Wednesday, January 17, 2007

You Born-Agains! Snap out of it !

Religion is like a trap-door that discourages logic and rational thought.

The moment your mind has been 'washed' to believe the stories of religious dogmas you are trapped in the faith game. Weekly reinforcement, church, church, keep your logic under...quick stamp on that blasphemous thought...stamp! stamp! stamp!

With the evangelical churches, well, you need to go a bit more frequently cos this brainwashing is so intense...gotta be I guess.

I do however love a good 'chat' with the JWs who visit. Their visits have tended to drop off lately tho. Do I hear you say "Black marked"?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Atheist Parents.

Well, I know we exist because the Oz Stats tell me we are close to 3 million souls. So how do we raise our kids? Do we agree with Richard Dawkins who is quite assertive in his claim that children indoctrinated into a supernatural religion are suffering a form of child abuse? For those of you interested I recommend his amazing book ( finished reading it and started over straight's incredible) The God Delusion. Must reading for atheist patents.

I know for my kids (8 and 11) I want them to be able to question everything. We have many discussions about other religions. At the moment we are discussing the Great Spaghetti Monster and this little teapot somewhere near Mars, that I believe is there but can't prove. I'm asking my kids to prove my celestial teapot does not exist.

We also talked about Hell. Now that is really child abuse when you think about it. While telling my 8 year old about how some people believe in Hell, what it is and how one gets there, it hit me in the face....what a bloody scary story to tell little open minds. This coming from their parents and relatives and many adults they come into contact with, believe and trust....all saying it's real. My daughter and I are really pleased that I had never caught the religious bug. (Thanks Dad!) Toss in the Isaac story and a kid thinking Mum or Dad would kill them if God asked them to....well, if it's not child abuse it's damn close.

Time to push the rational and logical whenever we can. 
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Monday, January 15, 2007

Australian Atheism on rise.

It is interesting that the Australian census shows atheists to be the second most common group. Second of course to Christian beliefs. Over the last century Australia has seen a growth in personal identification as atheist/non-theist from 0.4% of the population in 1901 to approximately 16% today. That's progress....or evolution!

It would be interesting to establish real data that includes the thousands of Australians who are really atheist/agnostic but continue to waver between rationalism and faith due to the virulence of the virus of faith. I speak of those who attend church with their minds in neutral, working unsuccessfully to maintain the charade of faith, opting to write Catholic, for example, in a census form because their mind has yet to realise that they can write atheist without God smiting them. Religion has become a habit, never reviewed for many. A well-honed, centuries-old mindgame and web of deceit.

Our constitution protects us from a state religion...

Section 116 of the 1900 Act to constitute the Commonwealth of Australia provides that:
The Commonwealth of Australia shall not make any law establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.
In 1983, the High Court of Australia defined religion as a complex of beliefs and practices which point to a set of values and an understanding of the meaning of existence. The ABS 2001 Census Dictionary defines "No Religion" as a category of religion. Hence, agnosticism, atheism, Humanism, and rationalism (all sub-categories of "No Religion") are - legally speaking, religions.

and No Religion too...

An increasing number of Australians no longer align themselves with institutional religion... Some in a conscious and organised way find non-religious responses to their search for meaning. Some of these may belong to various humanist organisations and work for a better and less divided world gained through human means. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, in 2001, 15.5% of the Australian population identified themselves as "No Religion" in a census question.
There are 2,905,993 people in Australia with purely secular beliefs, categorised by ABS as "No Religion". This category includes just 4 named sub-categories, namely agnosticism, atheism, Humanism and rationalism. A 5th sub-category is "No Religion, nfd" (nfd=no further definition).
Combined, non-theistic secularists are the second largest "religious" grouping in Australia after Christianity.

Atheist interests in Australia are represented nationally by the Atheist Foundation of Australia. Humanist interests in Australia are represented nationally by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies. Rationalist interests in Australia are represented nationally by the Rationalist Society of Australia.
The premise of FAITH, and the admiration in which it is held, astounds me.

We are asked to admire belief in a monotheist supernatural god without evidence, questioning or doubt. People are encouraged to believe, and admired for so doing, against all rational thought processes and advised to avoid reading, viewing or associating with anything that may challenge this belief.

Faith is childish in as much as it is embedded in the young mind, a time when evolutionary needs have allowed the child to have an open, accepting mind to believe the words of the parent. Meant to keep children safe but used by religion to indoctrinate a child against rational thought when he/she is most vulnerable.

Richard Dawkins is right. Religious indoctrination is child abuse. It can affect a person for life, hindering the ability to think critically and creatively. Dawkins also points out the insidiousness of moderate religiousness as the basis for radical fundamentalism.

What excites me most however is that critical mass is evident. Atheists are waking up from the #it'll be all right mate state to realise we have a fight here.
Reason, Observation, and Experience —
the Holy Trinity of Science.
Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899) American philosopher, lawyer and orator

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