Religion


I hate all the cowards who justify burqua and mask bands for security reasons. People have been arrested and/or ticketed for wearing Halloween masks on Halloween, because we live in a police state where you have no expectation of privacy in public. However, just because I don’t have an expectation of privacy, does that mean I can’t wear a mask or disguise?

You know a lot of crossdressers/transsexuals have been arrested. It’s been illegal to go in public in drag, or wearing a wig. It’s a disguise. Therefore you make the police’s job harder. Therefore we should criminalize it. Same logic we’re seeing now.

How about we all just walk around with a fucking camera attached to our head? After all, making things easier for the police is apparently the goal of our society now.

FUCK THAT.

I should be able to wear whatever the fuck I want in public. Weather that’s wearing a burqua, a Guy Fawkes mask, dressed as a woman, or my birthday suit [i.e. naked], IT SHOULDN’T FUCKING MATTER. We can put whatever makeup we want on our face; we should be able to put whatever we want on our face, period, period, PERIOD.

The idea that this is bad for crime is bullshit. Last I checked, criminals already wear masks. The law doesn’t stop criminals from breaking it. A mask law doesn’t stop masked criminals from robbing your bank any more than gun control prevents guns crime — CRIMINALS DON’T FOLLOW LAWS.

Indeed, burqua bans are merely another way for the authoritarian state to spin the current “security crisis” of “terrorism” and Muslim fear into a process of decreasing freedom.

And the idea that this will change Muslim culture is ridiculous; by ticketing people practicing their own culture, you make martyrs of them. Not dead martyrs, but legal martyrs. Either way, ISLAM LOVES MARTYRS. In fact, such a ban will probably stop Muslims from emmigrating to those countries, where their culture would eventually get diluted and amalgamated into the prevailing national culture. SO IT DOESN’T EVEN FUCKING WORK.

Facial recognition software can now identify 50,000 faces per second, and the cost of placing cameras everywhere is now cheap. There will be more and more. Look to the UK to see how it’s done – they have cameras with microphones that tell you not to do things the government doesn’t want you to do. With a voice modulator that makes it a child’s voice, because studies have shown that Little Brother is actually more convincing than Big Brother (i.e. Big Brother of 1984).

So again: Fuck burqua bans. It’s an idea made to appeal to the liberal mindset, but in fact is is merely a conservative authoritarian freedom-taker. One which both the Obamicons and TeaPartiers will swallow up whole.

Meanwhile, I will sit here, being Clint, agreeing with neither the left/liberal/democrats/Obamicons, nor the right/conservative/republicans/TeaPartiers, but instead agreeing with FREEDOM. The freedom to do what you want with your own fucking body, clothes, hair, make-up, and personal appearance. The freedom to escape the laws the 2 parties YOU voted for impose on us.

Remember what Ben Franklin said. Those who trade liberty for security deserve neither. I hope the burqua banners drop dead as fast as the religious fanatics. You’re all against freedom. You just use different excuses to increase control. Fuck you, and get your fucking laws off my body. I’ll do what I want. (more…)

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Here’s a repost of something Modemac posted on Facebook. This describes how I feel so accurately that I am reposting it as my own opinion, even though I didn’t write it..

20100324 - Clint - 0 - The Xanatos Scream - by IMBJR from alt.slack [SubGenius]

I am a Dobbist.

As a SubGenius, I occasionally find myself interacting with normal Pinks who have no idea what the hell a SubGenius is. As we know, most attempts to define our faith tend to attract outbursts along the lines of, “Oh, it’s a joke! Ha ha ha!” or “That’s not funny!” … But that doesn’t really satisfy the question of what the “spiritual tendencies” of a SubGenius are. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for most SubGenii to be tarred with the label, “you’re an atheist.”

B&B - SubGeniuses - Bob Bob Bob

SubGenius = Atheism? Not quite...

To many religious persons, atheism is the worst state of spirituality in existence – the absence of God. Atheists, on the other hand, revel in this state – they declare themselves to be free of the trappings of religion, even as they grumble and complain about the way that atheists are distrusted and discriminated against in spiritual circles.

Except, that doesn’t really describe my spiritual leanings.

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0385 - Clint, Christopher Lee - a meeting of the shirts

A Meeting Of The Shirts.

I’ve been called an atheist by Scientologists, Christians, and even some pagans; but that’s not really accurate. Atheism as a statement of spirituality causes many people of all leanings (including non-religious) to leap to conclusions, some of which may be wildly inaccurate. Also, I consider hard-core in-your-face atheists who scream “there is no God!” in my face to be just as obnoxious, offensive, and stupid as theists who scream “you’re going to Hell!”

20090730 - Venn diagram of open-minded groups

Atheists not included.

For years I considered myself to be an agnostic, but upon reflection I’ve decided that agnosticism isn’t really a “choice” for me, either. [Clint's note: The preceding sentence is not really how I feel, thought the rest of this post is.] Agnosticism tends to be a middle-of-the-road choice that lets one avoid making hard and solid decisions, and it can often be justified by such wishy-washy arguments as, “I’d like to believe in God, but I haven’t seen any real evidence to prove it. Show me some outstanding empirical evidence, and I’ll be a true believer in God.” Except, of course, that such evidence is not forthcoming; nor are we likely to see such evidence in the course of our lives – or, indeed, for the entire lifespan of the Universe, if scientific theory and discovery continues to move along the path it seems to be traversing.

So, if I don’t want to spend my life questioning the existence of God, yet I don’t deny God outright, then what paths are open to me?

20080704 - X-Day at Brushwood - 161-6116 - pavilion with Bob Dobbs banner

I suggest this path... Cool people in that tent/shelter.

Polytheism to me seems even more foolish than atheism, and I have no intention of picking up the hammer of Thor or the cross of Brigid at any time soon. Rather, upon reflection, I choose at this time to take on a name coined by Reverend Godfather (Reverend Magdalen’s Dad). He told me this at X-Day, and I liked the word; so now I am offering a definition of the term.

I am a Dobbist.

20080706 - X-Day - Versificators shirt - (by Scalpod) - 2656062825_33db550f2f_o

Put this in your pipe and smoke it.

If an atheist refuses or denies the existence of God; and an agnostic questions the existence of God; then a Dobbist MOCKS the existence of God.

20090703 - X-Day - GEDC0261 - Carolyn, Clint - communion wafer foreheads

Fuck you, Christian god.

This may be succinctly seen in the phrase that we first hear at the beginning of SubGenius Pamphlet #1:

“Jehovah is an ALIEN and STILL THREATENS THIS PLANET!”

Jesus Christ creates hate -- look how easy it is to make them spew hate - "MARIJUANA - What Would Jesus Smoke?" - Jesus used (not smoked) Cannabis, says the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and many others

Jeeze & Chong.

When one considers all of the crimes, desecration, and foolish acts committed in the name of God over the course of history – or even some of them – one can see that God is indeed a threat to the peace and security of the world; even to the point where World War III might turn out to be a clash of religions between the East (Islam) and the West (Christianity).

postcard - religious satire - Muslim asses praying - b40c

Fuck you, Muslim god.

In the face of a God such as this one, I would rather look at the Universe as a strange and sick joke at our expense, put there especially for God’s amusement.

20090620 - Artomatic - GEDC0119 - Parthena - pope painting, thumbs up

Fuck you, child-rape-accessory Pope(s).

God may exist, but if he exists then he is certainly laughing at us. Therefore, as a Dobbist, I will look for that which is funny and sick in this world, and laugh right back at God. He deserves our mockery, and certainly not our respect.

20080702 - X-Day - 160-6020 - defiled pagan mini-shrine

Fuck you, Buddhist & Pagan gods.

One quote that might fit in with this sectarian view comes from Sam Harris (an outspoken atheist) in “The End of Faith:”

“We know enough at this moment to say that the God of Abraham is not only unworthy of the immensity of creation; he is unworthy even of man.”

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0305 - Wilhelm's Bob Dobbs painting

Here's someone worthy of man. He could sell you a can of beans, and then sell you your farts afterward.

Why should we fall prostrate to an alien God from a corporate sin galaxy, when instead we can point at him and laugh at the fact that he has a small penis? (Considering the everlasting emphasis placed on sex in all of the major religions, it seems obvious that God must be compensating for something.)

postcard - 0 - possible BDSM club awkwardness - b42c3 (b&w)

God, why are you so obsessed with penises? FUCK OFF!

The Church of the SubGenius is built on humor, though over time it has naturally seen many Schizms – as we are commanded by J.R. “Bob” Dobbs to do. This is my Schizm: I am not a Holocaustal nor an Ivangelical, but rather a Dobbist. It may turn out to be Short Duration Personal Schizm, and perhaps on this coming X-Day, “Bob” may show me to be a complete idiot for writing these words.

Bring it on, “Bob!” I’m ready for you!

For now, and at this point in time, I am a Dobbist.

20090702 - X-Day - GEDC0213 - Dobbshead painting

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//www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/download/imagedump/jesus1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.[originally posted 3/25/2008] Because I am outspoken, have a powerful web presence, and have unpopular and unapologetic opinions, I tend to attract trolls from time to time. For example, the guy who argued that we must protest South Parkbefore the series even came out. Honestly, I might be the actual troll here, as I deliberately put some stuff up to bait people into leaving responses, which is the definition of trolling. But that definition usually applies to neutral forums, not to posting to your own forum. So I’ll go ahead and call the people who attack me on my own spaces “trolls”, in the “I’m rubber you’re glue” spirit.

This is in response to my “What Would Jesus Smoke?” blogposts HERE, as well as my What Would Jesus Smoke (and other Jesus) Flickr images HERE.

These pictures draw “Christian soldiers” from all over the place, causing them to hurl entertaining vitriol in my direction. I fucking love it.

I always thought “Ye who has not sinned should cast the first stone”, but hey, Christians don’t seem to know much about being Christ-like, just like Muslims don’t seem to know much about being Mohammad-like. (And if they did, they would all have 6-year-old wives like Mohammad.) My uncle Sean has already published, analyzed, and commented on this letter, and there are already a few comments over there on his blog. He is more calm and collected, and can say how I feel better than I can. :)

Anyway, this gets ugly. Very ugly. Read on to see the love God puts in all Christians’ hearts. (That was sarcasm.) (more…)

I actually have come to the conclusion that the golden rule — at least when summarized as “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” — is part of the problem with religion, and is a bad rule that should be thrown out.

Do unto others as others as I would have others do unto me?

What if I enjoy being whipped? Does that mean I should whip others?
Or, closer to home, most Christians would love someone coming to their door to talk to them about God, therefore, the golden rule dictates they should go to other people’s doors to talk about god. After all, if I want my soul saved, I should want your soul saved.

Funk dat! The golden rule operates under the idea that symmetrical reciprosity is some great ethical ideal… But really that’s just simplistic thinking. Christian Scientists not allowing their child medical care are, after all, operating under the golden rule: They don’t want their souls to go to hell by using Evil Science, so they are treating others — their children — the same way.

The golden rule is full of flaws; I’ll leave it to the commentators to come up with other examples against it. (But it only takes one.)

I’ll take the pagan “An’ it harm none, do what ye will”, over the Chrsitian golden rule any day…. In order to not harm someone, sometimes you have to treat them differently than you would want to be treated. It’s a much more nuanced and realistlic ethical soundbite.

And yet another way in which Pagans > Christians. But then the Christians killed and forcefully converted them all. After all, they were just treating them the way they’d want to be treated: Led to the Proper God.

[NOTE: I didn't quite have the wording of the rule right, so I updated it based on comments. However, it doesn't change my stance on it.] (more…)

[UPDATE: NOTE: For the purpose of this post, and to placate those who want to get into gritty details: Any time I say "agnostic", I mean "strong agnostic" as defined HERE.]

One of the things that bugs me about religion in general… Is that the very basis of it all is a foundation built upon assumptions that have no evidence to support them. I’m talking about “faith”. It’s just about the poorest foundation for any belief system. Idealism can sometimes work as the foundation of a belief system, though it’s not always logic. Practicality can as well — though it runs the risk of becoming calculating, almost reptilian. Even cynicism can be a logical foundation for a belief system. But faith? Pffft. What kind of idiot builds their belief system on that? (Hopefully not you. But if so: Don’t try to convince me. You’d be wasting both our time.)

This applies to atheists too.

How do you know God isn’t lurking somewhere, unless you can go there and see? You can’t. Nobody can. It would take a God to disprove God, which is a Catch-22. There’s no logic in that. It is quite annoying when somebody says, “I conclusively know the nature of the entire universe, and, knowing all, can say there is no god.”

Who do you think you’re kidding? Not me. To believe that there’s no god actually requires a hefty serving of… FAITH! Silly atheists.

But despite the fact that atheism makes the same mistakes as theism — at least their god is a god of reason, and not arbitrary faith and dogma. Atheists don’t tend to do a lot of the stupid shit theists tend to do. There’s not nearly as much to criticize them on.

Once I saw a big atheist brouhaha (which I can’t spell) about religious altars being put at the roadside where people died. How dare state money be involved? But seriously, guys. If my family member was killed in a car accident… And they allow a memorial to be put up in the very spot it happened… I would hope that it would involve whatever that family member would want. Even if it’s a pentagram dedicated to our dark lord Satan. Or (*gasp!*) a cross.
I’ve also seen some atheist newsletters that made me feel… Like I was exposed to a cult. They were into their non-belief just a little too much. Unsubscribe. Now.
But that’s about it. No religious wars. Nobody convinced that they will get sex for suicide bombing. None of this mystical bullshit that gets forced down our throats all the time. One nation under god? Really? Fuck that.

In the end, the most logical thing to do is to do nothing. Make no assumptions. You’ll find out. Or you wont find out, and blackness will envelop you as your soul and consciousness ceases to exist forever. What’s that feel like? I don’t want to know. But I’m not going to comfort myself with some b.s. sky fairy, nor am I going to be so cynical as to deny the possibilities that may be out there.

Agnosticism. It’s how I’ve always referred to myself, when not referring to myself as a SubGenius. On paperwork and such. (It always creeps me out when paperwork asks that! None of your business!)

agnostic
Etymology: Greek agnostos unknown, unknowable
1 : a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god

Yup… That’s pretty much what I just said. (more…)

A good illustration at the fucking idiocy of anyone who thinks the earth was created 4004 years ago.
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