Category Archives: Damn Christians

And who are you to talk, Mr Cardinal?

Keith O’Brien, leader of the catholic church in Scotland is at it again – he thinks that the Abortion Act is “Lies Masquerading as truth”. Well, to be frank here, he should know all about that!

It’s the question that our press simply doesn’t ask often enough of the Catholic Church – what makes you think that you are in any position whatsoever to talk about sexual issues like this?

O’Brien sheds a crocodile tear for Madeleine McCann, asking us to extend the concern for the well being of this little girl to those feotuses being aborted daily… which sounds noble enough, but where was his concern when the priests of his church were sexually abusing children?

Only the other day he was leaping to the defence of John Paul II, a pope who turned a blind eye to the violent and sexual abuse of children.

The simple fact of the matter is that until they get it into their heads that “abstinence makes the church grow fondlers” (as one person put it), and allow their priests to participate in normal, healthy human relationships, then they have absolutely ZERO moral authority to speak on matters of sexual health or morality.

I shall forsake the ministry for what I believe is right – now youre getting it…

Great article in the Herald by Ron Ferguson about the upcoming vote in the Church of Scotland’s assembly as to whether they will start back into the sterotypical Gay Bashing, or keep at least one foot in this century!

The Church of Scotland have always been an oddity for me – clearly, they have a brutal and vicious past, and imposed no less of an iron rod on the backs of everyone living in this country when they had a sniff of power.. but they have matured well enough, and become one of the more moderate church voices.

Of course, my Secret Fundie Informant proclaims that the Church of Scotland are not really Christians anyway – as they don’t follow the 100% bible bashing letter of the law. I can remember that from my own Christian days – every other sect is wrong, and in most cases even worse than the non christians!

Ultimately, it’s better for everyone that this happens – a little short term pain for longer term gain. Why? when christianity shows it’s moderate side, reasonable people can’t help but see the gentle side – it may well be a crutch, but you wouldn’t kick away someone’s crutch now, would you?

In contrast, when the “moderate” churches run back to their roots, and fire up some of that ‘ole time religion with gay bashing, derision and opression of women and all that jazz… it makes it much clearer to see religion for what it is:

medevialism, tribalism, backwards and unpleasant superstition.

Our nation would be better off without it.

It’s funny, because it’s true…

Ten signs that you are a fundamentalist christian. It’s hardly original, having popped up all over the Net, but it gave me a good laugh!

1 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when “an intolerant secularist bigot” denies the existence of yours.

2 – You feel insulted and “dehumanised” when scientists say that people evolved, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that some sky-fairy created us from a handful of dirt.

3 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

4 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the “atrocities” attributed to Allah, but you don’t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in “Exodus” and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in “Joshua” including women, children, and even trees!

5 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that ‘the Holy Spirit’ impregnated a virgin, who then gave birth to a man-god whose father was happy to see him killed, and who then came back to life and ascended into the sky.

6 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.

7 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most tolerant, forgiving and loving.

8 – Modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics all fail to convince you that there is no God. Yet some idiot rolling around on the floor “speaking in tongues” is all the evidence you need to “prove” your God exists.

9 – You define 0.01% as a “high success rate” when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

10 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

The last one is especially important – I am an atheist, precisely because I have a full understanding of the bible. I used to be a born again christian myself, before I woke up!

Vox populi, Vox dei…

It’s the aftermath of the Election for the Scottish Parliament, and I am waiting to see whether the SNP are able to form a government.

It has been a difficult election for me – The Scottish Christian Party (SCP) and Scottish Christian People’s Alliance (splitters!) have both been distributing their medieval policy documents and popping up all over the press, sound biting away. The urge to leap in and start writing to journalists, turning up to hustings and generally being all subversive was overwhelming – but something I had agreed not to do…

When my Secret Fundie Informant mentioned that they wouldn’t be supporting the Christian People’s Alliance (CPA), because “if you vote for them, you vote for a muslim”, I knew we were in for an interesting situation, and the very real prospect that these two christian parties would do more harm to each other than an “evil atheist” like me ever could.

The one thing about your common or garden Evangelical Christian that you can almost guarantee is that they will resort to tribalism at every turn. It’s not enough for someone to be christian – they have to be 100% doctrinally compatible, or they end up hating each other even more than they hate the rest of us. A casual read at the CPA’s manifesto showed that they are basically catholic – it’s the usual bundle of “pro life” issues that get the catholics all fired up, but don’t generally cause the other denominations to break a sweat… and they did, indeed, have a muslim on the Glasgow list – pretty much a guarantee that the more rabid born again christians wouldn’t vote for them.

The SCP on the other hand are out and out Fundie evangelicals – the whole glassy eyed, frothing at the mouth, bible toting nine yards. Of course, they have their own little secret – and the clue is right there in the manifesto. The SCP manifesto is the usual catalogue of hate; pro death penalty, wanting to ship criminals to the third world, preventing woman from working (because they should stay at home with the kids, obviously…) and so on, then out of left field was this little gem:

“The Scottish Christian Party will seek that a minimum royalty percentage (the level of which should be decided through consultation with the music industry) should be paid to featured recording artists and producers on exactly the same basis as is currently paid to songwriters.”

Which is rather odd – in amongst the whistle stop tour of Leviticus inspired medieval legislation is a completely unrelated comment about copyright and royalties – hardly an issue for the majority of christians.

As it turns out, it is an issue VERY close to the heart of founder, funder and spokesman for the party, the not very Reverent George Hargreaves. It appears that our incredibly homophobic Rev Hargreaves produced the gay disco anthem “So Macho” by Sinnita and has been earning royalties from it ever since. Presumably, he would be earning even more royalties if he was the songwriter, hence this odd little manifesto commitment.

At least we now know where the money for the thousands of placards which have littered lampposts up and down the country came from…

Predictably, it turned nasty – the SCP pushed leaflets through letterboxes across the country stating that the “Christian Democrat Party” had decided not to campaign in the election, so as not to compete with their “brothers”. Quite correct, but very misleading, as the CPA had been describing themselves as “a christian democrat party” for some time. The SCP’s response? – The altogether immature “they are running a muslim candidate!” They would have had more success if they had tried “but they started it”.

The CPA were no more mature, however, indulging in agressive heckling at the Vote count at Glasgow’s SECC which descended into a good old fist fight – which they dragged a seventy year old SNP Politician into.

It’s unlikely that they would ever have stormed into power, but even so – the turnout for the Christian parties has been devastatingly poor. Less than 1.4% of the people who turned out (and that’s only about 46% of the population) voted for these guys.

Which means that I can have a good solid laugh at the fate of the god botherers, and turn to more serious concerns – like will the SNP manage to form a government? It’s an exciting and interesting time for me – I have been a nationalist (although not a member of the party) for as long as I have been able to vote, and this is the first time that we have come close to actually winning.

Numerically, I guess we have won – we have more MSPs than any other party, but that’s not a majority and not a strong enough position to move for a referendum on independence – there’s plenty of work to be done from here.