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Religion Poisons Everything

Religion has run out of justifications. Thanks to the telescope and the microscope, it no longer offers an explanation of anything important. Where once it used to be able, by its total command of a worldview, to prevent the emergence of rivals, it can now only impede and retard or try to turn back the measurable advances that we have made. Sometimes, true, it will artfully concede them. But this is to offer itself the choice between irrelevance and obstruction, impotence or outright reaction, and, given this choice, it is programmed to select the worse of the two. Meanwhile, confronted with undreamed-of vistas inside our own evolving cortex, in the farthest reaches of the known universe, and in the proteins and acids which constitute our nature, religion offers either annihilation in the name of god, or else the false promise that if we take a knife to our foreskins, or pray in the right direction, or ingest pieces of wafer, we shall be "saved." It is as if someone, offered a delicious and fragrant out-of-season fruit, matured in a painstakingly and lovingly designed hothouse, should throw away the flesh and the pulp and gnaw moodily on the pit. Above all, we are in need of a renewed Enlightenment, which will base itself on the proposition that the proper study of mankind is man, and woman. This Enlightenment will not need to depend, like its predecessors, on the heroic breakthroughs of a few gifted and exceptionally courageous people. It is within the compass of the average person. The study of literature and poetry, both for its own sake and for the eternal ethical questions with which it deals, can now easily depose the scrutiny of sacred texts that have been found to be corrupt and confected. The pursuit of unfettered scientific inquiry, and the availability of new findings to masses of people by easy electronic means, will revolutionize our concepts of research and development. Very importantly, the divorce between the sexual life and fear, and the sexual life and disease, and the sexual life and tyranny, can now at last be attempted, on the sole condition that we banish all religions from the discourse. And all this and more is, for the first time in our history, within the reach if not the grasp of everyone. - Christopher Hitchens : god Is Not Great (How Religion Poisons Everything) http://www.amazon.com/God-Not-Great-Religion-Everything/dp/0446579807 http://www.evolbiol.ru/large_files/hitchens.pdf
Nicholas Grant
Nicholas Grant shared a photo to Religion Poisons Everything's Timeline.2 hours ago
I suspect a gas chamber and electric chair may have been a bit too tough to portray on a church steeple ūü§£
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Colin McKenzie
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I didnt realise that Islam had invaded the Philippines, whos next ?
https://www.facebook.com/skynews/videos/1812118012136121/
Colin McKenzie
Sky News
This was the moment Sky News journalists came under sniper fire while reporting on the battle against IS in the Philippines
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Religion Poisons Everything2 days ago
It‚Äôs the first time in Australia‚Äôs history the number of people who claim ‚Äúno religion‚ÄĚ has overtaken Catholics.

The latest Census drop showed those ticking ‚Äúno religion‚ÄĚ rose from 22.6 per cent to 29.6 per cent, while those identifying as Catholic dropped from 25.3 per cent to 22.6 per cent.

The number of Christians in total still made up 52 per cent of the population, but this is much less than the 88 per cent in 1966 and 74 per cent in 1991.
Nasir Khan
Nasir Khan3 days ago
‚ÄúThe classic example of power through fanaticism is the rise of Islam. Mohammed added nothing to the knowledge or to the material resources of the Arabs, and yet, within a few years of his death, they had acquired a large empire by defeating their most powerful neighbours. Undoubtedly, the religion founded by the Prophet was an essential element in the success of his nation. Fanaticism, while Mohammed lived, and for a few years after his death, united the Arab nation, gave it confidence in battle, and promoted courage by the promise of Paradise to those who fell fighting the infidel.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĒBertrand Russell, Power: A New Social Analysis (1938), Chapter 10, Creeds as Sources of Power, p. 216.

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