What religion has contributed to the world this month - Episode 13 (November-December 2013)

With this episode, in addition to the by-now predictable occurrences of rape and child abuse by priests or those representing themselves as priests, we now have a controversy about bibles labeled as fiction, plus a boy's speech regarding violence in the bible being adjudged as inappropriate, despite it's obvious and clear accuracy.  Tamesha Means' encounter with the merciless Mercy Health Partners is recounted as well, and it would seem as though women who swim in the ocean are guilty of adultery according to an Egyptian fatwa.

All in the name of religion.

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After seeing that headline about: "Egyptian fatwa: Women who swim in the ocean guilty of adultery," I HAD to Google that ... and, no great surprise, the story is still up ... and just as absurd and obscene and crazy as you would expect it to be.

As to the blatant stupidity of the fatwas about the sea touching the pelvic are of a woman, or leaving the air conditioner on after her husband leaves the house, or a prohibition against touching cucumbers and bananas - all of which either lead to or are adultery, in one sense, I'm not surprised.  These remind me of the old testament prohibitions against gathering firewood on the sabbath, eating shellfish, wearing a cloth of two different threads, eating milk and meat together, or planting two different crops in the same field. Ignorant barbarism based on bronze age stories compiled and written down by iron aged tribes who routinely sacrificed people and animals to their gods. 

Richard Dawkins was right when he said,  "To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used."




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