It’s one of my favorite topics to tackle and one that has proven to be taboo – religion. Why is it such a taboo? Why do people feel so strongly for or against it? What about the people who seem to be on the fence or those who just don’t give a damn about it? Many films, books, and songs have been done in the name of, or against, religion and belief in the supernatural. Yes, it’s a subject that’s been beaten to death, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves just how stupid religion really is. There you have it. It is my bias and I am very confident in what I believe. Call it arrogance or misplaced faith, but I’ve come from the other camp, had a few years of being on the fence, and am on the free-thinking or rational side. Tonight I’ll be hosting another radio show so don’t forget to call in and lambast me with your irrational thoughts! I’ll be updating this post after the show to recap. Follow the link to listen to the show between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. on January 10.

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Yes, I am chalking this one up to religion because I am unafraid to say it: I am a staunch atheist and agree with Christopher Hitchens when he says, “Religion poisons everything.” One of the most recent and tragic acts committed in the name of religion and Islamic law is the stoning of a 13-year-old girl who begged for her life after she was raped. One observer said the young girl cried out, “Don’t kill me, don’t kill me!” 50 men soon went on to stone her to death. What’s worse is there were about 1,000 people who sat and witnessed the poor little girl’s horrid fate. Imagine how helpless the child must have felt being buried with only her head exposed as those religious fanatics committed what they believe is acceptable by Islamic law.

How did it ever get this far, you ask? Well, whatever drove those men to lie is beyond me, but the story allegedly begins with a 23-year-old woman who confessed to adultery. Why a woman would do such a thing, knowing what punishment awaits her, is beyond me (though it didn’t actually happen) – but how one stretches the truth in order to stone a little girl to death is even more despicable (much like religion itself). There was never a 23-year-old woman involved; the girl was only 13 years old and she didn’t commit adultery. If being raped by three men weren’t enough, authorities managed to turn the story around. Much to the demise of the little girl and saving embarrassment for the rapists, no one faced or owned up to the truth.

I dare any reader to contend that religion had anything to do with this. Religion has been responsible for unborn babies being slashed out of stomachs. Religious fanatics have been responsible for murdering girlfriends and beating boyfriends simply because they were found in a car together, unaccompanied. Islamic fanatics are the reason planes flew into the World Trade Center and hypocritical Christians are the reason that war ensued in Afghanistan and Iraq shortly thereafter. And now, a poor child is gone forever and ever because of a bunch of bastards who subscribe to ridiculous laws and use religion to propogate their perverse world.

Yes, religion poisons everything.

Via BBC

It seemed, to me anyway, that Barack Obama hadn’t spent as much time attacking McCain as McCain did Obama. Well, now that election day is drawing near and the McCain train isn’t letting up, Obama’s party has decided to do some smearing of their own. Finally! Over the weekend, Sarah Palin (the uneducated, hockey-mom, creationist that she is) accused Barack Obama of being associated with terrorists. She wasn’t referring to Osama Bin Laden, however, and instead talked about Obama’s history with Bill Ayers. Clever way to use the word “terrorist,” bitch. Sure, Ayers was a violent activist in the past, but he now holds the title “Distinguished Professor” at the University of Chicago and has since done a hell of a lot for educational reform.

The problem is your run-of-the-mill, ignorant, corn-fed Americans who are rootin’ for Palin and McCain (yes, I purposely named them in that order) believe all this garbage and fail to do research. So, Palin can muck around and hide behind that condescending smile while ignorant men of the States can think of nothing else but to defile her in ways unknown to most but those in protective custody and Catholic priests. This is how religious zealots are ruining the country: Corrupt and “religious” bureaucrats appeal to the religious fanatics (many of whom believe dinosaurs co-existed with man, the earth is 5,000 years old, and that ghosts and witches exist) and their personal beliefs find their way into our legislature.

Anyway, Barack has finally struck with accusations that connect McCain with a financial scandal during the 1980’s. McCain was part of the Keating Five, which was a group of 5 senators involved in the Charles Keating securities fraud. Even McCain has admitted that it was the “worst mistake of my life.”

Given the state of the economy and the massive recession the country is facing, Obama certainly struck while the iron was hot. This attack against McCain very loosely ties him with the people and the institutions responsible for our current financial crisis. Seriously, you know the nation is headed for pure, unadulterated shit if this decrepit old man and Puritan running mate make it into office.

[Via BBC]