I have come to realize that if religious indoctrination takes place at a young enough age, it is astonishing what humans will believe. And, religious indoctrinated people will reject any future contrary information and/or opposition to the supernatural beliefs they have been taught. Early religious instruction leads to a mind-boggling number of unnatural beliefs and values such as: an immaculate conception (virgin births), original infant sin, limbo, purgatory, hell, sacred crosses, simony, venial sins, mortal sins, selling of indulgences, water converted into wine, holy water, miracle water, holy grail, sainthood, barbaric Inquisitions, a holy spirit creature, winged angels, devils, intact hymen at birth, crucifixion, resurrected corpses, ascension, celibacy (repression), miracles (magic), hellfire and damnation, a patriarchical God, a trinity (multiple personality and dissociative God), pearly gates, transubstantiation, cannibalistic eucharisitic celebration, exorcisms, meaningless and monotonous prayers, souls, paradise, seducing serpents, rapture, Garden of Eden, Adam and Lilith (1st wife), Adam and Eve (2nd wife), anti-Christ(s), saints-sinners, demons, Noah's Ark, walking on water, corpse worship, flying into skyscrapers and beng rewarded with 57 virgins, God sitting on a cloud to judge, judge, judge, etc. etc. Do you agree, that early religious indoctrination becomes an endless display of nonthinking supernatural silliness?
testosterone inhibitors! Here they're given to sex offenders and to transwomen of course. Could be so useful with celebacy!
Sounds like a Sterling story. He was in the cohort of William Gibson, the true prophet who really (sorry Tim Berners-Lee and Al Gore) invented the internet. John Shirley is another writer in that same gritty vein.
Somehow I don't see Alex and his droogs clamoring for this particular drug. Does make me wonder if someone's surreptitiously been slipping it into Republicans' coffee for the last 30 years. It would explain a lot.
That makes him queerer than any normal queer.
Like Augustine, or Aquinas.
I wouldn't touch that one with my a ten-foot pole.
Define "simony." "The act of selling church offices and roles."
"When a person's religious beliefs cause him to deny the evidence of science, or for whom public policy morphs into a battle with the devil, shouldn't that be a subject for discussion and debate?
~ Lawrence M. Krauss
Actually, Joan, it shouldn't be a topic for debate or discussion. It should be a topic for ridicule and derision. Religion's foolishness has been given a pass for entirely too long. It is time that's lack was pulled in.
Of course, Loren, you are correct, Ridicule and derision are in order!
Coincidently I was just reading a book that features this quote:
When you develop your opinions on the basis of weak evidence, you will have difficulty interpreting subsequent information that contradicts these opinions, even if this new information is obviously more accurate.
~Nassim Nicholas Taleb
And DD, right now, I'd trade you all your criminals for all our religious nuts no questions asked. (I'd throw in our Congress as a bonus.) At first I thought you did indeed get the better deal. Then I thought about a Venn diagram of religious nuts and criminals. We both got fucked.
Yeah, England won.