Thursday, October 14, 2010
Christopher Hitchens "No reason to think there is a god"
Christopher Hitchens brings up an important point about the Abrahamic traditions, the totalitarian nature of Christianity.
The smashing of your individuality.
In the United States a notion exists that the government doesn't give rights to individuals, but rather the government is to protect these rights. The Declaration of Independence states the American creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
These rights cannot be taken by the government because they were not given by the government, the argument goes. Christopher Hitchens rebuttals saying that his ancestors didn't make it to the promise land without recognizing the respect for other's right.
In the Atheism tapes, Steven Weinberg says, "I don’t see religion as actually inspiring moral behavior. In fact, you very often hear people say well these people who blow themselves up for some reason in the middle east, or Hindu mobs who... destroy a mosque or Muslims who killed Hindus that they’re not really religious, that real religion doesn’t involve that kind of behavior I think what they are saying is that they have moral sense which allows them to distinguish what is religious from what is not. Instead of using religion to decide what is moral, they’re using their moral sense, which, fortunately is a perfectly good, reasonable moral sense to decide what is religious."
"Yes a college I will decree in the name of jesus that will respect God's will that sex is for marriage!!! Samantha...lighten up...College belongs to God....hows that...your heard it from The Bride of Christ...My land, my college, my Lord's rules...sorry."
Utter nonsense. But this is what Christianity requires of you.
Theists will often cite that if for a moment God didn't exist, Life would be meaningless. Nonsense. Absolutely nonsense. Because the arguments against God don't hold water, doesn't mean a higher being cannot exist, it just means those arguments don't prove it. Wake up and smell the coffee.