Considering that I am atheist…

…There is way too much God in my life!
I wake up, and during my breakfast, I watch Touched By An Angel and 7th Heaven.
Then, I read Little Women, and Mrs March is all like “Lean on the arm of God!!”.
Even reading Enemy Mine, God is there, because they’re always talking about the Shizumaat!
And while I love 7th Heaven (until the parents go batshit crazy), and Enemy Mine has strengthened my relationship with Mickey Mouse,  it means I am constantly thinking about religion!
Which is a pointless cycle, where I always come to the conclusion “I don’t like it.”

Note on my ‘atheism’ : I do actually have spiritual beliefs, so I am not strictly atheist, but ‘agnostic’ doesn’t put across the message that I dislike almost all forms of organised religion.
But on the other hand, atheism could be called a religion.
There needs to be a new word for me *nods*
Aaaand… I made this post after looking at my tag cloud and thinking “I don’t want God’s name that big. I talk about him too much. I don’t like religion, and I don’t want people to think I do by talking about it so much.” =/ *sigh*
If I did talk about religion as much as I think about religion then the word ‘religion’ would be the only one in my tag cloud!

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Scientology and brain powerrrrr

I don’t know a lot about Scientology – I’m not pretending too, and some of the things I say may be inaccurate.
I was just thinking about it, this is my blog, I can say what I want to, and you don’t have to like it 🙂 and I’m not saying that my opinion is fact.
What I do know I’ve learnt from the local news (which of course tries to make them sound crazy), Australia’s Scientology website, and my Mum.

(Paraphrased heavily from the website)
Scientology is ‘the study of truth’.
Scientology is about how man is an immortal, who’s spirit carries on after his body is dead.
It is also about how the brain has a lot of power, and becoming more attuned to your spirit, and strengthening your mind.

I agree with the concept of the brains power (I was going to put the example in these brackets that we only use 10 percent of our brains, but then I Googled that and found out it isn’t true =/), and that the spirit is who you really are, and that you carry on after your body dies.

But whenever someone is talking about this power of the mind, and/or becoming self aware, and they use the word ‘Godlike’, I immediately think they are pricks.
I think maybe a reason people don’t like scientology is that they think it sounds a bit superior, like scientologists think they are better than others because they are trying to tap into their ‘Godlike’ powers.
Like, I was kinda with Scientology (despite the odd ‘auditing’) until it said “We are seeking to make a man into a higher being.”

Of course, the other reason people don’t like scientology, is because of the reported cult-like-ness, and that people are shunned if they try to leave, etc.
But is that so different from other religions?
My Mum said she felt pressured by her husbands family into joining their religion, and that the minister would come around regularly to ‘check up’ on everyone.
When my brother went to live with that family, he converted also, even though before he seemed definitely athiest, and would laugh at religion… and now after moving out, he seems to have gone back to how he was.

About the ‘auditing’ sessions – my mother had one done, for free), and it sounded quite dodgy to be honest.
But anyway, the idea seems to be that the E-Reader is sort of like a lie detector, but they use it to detect your negative thoughts, and ‘unwanted spiritual connections’, and work things out until you don’t have them any more…
Basically, it’s therapy.
Normally, you have to pay to be audited.
I think you have to pay for most things with Scientology.

And this is partly why I think it’s not really a religion, and not really a church, and that it should have to pay taxes.
Religions generally have a specific God – Scientology has an ‘8th Dynamic’ referred to as ‘INFINITY, God, The Supreme Being, or Creator’.
What they’re all about, while being spiritual in nature, doesn’t seem to have much to do with their God, but just being in touch with spirituality in general.
I think it’s kinda up to each Scientologist (is that a word?) to decide what their Creator is.
And as far as I know they don’t have any scripture or other specifics about their God.
Now, back to paying for their services… do you pay a priest to confess your sins? No, because it’s a religious service.
Auditing is a therapeutic service.
If they receive money from their followers, not as donations, but to pay for a specific service, shouldn’t they have to pay taxes?
In this aspect, they are like a business, no?

‘Latest Posts’ lies to me! (and why I couldn’t be religious)

I check my global dashboard, and use the ‘latest posts’ section down the bottom to find recent and interesting things to comment on.
But I clicked one post (about lethal injections as execution) and it was from 2006!!!
And I was frustrated, because it was a topic I was interested in, but I didn’t want to comment on a post so old.
It also made me concerned I had commented on other old posts without realising it.
And it often seems to show a lot of blog posts from the same people – at first I think they’re fake copy-paste posts from spammers, but they seem to be fairly legitimate, but how could they have all been posted so recently? maybe they’re all old posts!
Does ‘latest’ actually mean LATE-est to WordPress? as in they were made ages ago?

 

Anyway, on a very different topic that popped into my head for little reason.
On my phones ‘notes’ I have some thoughts for my blog that I haven’t posted, or have posted later but forgotten to use my notes as a reference O.o; lol
I wrote this after my Christian friend said something about the ‘unimportant’ or ‘less important’ parts of The Bible.
And one of them is ‘I could never be religious’ (thinking of Christianity in particular)
It says;

“I just could not be Christian.
I think a Christian should believe every word in The Bible – not what they chose to be important or unimportant, hello, it’s the fucking WORD OF GOD, I would think it’s all important!
But a lot of things it says in The Bible, I could not believe, because I think they’re wrong.
Truly, I believe, that The Bible is written by men (albeit, Saints or whatever, but MEN) and whether or not they had guidance from God or not, they would’ve put their own bias or opinion into what they wrote, or interpreted God’s word incorrectly, due to their own bias.
So, I cannot believe everything in The Bible, I would have to pick and choose, like all of the others do, to be happy with it.
But I could not be happy because I could not pick and choose! Who am I to pick and choose!?
If I was Christian, it would be fake, it would be a lie.
And it wouldn’t make me happy at all.”

I think I still believe all that now.
Keep in mind that was really written for me, not for other people.
A main point I dislike about religion, is that people of OTHER religions are going to Hell – they believe just as much and as hard as any one else, and they love their God, and live just and respectful lives… they believe that they have put their faith in the right thing… but they’re going to Hell? for having faith?
And also, that if I became a Christian, it would mean thinking that my mother and most of my family would be going to Hell, even though they are good, beautiful, amazing people… mostly :p

And, I watch a show called The Tudors, about Henry The 8th, and there was a lot of religious persecution going on around then.
People got burnt because, even though they believed in the same God as the people punishing them, they didn’t believe that consecrated bread became the flesh of God.
I’m with them, really – it’s symbolism.
And, as one ‘heretic’ woman (Anne Askew?) said, “I have read that God made man, but no where have I read that man can make God.”

If it was real, Jesus would be sitting in Heaven, pale, with chunks taken out of his arm, going “yeah, thanks a lot”.
And, if you are what you eat, then does that mean that Catholics are Jesus!? O.O;
Also, I like to imagine a women going to communion, being offered the wafer, and going “I’m on a diet”.
^^;

Paedophilia, Adults Acting Like Children, ‘Praying’

This is a big blog post of random things I’ve been thinking about for months, because it seems dicky to make three separate blog posts in the same day.

I’ll start of with the use of the word ‘praying’, because that’s my oldest thought.
I don’t like it when people, religious or otherwise, use the word ‘praying’ as if its the same as ‘wishing’ or ‘hoping’.
It’s especially annoying when religious people do it, because I don’t know whether they mean it as wishing/hoping or in the religious sense.
I’ve seen a Christian girl on Facebook say someting like “I’m praying I get this job”, and I think she may have even asked people to pray for her – to me, that seems selfish, and shallow, and like a… I don’t know, an abuse of God.
You should get a job on your own merit, NOT because you asked a divine power.
It reminds me of in Glee when Finn was praying to his Grilled Cheesus to let him touch Rachel’s boob!

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Another thing thats been bugging me lately, is adults acting like children.
I don’t mean those that are young at heart, because I don’t believe in age limits; when I’m an adult I’ll still watch cartoons and cry at Disney movies.
I mean the kind of adults I’ve encountered on Facebook, that behave like ‘children’ in a very negative sense of the word, the way they themselves would describe kids, but are still ageist and demand respect from those younger than them when they show none in return.

They are ignorant, uneducated, they are crass and abusive – these are things a lot of people may expect from someone my age.
They cuss out and even threaten teenagers, all the while saying things like “your just a kid, get a life”… hello, you are the grown adult on Facebook verbally abusing ‘kids’ – maybe you need to get a life.
And often the teens they get into arguments with, conduct themselves with ten times the maturity, and never resort to swear words, while all the ‘grown-ups’ can say is ‘douche bag’ and ‘fuck off’.
I pointed out that they were upsetting their own family (cus this was on their nieces wall) and that it was shameful, and they told their niece to tell me to ‘fuck off or else’ – that is a threat, albeit an empty one.

You know what this teaches me? Not to respect my elders.
And is someone my elder when two years ago they were a teenager just like me? I don’t think so.
Just because they’ve lived for longer than me, that doesn’t mean they are more mature, or smarter, than I am.
Older people lament the loss of this way of thinking, but it just does not apply to life any more…
Elders used to be respected because towns were much smaller, and the oldest villagers had lived there all their lives, and so would’ve been very knowledgeable, right?
And if people in this day and age no longer blindly give their trust and respect to ‘elders’, maybe that’s a good thing (but you should respect people in general, and they should respect you in return)

Adults are supposed to protect children, not threaten them, not corrupt them.

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And this leads me to another subject I’ve been thinking about – paedophilia.
Most people have heard about that ‘Pedophiles Guide’ that was on Amazon dot com.
The author (Philip R. Greaves II) of that book said ‘some children even enjoy these encounters’…
Okay, I’d like to put a huge emphasis on the word some
But I have heard of victims of paedophilia that say they were not abused, but were loved.
(That kinda reminds me of Stockholm Syndrome, but anyway)
It is still abuse.
The reason why it is abuse, is because they are children.

Even if they did make the decision to have sexual relations with an adult, they could not fully understand the consequences of their decision.
I mean, human’s bodies and brains have so much development to go through, that lasts for a very long time, and children do not have fully developed decision making skills – not just because they don’t have the same level of experiences and knowledge as an adult, but because that part of their brain is still growing.
I’m a child myself still, so I am not being ageist or discriminatory, I’m pretty damn sure that is fact, and I’m just accepting it.

The author of the book also complained about how paedophiles are portrayed in the media, movies and tv shows.
He said they were always kidnappers, rapists and murderers.
For starters, they are rapists – ‘statutory rape’ is sex with a minor.
And I have also seen them portrayed as people that ‘groom’ children, gain the trust of the children (and the parents)… how do the children know whats going on isn’t right? how can they tell their parents? this person is like a family friend or even a family member.
And I think that is the kind of paedophile that author and that book represents, and it’s no less wrong and no less horrifying than any other kind – in fact, I think it may be worse.

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If I were a good blogger I guess I’d have references and links and pictures for everything I’ve said, but I’m not, because I’m not a journalist, and I’m not here to enlighten people, I’m just here to rant about what I think.

“Ban The Burqa” is BS!

I hate the “Ban The Burqa” debate.

It started with an overreaction to a couple of robberies involving burqas.
I think only one occurred in Australia.
People started calling for it to be banned.
This is completely stupid and wrong.

Stores and banks have the freedom to put up signs saying something like “No burqas covering the face”, just as they have done with motorcycle helmets and other such things.
That is fair, people should not enter banks with their face concealed.

The only reason to ban the burqa, considering this, must come from bigotry and intolerance.
Calling it “un-Australian”… I’m sorry, but WTF is Australian culture??
The stereotype of beaches and surfies and beer? or boomerangs and bush tucker and Dreamtime?

The first can also be said of many places in America, and the second is always going to be apart of Australia, that can’t be changed by what I’ve always thought of Australia as – a welcoming, friendly, country that embraces all cultures and peoples!

What about sarongs? they’re Hawaiian… >>;

People complain that it’s a sign of oppression, that it’s slavery of women, etc.
Yes, some women may be forced to wear the burqa by their father, brothers, husband.

But what about woman that WANT to wear the burqa?
They see it as a sign of their faith!
By banning the burqa WE would become their oppressors!!!

A part of their religion is modesty, being humble, not possessing shallow and material objects.

And this makes me think… of Nuns.
They wear their habits, and dress conservatively, to be modest, and as a symbol of their religion, as a sign of their love and obedience to their Saviour.
They also do not possess material objects.

Do we see Nuns habits as oppression to women?

A mural has recently been painted on a wall somewhere (yeah, I’m too lazy to check where in Australia) of a Muslim woman, in a Burqa, with one of those big red ban signs over her. and it says ‘ban the burqa’.

The painter claims this is not hateful, nor directed at Muslims, or Islam, but at ‘extremism’.

Wearing a special article of clothing, which you interpret as part of your religion, is extremism?

What about that big hat the Pope wears?

And, I understand that burqas can appear intimidating.
Someone walking towards you, dressed entirely in black, just their eyes showing, it can be frightening, also because its so alien and different from us.
I admit I prefer sari’s, all pretty and bright, but that goes against the conservative meaning of the burqa.

Banning the burqa would be an act of extremism. An act of oppression. And an act that is UN-AUSTRALIAN.

Or, I think so, anyway.

EDIT ::

(I would reply to Abu if I had a translator that did what I wanted it to, sorry, so this is not a reply)
I found a comment in my spam filter for this post that said ‘i see what you did there’, and for a moment I thought it was a real comment, because, omg, I DID do something there to see!
but, sadly, it came from a link to a weight watching site =/ I’m so disappointed