No Freedom From Religion for this Atheist

To expose yourself to any news medium today is to encounter a veritable tsunami of religious bullshit, enough to confirm my worst visions of humanity and make it all the more difficult to hope for a secular future, free of religion’s enslavement.

The Pope comes to America.  At incalculable cost, we learn, unprecedented security measures are being employed to protect his holy self.  Why not trust God to do it? 

A potpourri of Popery

A guy from Argentina who bought into a psychotic mythology, combined it with being nice to people, and rose in the company hierarchy to the very top, all the while maintaining the demented groupthink-- that’s all I see.  He is regarded as semi-divine by huge numbers of ignorant followers.  There’s an explosion of Pope products.  My favorite is a Pope toaster that gives you your holy image via science, not magic. 

An anecdote from his past recalls that he chose the priesthood over being a physician, claiming – this is profound! – that he wanted to offer “medicine for the soul.”

What does that even mean?  Doesn’t it also apply to psychiatry and psychotherapy?  Besides, why go to med school and memorize all that anatomy when you can traffic in bullshit and make it up as you go along? 

Somewhere along the way, the guy thought he learned economics.  He seems to think socialism will solve humanity’s problems.  I’m with those who think the Pope should stick to fairy tales.

Nowhere – and correct me if I’m wrong --  will you hear anyone openly deny the truth of Christian mythology and complain about the exorbitant cost of protecting a guy from Argentina who insists on dressing as if it’s 1500.

"He's makin' a list..."

It’s also Yom Kippur, so fortunately Jews have something to do other than watch the Pope on TV. This is the end of ten days of repentance, the holiest day (whatever that means: are we extra-serious?) of the Jewish year.

Everybody supposedly stands before God to be judged.  “He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and nice” expresses the essence of Yom Kippur.  So Jews spend some quality time with their imaginary friend.   It’s all very solemn and holy.  For many Jews this is about it for the year, so the rabbi goes all-out in his sermon. 

For the strictly observant, one must fast, not bathe, and otherwise debase oneself – I suppose, so God can see what miserable sinners we are.  The fast is central.  Even practitioners of Judaism Lite will fast, then have an immense meal at the end of the day.  You made it, guys!

I have nothing against self-evaluation and repentance, but you don’t need God, and you do it at every opportunity, not just once a year.  Again, that’s something you’ll hear no one say in public.

In politics, we have the debate as to whether Obama’s a Muslim, and in the background, the sounds of Sunnis and Shiites blowing themselves and each other up.  Not gonna resolve that one any time soon, I bet.

On the positive side, I hear that large percentages of Millennials/20somethings are agnostics or atheists.  But for now, religion is way too goddamned important.






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Comment by Alan Perlman on September 28, 2015 at 8:24pm

I just saw a report of the "God wept" speech.  What garbage!  Here's a thought: instead of vacuous talk, the Church should inflict on its pedophiles the same torture and agony it inflicted on its heretics.  Burn, baby, burn!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 27, 2015 at 7:09pm

Excusing and whitewashing certainly is bad enough.  Harboring fugitives (Bernard Cardinal Law) is even worse.  But to fail to acknowledge that there are people in their number who clearly deserve criminal prosecution for their actions, never mind see to it these persons are surrendered to the authorities, continues to both boggle my mind and PISS ME OFF!

Comment by Alan Perlman on September 27, 2015 at 6:41pm

Thanks to all commentators.  Gerald, good comments on illusion.  What is most execrable is the obeisance paid to him by secular heads of state.  The Prez. AND the VP -- really?  They're just lending political support to the mass delusion. \

If they found ONE sex abuser, it would be too many.  But to excuse and whitewash so many is beneath contempt.

Comment by Gerald Payne on September 27, 2015 at 3:03pm

People can worship till the cows come home, with the pope blessing who he likes, but the bottom line is the delusions involved. The pope is a figurehead of an illusion. The fact that many believe this illusion has no bearing on the veracity of the illusion, it's simply an illusion that attracts a lot of support. The pope is a king of fools, dreamland with drama, if you don't believe me ask the millions that follow me.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 27, 2015 at 1:48pm

Frankie probably thinks it's the church's problem and the church has to fix it.  I doubt he realizes that, to people like us, that's the fox guarding the chicken coop.  They don't think about special prosecutors or independent investigation, because they're supposedly super-church and they can do everything ... except satisfy us that a genuinely equitable solution can be found.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 27, 2015 at 1:42pm

Probably never, Loren. The smallest verse in the Christian bible is "Jesus wept." Outside of finding your car keys and curing you of the cancer that the doctor treated you for it appears that gods can do nothing.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 27, 2015 at 1:06pm

Funny how it was his own priests who made god weep all those crocodile tears.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 27, 2015 at 1:03pm
God weeps, Jesus weeps ... and does absolutely nothing. When is the general public going to get wise to this, if ever?
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 27, 2015 at 12:38pm

Pat, I wish you could get an audience with the Pope and give him an earful!

Comment by Pat on September 27, 2015 at 9:36am

Alan, you spoke of listening to the pontificator's platitudes, and what a crock they are. This morning, while attempting to eat breakfast, the news was on and Frankie the Gaucho was giving another one of Hallmark greeting card messages to the drooling masses. I knew I should have turned on the Cartoon Channel, since I almost puked when I heard him say "God weeps," in reference to sex abuse victims. Weeps? Really?! Did his god weep when Cardinal Dolan fraudulently transferred money in the Milwaukee Archdiocese so sex abuse victims would be cheated out of compensation? Frankie could change it, but he hasn't. Did he weep when the church forgave the rapist who impregnated a 9 year old Brazilian girl, but excommunicated the girl and her mother for getting an abortion? Frankie could change that, but he hasn't. Did he weep when the UN was refused access to the records of the worldwide RCC sex abuse, hidden by his predecessor Ratzinger? No sense asking if he would change that, since Frankie was the one who refused the UN.

All I could think of when Frankie said he would see to it that sex abusers would be punished, is a statement my now deceased Irish Catholic father used to say. "You can go to hell for lying as easily as you can for stealing."



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