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It’s OK as long as its not harmfull

In ethics, freedom, philosophy, relationship, religion on June 23, 2013 at 08:12

John Gray said in a recent interview: “I don’t care what people believe, unless it is in some way demonstrably toxic or harmful.”  This is somebody posing as original critical thinker – yet the phrase describes probably most of us with various opinions about many subjects. Each human think of different ideas as harmful, that’s it. Any religious fanatic would think that not following his understanding of his religion is harmful to people and he, being, of course, concerned about everybody’s wellbeing, would go any distance to convert all of us, to protect us from harm. Lots of horrible things are done not because of hatred but because of compassion, because of will to help to some “lost sheep”.  Non-fanatics may think the same, but they won’t actively go and try to “rescue” everybody they meet. Unless you live a life of apathy and indifference, you would find ideas, beliefs, sets of mind that you think are harmful. It could be just a waste of time in you opinion, or you could think “this may lead to violence, and that’s bad”.  Do psychologists, sociologist, historians, brain scientists write on when, how and which ideas become destructive for individuals or societies? Do they publish the results openly, without fear of offending supporters of these ideas? This may bring some clarity. Or maybe not, as the experts would probably disagree on what is destructive. For example, how much anger, procrastination or indifference is OK for each of us, could violent outbreaks in history lead to better future, etc…

What John Gray is afraid? “… the idea that human beings are, by their very nature, free is the one of the most harmful fictions that has ever been promoted anywhere.” So there is example of somebody who is actually after your freedom. Harmful illusion it is…

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Stone throwers

In good life, philosophy, relationship, religion on May 24, 2013 at 07:31

Imagine walking along a cliff. If a stone falls near you it may hurt. But there is another situation when it hurts so much more. Even if the stone didn’t actually hit you. It happens when a stone is thrown at you by somebody. Yes. This is one reason why the day I’ve  left religion was my happiest one. Not just every random misfortune vent from an all-powerful god but ultimately I have been forced to think that I deserved it… Life is beautiful when random is left alone for what it is.

On changing attitudes

In art, ethics, good life, moral issues, people, philosophy, religion, time, traditions, writing on March 2, 2013 at 12:51

“I don’t believe in witches, but I don’t call myself an ahexist.”- this is Jonathan Miller saying “No” to negative self-definition. Fortunately it is normal now in the West not to believe in witches and other supernatural stuff. Calling somebody atheist is a bit strange really.

Recently a woman came to my shop and asked me if I want some leaflets for single parents. .. I was a bit surprised and said I am not a single parent and she may leave her leaflets at the designated area of the Market. She wouldn’t leave. “Look, there is more useful information in there”. Even more surprised, I looked. After first paragraph the word “Bible” started to creep in. This is what it was all about! I asked her few questions about why she believed (“Jesus told me” and “it’s the most printed book in the world”), asked her about horrible facts from her favourite book (she approved genocide with ease) and shamed her for trying to brainwash people. And with stealth too – wich was dishonest and disgusting – but this shows how ashamed they are themselves about their own teachings.

Two Mormon girls who surrounded me on the street few days later have been slightly more open. “We do not trying to change your mind, just come to us and be happy! ” Really? What if I am already happy? No reply. Why do you believe the stuff you teach? “Because we feel that it is so”… Well, I don’t. The funniest thing was that they turned out to be from Russia too – in the middle of the conversation. Probably they were from the Ural or Siberia. New Russian export – the Mormons…

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Petitioning Islamic Governments Decriminalise Apostasy

In мораль, ethics, freedom, good life, legal issues, moral issues, религия, традиции, people, places, politics, religion, traditions on February 5, 2013 at 11:48

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

Petition by
Silenced People
Islamic Prison, Iran, Islamic Republic of

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/decriminalise-apostasy#

Being an Ex-Muslim should not be illegal

The following countries have outlawed Apostasy

Apostasy means leaving religion, for example becoming an ex-Muslim.

Iran – DEATH penalty
Egypt –  DEATH  penalty
Pakistan –  DEATH penalty since 2007
United Arab Emirates –  DEATH penalty
Somalia –  DEATH penalty
Afghanistan –  DEATH penalty
Saudi Arabia –  DEATH penalty
Sudan –  DEATH penalty
Qatar –  DEATH  penalty
Yemen –  DEATH  penalty
Mauritania –  DEATH  penalty
Syria –  DEATH  penalty
Jordan – Fine, jail, child custody loss, marriage annulment. Although officials claim otherwise, convictions are recorded for apostasy.
Malaysia – ILLEGAL in five of 13 states (fine, imprisonment, and flogging)
Morocco –  ILLEGAL to proselytise conversion (15 years jail, flogging)
Algeria –  ILLEGAL to proselytise conversion from Islam, store or circulate materials destabilizing attachment to Islam (2-5 years jail, about 5000-10,000 euros fine)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Laws prohibiting religious conversion run contrary to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief.”
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Fans and Fanatics

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2011 at 07:55

I sometime can like or dislike something (e.g. an opinion) very strongly. But I CAN’T imagine myself being one of the people who think that if a human being doesn’t share all their important beliefs, tastes and opinions he or she is always a bad person, evil, empty space, hell bound, enemy, doesn’t deserve listening. My heart just can’t accept this. In fact, its normally looking for ways to redeem people. And thanks goodness for that!

(ps one of the reasons I eventually gave up my religion)

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2011 at 06:24

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities

Voltaire
French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 – 1778)

Schools Told Not to Teach Creationism

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2011 at 05:09

helvetebrann:

Sir David Attenborough, perhaps the world’s most famous naturalist, has called for the banning of creationism and intelligent design in UK schools.

Sir David, known for his popular nature documentaries, has teamed up with prominent atheist Richard Dawkins and various nobel laureates in calling for more teaching of evolution. They made the statement on their website, evolutionnotcreationism.org.uk.

“Creationism and ‘intelligent design’ are not scientific theories, but they are portrayed as scientific theories by some religious fundamentalists who attempt to have their views promoted in publicly-funded schools,” the site reads.

‘Creationism’ is the idea that life, the universe and everything were made by an omnipotent creator, ie God. ‘Intelligent design’ is the idea that life on Earth is irreducibly complex and could hot have come about through chance. It is seen by most scientists as a faux-scientific cover for creationism.

“We need to stop calling evolution a theory,” says Dawkins. “In the ordinary language sense of the word it is a fact. It is as solidly demonstrated as any fact in science.”

In the UK, schools are instructed not to teach creationism and intelligent design, but it is not against the law to do so. The group says it should be.

“If creationism is discussed, it should be made clear to pupils that it is not accepted by the scientific community,” says science education expert Revd Professor Michael Reiss, one of the signatories.

The campaign is being run by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and is supported by the Association for Science Education, British Science Association, Campaign for Science & Engineering and leading theological think tank Ekklesia; and by 30 leading scientists, including three Nobel laureates.

Schools Told Not to Teach Creationism

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