Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Thursday, December 09, 2004

the bigots are at it again...

It's war on secularism. And the pogrom is in full swing. Only secularists commit child abuse, adultery, rape, and murder. Only secularists are disgusting homosexuals. Secularists are incapable of morally sound decisions and actions. Secularists are the cause of all of society's ills. If you're not religious you're responsible for all of the evils in the world. Believe it! It's The Truth - the church told me so!

Wow, how stupid do these religious bigots think I am?


Blogger Mallrat said...

Love your refusenik counter.
BTW, have you seen samantha power's site- the author of a problem from hell, looks like she has also doen the intro for a reprint of hannah arendt's origins of totalitarianism - oh hell i can't find it thru the carr centrew for human rights. it'll turn up. it's late.

oh yeah - what shits me is how pervasive the stuff about god and a higher power is in american non-fiction - books to mags to webstuff. Perfectly fine to argue that faith may make for more optimistic people, societies, etc, etc, but when you start pathologising agnosticism, aethism -- urgghhhhh.... i remember years ago reviewing a stupid americna self help book on how women could increase their orgasmic potential and there was a whole chapter on loving god.
go figure...

December 09, 2004 10:35 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Hi mallrat, thanks for steering me towards Samantha Power's book. I hadn't heard of her. Her book sounds interesting. So I googled... and found...

Shit! What are you guys doing to me! I'm becoming aware of great books at a rate quicker than I can
(a) afford to buy them
(b) read them

I am realising one thing though: Getting pissed off appears to be a temporary cure for depression.

Thanks for your comment, mallrat.

December 09, 2004 11:53 PM  
Blogger BigBob said...

Just watch out when you come down from being pissed off.

The depression when things that are just so damn wrong don't change is pretty bad.

This rise of Religion could be as cyclical phenomenon. Remember, Christianity has been losing ground for years. Maybe it's payback time for us secular types.

December 10, 2004 9:57 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Gerry, they don't hate you because they think you're stupid, they hate you because they think you're not. You don't fit neatly into their little plans and scemes (read: hand in your wallet).

December 10, 2004 12:45 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

The way I see it, bigbob, "free enterprise" governments have a place for Christian religion and that is to handle welfare and maybe even education, and in return they spruik the evils of Leftist thinking i.e. secularism, socialism, etc. The demonisation of Islam is a nice touch too. All this whilst the government facilitates military interevention anywhere on the globe where there seems to be not enough globalised "free enterprise" going on. And after the military's "liberated" a population they're going to need a lot of Christian "charity" to "help" the devastated population whilst the installation of "free enterprise" is going on. /rant

December 10, 2004 1:44 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

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December 10, 2004 2:03 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Jeff, I think they are quite correctly terrified that secularism migh hit critical mass soon and that would be the end of religious domination of the national psyche. That's a form of freedom they have no intention to allow to happen. But now that the secular cat's out, I wonder how they're going try to stuff it back in the bag.

Unless we just roll over for these loonies, I doubt they can pull it off. I think we're just seeing their final desperate flailings before they realise their ability to control thought is at an end.

People can see superstition for what it is these days. Inless Christianity models it's education system after the Taliban madrassas, they're not going to be able to fool anyone for very much longer. But first we gotta educate them Yanks, Jeff, they's gettin' a touch uppity... ;-)

December 10, 2004 2:03 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Gerry, Gerry, I beg you not to let ignorant bigots upset you so much. It's not as if you lived in the States, where there are millions of them, and even there they are outnumbered, probably, by people of good sense. Just stop reading their pernicious garbage; you can learn nothing from it.
As I have told you before: Mitt der Dummheit kampfen Gotter selbst vergebens.
In the words of an English cabinet minister: Don't let the bastards grind you down.

December 11, 2004 11:50 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

It's what these fanatical idiots are capable of that gets on my goat, Tony.

December 12, 2004 6:36 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Yes, I know, Gerry. It's just the overheated language that I deplore. Talking of pogroms when you really mean "saying unkind things about my lack of religious faith" traduces the memory of Jews in Russia in the nineteenth century.
It's like people speaking of someone being "crucified" by the media; the 6,000 slaves who were nailed up along the Appian way by Crassus might think that an inappropriate use of the word.

December 13, 2004 12:21 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Tony, mate, good point. But, in defence, what about metaphor? Are those words so "untouchably sacred" that they cannot be used metaphorically to illustrate a point being made, a touch of hyperbole in order to wax rhetorical?

I do admire your desire to blandify my texts, Tony, and thus make them more palatable for a sophisticated English taste bud, but I fear they would not be mine if they were devoid of jarring metaphor.

I prefer to make my points with sledgehammers, not feathers. I know that you speak, like Phaedrus did in Zen and the Art of Motorcycling, of Quality. One day I might become a writer of Quality, but at this blogging phase of my chrysalis, I find hyperbole a valid rhetorical tool and one which fits my current state of mind, deranged as it is by having seen and experienced too much.

If my style is to deplorable to you, I'm very sorry. But I looked over what I've said, and I will apologise neither to the Jews (check out the crap that's going down on the West Bank and Gaza and then tell me if I owe them any apology for the use of the word pogrom), nor to the crucified long-dead slaves, because if anything, I'm ranting against a new drive to turn most of us into slaves and these so called "Christians" are handmaidens to the mongerels trying to implement this New Empire, so I figure the slaves of which you speak would be applauding me from beyond rather than feeling all put out. I hear them shouting "Go, Gerry, go!!"

I'm a machinegunner and my words are my bullets. If I can blow a few metaphorical heads off as I spray a target area, that's wonderful. That's fighting for freedoms soon to be lost.

And you point is still valid, Tony. It's just that my target audience is not so refined as to be justified in taking umbrage at my style of expression.

December 13, 2004 8:41 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Corrigendum: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
So all you pedants can settle down now. And when Blogger finally get thair shit together and provide an editing facility for their "comments" feature, I won't have bore you shitless with supplementary comments.
Blame Blogger !!!

December 13, 2004 8:54 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Again, you wrong me. I have no wish to "blandify" your texts; I was just suggesting that they would be more effective if they were less intemperate. A rapier can do more harm than a blunderbuss. You have good points to make but they often get lost amid the abuse, or, as you would put it, amid all the fucking shit.
And "more palatable for a sophisticated English taste" is a sneer unworthy of you; why not come straight out with it and say that I am a pansy wimpish mealy-mouthed Pom?

December 15, 2004 8:36 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

P.S. Your paragraph in defence of metaphor was an admirable riposte, making a good point cogently. Shows what you can do when you're not foaming at the mouth.

December 15, 2004 8:42 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Tony, I'm glad you haven't gone away hurt and disgusted.
I do value you input even if I find it hard to take onboard. I think in age you've probably got about 10 years on me and in the practice of writing you might well have 30 years on me.

I've only been blogging for seven months and before that the only "creative" writing I did was in a very "robust" Fidonet/Usenet forum where verbal abuse was almost derigeur so perhaps I learned a lot of bad habits there which I now need to unlearn. However, there I learned that one need not react negatively to being abused. Water/duck's back etc.

And then there's my ambient anger level for which I blame the world and those who "run" it. this often flavourse my response to people quite undesrving of my anger. For this apologise. Frequently. Probably till I die. I don't think the world will improve much by then and I can't see me attaining satori by then either. Talk to me about enlightenment next lifetime.

December 16, 2004 11:21 AM  

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