As for prioritising Muslims over non-Muslims when it comes to distributing emergency supplies, I didn’t send my €100 over on the condition that it only be spent on atheists! Stop fucking about!

I’m disgusted.

Some Pakistanis would rather spend time burning US flags than helping their own flood victims.

Sowing the seeds of love…

September 9th, 2010

The Rev. Terry Jones, pastor of the highly inappropriately named “Dove World Outreach Center” is planning to burn 200 copies of the Koran on Saturday.

Of course many muslims around the world will see the actions of this sad, bitter, self-proclaimed pastor with a flock of 50 as: “America burns the Koran”, which is about as ridiculous as thinking… I don’t know… random example off the top of my head… “Islam attacked the World Trade Center”.

Here are some quotes from the reverend:

“We have nothing against muslims. They are welcome in our country.” / “Islam is of the Devil.”

“[General Patraeus] needs to point his finger to radical Islam and tell them to shut up.” – Yes, because a firm talking-to was all Islamic extremists ever needed.

“We must send a clear message to the radical element of Islam.” – Surely Hallmark has a card for that. Do you really need to insult a billion people in order to make a point to the relative few (especially when the US military is already on the case)? Beside, isn’t it perhaps a bad idea to poke a stick in the eye of a bunch of suicide bombers?

Meanwhile, in a parallel stunt, renowned evolutionary biologist and notorious atheist Richard Dawkins will be burning copies of the Bible, the Koran, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, Robert Graves’s “Greek Gods and Heroes” and all known copies of “The Mighty Thor”.

Sources:

TPM

CNN

Politics Daily

Anti-war protests might frighten Blair’s friends

September 8th, 2010

According to a report by the Press Association, Tony Blair has cancelled a book signing because he thought the anti-war protests would be “unpleasant and frightening” for his friends.

Did he ever consider that war would be unpleasant and frightening for the people of Iraq? Not to mention the soldiers and their families.

Press Association article here.