Why All Carbon-Based Bipeds Should Be Anti-Theistic Atheists

I encourage you all to watch the video on this website. It is a poem with pictures and it is Not For Sensitive Viewers.
The poem is called Sharia Law. Atheist Media
I do not understand how any woman on the face of the planet can call herself religious with the knowledge that these atrocities are being committed to women in the name of religion. Women must not only be atheist, but anti-theistic. If you are a human being with any sense of compassion, dignity, or empathy, then you can't stop at being atheist when you see things like this. You inevitably become anti-theistic.
Cruelty and irrationality are not only the crimes of Islam. Islamophobia is something all too common in the Western world because of the excessive cruelty of Islamic extremists and fringe radicals. But then "excessive cruelty" is already a somewhat redundant term, isn't it?

All religion is harmful, because all religion is based on a lie. There is no god. There is no supernatural being watching over us, dispensing vicious, questionable judgment at its will and going to the utmost lengths to conceal itself from its flawed creations. As a result of this foundation on which religion is based all religions are guilty of disseminating misinformation. This encourages superstition, lack of critical thinking, blind acceptance, fear, hatred, bigotry, sexism, misogyny, racism, homophobia, and stands firmly in the way of scientific inquiry, cultural progression and societal advancement. People cling to medieval values, which not only blocks, but actively rejects all scepticism no matter what the reason. People are trained and indoctrinated from a young age to find solace in magical fairy tale stories about burning bushes which talk, talking snakes, whales which swallow people and spit them out alive, Biblical Gandalfs who part seas (The Reality of the Red Sea Crossing), and happily married white heterosexual couples who prance around whimsically in a garden designed just for them. You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people as you. I for one am glad God/Allah/Yahweh does not exist. He is portrayed by all of his followers and all of the texts they have written about him as irrational, violent, childish and narcissistic with petty human emotions like jealousy.

The impossibility of the existence of a god has been used to terrorise people who are considered less powerful than white males for centuries: women of all races, men who do not have the "convenience" of being born white, children who are told what to believe before they can even cognitively grasp the basic facts of life, lesbians, gays, transexuals, transgenders, bisexuals, intersexuals, hermaphrodites, asexuals, and anyone who displays any hint at being different to or questioning the tyrannical reign of the religious majority. I have been in several conversations with people who profess to be harmless, God-loving Christians who I would not consider extremists in any way who nonetheless shut me down entirely the moment I corrected something they said about their religion or dared to criticise or critique their god. I have seen the quote, "with or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion," come to life through a lovely, close friend of mine who cringes when characters die in Disney movies but defends the Biblical god's massacring of hundreds of Egypt's innocent first born and God's speedy extermination of over two million men in the Bible. She defends these atrocities without batting an eyelid.

All religions are dangerous. They fuel violent acts, irrational belief systems, support for wrongdoings, and the lie of a fantastical, heavenly afterlife in which you can bathe in glory for all eternity. It has been publically shown time and time again that it is impossible to police some kind of morality within a system which offers you full spiritual repentance for any and all sins committed and then allows you into the version of heaven or Jannah you were taught about as a child.

Even the Universal Declaration of Human Rights compiled by the U.N is contradicted by both the Quran and the Bible at every possible article. What are the United Nations member states not understanding about basic, consequential, considered, empathetic morality? How is it possible for mankind not to see these gross contradictions? Why aren't people turning away from religion as one body and sneering at it in distaste?

I wish the entire world would just strap on a pair, man the hell up, and say, "Woah, nearly believed that for a minute. Wtf? Kay, well, let's get back to doing something socially constructive rather than cognitively destructive with our lives."

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Comment by CJoe on May 25, 2010 at 12:18pm
That video gave me goosebumps... so powerful. Thank you for sharing this!
Comment by CJoe on May 25, 2010 at 12:18pm
Oh, btw, this would be a great addition to the Women of Think Atheist group... and this is now featured!
Comment by Sydni Moser on May 25, 2010 at 4:08pm

The Stoning of Soraya M.

Amazon Review by C. Yoerest

"The Stoning of Soraya M." is a must see film on all levels. Tastefully done, director Cyrus Nowrasteh has made one of the most important films ever to be made about the inequalities in the Middle East.

Based on the descriptive title of the film, we know the outcome, which could lead one to believe that this could easily be another snuff film like The Passion of the Christ. A short build up with 90 minutes of grotesque torture. Thanks to the wonderful direction of Cyrus Nowrasteh this is not the case. While the climactic stoning itself is difficult to watch, it is less than a quarter of the film.

The bulk of the film focused on giving us a sense of the people in this community and the corruption that it breeds. While keeping the actual stoning to a minimum, the film gives us an important window into an overlooked part of the world. However uncomfortable it is, we feel as if we are in this town watching the story unfold. Several people in the audience behind me could be heard uttering passionate reactions throughout.

What makes Soraya M enjoyable (and even the hardest scenes bearable) is that our frustrations are released through Zahra's vocal opposition. She is an outspoken female opponent to the misogynist culture in which she resides. At one point she is told, "muzzles should be for women, not dogs." With a reaction like that we know she is saying the right things to upset the right people. The rest of the women in town are either indoctrinated into believing they are worthless or intimidated into silence. Without Zahra's presence the film would be torturous to watch. Soraya M ends on a positive note and allows us to leave the film scarred but hopeful that people are speaking out about the oppression of women in the Middle East (women's groups where are you?).

Many may not know that while this film is based on a true story, most of the actors are Iranian natives who fled years ago (including the outspoken Shohreh Aghdashloo). This adds an important element of realism to the film that helps expose a part of the world that is too often referred to or assumed as a peaceful.

WATCH this film as a 'Play Now' selection on Netflix

Order it as a Video-On-Demand on Amazon:
Comment by kelltrill on May 25, 2010 at 5:50pm
This looks like an incredible movie. Definitely a must see. Thanks for the cue, Sydni. I'll be sure to check it out as soon as possible.
I still haven't seen Passion of the Christ because I've always thought it looked like exactly the type of movie the article you posted above describes it as: a snuff film.
I also really struggle to handle graphic violence in movies, so when it comes to watching violence based on actual events it generally takes a lot of convincing and a compelling plot line to make me sit through it. I will be sure to watch this movie.
Comment by Sydni Moser on May 26, 2010 at 12:41am
You should be able to handle the movie... one bad scene, and it was bad. But it is an important film to see regardless. Never watched the Passion either, have absolutely NO interest. Think Mel Gibson is a jerk. But I did love him in Braveheart, the best film he ever made as far as I'm concerned.
Comment by kelltrill on May 26, 2010 at 3:51am
He's one of those actors who I've never been able to make up my mind about. Personally I think he seems like an asshole, but I've enjoyed pretty much every movie I've seen him in: Braveheart, What Women Want, Apocalypto (director), Chicken Run (voice of Rocky), the Lethal Weapon series etc. Signs was a fail and I am not even vaguely interested in seeing Passion, agreed.
Comment by Sebastian on May 27, 2010 at 1:38am
I found your site less than 5 hours ago, and from that moment I couldn't stop reading.
Love the logical and healthy point of views with mature and rational comments to all the posts.

I can't contribute much to your conversation, not being native english speaking person, I find it really hard to express all the reasoning that happens in my head. In fact, that is why I came here, to find group of people who share views similar to mine, and can phrase it in a way I would never be able to.

I'm Polish living in Asia for over 16 years. Married to Malaysian-Chinese lady, having really cool 14 years old son. He has been brought up in religion free family but in a very highly Muslim populated country. This particular thread is one I can truly relate to, observing Sharia Law in action for almost two decades, I'm quite familiar with that topic and very disturb by it. Hence, even stronger need to help my son to get his head straight and do some decent read from people like your kind selves, rather than making a point with "because I say so", due to lack of vocabulary and ability to express the ideas.

I'm glad I found you guys, and I'm looking forward to visiting that site for more interesting read.
Best regards
Comment by Sydni Moser on May 27, 2010 at 3:22am
I'm glad you found us Sebastian, and that we can offer you a place to be yourself and find like-minded friends. I can't imagine living under Sharia Law, and I don't envy your circumstances in this regard. I hope that you will share more of your experiences about living in a Muslim country with us in time. By the way, your written English is quite good, remarkably so...
Comment by Sebastian on May 28, 2010 at 3:44am
Thank you Sydni :)

Will all fairness, regarding the local laws, one good thing about Malaysia is that it hasn't been officially named an Islamic State - yet.
Words that mean not much, but change lots. See, as long as country is not declared an Islamic State, the Sharia Laws can't apply to none Muslims. Which is even more said seeing my friends being penalized for buying flowers for a girlfriend on the Valentines Day (which is forbidden as it pollutes Islam with bad foreign, cultural influence), not being allowed to enter restaurant during Fasting month, while myself enjoy wine and cigar, hugging my wife, or holding her hand (not allowed for Muslims) in public. One reason why people I desperate to keep it none Islamic State, and one of the reason why many foreign professionals are still here and continue to come. This is due to large % of other ethnic groups living here. Second largest (after Malay Muslims) being the Chinese, who are the finances behind the country's scenes, and the Indians, who makes the 3rd largest group. The Indians are quite socially divided. Larger number are the hard working laborers (lousiest available jobs), while the smaller half, are the lawyers, doctors and engineers. Right now also huge influx of IT specialists.
Anyway, this is an endless topic and I'm getting too much off the core subject of this post. We will find many opportunities to share stories. Right now my goal is to keep my family away from religion and continue to feel bad for my closest friends who fall victims to vicious laws of cruel "fairy tales", for violating them.
I don't understand why I never believed in Gods, growing up in Poland in very Christian family, but I do know I'm glad for that.
You guys have a nice weekend :) I'm going on to check few more of your posts, as I truly enjoy reading them.

Meantime, for your amusement, check some of the very recent happenings, in this so High Tech Country, with such so Low Tech people.


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