Religion = Terrorism

Throughout the history of mankind religion has been a core source of terrorism,  along with nationalism, in the quest to effect change in political views and legislation.  The primary goal of religious terror is to instill fear in those who oppose its world view, and to destroy those who speak or act out against it.  When the godidiots of Islam flew jets into the World Trade Towers on 9/11, the promise of an afterlife with beautiful virgins was the enticement.  And, it was blind faith in this vision of an afterlife that motivated these men to commit a murderous suicide in the name of a skydaddy.  Make no mistake, ANYONE who believes in a skydaddy is equally equipped to carry out this type of terror.  All it takes is “faith”.  No more, no less.  Yet, so many in the United States  ignore the obvious because they claim to ascribe to a higher, more civilized standard of religious belief and tolerance.  With every scientific discovery, with every court decision handed down in support of  Separation of Church and State, with each breath of the non-believer driving the intellectual screw into the heart of religious belief, the stage is being set for a violent clash between freedom and religion.  The believer is forced deeper into the “faith escape” and driven closer to avenging their skydaddy and their ridiculous delusion.  The act of terror will become a means to an end for the christards.  Whether or not they do so through direct acts against those who oppose them, or through the halls of government, they will eventually self-fulfill a prophecy of armagedon/rapture/second coming, and a fictitious afterlife in heaven.

I highly recommend that anyone reading this check out the movie “Religulous” by Bill Maher.  I also highly recommend “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins.  The evidence presented in these two works is compelling and should illuminate the issue of religion and its stranglehold on people and governments, it’s direct relation to terror, and the potential outcomes of holding onto archaic, ignorant, useless skydaddy beliefs.

In a nut shell, the godidiots will happily hasten the demise of the human species.

Now, there are those who will accuse me of trying to usurp the U.S. Constitution.  There are those who would say that I’m against religion.  Against religion?.  Yes, religion should be eradicated with a caveat.  The caveat?  In an IDEAL world.  Unfortunately, and fortunately, I’m a realist.  Utopia is fiction, whether for the believer or non-believer.  Therefore, the idea of no religion is mute.  As to the Constitution, I stand firmly behind it.  The citizens of the United States have a right to believe whatever they want.  Note, I said BELIEVE.  They don’t have the right to intimidate, legislate or discriminate against those who don’t ascribe to their brand of worship or non-worship.  They have the right to be heard by those who WANT to hear from them.  They have the right to be ignored by those who DON’T want to hear from them.  In other words, keep the bullshit to themselves.  Go ahead and let them wallow in their religious bullshit in their home, in their church, and in their private schools.  Keep religious displays off public property, out of government offices and out of public schools.  Let them pray quietly wherever the hell they want, as long as it’s not on government time or as a group in a public school led by public school employees.  Their religion is THEIR business and has no place in a secular society.  I don’t want to hear about their skydaddy.  I don’t want their useless prayers.  I don’t want their bullshit spread like a virus through the halls of government.  America is NOT a christard nation.  These things I’ll defend.  And I’ll defend them with my life if needed.

Now, if christards decide to attempt acts of terror (and I consider evangelism of any kind an act of terror) I will be more than happy to show them the error of their ways.  Religious terror, to me anyway, is anything that forces religious beliefs upon the SECULAR foundation of this country, or upon those who do not subscribe to a particular brand of belief.  In fact I consider telling anyone, who does not believe as you, that you will pray or are praying for them, an act of terror, and I will engage these acts with the proper response.  My  response will be verbally vicious, with a secret hope that they will escalate to a more viable means of shutting their fucking mouth.

Terror is not a game, and I take it seriously.  I live peacefully and quietly under the Constitution of the United States.  But, I’ll defend it vigorously and without reproach.  Tread upon it with the shit stained feet of religious belief, and I will answer loudly.  Religion unchecked IS an act of terror.

8 Responses to “Religion = Terrorism”

  1. I like reading your posts, unfortunatley, I believe that each side is “preaching to the choir”. Anyone with some sense, a bit of reading, a basic understanding of science and a little knowledge of history understands that ALL religions are scams and that there is NO DEBATE between Science and religion. Good luck with your site, though I doubt you will convince (convert) many who weren’t already seeing through the religion’s veil.

  2. “In a nut shell, the godidiots will happily hasten the demise of the human species.”

    I agree with your general premise, but it’s a bit harsh, no? How do you respond to the multitude of charities founded around religious ideals or faith groups? Granted, such groups are more inefficient at what they do than are secular ones, and religion-inspired “terror” throughout history has dwarfed such charitable efforts. Classifying all religious thinkers (if you’re even willing to call them that) as “terrorists,” especially when 86 percent of America is made up of such people, seems unjustified.

  3. POTENTIAL terrorists. Important to distinguish. The potential is there. Even IF 86% (a suspect number) claim christianity as their religion, there must be a significant number of them that will abandon their faith in the wake of acts that underline the nature of belief and its lack of evidence. As to charities…While there MAY be some that give freely, without exception to belief, the motives are driven by conversion through evangelical means. The easiest targets for conversion are those who are down and out. Feed them, clothe them and lend them an ear, and they will follow.

    BTW… Thanks to beyondtheflock and ht for the excellent comments.

  4. 15% of Americans claimed to not be religious according to http://blogs.ajc.com/chatter/2009/03/09/is-the-united-states-losing-its-religion/ leaving 85% (1% off, sorry) as religious (though not necessarily christian.)

    Seriously, though? When you say “potential,” what does that mean? I don’t think most religious people would turn into terrorists at the drop of a hat. People just aren’t that dedicated. Mind you, there will always be cults that are able to take advantage of those with preexisting delusional tendencies (radical Islam, suicide cults, so forth), but to claim that the average clean-shaven suburbian churchgoer is a potential terrorist seems to me a bit extreme.

    Good point with the charities. I took a careful look at a church budget once and it turned out that out of all the money and pledges they got, something like 3 percent went for charitable purposes. Not efficient, to be sure.

  5. “Faith” creates potential. The common thread for all religions is the promise of an afterlife. Richard Dawkins has a couple of great quotes, “These people actually believe what they believe” and “As long as we accept the principle that religious faith must be respected simply because it is religious faith, it is hard to withhold respect from the faith of Osama bin Laden and the suicide bombers.” Dawkins also goes on to say, “The teachings of ‘moderate’ religion, thought not extremist in themselves, are an open invitation to extremism.” The open invitation is life after death. As “faith” is a product of the individual, and not one of a shared quality, quantity, or definition, the individuals motivation will vary based upon this. However, a recent study in Psychological Science suggests that “suicide attacks are an extreme form of ‘parochial altruism’, combining a parochial act (the attacker killing members from other groups) with altruism (the attacker sacrificing themselves for the group).” The study went on to say, “The researchers found that the relationship between religion and support for suicide attacks is real but is unrelated to devotion to particular religious beliefs or religious belief in general. Instead, collective religious ritual appears to facilitate parochial altruism in general and support for suicide attacks in particular.” You can find the article about the study here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090218161949.htm

  6. I would also like to add that the danger I elude to is not one of ‘everyone’ turning into a terrorist. I’m simply stating that the “potential” is there and is real. If we look at the atrocities of the Third Reich, we can see how the majority of the population of Germany did not ascribe to Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’, but they went along anyway. It can be argued that they might have done so out of fear, but the group mentality (read nationalism) has tremendous power. Religion is no different. The human being, while reasoned most of the time, has the capacity for less than reasonable thoughts and actions. Religion, devoid of reason and based in faith, opens the door wider. A simple example of a non-religious event would be riots in American cities following national championship games in sports. Average citizens, caught up in the frenzy of celebration, doing things that, under any other circumstance, would be unthinkable.

  7. You make some good points, both with your main argument and with the rebuttals. But there is something missing with the equation. It’s not enough that one has faith or a religious belief. Manipulation is needed as well to convince people that they’re on the “right side” no matter what happens. A certain level of trust has to be built up along the way. Some charitable actions, running a soup kitchen, setting up college funds, helping those in need, that sort of stuff. And all the while, spreading the message that “we’re right” and “we’re the ones with the truth”.

    Let’s not forget denial, because once you build up that trust, people don’t want to think any ill because of it. You use the German sentiments as an example, but how many of them seriously believed the atrocities being carried out? How many of them dismissed the atrocities as being wartime propaganda from an enemy willing to say anything to demoralize them? Sure they’ll believe the hate, but there is a difference between that and saying that they would believe in, never mind endorse, the methodical actions that were carried out that sent millions to their deaths in the concentration camps.

    And the ones that actually DID the atrocities would tell you that they normally wouldn’t be so evil… that they were simply following orders. They were conditioned to ignore right or wrong and just do what they were told to do, and as long as they did that, they wouldn’t be held accountable for it.

    A lot of what goes into creating the conditions for terrorism rest with salesmanship and manipulation. And you don’t really need to go back fifty years to see examples of this. The past fifteen-to-twenty years would give you some good examples of a more domesticated model. Paul Hill, Clayton Lee Waagoner, Eric Robert Rudolph… these folks didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to become a threat to society because they were bored. And in the case of Rudolph, the Olympic Park Bomber himself, he wouldn’t have been allowed to hide for as long as he did if not for the fact that there were others that agreed with his stances, even if they didn’t agree with his methods.

  8. David2,

    Good points. I will however posit that Nationalism and Religion use the same methods. And, they also mix well together, as we have seen here in the U.S. since the 80’s. The two have been relatively inseparable, and it is this notion of the unification of the two that brings with it the motivation you speak of. Essentially, fascism as we just discussed on the phone.

    Thanks for the post.

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