Pennsylvania legislators recently adopted a resolution that among other things encourages Pennsylvanians to study the tenets of the Bible and says there is a "national need to study and apply scripture." The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed suit charging that the resolution violates the "separation of church and state."

The lawyers will handle that fight and more than likely, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will receive a lesson in Constitutional law. Meanwhile, the idea that the Bible has anything constructive to say about life and living struggles after nearly 2,000 years of Christian conflict, war and terrorism.

Politics and Christianity contributed mightily to the fall of the Roman Empire and that was after years of internal fighting among the various Christian groups in and around Rome. Obviously, the Bible beaters in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives know nothing about the millions slaughtered in the name of Christianity during the Arian, Novatian, Donatist, and Albigensian heresies. This all happened while Christianity was still brand new and consolidated by force. Then came the Crusades.

Christians spent from 1100-1600 slaughtering Muslims and rival Christians during a period known as the Crusades, which the Keystone State representatives may or may not know of since it is history. Hordes of Bible believing followers with special dispensation murdered and raped their way to the Holy Land and back in the name of God.

They might know about the Inquisition that lasted into the 1800's. Perhaps, the Protestant Reformation might ring a bell. Millions were tortured and killed during that shameful period. Christian colonialism aided with the extermination of nearly 20 million Native Americans. Once the slaughter of the natives landowners, the Bible helped account for millions of slaves brought to the country as "free" labor. A war was necessary to override biblical sanction of slavery.

Surely, they must know about Northern Ireland, where Protestants and Catholics took turns murdering each other. What about Bosnia? What about a preemptive war with Iraq, after a president inspired by God decided to commit troops in a war that killed thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Muslims.

Christian terrorist groups operate around the world. They give themselves a variety of names, but they are not new. In ancient Rome, groups of men surreptitiously roamed the streets assaulting and murdering members of other Christian sects, a sure way to eliminate the competition. Over the centuries, Christian terror groups organized to punish and frighten those with differing religious views, racial backgrounds and points of origins.

From Romania and India to Uganda and the United States, Christian terrorist groups exist around the world. In the United States, the Ku Klux Klan is is just one such Christian organization. There are other organizations and individuals such as those that spurred the killing of abortion doctors.

There is nothing in the actions of US Christians that indicates Bible study improves moral behavior. In fact, in the instances of racism, hatred, misogyny, child-abuse and the mistreatment of females, there is evidence the Bible makes the behavior even worse. Although the Bible contains many instances of positivity and love, it also packs an equal amount of mayhem and murder, as well as commands that if followed today would result in long jail sentences or lethal injections.

The Year of the Bible? Humbug! The world has suffered under 2,000 years of the Bible and Pennsylvania legislators would do well to remember. Also, as of yet, no major research facility, hospital or laboratory has announced a cure for stupidity.

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on June 9, 2012 at 9:29pm
I've done a little research on the religious origins of no believers. For those that once had religion in their life I discovered that substantial amount were former Catholics. I don't know about those after my era, but attending Catholic school when I did almost guaranteed that I'd put no stock in what I learned there. It was the beginning of the atomic age, Sputnik orbited the earth and science was big. I knew about evolution, not because of the church, but because of class-q bad movies like "the missing link" which appealed to a young boy. Plus, there were superheroes way cooler than Jesus!
Comment by TNT666 on June 9, 2012 at 6:21pm

I recently wrote an article, this winter, to my local community paper, equating indoctrination of children into religion with child abuse, and being a causal agent for life-long struggles such as acoholism, drug abuse, personality disorders, etc. Ever since then, I've had a trickle, every few weeks, of people congratulating me on the article, on how they'd loved it, and it was one of the best pieces they'd read in our crummy little community paper. I'm eventually working my way back to effecting change, in the real world, at the community level. (after a very long sabbatical :)
Though I have a baptismal certificate, it was a lie my mother agreed to, along with my stepdad, because I was a bastard child, on the cusp of being kicked out of catholic school (the only school back then) as a devil's spawn! hi hi hi. Oddly, I only got acquainted with all the gory details later in life, after doing some research looking for my biological dad.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on June 9, 2012 at 3:54pm
TNT I agree. I was born and baptized Catholic through no fault of my own. I was sent to Catholic school. I would complain about it, but for me it solidified something I thought made no sense even as a child. Nevertheless, introduction to religion before at least the teen years amounts to brainwashing in my opinion. Of course, should you die before you reach that age without baptism, you can't make it to heaven. The Fear Factor and bullshit!
Comment by TNT666 on June 9, 2012 at 12:45pm

Even surer than bible study... is never having been exposed to delusions of mind in the first place! I hope that any atheist reproducer here accomplishes this with their children, ensuring the child's mind remains free from irrational thought and lies from the get-go. If the brain never depended on such lies in childhood, this freedom is there for life. People who were once religious have the added burden of sorting through the various ridiculous moralities imposed by the lies of church. Being never exposed to these fundamental lies, it is much easier to take LIFE at face value, at science/nature's value.

Comment by Michael OL on June 9, 2012 at 11:48am

Biped said it best:  the surest path to atheism is study of religion.  The more that Americans know about the bible (or bibles, if you prefer), the more skeptical they shall become about the tenets of religion and its efficacy as a moral guide.  If "christian America" replaces its current mawkish fawning over cherry-picked religious "teaching" with rigorous scholarship, we would have a wiser and more circumspect society, less vulnerable to propagandistic blandishment of christianity and the reflexive zealotry that it engenders.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2012 at 11:08am

Don, thanks! Excellent summary! I shall look up these at once and save the others for another rainy day.

"Arian, Novatian, Donatist, and Albigensian heresies."

Crusades, Inquisition, Protestant Reformation, Christian colonialism, Christian slavery,  Northern Ireland, Christian terrorist groups around the world, Christian sects, Ku Klux Klan, racism, misogyny, child-abuse, mistreatment of females, homophobia, Creationism, Intelligent Design.

Comment by Tony Carroll on June 9, 2012 at 11:02am

When I hear these kind of proclamations, I always wonder, which bible? Some have duetrocanonical books, like the Eastern Orthodox, RC's, some have apocryphal books, some are translated from aramic, hebrew, some from the vulgate. Others are tranlations of translations, not from original text, etc. And that doesn't even begin to take into account commentaries that are in use in the synagogues/churches/temples, that get taken as 'gospel' by the lay person. What a mess, though fascinating to study in an historical context.

And what about a year of the Koran, Book of Mormon, Rig Vedas, Avesta, etc., just to name a few? Well never know, as that would indeed be a cold day in hell before that happens. Which if I remember it was in Paradise Lost. Just saying.

Comment by Tammy S on June 9, 2012 at 10:36am

Well said! I wonder should we start a campaign in our local papers under "letters to the editor" or "opinion" sections outlining the atrocities. I know there would be a lot of Christian outcry, but we could just ignore them and keep posting new ones each week to annoy the bastards...

Comment by Donald R Barbera on June 9, 2012 at 9:08am
Tim, that is a great idea. There are so many versions, translations and interpretations that it depends on which is being used. Excellent! You've got a research project for me. I'm headed to preliminary land right now! Thanks!



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