Religion and sex

I’ve been thinking about what to write about next. I had a list earlier about things to write about, and first were thinking about writing in them in the order that I had put them down, but I’ll just improvise in the future, picking the subjects I fell like talking about, whether or not on my list. This time I thought I’d give some thoughts about religion and sex.

We are all familiar with how religion has a great impact on the way people look at sex. Especially the Abrahamic religions have a generally negative, or let’s say distorted, view of sex. Sex is both dirty and beautiful. Having random sex affairs before marriage is frowned upon, but so is regular sex within a committed relationship. Once you have sex while married, it is beautiful. Personally I don’t really understand why sex outside of marriage is so frowned upon. What is it that makes sex in a marital bed any better than other types of sex? Marriage is of course a bond you have created with the help of priests and in front of God and all that, but still, nowadays marriage doesn’t really change much in your relationship. It can for some, of course, but generally when looking at my married friends they pretty much have the same relationship that they have had before.

One thing worth mentioning is that the fact that religions frown upon sex before marriage causes young people to get married at a young age, just so they can have sex. Religions frown sex outside marriage more than they do divorce, so once people get bored with each other, they can just divorce, remarry, and continue having sex with their new spouse. A Christian polling group has discovered that atheists have less divorces than Christians. This is since atheists can actually have sex outside of marriage, and marry when they find a person they know they can spend their life with. Christians just get married to have sex, and then after a couple of years they divorce out of boredom.

What is this obsession with sex really? Yes, it is obsession, and I’ll just leave it to Stephen Fry to put some perspective on this:

 It’s the strangest thing about this church – it is obsessed with sex, absolutely obsessed. Now they will say we, with our permissive society and rude jokes, are obsessed. No, we have a healthy attitude. We like it, it’s fun, it’s jolly; because it’s a primary impulse it can be dangerous and dark and difficult. It’s a bit like food in that respect, only even more exciting. The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese, and that in erotic terms is the Catholic church in a nutshell.

Let’s move over to biology. Sex is the most importantly vital thing for the continuous process of life. Sex is the reason life can go on existing through new generations. Why is it so special to religions? Why do they make it so dirty? I think that because of these negative views of sex God should have thought of a better way for us to procreate, which he certainly would have if he actually existed.

There is a lot of harm in teaching our children “abstinence only” when it comes to birth control. I don’t think people have any idea of how sick and harmful that actually is. When I lost my faith at the age of 17, for quite a while I still had very negative views of sex, and once I after a drunken night out lost my virginity, I felt really bad and disgusted about the whole thing. And this was when I had already concluded there was no god and that I was an atheist. The whole thing left me scarred pretty bad, and even today I behave in a very asexual way. I of course now know there is nothing wrong with sex, but 17 years of messed up thoughts about it has clung unto me like an infected appendix.

I am no expert on the roots of these views of sex (and sexuality for that matter). For anyone who is interested, I recommend you read Darrel Ray’s book Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality.

A wave of doubt crashes the Mormon beach

You probably remember the extensive time I spent with the Mormons last year. While it most of the time was me listening to them telling me about their teachings, there were two moments when I basically bashed their dogma as kindly as I could. One of the missionaries present in one of those bashing’s finished his missionary work shortly after, and that’s when I received a greeting on Facebook.

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What I learned from this was that not much was needed to shake the pillars upon which Mormons base their faith. Mormons are very intelligent people, I won’t deny that. They have vast knowledge about a lot of things, but not about anything that they call “Anti-Mormon propaganda”. Since this is all that it takes to shake their faith, no wonder church officials say that nothing that criticizes the church should be read by any member.

Apparently my friend (oh yeah, we are good pals now I and he), is not alone with doubts. In a recent article it was revealed that many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are full of doubt. Hans Mattsson is one of them.

Hans Mattsson was actually very high up on the Mormon ladder, serving as the “area authority” of Mormons all across Europe. But in this age of the Internet, young Mormons encounter a lot of questions (questions being a big no-no for any religious organization). Some young Mormons came with questions for Mattsson that he could not answer, and when asking church officials about them, they tried to shush him down and told him not to talk about them with anyone, even his own family.

“I felt like I had an earthquake under my feet. Everything I’d been taught, everything I’d been proud to preach about and witness about just crumbled under my feet. It was such a terrible psychological and nearly physical disturbance.”

This is of course a very horrible thing, and I really wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. But this is why it is wrong to indoctrinate children, since then they might just end up feeling like Mattsson did.

Several events have been held for Mormons who are struggling with doubt, and they have seen quite many attendees. Some are on the brink of leaving the church, and some are there just to find answers and strengthen their faith.

A survey has actually shown that many of ex-Mormons have been in high positions within the church. Out of 3,300 ex-Mormons, 50% of the men and 40% of the women had been in a high position.

All of you who have read my article on Mormonism know how I feel about the religion. It is extremely obvious it is fake, it is sexist, it is racist, it is hypocritical, condescending, child-abusive, and plainly messed up. This is not a religion. This is a cult. A cult that hopefully soon will crumble and fall. I somehow feel that my work with this church is nowhere near ended.

Study asserts “all religious texts are fairy tales”

Before getting to today’s post, I’d like to mention that something awesome has happened to Reza Aslan and his book Zealot: The Times and Life of Jesus of Nazareth which I spoke about in my last post. Apparently after the Fox News interview went viral, Aslan’s book became the best-selling book on Amazon.com, even reaching bigger sales numbers than J. K. Rowling’s literature. I think we should all thank Fox News for this wonderful and free way of sponsorship.

On to today’s subject.

Recently there was a somewhat bold and controversial (although true) statement made by scientists at the Institute of Historical Research in Washington DC. They had spent five years studying religious texts, and have now come to the conclusion that all of the holy texts religions keep dear are “man-made nonsense”.

The scientists are lead by Dr. Julius Sanreso. He gives a long statement about many aspects that are troubling with holy texts, like how the texts only encompass a short period of time, and have so many non-scientific claims. He speculates that a supernatural being would have given knowledge of history, biology and physics instead of preposterous lies. He also stands skeptical to the whole “book” and “writing” thing, asserting that language is something made up by humans. It is our way of communicating, as is writing. A supernatural being outside time and space would not really have a need for language or writing.

There is not much more to say about this study, I’m afraid, since the whole research paper won’t be available for the public until 2015. Once it is out, however, I would love to have a thorough read-through of it. I can just imagine what religious people think of this whole thing.

As a student of comparative religion and theology, I can too boldly state that at least the religious texts I’ve been studying, which are the Bible, the Quran, and the Book of Mormon, are all nothing but products of mankind, with nothing to do with reality. Of course there is some history there, and we can learn a lot from them about how people were thinking in those times, but to look for any truth there is like watching porn and hoping for good acting.

Fox “News” most stupid interview yet?

I thought I’d write my posts in the order they appeared on the “I’m Back!” post, but I’m improvising a little. So sue me. Current events of ignorance are happening all the time, and I should weigh in on them. You’ll get the other posts once I actually have nothing else to write about.

I’ve been following Fox News for quite some time, mostly since they are freakin’ hilarious. And they have the best job on earth: getting paid for being an ignorant idiot sitting all pretty in a chair reading out things their “expert” bloggers have written for them. You don’t even have to be a good news anchor, since as my title hints, Fox News is not really news at all, just like MTV is not “Music” Television anymore, or the History Channel history. The anchors usually just try to embarrass the people they interview, if you can even call it “interviewing”, since it’s mainly about the hosts yelling at some poor person who is trying to make a point. I can not start listing every single thing they have done wrong over the years. If you want to have a look at the controversies yourself, check out this Wikipedia page.

Yesterday, they kind of went full retard. Honestly.

They had invited noted author and PhD Reza Aslan to talk about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. If Aslan had never watched Fox News, I could understand why he obliged to do the interview. Otherwise he knew what he was in for.

Lauren Green was the host who would be interviewing him. Basically the whole 10 minutes they were talking they spoke almost nothing about his book. No, you see for Green it was more important to get to the bottom of why Aslan, a muslim, would write a book about Jesus. I think Aslan had to emphasize a whole of three times that he is an PhD in history of religion, and has three other degrees, and that he just happens to be a Muslim. He says he wrote the book as an academic, who has been studying the life of Jesus for over 20 years. He did not write the book as a Muslim.

Green still doesn’t understand why a Muslim would write about Jesus. He goes on saying that this is what an academic does. Reading, studying, researching, writing and publishing books about religion is what he does as a PhD in religion. That is his job.

He also says that the book is a scientific study about Jesus, and he is not waging a war against Jesus. He says his mother is a Christian, that his wife is a Christian, and that his brother-in-law is an evangelical pastor. It is written from a historian’s view, not a Muslim’s who seeks to mock Jesus. Aslan says the book itself goes against many of Islam’s core tenets. According to Islam Jesus was not crucified, while Aslan in his book says that Jesus most certainly was crucified. Muslims also believe Jesus was born of a virgin, something Aslan highly questions in his book.

“But… you are a Muslim”. Muslim, Muslim, Muslim. That’s basically all she says. He may have how many degrees he pleases, doesn’t change the fact he’s Muslim. Give me a fucking break, will you? Do you honestly think a Muslim can’t write about Jesus, especially since he is a PhD in history of religion? What do you have, a PhD in ignorance from some patriot bible university perhaps?

On and on again she uses the logical fallacy ad hominem, in which you criticize someone’s personal attributes instead of what he or she is trying to discuss about. She should have addressed the book Aslan had written, not what he does with his non-academic life, which is being a Muslim. It doesn’t matter if Aslan would believe that Obama is an alien, or that Santa Claus is Satan, because in the end what’s important is what he has written as an academic.

Green is basically saying that if I, who happen to be a student of comparative religion, were to write a book about say Greek mythology, I would have to really believe in Zeus for my book to be of any value for the scientific community. Ignorant much? Let me get a couple of oxen to sacrifice to him. Of course not the good parts of the oxen, those I’ll eat myself. The lousy parts are for the gods of Olympys, thanks to Prometheus, who tricked the gods in the beginning of time. All give your thanks to Prometheus, otherwise we’d have to eat the bad parts of our animals!

This is one of the main reasons why I hate religion. Not because of the indoctrination and child abuse and complete waste of time, but because it divides people, since apparently one’s religion is so freaking important. See the problem is (as I will tell more of in a future post), that religious people are arrogant, selfish, and most importantly egoistic. They believe that they have a certain truth that no one of another faith has. This automatically makes them think that they are above the rest, in every single way. That is why Green doesn’t understand, since she is a Christian, and thinks that since Aslan is a Muslim, he does not have the real truth that she has, which automatically makes him inferior to her. This is why it doesn’t matter how many degrees he has, since she is actually smarter than him, because she has found  the path to eternal life, and he will rot in Hell.

On a side note: a research done by the Fairleigh Dickinson University concluded that watching Fox News actually makes you stupid. Nothing surprising there.

Rise of non-religiousness

I believe I speak for all of us when I say that this planet will ultimately be void of religious people, and not because of any rapture or Armageddon, but simply because of natural deterioration. Religious disbelief is on the rise, faster than anytime ever in history. But when oh when will this planet be void of religion? How long will it affect our lives? Let’s speculate this.

First, I am 100% certain that religion will one day be completely dead. If not this century, maybe the next. If not this millennia, maybe the next. Maybe it’ll even take longer. But either religion dies with humanity one day (the cause for human extinction I do highly believe to have been caused by religion itself), or it dies from human society. How about in 10,000 years? Would people still in 10,000 years say “I’m sure Jesus will come anytime now”? How about in 100,000 years when humans have (hopefully) evolved to a superior specie, a Homo Novum, if you will. Will people then still go around screaming “Evolution is a lie from the pits of Hell!”. Well, of course not. Sooner or later religion will be extinct, and only looked upon us an early human necessity and a late human ball-and-chain. But how about this century and the next? What can we expect of religious deterioration?

In a study by the Pew Forum, it was found that the rise of “nones”, which are people without religious affiliation, are increasing, and religious people of different faiths are decreasing. Comparing polls from 2007 and 2012, we see that people who define themselves as “Unaffiliated” have gone from 15.3% to 19.6%. Of course we have to take in consideration that there might be many who define themselves as “non-religious”, but still believe in a mainstream religion, they just don’t follow a specific denomination. Still, an increase in 2% of people who boldly define themselves as either atheists or agnostics is astounding for USA in a period of five years.

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The most apparent reason for this increase can be found when looking at the ages of the people who took part in the poll. The younger the people are, the more likely they are to not have a religion. An astonishing 1/3 of people under the age of 30 are non-religious. You can clearly see when looking at the other age groups that the older you are, the more likely you are to be religious. You can see that the change is not small, it’s actually pretty fast. The next generation might as well be 50/50.

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On a side note, according to Christian Post, people who believe in evolution unguided by a god have increased from 13% in 2004, to 21% in 2013. The way I see it, at least USA is well on its way to become more godless.

How about the rest of the world? Well, according to a recent study by biopsychologist Nigel Barber, religion could be gone as soon as 2041. This is wishful thinking if you ask me, but Barber might have some truth to what he is saying. As we see it now, religion seems like a hard thing to eradicate from society completely, but just think about how fast things have been going lately. But for religion to disappear completely off the face of the earth it does take more time. By 2041 we might have achieved societies where religion is not allowed in politics and schools, and religious fundamentalists are either gone or locked up. Not a completely impossible scenario, since according to Kathleen Taylor of Oxford University, religion could soon be classified as a curable mental illness.

There is one problem though, which I will only mention briefly: Islam. We have seen it happen in for example Albania, and it’s currently happening in France, and I believe Great Britain is not far behind: becoming a nation with a majority of Muslims. The problem is that first of all Muslim immigrants do not want to try to adapt to the new society they have moved to, only retreating back to spend time with other Muslims. This makes it harder to adapt, and only breeds the familiar intolerance and hatred towards non-Muslims. Second of all, Muslims produce more offspring than the rest of the population. While an average European family consists of around 2 kids, Muslim families are usually more than twice as much. In the end Muslims will reach majority, and quite quickly, just like in Albania.

Those of you who read too much Karen Armstrong or just otherwise claim Islam to be a religion of peace and having no hidden agenda to “Islamify” the world, I highly recommend that you watch The Third Jihad, where Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim himself, tells of the hidden horrors behind radical Islam.

So on one hand non-religiousness is rising, but so is Islam. Christianity is withering, and so are other religions. Now I ask the all-important question: What is earth’s future? An atheistic earth, or an Islamic earth? Will we ultimately see World War III not being about money, oil, or natural resources, but a religious vs. non-religious conflict between atheism and Islam? Most possible, since religion is the most common reason for war. Let’s just hope that for the sake of humanity and this earth, that reason will prevail.

Reason in kids sprouting

First of all, I’m glad to see that I haven’t lost my faithful followers. Thou art blessed. Second of all, I am very glad to have started blogging again after such a long pause. I feel like a void has been filled.

There’s a lot on my mind, a lot I’d like to write about. During my absence a lot has happened that I should weigh in on. My future posts will be in no chronological order, I’m just going to write what comes at the moment, but they are all posts of either current events or things I need to weigh in on.

Now on to today’s subject.

By saying that reason in kids are sprouting today I’m not so much saying that kids through time haven’t been reasonable. I’m saying that now it has started to show. DO you really think that reasonable kids through time have had the courage to stand up? Of course not, not like today. Today they know that there are things that need to be stood up for, and that they will gain international support. It’s mostly thanks to globalization that kids today have the chance to widen their horizons and speak up, knowing they will be heard. I am going to show you two examples of kids, who despite their young age seem more adult-like than most adults I’ve met.

This interview was done by Egyptian newspaper El Wady, in Cairo, on Oct 19, 2012. The editing and subtitles were done by Free Arabs.

In this video you see a 12-year-old boy (name unknown), talking about how democracy in Egypt is failing, and how the power held by Muslim Brotherhood is destroying their nation. The way he talks and the words he uses are simply not something you often hear from a boy this age. When he mentions Egypt is becoming a fascist theocracy, the reporter doesn’t even know what that means, and he has to explain it to her.

When asked how he knows so much, he replies that he just listens to a lot of people, and uses his own brain. He reads newspapers, watches TV, and searches the Internet. Well, I didn’t have Internet back when I was his age, at least not as easily accessible, but I still don’t think I would’ve been this engaged in things like this. Of course I’m from a country with not many problems, but this kid shows his true intellect at an age few do. At his age people thought I was a retard with ADHD.

He goes on about social and political injustices in the country, and then talks about the position of women in Egypt. He says that his is displeased with the new constitution draft, that he has read himself on the internet. He says the constitution says that men and women are equal, except when it contradicts Islamic law. He then goes on bashing Islam and saying that this basically means that men will still be superior and be able to even “discipline” their wives (read: beat the crap out of them). He says this can’t work in society.

You know something is wrong when the reporter (a woman), asks him “How can this not work, what’s wrong with it?”. He says it’s outrageous. He can’t just beat his wife almost to death and then call it “discipline”, he says that is abusive and insane if anything, and should be regarded as such.

I don’t think I myself need to add anything. This kid knows a lot more about this situation than I do, and he puts it in a consist way. I will say this though: since democracy doesn’t seem to work anyway, why not take this kid and put him in the presidents chair right away? He already seems to be more clever than most of the population, and once he grows up he would make an outstanding leader of his people.

Meet Nada al-Ahdal, an 11-year-old girl from Yemen. She, just like many other girls, was facing a possible engagement and marriage to a much older (read: sadistic, perverted, old-assed pedophile) man. Her uncle had taken her to live with him when she was very young, but her parents thought it to be a good opportunity once a wealthy man came to ask for her hand in marriage. Her uncle wouldn’t have it though, and he finally got rid of the bachelor by telling him that Nada is independent and will stop at nothing to become a musician and a singer in the future. The real deal breaker was that she does not wear a veil, and will not in the future either. *GASP*.

In the video the girl Nada, glowing with intellect and grace, tells how she is just a kid, and doesn’t want to think about marriage. She tells how her aunt got married at a young age, and how her husband was a drunk who beat her with metal chains to a point where she poured gasoline over herself and lit herself on fire, burning to death. Nada appeals to all fathers and mothers, telling them to not stand in way of childrens’ dreams, and that they should let kids be kids.

I am not ashamed to admit that I cried a little watching this video. “What about the innocence of childhood?” she asks. “I solved my problems, but not all kids can, and they might commit suicide to get away from the horrors they face”.

This is just wrong on so many levels, I don’t know where to start. The thing most on my mind is “Why does the world allow this?”. Marrying away children is wrong, this is basic morals. So what if it’s legal over there? So what if it’s been in their culture for a long period of time? These are innocent children, who did not choose to be born in a place where they get arranged a marriage before reaching their teenage years. Why does the world just stand here doing nothing, when knowing of these horrors? I cannot believe this still happens somewhere in the 21st century. The longer we let these things go on, with the more shame future generations will look back to us. “Normal children don’t throw themselves into the sea to die”, are more powerful words by Nada.

There is only one thing worse than knowing of these things, and that is to encounter someone who doesn’t think this is wrong. I met someone who accused these reporters of kidnapping and “brainwashing” this kid. It’s fun how the brainwashed always claim that everybody else is brainwashed. White supremacists (read: Nazi bastards), say others have been brainwashed by multiculturalism.

Anyway, this is despicable. The guy was lucky I didn’t rearrange his face to an unrecognizable structure. Anybody who thinks that children can be forced into marriage with old-assed adults, lacks even the slightest of a moral code. These people are despicable, scum of the earth, and deserve nothing more than scraps and torment.

Islam of course, though I’ve sometimes considered it somewhat peaceful, is not anywhere near peaceful. Now that I’ve actually read the Quran I have a better grasp about what I’m talking about. And even if I hadn’t, the 4th Horseman is a former Muslim, so I don’t need to be an expert on this when I have help from someone more experienced.

Islam has it’s peaceful passages, but the religion is not one built on peace. But I’m not going to bash Islam now. I just want to note that the reason they think children can be married away like this is since that is acceptable in Islam. Everybody here knows about Muhammad and his wife Aisha, who he married when she was 6 and consummated the marriage with when she was 9.

They say “Death to those who insult the prophet!”, I say “Death to those who insult basic human decency!”.

I’m back!

Hello dear readers!

I do not know where to start. It’s really been quite a while since I last wrote here. Things have been more than a little hectic for me lately, but I will now return to blogging with more energy, vigor, and ideas than ever before. I have thousands of things to get off my chest, and some of them will have to be non-current events. Sorry.

I will now leave you to bask in the awesome fact that I have made a glorious return, and here is a little foretaste for my upcoming subjects:

– Reason in kids sprouting
– Rise of non-religiousness
– Study asserts “all religious texts are fairy tales”
– Mormons find doubt
– The Thaw
– Notes on Paul Ryan
– Morality: Religious monopoly?
– Religious hypocrisy
– Religion: Ego masquerading as humility
– Religion and sex
– Who will really get to heaven?
– Men shall rule animals

Hope you are as excited as me about my return. Take care, and fight for reason!