Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Religion Leads to Poor Ethics

Judge John E. Jones III ruled that it is unconstitutional for a Pennsylvania school district to present intelligent design in high school science courses because it is not science but merely religion.

Further, the judge issued this scathing commentary about two of the intelligent design proponents:

"It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the I.D. policy."

Unfortunately, it is really not ironic at all. Religion breeds corruption and evil. It is no coincidence that in this time when religious republicans have control of our government we are simultaneously in the midst of a culture of corruption. Religion, corruption and low ethics go hand in hand. Highly religious muslims are committing murder while christians are stealing and cheating and invading other countries on false pretenses. Religion and evil are twin brothers.

Has there ever been a time in the history of humanity when religion was powerful while corruption and evil were held in check? I don't think so. When religion ruled we had the dark ages and the inquisitions and the crusades and all manner of evil.

The periods of freedom from superstition coincided with an increase in ethics. The Rennaissance was also called the enlightenmen as well as the age of reason. These were periods of increasing ethics. Reason breeds ethics while religious superstition breeds evil.

It's a fact that few people are aware of - religion causes evil. Who would you trust to tell the truth and behave ethically - a nutty liberal who believes in his principles or a nut wearing his religion on his sleeve? I'm not a liberal because I believe in free enterprise, not socialism, but I definitely will trust liberal over some phony, smiling christian any day of the week.

Why does religion destroy ethics? Have you ever seen those bumper stickers that say, "I'm not perfect, just forgiven"? Isn't that just a way of saying, "I plan to do bad things and still feel good because I'm christian and god will forgive me"? Isn't that a predisposition for doing bad things? Isn't that way mafioso in Italy can murder in the morning and then ask forgivness in the afternoon and never feel guilt or remorse? Perhaps that's why the mafia comes from the same place as the catholic church. Religious people have it ingrained in their subconscious that if they cross an ethical boundary, they can always fall back on a backup plan - forgiveness. They know they can get rid of the guilt that nags them by praying and asking god for forgiveness. This ridiculous nonsense pre-wires the subconscious of the christian to be less concerned about violating ethics because they have a foolproof backup plan for eliminating guilt.

The notion that religion brings ethics to society is deeply wrong. The truth is - religion destroys ethics! Faith is evil, reason is sacred!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Condoleezza Rice says US secret prisons and extrajudicial rendition is saving European lives

Condoleezza Rice says US secret prisons and extrajudicial rendition is saving European lives so European leaders should not complain about or question the Bush regime.

That may or may not be true. But it is also true that if we let the police execute the bad guys on the spot at their own discretion it will greatly reduce crime. And considering the Bush regime's track record of incompetence and dishonesty, it's far more likely that the secret prisons have done nothing good for anyone.

And it's also true that if a brutal dictator rules Iraq, terrorism in Iraq could be nearly wiped out. That's why we didn't hear about foreign terrorists or insurgents in Iraq when Saddam was in power. Should we release Saddam Hussein to clean up Bush's mess? (Perhaps the Bush regime is planning to fake the escape of Saddam Hussein and let him regain power in Iraq in order to clean up the terrorist/insurgent disaster that Bush created while allowing Bush to get out of Iraq and save face?)

Condoleezza's logic appears to be this: "if we the government are stopping some terrorism then you the citizens of America and other countries should not complain about our methods." But by that logic Saddam Hussein was a fantastic leader!!! Far better than Bush in fact. The blatant stupidity of Condoleezza Rice's speech is just mind boggling! Either she is really stupid or else she thinks her audience is really stupid.

Come to think of it, if we accept her logic, why don't we let police, highway patrol, judges, senators, representatives, mayors, governors and city councilmen execute on the spot anyone they deem a public menace? Why bother with expensive, time-consuming jury trials?

The answer is - because government can't be trusted!!! Government has the legal power to kill you!!! Give too much power to any one person or any one department of the government and your right to life, liberty and property will be destroyed in the blink of an eye. That is the whole point of checks and balances. Do Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice have any understanding of this concept? Perhaps they simply believe they can pull the wool over our eyes.

The history of human civilization is all about kings, popes, dictators and mandarins grabbing and abusing dictatorial power. Civil rights are a recent and rare phoenomena in human history.

The whole point of the American Constitution is to LIMIT and CONTROL the power of our goverment because a government out of control is everyone's worst nightmare. An evil government is far more dangerous to us than all the terrorists in the world combined.