Yesterday I watched Greta Christina’s superb “Why are you atheists angry?” talk at Skepticon 4 last year. I haven’t seen that talk before and I am slightly ashamed of that fact. Today I read Atheists and Anger, her transcript of the same talk, and am convinced that this is one of the single best pieces of atheist writing anywhere. Needless to say I agree with almost every single thing she says (not living in the USA means that some of her points were not directly relevant to me).
One of the things that stands out the most in my mind, after watching that talk and being in touch with some of what is happening in the world, is that religions are perverted. The sickest, most disgusting and despicable ideas and actions – the ones that make me feel ashamed to not be doing more about it – come from religious texts, religious leaders and their obedient followers.
Religions treat women like dirty, stupid sperm receptacles. It is the view of Abrahamic religions that women must be covered up, disdained, hidden, treated like a burden by the oh-so-superior males of the species. A women walking down the street in an Islamic country faces a real threat of being murdered if she is not covered from head to toe in a black sack. Girls trapped in a burning school are left to die instead of being allowed out of the building without their burqas on. Because doing so would bring shame onto their families.
No, leaving the children to die brings shame on the entire community that allows this kind of perverted madness to continue.
In both the Muslim (under Sharia law) and Christian faiths it is explicitly stated that a girl or woman who is RAPED by a man must marry him or be put to death. Women are severely punished and made to apologise and repent their sins after being raped. By men who were far stronger than they are and who are far more respected than they are.That is deeply, disturbingly perverted.
Even if a woman is not forced to marry her rapist, she is not allowed to have a safe abortion. It is considered far better that she raise a child which will always remind her of a brutal attack than that she be allowed to terminate the pregnancy before the blastocyst has attached itself to the wall of the uterus. Even though the Bible itself says nothing of the sort. The Christian god, in fact, is quite fond of murdering foetuses and doesn’t even consider an infant less than one month old to be people. Perverted.
Religions mandate that women be subservient and submit to their husbands, even if they are being abused, raped and terrorised by those men who are supposed to protect and care for them. Perverted.
Children are terrorised by ghastly visions of eternal damnation in a fiery pit if they do not prostrate themselves before a magical fairy in the sky. They are told that this fairy loves them, that he will care for and protect them, but only if they deny the very impulses that mark them as human. They are forbidden to question the unproven existence of this god (whichever one you like). They are told to wish as hard as they can for things they want, that God will provide, that if they don’t get what they asked for they didn’t wish hard enough. Perverted.
Children are denied life saving medical treatment in favour of wishing really hard, or trusting in the will of a being created in man’s own image. A resentful, malicious, hateful bastard who would rather kill 50% of embryos, before the pregnancy is even recognised, than reduce the suffering of one child. And if they don’t feel better, they didn’t wish hard enough. Perverted.
Children are taught by their religious parents and leaders that sexuality is dirty, that if they are not attracted to one person of the opposite sex something is wrong with them and they will go straight to hell. And they are told this while being systematically raped and sodomised by the very same religious leaders who are protected by the highest figures in their churches. Fucking perverted.
Boys have their penises mutilated in the name of one sick god or the other. Perverted.
Girls have their clitorises hacked out to appease some filthy god or another. Perverted.
Children are ritually tortured and killed because their parents or their parents’ religious leaders say that they are possessed by demons. Because they have emotional problems. Or they have epilepsy. Or they are too young to know why their Mommy is witholding their dinner. Perverted.
Religious leaders lie, steal, incite hatred, take sexual advantage of their followers and get away with it because they are “men of god.” Perverted bastards.
Mother Theresa. Sick fucking pervert.
While all of this is going on people like me, people who love their families and friends, people who go out of their way to be courteous to strangers and refuse to judge people for being different. We are the ones who are accused of being morally corrupt because we do not have faith in a malevolent dictator in the sky. We are told that our lives are devoid of wonder and meaning because we choose not to believe in fairy tales. Something is very, very wrong here.