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Scientology becomes PC

I find that other people can often express something better than I can! Very frustrating!! Yesterday I spotted this on a blog:

“An absurd and sinister cult, created in the latter half of the 20th century by a charlatan, based on an obviously fabricated and nonsensical narrative of the creation of humans and the universe, is now a tax exempt religion.”

Yes, indeed. The stupefyingly-soggy British establishment – this time in the form of a bunch of judges – has decided that Scientology must now be considered as “a religion” ……

…. whereas it is of course more accurately described in the blog extract above. However, this all raises an extremely interesting semantic question. What is the difference between a religion and a cult? (which was Scientology’s official status until yesterday – a day being a long time in religion.)

I have very good Christian friends, and while I would not wish to insult them it is impossible to avoid the truth – AS ONE SEES IT. And as an atheist, my initial reaction to this semantic question being posed yesterday was:

There is no fundamental difference between any church, religion, faith, sect or cult. They are all based on superstition and almost always a belief in an afterlife and/or the worship of some mythical unprovable entity or indeed human guru-figure who is supposed to be some sort of medium between Humans and the mythical, unproven and indeed unprovable entity being worshipped and usually referred to as “God”.

I say “superstition” because – I think it is fair to say – there is no evidence of an afterlife or deity of any kind that could possibly stand up in court, and as far as I am concerned any belief for which there is no credible evidence whatsoever is superstition.  The latter was very much in fashion in the Middle Ages: life was often so awful and death so random and incomprehensible, that people needed to find some sort of explanation for the existentialist mystery we all face, and some kind of “God” or “Gods” can obviously provide this. Indeed, a “God” can be designed to explain anything you like and – as we can see from the differing versions of “religion”, there is no shortage of variety.

The strange thing is that despite the Enlightenment – when reason was prized above all – superstition is still rife, so desperate are people to believe that death is not the end of our consciousness but that somehow our “souls” survive. And many people do not find the need for any EVIDENCE for their superstitions. Of course, this is rather tauto0logical, since the moment there is real evidence for a superstitiion it immediately ceases to be one,

Anyway, an astraordinarily large number of people’s disregard for the importance of evidence allows them to believe in any one or more of the following: astrology, zombies, ghosts, aliens, mediums, fortune-tellers, fairies and of course “God”, who takes many different forms according to your fancy  – there is no shortage of choice: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Islamic, Mormon, Jehovah, the Sun and now of course Scientologist.

Some superstitions dress it all up with elegant and usually complex rituals – priests were the first experts in marketing – others with savage ones. They all share the feature of brainwashing their followers, who in many cases are driven to acts of extreme savagery for their “faith”, being led to prize “God’s work” (which they are obviously carrying out) above their basic humanity.

The harmless ones can be tolerated: they ease people’s fears of death; some even do good works, though often claiming that only they know what is “good”, but the harmful ones should be banned and their followers exiled to somewhere full of like-minded lunatics.

The bottom line is that SOME religions, sects, cults, faiths (we need a new, all-encompassing word, since they are in effect all as good as each other in “theological” terms) are “good” in that they actually may DO good but more importantly harm nobody. Others, however, are very nasty indeed, since of course THEIR “God” is the only “true” God and must be obeyed, defended and helped to triumph over all the other “Gods”.

As far as the writer is concerned, people are – OBVIOUSLY – free to believe in whatever mumbo-jumbo takes their fancy, but NOT AT MY EXPENSE. The officialising of Scientology as a religion throws into highlight the complete absurdity of giving preferential tax advantages and exemptions to ANY religion.

I may have been able to accept the CofE getting some tax relief. After all, it provides multiple services to people – even though  for a determined atheist  these are superstitious nonsense – and they also do a number of “good works” and correspondingly do not in general harm people. In addition, they are part of our country’s heritage. Despite my own atheism, I find it difficult to imagine a county village without its church and church hall. This is of course illogical, but there you go.

HOWEVER, I draw the line at the taxpayer subsidizing Scientology – and – logically – any other weird, bizarre cult and/or sect that is suddenly transformed overnight from “bunch of raving loonies” to “official religion”.

I hope there will be a mass protest at this lunacy, but then so many people “are not interested in politics”, even though politics determines EVERYTHING that we can and cannot do. (see North Korea for a start.)

IMHO, the idea that ANY religion, cult, sect or faith should be granted any form of tax exemption is both absurd and obscene – and clear proof of Man’s insanity. Where is the petition I can sign?

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Core Thought, Religion

 

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The “Racial Discrimination” case

Dear Ms Small

Firstly – on a personal note – I imagine that this incident has caused you no little grief and stress, which I of course regret. Your job is not an easy one, as I know from 40 years’ teaching experience.

However, there are certain things that must be said:

“Racial Discrimination”?

  • Firstly, abhorring Islam is NOT “racial”, since Islam is not a race. It is too easy to accuse people with strongly differing views to the establishment of “racism”: too easy, but also intellectually moronic and extraordinarily offensive.

  • Secondly, would you discriminate against Naziism or South African apartheid? I guess so. Ergo, discrimination per se is PERFECTLY MORAL but of course depends WHAT YOU ARE DISCRIMINATING against. And for the below-mentioned reasons, I believe it is totally legitimate to “discriminate against” Islam.

Official Islam as preached from the centre in Mecca and practised in most parts of the world execrates:

  • other religions: the official goal of Islam is that the entire world should be ruled in God’s name by a Caliph  (see fascist Iran) – you can’t open a Christian church in many Islamic countries and in some a conversion to Christianity is a capital offence

  • democracy: which of course is totally incompatible with the first principle above – as soon as Muslims in a country are in a position where they think they can get away with it (see Egypt) they try to set up a religious dictatorship

  • women: they would not say so, but the core elements of their treatment of women are surreally evil and indeed sexually and psychologically perverted – see Saudi Arabia etc

  • homosexuals

  • balanced, open and non-brainwashing education: their madrassas are an obscene insult to the Human Spirit

  • humanely-slaughtered meat: Halal meat is an obscene abomination forced on native Brits without their consent and often without their knowledge

  • civilised punishment

  • respect for other cultures: as soon as their numbers permit (even in England), they start talking about establishing “Shariah Law” in “their” area – see Egypt and indeed parts of London and Birmingham – Muslim taxi-drivers have been known to refuse to carry dogs – they get hysterical when schoolkids are accidentally fed pork

  • alcohol, pigs & dogs: all things the British are quite attached to, drinking it, eating them and taking them for walks respectively

With this core set of beliefs it is a wonder how anyone sane can imagine that Muslims could “integrate” into Britain, a country whose traditional values are diametrically opposed to almost everything Islam believes in. Imagine Islam did not exist and I came to you with my plan to set up a religion based on the above principles? You would surely think me a complete lunatic and my followers no more than a deranged sect comparable to the Moonies. THIS is how I feel about Islam; its SIZE is for me completely and totally irrelevant.

However, the key point in this incident is that Britain is not (yet) a “Muslim country” and there is NO OBLIGATION on native-British citizens to have respect for what many consider to be a weird and often very nasty sect. It is, therefore, NOT the business of so-called educators to issue threatening-letters to parents of primary school children because they refuse to go along with the ludicrous and cravenly-PC establishment mantras.

Moreover, religion in general should be kept OUT of schools – though I appreciate that you may be constrained by the laws imposed by our moronic leaders. Indeed, the very idea of a “faith school” – which is open to the evil brainwashing that occurs in many Muslim countries – is obscene. Catholics of course ALSO have their particular “faith” schools, but Catholicism is no longer rooted in the pre-Middle Ages as Islam is. It is basically inoffensive and as part of our English culture can be tolerated – unlike Islam, which is totally alien to all our traditional core beliefs.

There is, Ms Small, an extraordinary contrast between the establishment’s complete indifference to the opinions and feelings about Islam of millions of British citizens and on the other hand its pathological fear of “offending Muslims”. Many native Britons are massively offended every day – not least by having obscene Halal meat sold in supermarkets and often fed to them without their knowledge. Nobody seem to give a damn, and this is making many ordinary people very angry.

For these reasons I fear that your letter is completely unacceptable. As for myself, Ms Small, nobody can realistically accuse me of “racism”, despite my attitude to Islam. I am British and married to a German, with one Anglo-German son and two Franco-German stepsons. I was previously married to a Spanish woman and have three Anglo-Spanish daughters. I have worked for ten years in the UK, ten in France and three in Germany, where I now live.  My wife and I both speak four European languages, and my wife also Japanese, which allows her to communicate with her Japanese daughter-in-law. I also worked for six months in Africa in a place where I was the only white for miles around. I was responsible for 20 black teachers and had and retain lots of black friends. Does that sound like a “racist” to you?

I have lived through many periods of immigration: it has never been a problem before. Unfortunately – for the above-mentioned reasons – Islam is a special case, and vast Muslim immigration was forced on the people without ANY consultation or mandate. You say that “we live in a multi-cultural society”, but the PEOPLE were given NO SAY in the extreme extent to which this has been taken, particularly with Islam. Whole areas of London are becoming ghettoised as native whites move out and “Shariah Law” areas develop, patrolled by gangs of young Muslim youths. 22% of the population of Birmingham is Muslim, with 200 mosques in the city and so on. Does all this sound reasonable to you? If British Muslims are somehow different from those in other countries, then they should perhaps do as Luther did, and disassociate themselves from the totally unacceptable core beliefs and practices of their creed. As things stand, there is no way that I or millions of my compatriots are going to do anything but despise this rather nasty sect. We are British. We do not accept being told what to think or feel. You cannot FORCE us not to be offended by almost everything that Islam stands for.

I hope you and your school recover from this unfortunate incident. You have been placed by successive appalling governments in an invidious situation, but nothing is gained by not speaking the truth, which is what I believe I have done in this letter.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Britain, Religion

 

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Religious Tolerance

So, your “religion” entitles you to do something that is accepted as being cruel. Not exactly new knowledge of course, but a pity that it has to be enshrined in British law:

Slaughter without stunning is legal under religious freedom laws in most EU countries despite animal welfare rules that generally ban it as leading to “unacceptable levels of suffering and pain”.

How much “religious tolerance” is acceptable? We tolerate circumcision of boys, so why not girls? I note that Harriet Harman is quiet on this point.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Religion

 

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Tories Funk Repeal of Fox-hunting Ban

Tories renege on fox-hunting ban repeal …..

So, yet another promise ditched. I’m not personally in favour of fox-hunting, but it does seem surreal to allow the very “un-British” obscenity of HALAL meat (including that sold to non-Muslims WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE) but to ban the centuries-old British tradition of fox-hunting.

No doubt the most vociferous anti-hunt townies are only too eager to tuck into their burgers and chicken legs. So much for “caring for animals” then …. OK as long as we kill them humanely? (GOTO sentence 2, clause 2).

Supposing humans were only species n°2 on the planet, and the n° 1 species fed on US? Would that be OK as long as they killed us humanely? More PC of course to slit our throats first and let the blood drip out …

I’m beginning to wonder if these lunatics walking about with sandwich-boards proclaiming “The end of the world is nigh” are on to something after all ….

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2010 in Britain, Religion

 

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Multifaith Preachers in the HOC …..

Multi-faith chaplains to make House of Commons more inclusive

They are completely mad. Who is PAYING for this? The taxpayer? Oh, it is said “They won’t receive a salary.” Are they doing it out of charity then? Will they get expenses? These of course can be a nice little earner; MEPs having just got NINETY-ONE THOUSAND POUNDS WORTH without any need for receipts.

Why have we gone insane? Is it a sign of the beginning of the end of the world? Where is it safe to get away from this?

I thought the Coalition was supposed to be bringing sanity to British life after the last 13 years? Is this a JOKE? I thought that was April 1st?

Of course, the shambles the country is in there is dire need of every bit of help we can get, and if prayer is the answer …. But can’t one just pray on one’s own? It works for me … I prayed for the departure of Brown and it eventually worked …. mind you, I pray for the liberation of Cuba, but that’s a tougher nut, even apparently for God. I mean, Brown we could eventually vote out, but they don’t vote in Cuba – you’re stuck with the Castros . Funny how these dictatorships go with the family ….

But surely, if the HOC can have a multitude of mediums why not the whole country? Are we going to have legislation to put a couple of hundred imams, bishops, shamans, rabbis and so on in EVERY company in the country? And of course, there are the local COUNCILS  – can’t leave THEM out …

And if the Moonies and Jehovah’s Witnesses aren’t on the list I shall be applying to the European Court of Human Rights for a start. The HOC is the LAST place where we should permit discrimination. Perhaps all the unemployed can become priests with all this demand?

 

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God “surprises” us

Dawkins is right. The Pope’s message is – perhaps sadly – nonsense, bereft of any grounding in rational thought.

He said that: “God always keeps his promises, but he may do so in a way that surprises us.”

Well, he certainly promised us World War II, because there have been wars since time immemorial, presumably with his agreement, since he is all-powerful.

However, what surprised us was that 6 million Jews would be murdered by the evilly unhinged. Certainly, that was a novelty. Well done, God.

Or does “Original Sin” mean it was our fault? None of us are innocent, even children? It is all NONSENSE.

Mind you, they are all at it. The Archie of Canterbury has just said:

Archbishop of Canterbury: Royal wedding is symbol of hope in harsh times

What does he MEAN? These are two young people getting married. In what way is that a “symbol of hope”. I’d have cited the fact that African leaders have told Gbagbo that if  he doesn’t step down they will attack him with a joint African and UN force to restore democracy. THAT IS WHAT I CALL HOPE.

Some more “hopes”:

  • that North Korea collapses under the weight of its own insanity before it kills millions of people with nuclear weapons
  • that the people of China will enjoy political freedom
  • ditto Belorus and various other “stans” of Central Aisa, and Zimbwabwe, Cuba and other dictatorships come to that
  • that the majority of sane Muslims will at last realise that their lunatic brethren are their enemies as much as ours and start doing something about it – can’t AQ and the Taleban be “excommunicated” or something?
  • that greed will be controlled and the insane rich-poor gap in the US and elsewhere will be dealt with before these societies collapse in revolution and disaster, as has ALWAYS happened with societies that get so far out of kilter
  • that malaria will finally be cured, as has – just about – smallpox
  • that the UK will get out of the corrupt EU and stop wasting FORTY-FIVE MILLION GBP per day to pay for the gravy-train.
  • etc etc

These are REAL HOPES. Please, Archie, don’t bore us with the royal marriage as “a symbol of hope”. Good luck to them, but “symbol of hope” as a headline is just silly.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2010 in Religion

 

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Halal Meat & Penises

This is in the category of “unbelievable but true.” From “The Daily Mail:

“Killing an animal by cutting its throat without stunning is, in fact, illegal in this country. However, there is a legal loophole allowing this if it is being done for religious reasons — in other words, for the production of halal or kosher meat.”

Not only is this practice illegal except in the case of religious discrimination, which I thought was also illegal, but Halal meat is served clandestinely in many public places that have nothing whatsoever to do with religion; a blatant deception of the public, most of which undoubtedly finds the practice obscene.

It is also of course not only cruel but also stupid. The idea that God would prefer cruel, barbaric Halal killing to the British humane slaughter method is ludicrous. What sort of God is that, then?

It is of course an utterly shameful capitulation to PC idiots and religious claptrap. It is almost impossible to find the words to adequately express my disgust for all the above reasons. But once again, these things are foist on us without anyone ever asking if we want them. May I ask WHY there is this insane grovelling to ISLAM?

Of course, it is not only ISLAM. I am also at a total loss to understand why it is legal for Jews to mutilate their male children? Don’t we believe in FREEDOM and CHOICE? As for the latter, many people have NO CHOICE about whether to eat Halal meat, as it is often served to them by deceit. And what choice do Jewish boys have in the mutilation of their penises?

I was recently told that “Banning the burkha would not be British”. I would really like to know what about Halal meat and penis mutilation of babies is British?

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2010 in Core Thought, Religion, Society

 

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