Whatever happened to freedom from religion?
Believers in organized religions have been sold into a kind of slavery by governments, priests, ministers, rabbis and imams. What's even worse, many parents supporting these religions force their children to accept fanciful, irrational and hateful beliefs - a form of child abuse.
"Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn't be here if stars hadn't exploded, because the elements - carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution - weren't created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So forget Jesus. The stars died so you could be here today." Physicist Lawrence M. Krauss, 2009.
Forget Jesus? Is Professor Krauss serious? Yes, considering the fact that Jesus is the most overrated human being who likely never existed on the planet Earth.
Jewish historian Philo (20 BCE - 50 CE), along with about 40 other historians of that period don't say anything about Jesus. Only two paragraphs from one historian - Josephus - are alleged to refer to Jesus, but forgeries and disputes abound. For someone who performed all those miracles, died on a cross and rose from the dead, one would think there'd be a great deal of historical evidence, but there's not.
The character of Jesus - like other prophets and gods of Judaism and Christianity - is based on a compilation of earlier Pagan beliefs and sky gods.
* Jesus evolved from Horus and Osiris of Egypt, Attis of Phrygia, Krishna of India, Mithra of Persia, among others.
* The three kings or magi can be found in Orion's belt - pointing to the star Sirius and to sunrise on December 25th.
* The 12 disciples of Jesus are the 12 constellations of the Zodiac.
* Moses was created from Sargon of Akkad, Mises of Egypt and Minos of Crete.
* The Ten Commandments are a later edition of the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, the Hindu Vedas and spell 125 of the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
* Many ancient cultures mention the great flood. Noah and his ark were built upon these and the flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh (2,600 BCE).
(References: The God Who Wasn't There, Zeitgeist: The Movie and Atheist Alliance International 2009 Convention.)
Religious belief is not based on facts. For example, the 1915 Armenian Genocide, orchestrated by the Young Turks of the Ottoman Empire, is still denied by Turkey. One and a half million Armenians were slaughtered for their religious belief (Christian) by those with an opposing belief (Muslim).
Throughout the course of history, many millions of human beings have been killed because one group of deranged people despised the religion and ethnicity of another group. Fundamental Christians, Jews and Muslims are responsible for ongoing wars of domination. Lethargic Christians, Jews and Muslims are responsible for allowing these wars to continue.
In the U.S. over the past few decades, religion creep has turned into a religious invasion. Now with Romney the Mormon and Santorum the Catholic running for U.S. president, it's beyond absurd. What do these two developmentally disabled adults understand about science? And yet, the smooth-talking psychopath named Obama is clearly not an option for our optimal health.
Faith-based belief in government and religion will result in our downfall.
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