Nathan Bond's TART Remarks

Religion: Respect? Ridicule!

My approach

with 16 comments

About religion I defer to Carol Shields on “sincerity” in her novel Unless: “Decency? Decency’s over. Decency’s lost whatever edge it had. I will never again be pointlessly, endlessly decent”…  about religion.

How can one be decent – not insulting, not crude, not demeaning – about Srebrenica, about 9/11, about Bali, about Gujarat, about Beslan, about Ossetia, about Pantai Jimbaran, about Jos? How can one be decent – not insulting, not crude, not demeaning – about the “Representative of ‘God'”, speaking for roughly half of all Christians, declaring the spitting out of a wafer a worse act than raping a child? How can one be decent – not insulting, not crude, not demeaning – about what happened to  Perwez Kambakhsh, to Aisho Ibrahim Dhuhulow, to Rauf Amin, to Gillian Gibbons; to thousands of terror victims?

My intent is to discredit religion in all of its insidious manifestations, of which there are far too many. I will not beat around the bush in exposing its horrors and inanities. I will not be polite or courteous or tolerant. I will pull no punches. The time for kid gloves has passed. I am, in short, inconsolably disgusted with religion.

I use profanity – here’s why; I am not tolerant of religion – here’s why and I have a picture worth a 1000 words to illustrate my point.

Much of humanity thinks of religion as a pricelessly bejewelled life vest. It is not. It is a curse – a rank, putrescent, maggoty seagull strung with a garrotte around the neck of shipwrecked humanity, dragging it ever further down.

I make no apology for being contemptuous. Religion must go. Here I stand. I can do no other.

Says Sam Harris: “… certain beliefs are so lacking in merit that there should be no question of our ‘respecting’ them. People who claim to be certain about things they cannot be certain about should meet resistance in our discourse. This happens quite naturally on every subject but religion. For instance, a person who believes that Elvis is still alive is very unlikely to get promoted to a position of great power and responsibility in our society. Neither will a person who believes that the holocaust was a hoax. But people who believe equally irrational things about God and the Bible (Jesus lives!; evolution is nonsense!) are now running our country. This is genuinely terrifying. We must find a way of criticizing and marginalizing bad ideas, even when they come under the cloak of religion.” (My parentheses.)

Although we can hardly hope for a society in which formal organized religion is rejected, I contend, in deference to A.N. Wilson, that we can at least stop behaving as if religion is worthy of our collective respect. With my tart remarks I show religion and its bespoke god the middle finger. I do so in language that clearly indicates my contempt for religion.

said Douglas Adams, in an interview with David Silverman: “It’s easier to say that I am a radical Atheist, just to signal that I really mean it, have thought about it a great deal, and that it’s an opinion I hold seriously. It’s funny how many people are genuinely surprised to hear a view expressed so strongly.”

Acknowledgement

After a week (week 3 of 2009) in which the shenanigans of religion had me at a loss for words to indicate my disgust, I drafted a new banner for this blog to draw attention to my quest.

It was a miserable failure for rage.

Up stepped a regular contributor and correspondent, Con-Tester. The cover statement is his work and I thank him for a striking message.

It is always advisable seek the council of others. It is important that we talk, because we have only each other and if we ever are to rid our world of this bane religion, we shall have to stand together.

Written by Nathan Bond

January 24, 2009 at 12:17

16 Responses

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  1. Don’t worry about it con-Tester, I get mostly the same response from family and friends if a religious argument doesn’t go their way – anger followed by resentment and finally refusal to discuss any further.
    Will just have to soldier on, a mindvirus like any other virus is very hard to get rid of.
    I am becoming convinced that our only hope is to prevent the spread of this disease to the young.

    Shazee

    December 20, 2011 at 10:28

  2. Hans, the incapacity is primarily yours. What is entirely fruitless is getting you to discuss things logically, consequently and in a manner that shows a basic understanding of the points that are brought to your attention. Therefore, the only remaining option is to laugh at your ham-fisted “arguments” by pointing out what a fool you are whenever you write the same old drivel on this blog.

    Con-Tester

    June 13, 2010 at 11:56

  3. Con-Tester, you are incapable of discussing the Bible and the religion of Christ, so this discussion with you is fruitless on not worth continuing.

    Hans Matthysen

    June 12, 2010 at 19:43

  4. Rubbish, Hans. Protestants persecuted so-called “heretics,” including Roman Catholics, with the same fervour with which they themselves were persecuted. You believers are always ready to reinvent history as it suits your needs. That’s why you’re never afraid to talk crap.

    Con-Tester

    June 7, 2010 at 21:15

  5. Con-Tester, those of my religion have always been the persecuted and never the persecuter. You must be refering to the RCC and their ofspring. Wake up, your coffee is geting cold!

    Hans Matthysen

    June 7, 2010 at 21:06

  6. Hans, so you agree that you don’t know how to answer questions in any meaningful way? Or do you agree that your religion has handed out more persecution than it has ever received?

    Con-Tester

    May 25, 2010 at 21:42

  7. Con-Tester, the correct answer is; I agree.

    Hans Matthysen

    May 25, 2010 at 21:39

  8. Hans, you don’t know how to answer questions in any meaningful way.

    Con-Tester

    May 19, 2010 at 22:23

  9. Con-Tester, you don’t know my religion.

    Hans Matthysen

    May 19, 2010 at 21:35

  10. Hans, that would be in your ill-informed comment of April 23, 2009 at 21:22, i.e. more than a year ago. Your religion has handed out more persecution than it has ever received. Reinventing history will change it about as much as saying, “It’s true because I say it’s true. I can show you an old book. You can’t prove me wrong.”

    Con-Tester

    May 14, 2010 at 22:33

  11. Con-Tester, show us where am I reinventing history?

    Hans Matthysen

    May 14, 2010 at 21:27

  12. DW, jy sal nooit die punt kan sien want ek glo nie jy kan fokus nie.

    Hans Matthysen

    May 14, 2010 at 21:26

  13. Reinventing history will change it about as much as saying, “It’s true because I say it’s true.”

    Con-Tester

    April 24, 2009 at 11:52

  14. Hans skryf :”Jesus and His followers were all subjected to persecution and so on, yet they did not do the same to others”

    Mohammed ook nie. Wat is jou punt ?

    DW

    April 24, 2009 at 10:39

  15. Nathan, the religion I belong to, has been persecuted and so on, yet has never been guilty of any of the things you have mentioned above. I can therefore understand why you have no regard for religion. Jesus and His followers were all subjected to persecution and so on, yet they did not do the same to others.

    Hans Matthysen

    April 23, 2009 at 21:22

  16. Con-Tester

    April 22, 2009 at 18:27


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