Damien on… Antitheism
When I was nine years old, I had an epiphany; I realised that Santa Claus, fairies, goblins and God were man-made MYTHS.
And in the fifty-four years since, I have seen nothing to dispossess me of that realisation.
However, while atheism is perfectly acceptable amongst thinking people today, half a century ago, you were looked upon with suspicion – even outright hostility.
I recall that at age eleven, our class (the “A” stream) was given a questionnaire which included the issue of our religion. I wrote down that I was “too intelligent to believe in such rubbish.”
Now you have to remember back in ’63, schools still had “Morning Assembly” – consisting of twenty minutes of hymns and prayers, followed by ten minutes of “announcements” – and the CANE.
Thus when my teacher called me out and stated that HE believed in “such rubbish” I figured I was in trouble – but in the event, he was refreshingly COOL about the whole matter and my arse remained inviolate (on THAT occasion).
Nevertheless, in those days, few people appearing in the witness-box of a court took the option of Affirming (a perfectly legal procedure, with the same penalties for those who are later proven to have LIED) for fear of alienating the judge and/or jury – particularly if they were the ACCUSED.
And again, in those days, couples checking into a hotel double-room had to have the same surnames – or be the same sex.
While doctors were only supposed to prescribe the newly-arrived Pill to married women over twenty-five, who had at least one kid.
However these days, society has moved FORWARD; the Pill is pretty much available on demand – two adults of any sex and/or name can check into a hotel double-room and the receptionist will only look up if their plastic is not in order – and “I wish to Affirm” is frequently heard in court.
And if some prat claims a “non-believer” has NO belief, the answer that they believe in MANY things – just not some clearly made-up DEITY – tends to shut them up.
So now that atheism has been generally accepted by modern society, I believe the time has come for us to move forward AGAIN.
The term Religious Tolerance has long been understood to mean tolerance of OTHER religions – but I believe it is high time to END tolerance of ALL religions.
Given RECENT EVENTS (with doubtless more to come) religion MUST be relegated to the PAST – atheism being replaced by ANTITHEISM.
Religious apologists claim only the EXTREMISTS create problems, but even the so-called “moderate” religions dictate to people what they may eat, drink and wear. And tell them how to live; interfering with their social behaviour, their family planning – and even convincing them to allow the genital mutilation of their babies.
And I have not even STARTED with the excesses of a certain OTHER group (nor will I – those lunatics KILL people).
But imagine a World WITHOUT religion, where women and gays would finally achieve EQUALITY, the REASON for half the wars and most terrorism would VANISH – and just think of all the time, effort and MONEY that would be saved.
In any case, we have now entered the Third Millennium – thus it is well PAST time that Man GREW UP.
By now, we should have had permanent bases on Mars – and more importantly, have ended disease and poverty. Not to mention have developed free, clean and renewable energy.
And had we sloughed off the SCOURGE of religion a thousand years ago, we WOULD have.
These retarded superstitions have slowed the Ascent Of Man for TOO long. Thus we HAVE to move BEYOND them – before they drag us all back to the Dark Ages.
So the next time someone asks you your religion, stand proud and declare yourself to be an ANTITHEIST.
And if they ask why, direct them to any newspaper…