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Mankind’s Nemesis – Religion!!!

May 6th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

It’s 2013, the Human Genome Project was completed a decade ago in 2003 – the entire genetic make – up of a human being (which incidentally was initially estimated would take a century or so to sequence. It took 13 years. We neglected to factor in that science and technology moves exponentially not linearly), the internet as we know it is 20 + years old, and via stem cell research and cutting – edge biotechnology we ARE going to be able to manufacture vital organs, cure cancer, and have answers and solutions for a plethora of other dreadful diseases. Someday we may even understand what consciousness is or the very thing that makes you – you. Just imagine the possibilities!!! Immortality (I personally wouldn’t want to live forever but I don’t think I’d mind a couple of hundred more years or so).

Well if there’s any hope in living longer and enjoying better lives, one thing must go – The inane yet insidious fairy tale – religion. Okay my mother believes in Jesus/Christianity, etc and many other people I love cling to the myths – fine…. But the fanaticism must go, and one religion must go completely and that is Islam.
This killer kid, Dzhoklar Tsarnnaev, who incidentally I’m sick to death of reading and hearing about, could have had it all, but he threw it all away for make – believe stories that happen to be vicious violent nonsensical rubbish taken literally from the outlandishly, spectacularly, achingly and almost hilariously tome, the koran. Daniel Dennett, one of the greatest scientific minds of today calls religion cravenness. I love this word. The OED defines it as cowardly, contemptibly timid, and pusillanimous. That’s it – the fear of the fact that everything, and I mean everything including the great universe itself lives and will someday die. Why does that upset people???
So WhaDaYaThink ??? What do you think ? How do we become progressive and ultimately eradicate ignorance? I’m not overly concerned about folks who like Proverbs and the teachings of Jesus as long as it’s held in check. I mean DO NOT interfere with stem cell research, accept that evolution is a fact, and lets work together to make better lives for ourselves and our children.

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17 Responses to “Mankind’s Nemesis – Religion!!!”

  1. Rick Says:

    No co,ment

  2. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    … indeed. But ‘religion’ comes in many more forms than we’d anticipate. One of man’s greatest nemeses: selfish, self-worshiping pride – whether in faux-religious or faux-scientific [‘scientistic’] form. (…so to speak: ‘…whether Hitlerist, Hitchenista, or Holy Joe’) …AND the real antagoisms are never as simple as the tensions/embattlements twixt conservative vs. liberal/ atheist vs theist/republican vs. democrat/etc. ..Rather, the deepest and most enduring rift seems to be that between yielding self-honesty and stubborn self-justifying. It is never too long before we each has real and robust opportunity to glimpse the depth of delusion to which we’ve each variously succumbed – some for a time, some for a lifetime. (Having said that, jaded, nihilist hopelessness is not the end or answer here. Any real answers will pertain to a PENULTIMATE hopelessness, rather; one that finally yields to the most stubborn and fundamental mystery (…namely, the Being of LOVE “in Whose Light we see Light,” to paraphrase scripture.)

  3. magdalena Says:

    In the words of the great John Lennon…..LOVE is the answer. This holds true whether you believe in religion or not. However, the thought of eradicating religion because of the fanaticism of a few is another form of extremism.

  4. Chip Says:

    When asked what religion I am, I almost always reply “well, I was raised Catholic”. So virtually anyone can immediately interpret that to be exactly what I intended: I was raised Catholic, but do not follow the teachings of the church. In truth, despite my “mature years” I still cannot decipher exactly what I believe………..is there a supreme being, is there a heaven/hell/purgatory, etc. Bottom line, there are staunch believers of every religion, but who is to say they are wrong………..except staunch believers of a different religion. The bottom line is that each is entitled to believe what suits them and if it gives them comfort, then good for them. Michael, I understand where you’re coming from, but I thinks it’s best not to judge another individuals beliefs in anyway, EXCEPT for when they utilize their own religion and distort its teachings in order to inflict damage to another group. I happen to and do business with a Muslim and he and his family couldn’t be nicer. From time to time we’ll get on the topic of what’s happening on this planet and he’s appalled. He cannot believe how some followers of Islam distort the readings of the Quran and utilize it for their own agenda.
    My final words: Christianity, Judaism, Islam……., whatever you believe or don’t believe, I am accepting of your belief, just don’t cram it down my throat! Also, as for your comment:”… my mother believes in Jesus/Christianity, etc and many other people I love cling to the myths – fine…. But the fanaticism must go, and one religion must go completely and that is Islam”.
    We can have our beliefs, but the fact of the matter is NO ONE knows what the truth is and we won’t know until we die (or will we if there is indeed absolutely nothing?!). That being said, it’s extremely unfair, somewhat and judgmental and rather condescending to call anothers beliefs “myths”. Who is to say they’re not right! As for saying “Islam must go completely”, that to is too rash a statement and is unfair to the followers of Islam who abide by the teachings and are loving, gentle souls. Truth is, most religions are more similar than different. I absolutely do agree than “fanatacism” is the problem. ANYTHING taken to an extreme, especially for ones own gain, is bound to be harmful to the majority (i.e. Hitler).

  5. Le duke de fromage Says:

    Well said Chip!

  6. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Chip,

    Thanks for your always thoughtful and incisive remarks. Before I continue, I absolutely must make crystal clear that I’m not attacking Middle Eastern folks, Chechens, or anybody else for that matter, people are people. What I am attacking is the religion that encourages man to kill and take innocent lives in the name of allah or any or other mythical character. Not to pick on just Islam, I’m not sure all people understand how outright evil and nasty the old testament god was/is – destroying whole cities, communities, etc. and burning to death innocent people just because they are homosexual (nice guy) sickens me. The great Richard Dawkins said it best: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

  7. Michael Tabor Says:

    And as far as the verisimilitude (why didn’t I just say likelihood of truth – lol) of the stories contained in any of the religious tomes…well there is none, zero, zippo, not a single solitary shred of any of the myths has any truth to them. No the world is not flat, it’s round. The earth is 6 billion years old and the universe is 14.2 billion years old (if anybody knows anything about carbon and radioactive dating, we can figure out the age of anything almost to the year) not 7000 years old. The sun does not revolve around the earth, it’s the other way around..you get the point. Gravity, DNA, science IS the answer. Just think how wonderful the world could be if we embraced and acknowledged truth, not fairy tales … some day we may find out exactly who we are (the genome has given us the blueprint) and what purpose we serve and maybe just maybe we may discover a superior entity which made us or got us going (when I say I’m an atheist, agnostic, whatever you want to call me, I’m referring to the theological rubbish we now have. Who knows ? No great scientist, including Einstein denies that there may be some superior carbon – based entity). I predict all the major religions that exist today will all be gone in 500 years or so. The truth always prevails and quite frankly good riddance …we’ll have a much better world.

  8. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Kevin, you know I live by the golden rule and I truly believe all people are special, precious, and unique. I respect your mind and love you like a brother but what I don’t understand is your beef with science. Mistakes are made in the world of science all the time; we acknowledge this and aren’t afraid to admit that we’ve gone down blind alleys. Science is literally just getting to the bottom of things or finding out what is true and what is not…among other things. Have you ever heard of a boulder rolling uphill ?? Of course not, the laws of gravity prevent this from occurring. You use the word ‘scientistic” very often which the OED defines as: characterized by or having an exaggerated belief in the principles and methods of science. I believe nothing can be further from the truth because science is the truth (stating the obvious). How many current religions worship the sun ? 7000 years ago almost every civilization embraced the sun and thought of it as a deity. Now last I looked I know of no cultures that practice sun – worshiping – why ? SCIENCE !!! We understand the sun now.

  9. Michael Tabor Says:

    My beautiful Magdalena – LOVE is the answer and the truth will set you free. The world is going to get better and better if we embrace the truth. I can’t wait to see what happens in the world of science (I’m not a jaded nihilist as Kevin suggested – life is truly a miracle). I study science almost every free moment I have ( as you know) and sometimes I experience epiphanies that are so powerful that words are inadequate to describe the feeling. The HUMAN GENOME – that’s the blue – print of life. Without my beautiful science I(as you know bootsie) would have lost my sight. I am a science geek and I can’t wait to get up in the morning and dream about the great things that are in store for mankind if we only allow the truth to carry us to heights that are dizzyingly grand !!!

  10. Michael Tabor Says:

    And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire. Ezekiel 23:25
    Can you imagine a mixed up kid reading this ??? This sounds like pure evil and hatred spewed from a frothing madman who wants to blow up tall buildings with innocent people inside. But there you go – it’s right there in the bible. This is not HEALTHY !!! Nobody should have to read this garbage. I place the blame on the educated cardinals, bishops, the pope for spreading this hatred – shame on them !! They know in their heart of hearts that this is all a lie and as a result countless numbers of innocent people throughout history have lost their lives. More people have been savagely murdered in the name of religion than Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, and Stalin combined – not even close.

  11. rick Says:

    Evolution in man isn’t a fact Mike. There is still a missing link and will always be a missing link(Becuase its not true). The Beastly ape-man may have evolved, but the the man God created in his image did not.Remember school Mike(God= Father , Son & Holy Spirit-Man= Body, Soul & Spirit) Only we were created in Gods image with free will.Science (your god) is at many times “an educated guess” so theres your myth. Heres a hint Mike. Science before God won’t cut it. You won’t live another 200 years on earth either (We still haven’t landed on Mars). We made alot of progress, but never ever could we create the universe and every living thing on it (It didn’t evolve from nothing, thats plain stupid). If we are so smart, wheres the connection to life on other planets, seriuosly? We can’t figure out why kids are getting more peanut allergies more then ever. You put your total dependence in Science. You mean the Science that cured Aids, told us we were evolved from apes, found the cure to cancer? Come on Mike. Science is important while we are alive on earth, but God is forever. Either Jesus was the messiah or he was the craziest man that ever walked the face of the earth. In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God and the Word dwelt among us.

  12. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Rick,

    A wonderful book in terms of explaining all the basic sciences to us laypeople is ‘The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science ‘written by Natalie Angier. In this little gem of a book Natalie clearly points out that science does not explain everything but it does explain an awful lot and the truth of the matter is scientists to date have only just begun – just barely scratching the surface (so many examples such as the genome project, Higgs Boson[the god particle] and so much more) clearly a foreshadowing of what’s to come. Will we ever find a cure for cancer – who knows ?? Maybe in a 1000 years (if man is still around). Cancer is so difficult because of the myriad types of cancers (they say, no 2 cancers are or act the same way) also cancer is virtually impossible to isolate and identify from healthy cells and once metastasis kicks in, sadly life is over.AIDS and every other virus present the same problem of trying to identify and isolate these incredibly small and deadly pathogens, because they viciously invade healthy cells and hijack our DNA…our only hope that researchers & physicians can really see right now in way of a cure is by developing some sort of vaccine, so our body can create its own antibodies and destroy it. And as far as evolution goes, Ms. Angier again argues that so many intelligent people ( laypeople and non – scientific folks) get confused about evolution because they’ve not studied it sufficiently and unbelievably enough because scientists use the term “theory” which means something entirely something different from what regular people consider an “educated guess”. Evolution is not an educated guess, in fact a theory is as close to a law as you can get; an hypothesis in science is an educated guess.

  13. rick Says:

    Heres the key to God, stop looking at religion.

  14. Rick Says:

    A theory is an educated guess. Look it up Mike.

  15. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Rick,

    I do feel very awkward about questioning and doubting Christianity because my dearest friends still in fact believe in at least the new testament – including the love of my life, Magdalena. But, should I fake it and lie just to appease my loved ones (which I often do) ??? or ought I express what’s in my heart of hearts and express what I perceive to be the absolute – rock – solid truth. Okay here it goes (as painful as this may be):

    (cut and paste from Oxford science dictionary)
    A hypothesis is an educated guess, based on observation. Usually, a hypothesis can be supported or refuted through experimentation or more observation. A hypothesis can be disproven, but not proven to be true.

    A scientific theory summarizes a hypothesis or group of hypotheses that have been supported with repeated testing. A theory is valid as long as there is no evidence to dispute it. Evolution has long since crossed the hypothesis barrier and is for all intents and purposes law but to be scientifically correct it’s not law because the definition of a law in science is a body of observations; at the time it is made, no exceptions have been found to a law. Scientific laws explain things, but they do not describe them. One way to tell a law and a theory apart is to ask if the description gives you a means to explain ‘why’.

    Example: Consider Newton’s Law of Gravity. Newton could use this law to predict the behavior of a dropped object, but he couldn’t explain why it happened.

    So do you see the subtle differences between theory and law ??? We can explain evolution but we can’t explain gravity because it just is.

    Anyway, I think there is a God, maybe, sort of ….but we certainly are in a clueless state as to whom & what it is..to date anyway.

  16. Rick Says:

    Theres no fact in an educated guess. If it looks like cake and tastes like cake it is cake. Its all mans be guess without God on what has occured. There may be evolution but the bible states man alone was created in Gods image. Is the bible really a fairytale Mike? Something you can see and touch. Is the Christ really a fairytale even when it explains his death for our sins in the old testament? Is the living God you call a fairytale going to be pleased with you calling him a fairytale?

  17. Rick Says:

    Mike when you say we you mean you and your scientific minded liberal friends. See my post on facebook to you

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