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Some of my views on religion – as posted on my Facebook page

I periodically post material against religion – all religions, no exceptions – on my FB profile page. I had wanted to compile some of these thoughts on this blog. I’ve spent 25 minutes or so digging up old posts, but a lot more remain. This should, however, give a flavour of my views:

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Your weakness to face the truth is no reason to believe rubbish like religion.

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Religion purports to provide knowledge as if by magic. It can’t.

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We are already born steeped in total ignorance. Why increase it further through religion?

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Religion casts an opaque veil of ignorance on its followers.

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The mentally weak claim that religion is a necessity! They want to remain blind for ever.

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Seeing the world clearly is its own reward. Each day for most of my life I have seen the world very clearly – and have never suffered from my lack of religion.

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Religion is tolerable so long as it doesn’t fan the ego.

When people start feeling “great” just because of the TOTALLY random chance that they were born into one or the other religion, and then start fighting others who don’t consider their religion to be in any way “great”, then religion becomes pure poison.

Show your mettle through your OWN achievements, not because of some stupid random chance – and your associated stupidity and failure to understand that ALL religions are bogus.

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Never trust anyone who makes a living from religion.

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Religion arose when man was deeply ignorant. Now it has long outlived any utility.

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Each day I get more angry with religions – all crooked – that are destroying humanity

Religions are morally corrupt, they have actively misled mankind.

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The actual creation of the world is DRAMATICALLY different from what religions say. Religions are the biggest pile of rubbish invented by man.

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I disrespect all religions equally.

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People who spend their life defending a lie (religion) find it hard to stop even when all the facts deny their claims.

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If defending blatant lies is what religion teaches, then it is a doubly shameful activity.

Let’s never teach our children this shameful self-destruction of the human mind.

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Science is open to correction, hence to the truth. Religion is closed, hence a lie.

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If its cosmology and biology is wrong, the rest of a religion must also be wrong.

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The moment you say you have a religion, you’ve put out an invitation to be fooled.

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The moment you say that you have a religion, you disclose your inability to think.

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We need to get rid of all falsehoods; religions are the biggest of all.

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I disrespect your religion but will fight for your right to nonviolent practice of your beliefs

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All “religious believers” are atheists – for all religions but theirs. Just add one.

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Falsehoods are not worthy of respect. That’s why no religion is worthy of respect.

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The moment you say that religions must be “respected”, you directly support murder.

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The day man rejects religion, a semblance of peace may finally come to earth.

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Religion makes people blind. They can no longer see a tree, stone or cow for what it is.

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Religion is the biggest hoax and only utter fools think that a cow is their mother.

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You can continue supporting the hallucinatory drug called religion which causes people to go and kill innocents, or you can fight to get people off this drug, so they can start using their brain for the first time in their life.

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Religion is the biggest falsehood we are earnestly taught.

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Your religion is 100% man-made but I will fight for your right to believe in it.

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Falsified traditions, like flat earthism or religions, don’t count.

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Someone please tell these fanatic Muslims that ALL religion is 100% false.

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If courts followed the standard of “evidence” of religion, the world would collapse.

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There is no science, no religion. Only evidence based truth.

Hearsay is NOT ADMISSIBLE as evidence. ALL religion is hearsay. Q.E.D.

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What could possibly be more evil than religion?

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After first looking after oneself, one can incrementally help the billions of people in the world by showing them a clear vision for the world of the future – a world without religion, a world with a lot of liberty and a lot of science.

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Be aware that it is your laziness in not understanding economics that contributes to chronic avoidable poverty and murder of innocents by governments.

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Stop wasting time on religion and start learning economics.

Assuming you really care. – And are not focused only on the “salvation” of you non-existent “soul”.

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One thing religions can never do is to provide a moral guide.

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I judge all religions by my moral standards and they are all found wanting.

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The moment you take a flu shot you have ACTIVELY denied all religion.

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Religion is like a painting. Science is like a photograph.

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Don’t tell me that socialism can’t be eradicated from India. That shows the nature of your own capabilities. Even the caste system – and religion itself – can be eradicated. That’s my firm belief.

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Religion is like the emperor who had no clothes.

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SO YOU THINK A GOD HAS DESIGNED YOU?

Well, just consider this.

You are what is left over (visible to the universe) after hundreds of thousands of generations of your predecessor **animals** (in all previous forms, starting with amoeba, all the way to reptile, primitive mammal, etc.) fought their way through life and survived billions (even trillions) of life-threatening events.

The only way to survive these trillions of life-threatening encounters was to be better than the competition in every possible way. Else you’d not exist today.

Naturally, in the process, you managed to develop sophisticated gadgets such as the human eye and the human brain, and also many other sophisticated survival tools.

If you run such a fierce competitive process for hundreds of thousands of generations (even millions of generations, since your predecessor animals didn’t survive more than a few weeks, initially), then why is it a surprise to be endowed with the powerful assets (brain, etc.) that we take for granted?

Clearly there was no “soul” that was evolving during this process.

It was merely a struggle for survival.

Your ancestors were fitter than their competition, so you live. They were more violent, more tenacious, more cooperative, whatever it took, to survive. They had NO SOUL and so also you have none.

I trust the believers in soul/ religion/ intelligent design will finally start using their brain and tell us why any such explanation is necessary to explain our existence and our endowments.

The end of religion is inevitable, only a matter of time.

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I have lived without religion for most of my life since I was a little child, and don’t find any shortcoming in my life as a result of this total disregard for religion.

I’m more honest than most people I know (including most religious people), I’ve got more time on my hands since I don’t squander time on religious activity. And I’ve got more money to spend on REAL charity and liberty.

I’m more honest, more charitable, more knowledgeable – all because of my complete lack of religion. Surely this is a win-win situation for mankind.

If you’ve not already thought about it, consider abandoning religion. I promise you that “God” won’t bite you.

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Religion is intended PURELY to boost the self interest and pockets of the thugs who are its leaders. It is full-fledged loot.

DO CARRY ON BELIEVING. As you look to the sky, your pocket will be deftly emptied.

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It is IGNORANT people who are arrogant about their own “culture/ religion/ tribe/ nation” who divide the world.

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Einstein’s insights have been pivotal (along with Darwin’s) in entirely pulling the carpet from below religions.

Once you understand the basic points that Darwin and Einstein made, you know infinitely more about reality than any religious cosmological theory.

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A most detestable “religion” – Hinduism. I left it long ago. I’d be truly ashamed to be known as a Hindu, an oppressor.

But there are genuinely good things that some ancient Indians achieved, such as Charvaka and Chanakya. And Buddha wasn’t too bad.

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I DON’T STOP YOU FROM BELIEVING BUT DON’T TRY TO PROVE YOUR RELIGION IS TRUE. WASTE OF TIME.

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You can simply say you believe in Quran, but don’t try to prove it contains any truth. Unfortunately, it is full of factual falsehoods. Your repeated assertions don’t change reality, I’m afraid.

The same holds true with all other religious books.

I don’t see why you are not content with believing in your book. Why do you want to prove it is true?

Most people get out of this situation by saying religion and science are separate realms. The moment you try to prove religion is true, you are attempting the impossible.

There have been 100,000 religions (this is an actual estimate cited by EO Wilson, not mine) invented by man till now. Islam is just one of them.

Hold on to your belief as strongly as you can, but you just can’t persuade others that it is true.

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Religion makes TOTAL DUNCES out of otherwise sensible humans.

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For God’s sake, end religion. This menace is a throw back from the time when man was DEEPLY IGNORANT and superstitious. Scared of the rustle of trees, the howl of the wind, of shadows.

With the kind of knowledge we now possess, the idea of religion is pure idiocy.

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Christians believe that mobile phones have spirits. Hindus believe they are born from cows. Muslims believe that Mohammed recorded messages directly from God.

I can’t distinguish religions from the mumbo-jumbo of tribal medicine men.

Abracadabra!

Religions provide fun and entertainment to those who see through their delusions.

For God’s sake, stop being stupid, people!

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All across the world, churches are shutting down. Other religions should follow suit. Religion is the most irrelevant activity for modern man, who is only convinced by reason and evidence, not assertions in “holy” books.

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In modern society, religion is an anachronism, being ***entirely*** false and often deadly in its impacts.

Despite that, modern society tolerates religious belief as part of its commitment to Absolute Freedom of Speech.

Religious people are welcome to make all kinds of false, unproven claims and get away with these claims because in the modern free society, the government is not given any power to decide between what is right and what is wrong. All speech is permitted. People can then decide what they wish to do, so long as they don’t harm others. Despite religion being so harmful, it too is tolerated.

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Whether others get offended or not is THEIR own mental problem. No one is obliged to respect anyone else’s beliefs.

No one’s opinions or religious beliefs deserve respect automatically. Respect has to be earned – on the basis of the PROVEN TRUTH. Religious belief can, and should be, pinned down for the falsehoods it contains.

And the Hindutva fanatics have nothing to offer except their silly (and wrong) interpretation of their own religion. They are welcome to their delusions, but can’t force them on others.

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SOMETIMES I FEEL I’M LIVING IN A TIME WARP WITH A LARGE GROUP OF PRE-HUMAN MONKEYS.

It is disconcerting to find such a huge gap between what we know about ourselves (as a biological species) and the imaginations of socialists and religious people.

I thought only children believe in Santa, but grown ups seem to be even more determined to live a lie.

A sorry situation – the education system has failed to instil the most basic critical thinking.

I think there is an unwritten rule – to not challenge people’s beliefs. But challenging stupid/ outdated/ false beliefs is the ONLY point of education.

Religion is a sacred cow, it would appear, even though it is PURE falsehood.

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Religion is in its death throes. Every single religious leader on the run on social media. This loss of respect is irrevocable.

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I left typical Hinduism a long time ago since it ALREADY a dead religion. Any religion that promotes caste discrimination is history as far as I’m concerned. I’d be really glad when ALL religions (including Hinduism) die, and people become HUMAN for the first time in their lives.

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Sanjeev Sabhlok

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6 thoughts on “Some of my views on religion – as posted on my Facebook page
  1. Rajat

    That’s all right. But I just want to ask you why are you patriotic towards india. The concept of india is just come into being because of hindu religion. Hindu majority states and regions integrated in india unlike Burma which was also in british india. In all the states culture and language is so different than each other that they could never have been part of one country. No wonder Pakistan and north india have more semblance of culture and language than it with south india with only religion as the connecting thread. I mean isn’t it a little bit of contradictory when you speak of the progress of india and the pride associated by being indian while you on the other hand discard the very reason of india came into being. See,its just my perspective. Even I agree that religious stories, yoga, dharma etc are all false stories and methods(without any proof). I am just a little bit confused as to why I should favour our india before any other peoples or nations………

     
  2. Lin

    There’s a lineage between sci-fi and myth. Humans have been pondering the unknown, birth and death… When the ancients gazed the sky, they imagined god and goddessess dwelling in heaven who could provide paradise to the dead. The tribal chiefs saw the potential of such belief and from such myth formed religions to unify their tribes and tagged their adversary tribes as followers of the evil enemy of their benevolent gods. When the moderns, equipped with science, gazed the sky, they speculated if there were superior intelligent lives up there and the possibility of cloning and biological imortality, hence all the star wars fiction and what nots. Because of science, star wars remain largely entertainment and fiction and could hardly evolve into real religion.But there’s a lineage.
    As mentioned, religions have tribal political origin and its inesacpable that religions are meshed with interests of tribeal/racial/ethnic groups and the priesthood. Some religions are more obvious like:
    1)Judaism–Does the term ‘chosen people’ ring a bell?
    2)Islam– Here, arabic is the language of paradise, the untranslatable language of koran(holy message from Allah), and the mother tongue of the prophet who had the final say on the future of mankind. All the islamic taboos, like burqa, halal diet, polygamy.. are actually arab/semite cultural facets. The controversy of muslims in kafir countries related to burqa is basically symbolism overdone. Its doubtful if kufirs will en masse sexually harass unveiled muslimahs. The jews, also with their own attire, readily admit the symbolism. Islam,particularly sunni islam, within Middle East is a vehicle of arab civilisational power; Shiite islam, adopted by the persians, is hated because it dilutes such power. Outside the Middle East, Islam is a vehicle of pan-arab power. A way for a non-arab muslim to look ‘pious’ is to dress up like an arab and diet his hair orange like prophet Mohamed did.
    3)Hinduism–It’s a system that historically attempted to keep the upper castes/aryans at the top, with such ‘spirituality’ like reincarnation, ‘aryan = noble,learned’,.. to justify such hierachy. You’re a poor sewage diver and life is miserable? Too bad, you had done evil in your previous lives, so here you’re, a sewage diver and don’t blame the upper castes
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    Sure, christianity has evolved from a semite sect into a major component of western civilisation, however protestant christianity impose almost no costume, dietary, lingual rules on the followers and it’s in fact a lot more ‘universal’ than the rest. IMO, buddhism is the runner up in ‘universality’. I realise the Indian constitution says Buddhism is a hindu sect but it seems world wide, south asia included, the big majority of buddhists want to distant themselves from Hinduism.
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    Last but not least, paradise or hell as reward and punishment system will become obsolete in the coming decades should Artificial Intelligence/cybernetics advance fast. In the future, the mind and memory of the dying will be uploaded into a super-computer network as a cybernetical entity of a virtual universe. The wicked as well as the righteous will lead ever-lasting happy afterlife in the cyber paradise. Nice, isn’t it.
    Jesus, Mohamed, Buddha..will be welcome as residential guests of honour. Language as an immigration requirement will be waived because ‘Babel’, the ancient translation SW, finally got a service pack upgrade.

     
  3. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Please note that not just my family (and there are hundreds of members of my family) but my wife’s family (and there are hundreds of them) live all across India. I am also deeply concerned about the poorest child in India. That’s enough to power the fire to keep working for a great India. And while nationalism when taken to the extreme is a really bad thing, caring for humans in a specific place is not a bad thing (btw, in my official role, I actually care a LOT for the people of Australia, for whose benefit I constantly propose a range of policy reform ideas – and many times people here listen to me). I am a citizen of the world – wherever there is freedom for man.

     
  4. Lin

    Mr. Sanjeev Sabhlok,

    You’ve my admiration as an Indian patriot though I might disagree with your ‘liberalism’. Mr. Rajat raised the point of the institution that can bond India together and it’s a valid concern. What hold a nation together:
    1)Common concern of economic well being
    2)Common enemy
    3)Common language
    4)Sharing the same history and sense of destiny
    5)Sharing the same culture and customs
    6)Sharing the same religion….Throw in more if one wants to
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    (1) is poisoned by the caste system
    (2) Haha, I’m Chinese and many hindu nationalists consider China their enemy;fine with me.
    (3) India has 16 regional languages; too bad
    (4) Its kind of fussy. Mind you a major drawback of Indian civilization was the lack of pan-india historians and historical records. The first Indian historian of susbstance I read was a muslim accompanied a muslim conqeror king.
    (5) Again its kind of fussy and poisoned to various extend by the caste system.
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    So religion is an option of choice to serious and genuine Indian patriot(as apart from manipulative politicians and rascals such as the ‘Gau Rakshaks’).
    But unfortunately the ways the hindu religion is upheld as nationalist force is questionable, like Modi said Ganesh was the product of xeno-transplanting an elephant head to a human torso OR challenging established scientific finds like:
    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/darwin-s-theory-scientifically-wrong-nobody-saw-ape-turning-into-man-union-minister-satyapal-singh/story-hZ6R2BihRNfd93sDGWwbuN.html
    I advice instead trying to ‘re-engineer’ Hinduism like
    a)the Indian Gov sets certain academic examinations in science and cultural subjects passing of which would promote a low caste person to the rank of Brahmins or any Master Degree holders would automatically be granted Brahmin status.
    b)Completely legalise beef slaughter and dietary consumption.
    c)Don’t hesitate to criminalise certain nonsense uttered by self-appointed holy men.

     
  5. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Very interesting, Lin.

    First of all, before I proceed to respond, can you elaborate why you don’t agree with “my liberalism”.

    I want to know why you don’t wish to be free.

    s

     
  6. Lin

    Mr. Sanjeev Sabhlok ,
    I said I might disagree and it means I selectively agree and disagree. I live in HK which is supposed to be an outstanding example of ‘libertarianism’ where income tax is capped at 16% but little govt-subsidised health care. While I completely agree a person should lead a healthy lifestyle to lower the health care cost, I suspect we might need more govt input. To make the ‘liberalism’ you had mentioned(excuse me that I probably didn’t go through it properly)to work, there must be a board sense of equal opportunity which I think Bharat still lacks. At certain economic stages of development,strong government action should be called for to give the poor and under-privileged a hand. That might also apply to the future scenario of A.I. and robotic automation that a minimal income should be guaranteered for the populace. I do strongly agree certain programs of professional training like medicine shouldn’t be financed so heavily by govt, particularly in the case of India OR scholarship for the brightest students should only be given upon the legal obligation to stay in India to serve the people OR the scholarship money with full interest must be paid back to the govt before they can emigrate. Some years ago, I read hindutwadis in USA bragged that about 25% of American medical doctors came from India. As a human being I felt offended that they celebrated brain drain from a 3rd world country that lacks basic health care.
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    Forgive me for saying the obvious, most hindutwadis suffered from deep mental malaise.

     

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