Larry David on religion.
Auction off the the Vatican, its artwork, its historical documents, and its artifacts for all they’re worth (500 billion - 1 trillion $s?). Use some of the cash to buy a small house somewhere, and the rest to feed/educate millions. That’ll help undo 1,500+ years of indoctrination, murder, and child molestation—-and “guarantee your way into heaven.”
Oh, what’s that? You’d rather tell poor, uneducated Africans not to use condoms? Yeah, that makes sense I guess.
Actions speak louder than words.
Let me just tell you something— for hundreds and thousands of years, this kind of discussion would have been impossible to have, or those like us would have been having it at the risk of our lives. Religion now comes to us in this smiley-face ingratiating sort of way— because it’s had to give so much ground and because we know so much more. But you’ve no right to forget the way it behaved when it was strong, and when it really did believe it had god on it’s side.Christopher Hitchens
Since you think there is such an inordinate amount of bias against the synonyms for Christians and atheists, what do you propose to replace them with? What is synonymous with "Christian" or "atheist" other than the things listed? Or do you just mean you want to project your bias into the synonyms, instead of the actual etymological and social contexts?
Okay, this is interesting. For those who don’t know, scroll back through my tumbleblogs a bit and you will spot a post regarding the bias I found in the global online thesaurus.
“…you want to project your bias into the synonyms, instead of the actual etymological and social contexts?”
I would love to know exactly what “bias” you are referring to? I didn’t suggest that the synonyms be flipped so that “atheist” would now be synonymous with “fair, fitting, good, and high-principled” among the many other ridiculous Christian “synonyms”.
It is outraging that you accuse me of bias when how clearly it is the other way around. Where does my lack of mindless belief in supernatural powers lend itself to “nihilist, cynic, pessimist, and materialist”? The “social context” you refer to is a complete fabrication by the Christian community. A thesaurus is supposed to list related concepts, not Christian propaganda and hatred towards “infidels”.
I suppose that if the thesaurus worked your way and I happened to dislike chocolate, I would be 100% correct and unbiased when I listed chocolate to have synonyms such as: disgusting, repulsive, and unsavory. In fact, if anyone dared to question my synonyms I should post anonymously on their wall complaining of their bias as a chocolate lover, because obviously they don’t respect the “actual etymological and social contexts”.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.Carl Sagan
If you agree that, in the absence of God, you would commit robbery, rape, and murder, you reveal yourself as an immoral person, and we would be well advised to steer a wide course around you. If, on the other hand, you admit that you would continue to be a good person even when not under divine surveillance, you have fatally undermined your claim that God is necessary for us to be good.Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (via atheistinspiration)
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