Ed's talk: Aug 9, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bill Maher On "Religulous": Film Till They Throw You Out

To my mind, religion has long been a black mark on human history, from the Old Testament bloodthirsty god who tested Abraham by telling him to sacrifice Isaac and who instructed the Jews to slaughter various populations that "he" didn't like, to the various "Christians" with their even more bloody history and whose god "abominates" whatever the Catholics or any other group of holy rollers says "he" does.

Look at Christian dogma: the "Annunciation" (when the angel Gabriel flies in, Mary doesn't turn a hair but merely recites the Magnificat!), the Immaculate Conception (Mary was born free from sin.), the Virgin Birth, the "miracles" and, of course, the "Resurrection". That all these myths existed in earlier civilizations doesn't matter.

And, of course, the priestly pederast sex scandals of the Catholic Church gives them the right to lecture us on "morality"!

Do they do "good works"? Undoubtedly, but so does the secular world and the religious groups' "bad works" over the centuries (in every area) easily overshadow the good.

I'm not a big fan of Bill Maher but I'm very much in agreement with him on this subject.
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