I revisited your post today and this stuck out more than most of the other scurrilous things you wrote.
And I learned today that you perform only to destroy others who disagree with you. By your own words. Which is evidence. And beyond all reasonable doubt.
I have explained a great many times, to you and probably most religious people I have interacted with, that I felt obliged to do some background research on Moses while writing a fantasy novel. I never doubted the historicity of this character, even though the miracles etc were palpable nonsense. So you can perhaps imagine my surprise when I found out that he was, according to those who are considered genuine experts in this field, simply a work of fiction.
After this ”discovery” I set about reading the bible. Something I had never done. My old KJV is full of little red marks where I have made notes and then toddled off to do the research. History, archaeology, geography etc.
I am no more than a raw amateur in these fields. It was – and still is – simply an interest.
Back then, I was blissfully unaware of people such as Dawkins, Chris Hitchens etc and on the other side Ken Ham and William Lane Craig. I had never heard the term ”Apologetics”.
Also, my initial aim when I began blogging was simply to post a bit of writing and find an online publisher. It was only afterwards that I came across the religious crazies.
Discovering there were people who actually believed the world was 6000 years old and that dinosaurs roamed the earth with humans was simply mind-boggling.
Of course, once the lid is lifted on this Pandora’s Box one is confronted with a whole host of ”crazy” – enough to last several lifetimes – and the choice is then to either back away or engage. I opted for the latter. After all, it was fascinating. People believing dinosaur co-existed with humans? I mean, just Wow !
It was a little later after this initial foray I began to come across de-converts, a natural outcome of investigating religious indoctrination. A number of de-converts you have no doubt read or encountered over on Nate Owens’ blog my own, and probably a few others besides.
Reading their experiences I was gobsmacked, to use the colloquial term. Some of their testimonies actually made me squirm.
That kids would be subject to this type of horrendous abuse – and still are – was truly beyond my understanding.
That people truly believed in a literal Fire and Brimstone Hell, eternal torture, that they were brainwashed into believing they were sinners from birth etc etc, that the bible was to be taken literally, left me aghast. It was utterly gag worthy.
I was raised a cultural Christian, as most Westerners are I suppose, in a very laisez-faire religious environment. The church just was ”there”. It played no significant role in my life or my family’s or my friends, as far as I can recall.
One thing I soon realised after entering this world of religious nutjobs was this: the persecution complex that you and so many other Christians exhibit is demonstrative of the sheer arrogance you display regarding your own religion. As if Christianity is the only religion in the whole wide world that matters and poor downtrodden Christians are being persecuted left, right and centre by nasty atheists and Muslims and every other non-Christian who you lot just happen to disagree with. Well boo hoo to that.
Christianity in one form or another has been responsible for more pain and suffering than one could possibly attribute to any sort of genuine, loving creator deity.
Your kind have slaughtered each other, slaughtered every other faith / religion and non-religion, and slaughtered their way across the globe. All in the name of some god or another.
In the name of love (sic) and the god you genuflect to, adherents of the Christian faith have justified, sanctioned, and maintained slavery, while several supposed unenlightened ”heathen” nations did away with it hundreds of years before Christians.
Adherents of the Christian faith have been instrumental in committing genocide, not least among the Native Americans of North America.
In the name of your god Apartheid was justified.
Religion has been tearing the heart out of the Middle East since forever. Religion is at the heart of the current Syrian conflict, and was there for Bush when he began his war.
And now we have Islamic Terrorism to deal with. Mindless religious fanatics who slaughter each other and ”Infidels” without hardly blinking an eye.
This is the religion Judaism and Christianity spawned. Accept this as fact and own it, Paul.
Religion actively undermines science. A generation of kids are being weaned on Creationism.
Religion actively undermines decent ethics and morality.
You accuse me of being a charlatan and of manipulation? And you ban me for speaking out?
You get upset that I swear on occasion, while children are blown to smithereens in active suicide bombings.
And yet you write nothing of this? Of the millions who have died of HIV/AIDS because of the Catholic Church’s stance on contraception.
And then, after declaring you consider the bible unreliable and agreeing that the character Jesus of Nazareth is a narrative construct – a work of fiction – you turn the tables and in a flash are fawning over your religious followers once more and indulging in some gratuitous back slapping while slamming Tildeb and I.
This is risible. But so be it. Atheists are used to this level of hypocrisy and theological two-step.
Your religion, and others, has manipulated humankind for thousands of years. A great many ordinary decent people consider religion has had its day in the sun and has left very little but a legacy of misery.
Many people, including me, think it’s about time to take out this trash that is religion and call it quits already.
And your ”God Soft Hand Jesus” can go royally screw himself while we are at it.
Have a (nice) day.