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The Slavery Of Christianity

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , on January 7, 2013 by RJ Evans

Slave-shackles-Does-the-Bible-condone-slaveryRecently 60,000 Christian youth from all over the world gathered in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for the “Passion 2013″ conference “…to shine a light on modern-day slavery”.  To some of you this might sound like a noble cause.  But, it’s truly far from it.  Religion’s number one requirement is slaves.  Indeed, the Christian religion is NOT a vehicle to freedom and liberty for all or human rights, and far from a shining example of compassion or empathy for the downtrodden and abused of humanity.  In fact, Christianity THRIVES on the downtrodden and abused. Literally scammed into believing their lot in life will be better under the lash of a skyfairy, millions of people are led from the bondage of circumstance to the bondage of religion.

On The Christian Plantation

Christianity operates from the premise that one must spend a lifetime of indentured servitude to the skybaby, at the very least.  At the most, the human being is considered to be the slave of the skyking, and under the threat of everlasting torment (the pain of the lash?) if someone tries to escape, or decides to serve another slave master of dubious divinity. On the Christian plantation, slavery isn’t just part and parcel of scripture, being a slave to the skyfairy is the only way one can achieve the pinnacle of heaven.

Before I proceed, let’s take a quick look some definitions for the words “slave”, “slavery”, “indentured” and “servitude”.

From Dictionary.com

slave -
1.a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant.
2.a person entirely under the domination of some influence or person.

slavery -
1.the condition of a slave; bondage.
2.the keeping of slaves as a practice or institution.

indentured -
1.a deed or agreement executed in two or more copies with edges correspondingly indented as a means of identification.
2.any deed, written contract, or sealed agreement.
3.a contract by which a person, as an apprentice, is bound to service.

servitude -
1.slavery or bondage of any kind: political or intellectual servitude.
2.compulsory service or labor as a punishment for criminals: penal servitude.

These definitions are important to this discussion.  Therefore, any argument put forth by the believer must take into consideration the accepted definition of these words.  With this in mind, there are those who will quickly jump into the “free will” counter and posit that slaves don’t choose to be slaves. But, I argue that the definition of the words “slave” and “slavery” above cover this quite nicely. Christianity uses the threats of hellfire, damnation, eternal torment, and outright death. There’s plenty of incentive for a person to work the fields of the Christian Plantation when their future hangs in the balance. If a person is sufficiently frightened, terrified, bullied, made to feel inferior… their “free will” is about as useless as a comb to a bald guy.

The Doctrine of Christian Slavery

The bible is perhaps one of the best places to justify slavery of any kind.  No matter how you slice and dice it, cherry pick it, and/or sterilize it, there’s no escaping the foundational principles for slavery laid out in the bible’s Ten Commandments.  Just take a look at the first four commandments of the King James version of the Bible. Touted as the end all be all foundation of the American system of law and government by the Talibangelical Religious Reich, these four imperative directives are dripping with implied threats to the Christian slave.

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  But, it doesn’t stop there.  After serving the master for an entire human lifetime, those that ascend to join the skyfairy in heaven must serve him for eternity.


Slaves codes in the Deep South were a list of rules that governed the slave and, believe it or not, the slave owner. Here are a few examples of the rules that slaves had to live by, and my notes in italics that show the uncanny similarities to the Christian religion:

From Wikipedia

Deep South

Slaves were forbidden to leave the owner’s property, unless accompanied by a white person, or obtaining permission.

(You can’t go anywhere without Jesus/God looking over your shoulder. You should probably pray (ask) for permission to do something you want to do before hand.)

If a slave leaves the owner’s property without permission, “every white person” is required to chastise such slaves.

(Chastising, Shaming, Guilt, brought to you by your church’s congregation, the preacher, Jesus/God.  You should  have prayed for permission.  But even then, there’s no guarantee.)

Any slave attempting to run away and leave the colony (later, state) receives the death penalty.

(Covered in the bible multiple times.  Walk away from the skytyrant and skybaby and it’s curtains!)

Any slave who evades capture for 20 days or more is to be publicly whipped for the first offense; branded with   the letter R on the right cheek for the second offense; and lose one ear if absent for thirty days for the third offense; and castrated for the fourth offense.

(Another one that’s covered multiple times in the bible.  I don’t have space to list all of them.  Try actually reading the fucking thing yourself!)

The South Carolina slave code was revised in 1739 with the following amendments:

No slave shall be taught to write, work on Sunday, or work more than 15 hours per day in Summer, and 14 hours in Winter.

A fine of one hundred dollars and six months in prison are imposed for teaching a slave to read and write, and death is the penalty for circulating incendiary literature.

(Remember the story of Adam and Eve, the Serpent and eating from the Tree of Knowledge? Knowledge bad!!!!!)

Conclusion

I could write an entire book on this subject.  But, I’m not interested in having to swallow any more of the Christian shit than is needed to hammer home the obvious.  Christianity is Slavery.  It’s bad enough that we have to deal with Christians, of all stripes,  that actually think they are righteous in their biblical screed of love and forgiveness, when in fact it always reveals the massive hypocrisy of their belief system.  And it’s even more disgusting whenever they speak of freeing people from the “bonds of slavery”.   Sure.  Trade one slave master for another! Freedom and Liberty for all is NOT attainable under the thumb of any slave owner.  Human or Divine.  God and Jesus, Allah, Yahweh… whatever entity people believe in… they are ALL slave owners, reflections of human arrogance, byproducts of ancient human dictators who sought to dominate and control those who were gullible, naive, and afraid.  The folly continues today.  And that is a very sad comment on what the future of religious slavery may hold.  Don’t be a slave. There is no slave owner (god).  Set yourself free.

A Nation Of Pissers And Moaners

Posted in Politics, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by RJ Evans

(Editorial Comment from  host RJ Evans on his American Heathen® radio show – Air Date 06/17/11)

As Governor Rick Perry of Texas rallies for a national religious revival with “The Response”, and as perspective candidates – of whom Perry is one – jockey for the coveted position of Presidential hopeful of the Christian Nationalist Party (GOP), the economy, jobs, healthcare, and a whole shit load of other problems continue to plague the country.  Now, more than ever according to the Right, is a time for prayer and reflection to save our country from its perils.  “Pray to jesus”, they say.  “Turn to god” they insist.  The fear factory of the CNP is running at full capacity, trying to frighten the masses into jumping headlong into the boiling caldron of jesus juice. The foundation of our Democratic Republic, Separation of Church and State, the most sacred of our principles, the nation’s life-preserver, is being scrapped, thrown away and replaced with the cement shoes of theocratic design.  Governor Rick Perry has made an offer no one can refuse, and he has absolutely no regard for anyone or anything that stands in his way.  Including the Constitution. More than just a minor violation of the most important aspect of our Constitution, Perry is literally out to “convert” everyone to christianity.  And, it is claimed, the nation will find the answers in jesus and be better off for it.

Prayer? Really? Nothing fails like prayer.  But, don’t try to tell anyone who believes in the ancient skybaby that prayer is nothing but a personal piss and moan fest.  All they care about is how good they feel when their prayer bladders are empty.  Fuck the rest of the country.  But, that’s the way it’s supposed to work.  The nation’s problems are no match for the power of prayer when believers come together to pray.  Right?  You know, I find the whole idea of prayer during a national crisis analogous to a bunch of firefighters showing up at a five alarm blaze, whipping their dicks out, and then pissing on the flames.  Yeah sure… it must feel good to relieve themselves, but while they dribble, shake, and then moan in personal satisfaction, the whole fucking building burns to the ground.

Unfortunately, America has become a nation of pissers and moaners.  It’s all about personal satisfaction without personal responsibility.  Even the moderate christians insist that prayer can solve problems.  But, in the meantime, nothing ever gets done, problems still exist, and no one has the fortitude to actually do something to solve the problems this country faces.  In fact, whether the problems are personal or otherwise, it seems that a shit load of people would rather piss and moan (pray) their way through life and blame the lack of answers to their pissing and moaning (prayers) on those who don’t piss and moan.

So, if you believe in the skybaby go ahead and piss and moan, or as I call it ‘pray and make yourself feel better’.  Go ahead.  Put a stream of useless mythological skybaby urine on the massive, out of control reality blaze.  Go ahead and moan in personal relief when your prayer bladder is empty.  But, don’t piss and moan when there’s nothing left to piss and moan about.  Because, quite frankly, you’re the one who pissed it all away.

Get Them While They’re Young

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , , , on May 31, 2011 by RJ Evans

The following is a video produced by TheThinkingAtheist.  Children are the easiest targets for religious indoctrination.

They’re Making Christianity Look Bad?

Posted in Politics, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by RJ Evans

(Editorial Comment from  host RJ Evans on his American Heathen® radio show – Air Date 05/20/11)

The campaign to promote the end of the world, the “Rapture”, the “Second Coming”, or whatever the hell you want to call it, has created quite a frenzy.  From simple billboard advertising and personal vehicle graffiti to mainstream media coverage, the doomsday cult of christianity is marching forward to the beat of the very same drum that all christians fall into lockstep with.  The return of jesus and the proverbial “jesus is coming” cadence.  While only a few denominational and non-denominational versions of skydaddy worship have stepped up to the plate to take a swing at predicting the return of the skybaby, many more have simply refused any declarations.

It’s not surprising to me that this particular instance of doomsday prophecy has become so viral.  Consider the fact that the Internet is a big contributor to the propagation of this new doomsday, zero hour, jebus is coming, the end times are here, message.  Add to this the fact that mainstream media is uninterested and incapable of covering important, relevant issues of international and domestic concern, and bullshit of this sort is bound to become the talk of the town.  But, there are two things that really stand out about this particular non-story.  One is the fact that, for the most part, the rest of the world is blind to this supposed momentous earth-shattering event, and the second is that there are some 44,000 denominations who are ignoring the whole fucking thing.  However, there are rumblings within the christian community of discontent with this new and improved message of rapture.  And tonight, I want to talk about that.

I came across a couple of stories this past week that examined the response of the christian community, as a whole, to the doomsday prophecy.  What caught my eye were comments from some leaders of various christian denominations around the country.  In general, the comments were critical of the whole idea of the rapture and knowing the exact date when christ is alleged to return.  One comment, in particular, really attracted my attention.  It said, “This is making christianity look bad”.  I about fell out of my seat when I read it.  Look bad?  Really!  I had to ask myself, ‘When did christianity ever look good to begin with?’

Christianity has really never had a legitimate claim to looking good in any sense of the word.  When one considers the rampant hypocrisy that runs through the religion, like the raging massive flood of a river, the mere thought that christianity looks good is beyond appalling.  It’s downright fucked up! Don’t believe me?  Well, let’s take a quick look at just a few examples of “looking good” shall we?  Let’s start with some everyday christian boners.  How about abortion rights, gay marriage, homophobia, intelligent design, christian nation, xenophobia, manifest destiny, American exceptionalism, dominionism, religious bigotry, islamophobia, racism, anti-sexuality, anti-secularism, sexual abuse and discrimination? And,this is just a partial list!  And christians are worried about how good they look?

Christianity has an image problem alright.  Yeah, atheists, agnostics, and secular individuals will always see the reality of christian bullshit. But, christianity’s real public relations problem is with itself.  If christianity really wanted to “look good”, it wouldn’t bitch, moan and complain about itself.  It would have a unified set of beliefs and interpretations of the holy book.  Christians wouldn’t strangle themselves with their own hypocrisy, and they most certainly wouldn’t continue to multiply their denominational divisions at the speed of the fastest growing cancer cells. But, none of this will ever happen.  Ever.  Christianity, for all its claims of being the end all be all religion, the true purveyor of truth and godly justice in the world, is nothing more than a sham.  And, as with all shams, there will always be someone who has a better idea on how to sell sand of christianity to thirsty, ignorant people. And, there will always be thirsty people, suckers, who will believe christian sand is thirst quenching.

The bottom line is that christianity has an image problem, and always will, because its utter bullshit.  Period.  If christianity can’t agree on the message and the messenger, then it has to be reasonably deduced that neither the message or the messenger ever existed in the first place.  Therefore any image problem is the result of not having an image in the first place.  Christianity looks bad because it is bad.  How fucking simple is that?  Oh I know… They’re not really christian.  You know… that’s what really does make you look bad.

From Fringe to Respectable?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by RJ Evans

(Editorial Comment from the American Heathen® radio show – Air Date 06/25/10)

What makes one religion fringe and another respectable?  What is it that causes this differentiation between myths?  Is there a written list of rules that delineates which religion is palatable and another not?  And, who made up these rules?  Even more than that, how does believing in a sky-daddy make someone “respectable” when there isn’t a shred of evidence for a skydaddy that deserves respect?

You see it everyday in the news.  “Joe or Suzy Q. Public is a respectable church going citizen.” or “Joe or Suzy Q. Public was a well-respected guy or girl who attended church, participated in church functions…” Respectability, assured for blindly believing in fairy-tales?

Time and time again the media, and society, paint popular religion as respectable, negating to disclose the massive flaws, prejudices, bigotry, hatred, lies and deceit that flow daily from these temples of tripe.  But then, in the same breath, they suddenly have the nerve to call other religions “fringe” or “cults” when other methods of worship conflict with the current popular religious meme, or flavor of the moment.  If the theology or method of practice of one religion insults someone, the offending party is immediately called to task, labeled as “fringe” or a “cult” and then is ridiculed and/or condemned. Any religious practice that doesn’t fit the cultural pigeon hole is trashed as false, useless, nonsensical, despicable, archaic, horrific, barbaric, murderous, illegal… the list goes on forever.  The hypocrisy of this endeavor is hard to ignore.  One myth calling another myth a myth, a cult… fringe?

Let’s define what a cult is.  According to dictionary.com the word “cult” is defined as follows:

Cult (noun)
1.A particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.

2.An instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.

3.The object of such devotion.

4.A group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.

5.Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.

6.A religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.

7.The members of such a religion or sect.

8.Any system for treating human sickness that originated by a person usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature of disease, and that employs methods regarded as unorthodox or unscientific.

WOW! By ANY of the above definitions of the word “cult” ALL religions are cults!  Unless you are completely ignorant of language and definitions, you can’t deny that ALL religions are cults!  Period!  Ah, but here is where the hypocrisy really shines folks!  And hypocrisy always reveals the lies.  The “pot calling the kettle black” is standard practice for religion of any stripe.  In this country, the United States of America, it is christianity that holds the hypocrisy title.  With over 44,000+ denominations calling themselves christian, is it really all that difficult to see how idiotic the whole idea of one version calling another version a “cult” or “fringe” is? But, that is exactly what happens.  I can’t tell you how many people, claiming christianity as their faith, have said to me “That’s not christian” when told about any myriad of interpretations of their bible… interpretations from mainstream popular religious memes!  But, it gets even more confusing and interesting when the history of christianity is brought up in conversation.  Denial, apologies, and “That’s not christian” are just some of the lame excuses that flow from the mouths of the faithful when the history of christianity is brought to the fore.

The history of christianity is soaked in the blood of innocents.  It is a wretched, vile, despicable history of domination, conquest, torture and cold-blooded murder.  Everyday christians either ignore their religious history, or have no idea what it is.  But, it is the history of christianity that tells a tale of the power of myth, and the horror that comes with it.  It is in the history of christianity that we discover the underpinnings of why the words “fringe”, “cult” and “respectable” are so easily thrown about in the christian world.  Today, the same methodologies are applied to the use of these words.  It’s as simple as this, “If you don’t believe the way I do…” Whether it’s protestant versus catholic, protestant versus protestant, catholic versus catholic, or  any of the 44,000+ denominations, you will find conflict between doctrines, practices, ideals, beliefs. What is “respectable” and what is “fringe” or “cult” are as varied as the dogmas that create them.  With so much division, hatred, bigotry, discrimination… is there really such a thing as “respectable” when it comes to any version of christianity?

The facts speak for themselves.  Christianity is a cult.  In the 21st century it is an anachronism, archaic, barbaric, murderous, ignorant, and blind.  It is fringe… far removed from reason and logic of humanity.  It is not respectable, nor does it possess a single redeeming quality that would even hint at respectability.  It deserves no respect and should be treated as a disease of the human mind that threatens the future of our species.

Gay Scientists Isolate Christian Gene!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by RJ Evans

Will the wonders of scientific discovery ever cease?  Thanks to John and Chuck for this one.

Prayer is Murder

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by RJ Evans

Within the last year or so there have been several high profile murder cases brought to the fore involving “faith healing”.  Innocent children, victims of “faith healing” parents whose selfishness and zealotry take precedence over good responsible parenting, are murdered.  These children are denied appropriate medical treatment in the name of a skydaddy and face cold blooded murder at the hands of their parents and religion.  Sadly, in some States, this kind of murder is legal.

Religion kills thousands of people every day.  Throughout the world, people are murdered for religion, in the name of religion, or for speaking out against it.  This is nothing new.  But, how many die as a result of faith healers and their hollow, ignorant prayers?  How many children, already slaves to their parents beliefs, are abused, neglected, and enslaved by the irresponsibility of adults who live in a religious delusion?  Thousands?  Tens of thousands?  Hundreds of thousands?  Millions?  Without a doubt, there is no such thing as an acceptable number.  Even one person or child prayed for/murdered in the name of a skydaddy is cause for reaction.  “Faith healing”/praying IS murder if it results in the death of an individual.

In my post “Suffer the Children of Religion” I wrote about the fact that children are pawns for religious idiocy.  They are victims of religious dogma, thrust upon them by parents who take pride in ignorance and zealotry over logic, reason and science.  Parents who raise children as mirrors of their own religious beliefs ARE abusers, religious pedophiles whose sole purpose is to demean, subjugate, enslave, and mentally rape their children.  Now, add to the already despicable acts I just mentioned, the horrific act of  “faith healing”, and you can add murder to the parent’s list of crimes.  Now, enter the State.  Some States allow the better known religions leeway when it comes to the matter of “faith healing” and the law.  Religion, already exempt from taxes, bathed in legal protections (some legitimate, some not), has a “get out of jail free” card in some instances of “faith healing”.  The lesser known religions, now in sharp focus over the “faith healing” issue, have suddenly become a target for prosecutors who are finding it difficult to know where the Constitutional line of religious freedom is drawn.  When does freedom to practice religious belief cross the line to abuse and murder?

The answer is simple from my perspective.  The line is drawn at fact.  The fact is that prayer is bullshit.  Prayer does not work.  It does not work because there is no such thing as a god.  Therefore, ignorance of this FACT should not preclude ANY prosecutor from filing charges of neglect, abuse and/or murder under any and all circumstances where a child’s health and welfare are jeopardized by religious beliefs.  Is it not heinous  and despicable enough that the law protects parents, allowing them to indoctrinate, program, subjugate, enslave, and mentally abuse their children with religion to begin with?  Do we really have to throw these fuckheads a bone and let them pray their kids to death?  I say charge these godidiots with pre-meditated, first degree murder.  Make them face the consequences for their murderous ways.  To do otherwise is making murder palatable.  And, as I’ve said many times before, religion makes all things that are humanly reprehensible, acceptable and palatable.   All one has to do is hide behind the mythological shield of a supreme being to make anything legal.

Iran: A View of America’s Future?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by RJ Evans

The events in Iran underscore the dangers of religion and political copulation.  The two intertwined in a self-righteous fuck fest ultimately lead to a form of theocratic fascism, and eventually a civil uprising, a revolution of the people whose lives and freedoms have become cannon fodder for religious zealotry.  The Republican Right, the religious right, the conservative mullahs of America, are seeing in Iran the results of religious oppression.  And yet, they claim some moral high ground when it comes to calling for Obama to intervene in some way? And in the name of freedom?  How hypocritical!  But, is that really surprising?

An acquaintance of mine said awhile back that America is not more religious now than it was in the very early years of it’s history.  I beg to differ.  I offer the following link to an article by Frank Schaeffer, a former bible thumper, as Exhibit #1

The Republican Party, and their bigotry, firmly set the stage for a showdown with freedom in the 1950’s with the opening of the McCarthyism door, the Red Scare, and the Republicans call to set America apart from the “Godless Communists”.  Fear has always been their game.  Enter religious zealots.  In the late 70’s and early eighties, the religious right purchased clout from their hateful brethren, the Republican party.   And the rest, they say, is history.  Check out this book by former conservative bible thumper Kevin Phillips, “American Theocracy”.  Exhibit #2 It explains in detail the debauchery of religious influence in Washington.  Read… and then tell me how non-religious America is!

The ‘New’ Lord’s Prayer (revised edition)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 14, 2009 by RJ Evans

Here’s a wonderfully blasphemous revision of the Lord’s Prayer.  I take great delight in your offense.  ENJOY!

Our skydaddy, whose racket is heaven
Hollow is thy way
Thine kingdom’s crumbs, thine ways be dumb
But on earth as it is in our delusion.

Give us this day our daily hate
And forgive us because we really are that stupid
As we condemn those who don’t believe with us
And lead us not into personal responsibility, but deliver us to evil
For thine is the power of the anus, in the bowels of a story
Forever and ever

Amen

Wonderfully poetic!  And closer to the truth than the previous version, don’t you think?  Enjoy the Sabbath!

The Delusion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by RJ Evans

The delusion of a skydaddy is wrought with error, supposition, lies and deceit.  It is the greatest joke ever played on man, by man.  It is a vile, despicable horror played out in blood, suffering, fear, and control…all in the name of a fiction.

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic; homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully”

- Richard Dawkins-  “The God Delusion” Chapter 2

“The Christian God is a being of terrific character – cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust”

-Thomas Jefferson-

“Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched.  Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion.  Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”

-Thomas Jefferson-  Letter to his nephew, Peter Carr  1787

From the civil arenas to the political, the desperate cry for help does not come from those afflicted with the disease of religion, but from those who seek knowledge through evidence, logic and reason.   It is a cry for sensibility where there is little.  It is a cry for reason when there is little.  The skydaddy delusion has never been innocent.  It is guilty, in all its forms, of reprehensible acts in infinite degrees.  Argue if you will from an outdated lie.  But, reason, logic and science will continue to prevail.

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