The French Deist Voltaire wrote, “Truly, whoever is able to make you absurd is able to make you unjust. If the God-given understanding of your mind does not resist a demand to believe what is impossible, then you will not resist a demand to do wrong to that God-given sense of justice in your heart. As soon as one faculty of your soul has been dominated, other faculties will follow as well. And from this derives all those crimes of religion which have overrun the world.”
Christianity has proven Voltaire’s point to be true through its absurd teachings about God getting a Jewish teen pregnant with himself, Jesus raising people from the dead and zombies coming out of their graves and going into Jerusalem (Matthew 27:50-53), ad nauseam. When the Christian gained political power the cruelty and barbarity started via witch trials and their subsequent killings, the various Inquisitions which murdered thousands of people (their last victim being the Deist Cayetano Ripoll who they murdered for being a Deist and for teaching other people about Deism), religious wars such as the 30 Years War which killed tens of thousands of people. The only reason Christianity is not as violent today as it was in the past is due to progress made by freethinkers in the Enlightenment and the American Revolution.
Today the two main sources for religious violence are Jews and Muslims. Jews, through the Jewish state of Israel, have been committing religious violence everyday for at least since 1967 through their brutal and illegal and growing occupation of Palestinian East Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank. Their Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is overflowing with nonsense such as the Bible’s creation story in Genesis, Moses having a stick that could turn into a living snake, the parting of the Red Sea, God giving them a gift of real estate, etc., etc. Add to these, repeated commands for Jews to commit genocide against their neighbors and a command allegedly from God for Jews to own Gentile people and our children as slaves for ever (Leviticus 25:44-46) and we see how void of reason and compassion the Bible (which is considered a “holy” book by Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Mormonism) really is.
Most people know the “holy” book of Islam is the Quran. The Quran has many nonsensical teachings which strongly violate our innate God-given reason such as talking ants and the Sun setting in mud. It also violates kindness when it instructs Muslim men to beat/scourge women who they fear may become rebellious towards them (Surah 4:34).
In addition to the Quran, Muslims look to a collection of sayings that are claimed to be from the founder of Islam, the child molester Mohammad. The sayings are in a collection of books called the hadiths. To make very evident how foolish some of the hadiths are, all we need to do is to look at Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith – 5.227. This moronic religious texts tells the foolish story of Mohammad flying up to the seven heavens on the back of a mythical creature, a winged horse type of creature called a Buraq. Mo was accompanied on his night flight with the angel Gabriel. The text and dialogue are so foolish, much of it sounds like the stoner movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. For example, when Mo and Gabriel approached the gate to each of the seven heavens, they were challenged by a voice asking them who they were. After learning it was Mo, on each of the seven cases the voice says, “He is welcomed. What an excellent visit his is!”
When Mo and Gabriel finally reached the seventh heaven where the crazy man Abraham resides, God tells Mo that he wants believers to pray 50 times every day. Moses tell Mo that praying 50 times a day is too much to demand of Muslims. He tells Mo to go back to God and get the number of prayers per day reduced. Here is the full foolish text which shows Mo violating what Islam is supposed to be all about : submission to God.
“Then the prayers were enjoined on me: They were fifty prayers a day. When I returned, I passed by Moses who asked (me), ‘What have you been ordered to do?’ I replied, ‘I have been ordered to offer fifty prayers a day.’ Moses said, ‘Your followers cannot bear fifty prayers a day, and by Allah, I have tested people before you, and I have tried my level best with Bani Israel (in vain). Go back to your Lord and ask for reduction to lessen your followers’ burden.’ So I went back, and Allah reduced ten prayers for me. Then again I came to Moses, but he repeated the same as he had said before. Then again I went back to Allah and He reduced ten more prayers. When I came back to Moses he said the same, I went back to Allah and He ordered me to observe ten prayers a day. When I came back to Moses, he repeated the same advice, so I went back to Allah and was ordered to observe five prayers a day.
“When I came back to Moses, he said, ‘What have you been ordered?’ I replied, ‘I have been ordered to observe five prayers a day.’ He said, ‘Your followers cannot bear five prayers a day, and no doubt, I have got an experience of the people before you, and I have tried my level best with Bani Israel, so go back to your Lord and ask for reduction to lessen your follower’s burden.’ I said, ‘I have requested so much of my Lord that I feel ashamed, but I am satisfied now and surrender to Allah’s Order.’ When I left, I heard a voice saying, ‘I have passed My Order and have lessened the burden of My Worshipers.”
This Islamic religious nonsense reduces The Supreme Intelligence/God to the level of a flea market merchant haggling over a price of a trinket. It requires believers to completely turn their backs on their gift from God of innate reason in order to believe it. And as Voltaire said, once you kill that gift from God you kill your other gifts from God like a conscience. You’re then willing and able to commit religious violence against nonbelievers.
Deism is the antidote to all forms of religious violence. Living in a nuclear age as we are, we cannot afford to hold on to the ancient and ungodly “revealed”/hearsay religions and their promotion of religious violence. The Deist Albert Einstein did a great job of summing it up when he said, “The world that we have made as a result of the level of thinking that we have done so far, has created problems we cannot solve at the level of thinking at which we created them . . . . We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humankind is to survive.” That new manner of thinking is Deism!
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