I don't have a lot of tolerance for intolerance.

I guess I'm just a bigot in that way.

Homophobia, racism, sexism, nationalism, and the mother-effing grand-daddy of all intolerance, religion. Religion not only perpetuates intolerance, it spends a hefty amount of time and money enforcing it through government officials.

When I hear someone use a homophobic slur, I get quietly offended. When I hear someone say something incredibly racist, I'll speak up and calmly strike down any argument that what was said could ever be acceptable. When I overhear a man talking to a woman and just being a disgusting pile of sexist shit, I get aggravated and will usually defend the wronged party. And nationalism? Fuck off. Seriously.
Being born in a certain country or state doesn't make that country or state automatically the best that ever is, was, or ever will be.

It's just another case of blindly following the crowd. Well, that and the fact that students in my country are forced to "pledge" their "allegiance" to my flag and country on a daily basis from a young age.

And religion? When a person hates, literally HATES, another human being based entirely upon bronze age mythology? That makes my blood boil. I am reminded of John Lennon's "Imagine", because really...it's about time to end this system of bigotry and bribery.

The greatest bribe is one you never have to physically pay up for.

First, if you can get a young child into your church and piled under your dogma for those ever-so-important early years, that child has a high probability of staying in that religion for his or her entire lifetime.
That probability rating increases exponentially when you can KEEP that kid in your church until he or she is an adult. Then of course that now freshly matured adult will carry on and make more babies to indoctrinate and force to go to church, etcetera.

So now you have this huge population of people who live in what can only be described as, constantly terrifying fucking ignorant fear. Let's say you've decided that your deity really isn't fond of a certain sub-culture, form of art, lifestyle, or anything else that your rotting heart desires.

Preach! To the masses! Let your voice be heard so that every man, women, child (and even man-child!) will run home and start writing their newspapers and calling their representatives and expressing their outrage over the fact that NOT EVERYONE LIVES IN A FANTASY WORLD OF IGNORANCE AND DEATH-ANXIETY.

"Holy shit Marge! Pastor done fired me up about that Obamagaytroopsstemcells and damn it if I ain't certain everything I've ever been told is true and righteous! Yeehaw! Grab me some more of 'dem 'der beers! My thinking for the month is OVER! AMERICAH!"

So through basic indoctrination you've recreated your army of mouth-breathers to populate voting booths and copulate more slack-jawed broods.

Your bribe cost you nothing that your congregation did not repay ten fold through that little felt covered tray you make damn sure to pass around at least once per service.

"Give Jesus your money, you will be investing in a perfect society and a brand new Lexus in heaven. That's Lexus, the official car of heaven."

Right? Oh wait, the car the pastor drives doesn't come straight down from heaven?
But, doesn't the church get all sorts of tax breaks and allowances to buy their pastors cars, homes, and pay their salary without employment taxes? I guess I must have mistaken bullshit American tax breaks for miraculous gifts from the heavens.

It never ceases to astonish me how much god is so very much like the men who claim they speak for him. Arrogant, jealous, and most of all, affected by HUMAN interaction. If one truly believes that prayer works, or that god sheds a tear for every stillborn then one truly believes that god is affected by mortals.

By definition a god or god's cannot have human flaws like jealousy and arrogance. And logically, how would a divine being with a definitive and divine plan be able to allow alterations to that plan based upon human events?

Either it's a perfect divine plan, or it's not.

If a god says, "I have a divine plan" and then just wings it from there on that's not really much of a plan, let alone DIVINE.

It's even more laughable when that same god says he needs to sacrifice a son-like-form of himself, to himself, so that he, himself, could forgive the people he created himself for doing things that he himself planned on them doing in the first place.

Wait, give me a moment...I fear that the overwhelming stupidity of that last sentence might have given me an aneurysm. Pile on top of that the fact that the majority of the population of the country I live in not only believes that last sentence, but they also base serious real world decisions upon it that affect me and my family...I think my left side has gone completely numb.

...Okay, maybe I'm over-reacting. Maybe the apologists are right and we should all just live as one big happy family of different views and gods.

Just one problem. Muslims, Jews, and Christians, historically and presently, are not really known for their ability to live in peace.

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Comment by Walter Maki on May 13, 2011 at 3:03pm
The intolerance was one in the handful issues that soured my grapes towards religion and questioning the so called existence of god.
Comment by Beefaice on May 13, 2011 at 3:53pm
Hear hear!
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on May 13, 2011 at 5:32pm
Great rant!
Now featured!
Comment by Aaron LaBrash on May 13, 2011 at 5:36pm
In all irony - Amen!
Comment by Steph on May 13, 2011 at 8:37pm
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post!!!! Your writing style is absolutely fantastic and while making some serious points, you are hysterically funny.  I don't think I have anything to add other than I'm sending this link to my friend right now. (We were talking about some of the issues you mentioned just a few hours ago.) Thanks and please post again soon. :)
Comment by Daniel Van Nice on May 13, 2011 at 10:49pm
Thanks for the kind words everyone, I feel very welcome here!

And @ Steph more to come in the next few days.
Comment by Luka Rek on May 14, 2011 at 8:38am
I actually have no quarrel with the belief in a god. What should be considered irrational and pointless is the following: Belief that God has the final decision on everything concerning you, belief that God listens to prayers, belief that there is a prescriptive moral code given to us by God, belief that there is an afterlife, belief that there is an immortal soul, belief that you can ascribe human characteristics to God, belief that circular argumentation is justifiable in the case of religion, belief that religious belief should be exempt from all criticism freely applied to any other types of belief, belief that because something is good (for us)  it must be true and finally, the belief that to believe in something without a reason or evidence for it is a moral virtue. If you would manage to extract all these irrational and deluded beliefs from the belief in god without the belief in a god becoming superfluous, then those persons whose belief in a god would remain unshaken should be accepted as "the real religious people". The reasons why I put it this way is because people do not believe in a god simply because they believe in him, but because they want to continue living after they stop living (no paradox here, of course), that they can justify their condemnation of certain people, thought and actions and cetera. Those to whom none of this matters and they do not hold any of the aforementioned beliefs are either atheists or real believers. But I think the latter could fit on the fingers of my two hands
Comment by Mo Trauen on May 14, 2011 at 12:03pm
Excellent post and something that needs to be said again and again, even in atheist circles.  The intolerant deserve no tolerance and don't call me intolerant for saying that.
Comment by Derek on May 19, 2011 at 11:57pm

Very good post.


"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson


I would add religion and all forms of bigotry to that quote. It is really frightening to see the stranglehold of indoctrination that religion has over the world. All we can do is try to weaken its sickly grip, its rotten hold. 



Comment by Amanda Moon on May 25, 2011 at 8:53pm





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