The American State Religion
What if America were to institute a state religion. What would it be like? It would have to be suitable for nearly all Americans including Christians, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, Wiccans, Buddhists… It pretty much has to accept everything in terms of rituals and beliefs. It has to keep these warring factions from each other’s throats. It can’t force any rituals or teachings of faith on anyone or some will be furious. It could have a few articles of faith based on nationalism e.g.
- America is the favoured country of all gods.
- When American soldiers kill or torture people, this is a Good Thing™, no matter what the circumstances.
- Anything America wants belongs to America.
What have we got? Something that sounds just like secularism.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
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|Yahweh is Fictitious||Why I am very sure Yahweh is fictitious. 2017-05-21|
|Books about Religion||Books about religion, atheism and evolution. 2017-05-21|
|Why I Am Not A Christian||Bertrand Russell’s classic 1927 essay on why he is not a Christian. 2017-05-21|
|Evidence||Evidence for God. A short sci-fi story. 2017-05-17|
|Deprogramming||Ethical ways to free Christians of their delusions. 2017-05-17|
|Intelligent Design||Evolutionary theory does include Intelligent Design, just not the way Creationists imagine. 2017-05-21|
|Did a God Write the Bible?||Why it is highly unlikely a god wrote the bible. 2017-05-21|
|Separation of Church and State||The necessity of preserving the separation of church and state. 2017-05-21|
|Combating Kristianity||Why I believe it is necessary to combat Kristianity, non-violently of course, by exposing its lies, wishful thinking and tall tales to the light of truth. 2017-05-21|
|Noah||Why it is unlikely that God wrote the entire Bible. A list of Biblical oopsies (inconsistencies). Why the story of Noah is a tall tale in the same league with the tales of Paul Bunyan. 2017-05-21|
|A Bible Study Guide||The parts of the Bible the churches don’t want you to notice. 2017-05-21|
|King James Bible||The complete text of the King James Bible in HTML format. 2017-01-02|
|Is There A God?||Exploring the big questions. Is there a God and if so what is He like? 2017-05-21|
|The Real God||The nature of the real God. 2017-05-21|
|Godless Quotations||Short Tweetable quotations about religion and atheism. 2017-01-02|
|Quotations about Religion||Quotations about religion, especially Christianity, from both atheists and believers. 2017-05-24|
|Quotations about evolution||Quotations about evolution vs. creationism 2017-05-23|
|Quotations from Christians||Quotations from obnoxious Christians, usually in favour of bigotry or ignorance. 2017-05-24|
|Unjustified Certainty||The problem of unjustified certainty, especially religious fanaticism. 2017-05-21|
|Church Tax Subsidies||Why I think we should phase out church property tax subsidies. 2017-01-02|
|Was Jesus Gay?||Was Jesus a homosexual? Decide for yourself on the validity of the biblical evidence. 2017-05-21|
|Tennessee Law Book||If the Religious Right gained power, how the laws of Tennessee would be worded. 2017-01-02|
|The New Ten Commandments||The existing set of commandments focus on trivia and miss the major sins. I have reformulated them to bring them up to date. 2017-05-21|
|life after death||various beliefs about what happens after you die. 2017-05-21|
|CCism||A new religion based on Cosmic Consciousness. 2017-05-21|
|fatalism||religious and secular fatalistic philosophies. 2017-05-21|
|Rational Morality||An alternative to morality based on religious myth. 2017-05-21|
|Are We Alone?||Are we alone in the universe? Is there life in other parts of the universe? 2017-05-21|
|Christian Apology||The apology I would like to hear the pope to read on behalf of all Christians for the harm they have done to our planet with their nutty beliefs. 2017-01-02|
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|Feedback||Read feedback from readers of the religion section. If you don’t want your message and my reply publicly posted, please let me know. 2017-05-21|
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Stages of Recovery
I doubt many people would leap from being a creationist to an atheist in one step. They might go through the following stages, in any order.
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- Reading the bible from cover to cover.
- Reading about other beliefs, perhaps travel to get deeper exposure to them.
- Discovering the bible is not inerrant. Even if you ignore the errors, it is massively self-contradictory.
- Discovering the depiction of Yahweh in the bible is evil, cruel, sadistic, irrational and batshit crazy.
- Learning about cosmology, evolution and other sciences to understand why creationism could not possibly be true.
- Realising the bible is a quite poor moral guide.
- Realising that the bible is poorly written, even as literature. There is no sign it was written by anything other than run of the mill humans, who were very sloppy given they were trying to pass their counterfeit off as god’s work.
- Losing your fear of after-death torture.
- Deciding to base your beliefs on evidence rather than peer pressure.
- Realising eternal life is not the perk it is cracked up to be.
- Realising the people who wrote the bible has access to far less information than you do. They just made it up.
- Realising Christianity is just one of 60,000 religions. There is no more reason it should be true than any other.
- Getting yourself up to university level in understanding genetics, DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) and evolution.
- Learning the mathematics to grasp the counter-intuitive parts of science like quantum mechanics, the big bang and Einsteinian time and understanding how the universe runs itself. Study how the universe unfolds by itself without any divine prodding.
- Growing up. Looking after yourself. Stopping looking for cosmic parents to baby you.
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