The Pope issued an "encyclical"
through the New York Times today that was just painful to read. It was like a desperate letter from a guy trying to keep his job after he'd been given notice. Just look at the tired old crap, recycled and spewed out to the "faithful" as if it were inspired literature:
Atheism has led to some of the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” known to mankind...(and) that humanity would not be saved by scientific progress or political revolution, but only in the hope offered by Christianity.
Yes, our Invisible Sky-Daddy is the only hope. Not the scientific advancements that allow me to dispense this message around the world in mere seconds. Not by the medicine that saves lives and gives hope to millions who are plagued with diseases. Only religion can save the world. If I may paraphrase Moe, "TV off, douchebag."
If anything illustrates the ignorance of this man, it might be this phrase:
'A world which has to create its own justice is a world without hope...'
Not to burst his bubble, but we've always
created or own justice, many times based on his beloved religious principles and his spectacular literary waste of time, the Bible. We all know how well that turned out. When we make laws and regulations based on humanity, empathy, reciprocity, and intelligence we, more often than not, get it right. When we don't and we rely on Bronze-Age books, well, we burn people at the stake, whip them for misnaming teddy-bears, and legislate prejudices.
Pope Benny then tried to state the "atheist position" by saying that we godless heathens think, “a world marked by so much injustice, innocent suffering and cynicism of power cannot be the work of a good God”.
That's not correct. We believe that this is a natural world with not a one supernatural puppeteer up in the sky. As such, we think that this world, complete with its injustices and innocent suffering is the work of us. Nature cares not whether we live or die, it's indifferent. Most of humanity is good, a percentage is bad, and it is in this division that evil and suffering dwell. Only someone as drenched in bullshit as the Pope puts "God" in the minds of people who have no belief.
Benny talks about hope and how we cannot achieve a peaceful world without supernatural help:
It is no accident that this idea (atheism) has led to the greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice: rather it is grounded in the intrinsic falsity of the claim. A world which has to create its own justice is a world without hope...the claim that humanity can and must do what no God actually does or is able to do is both presumptuous and intrinsically false”.
Can we all see what the Pope (and, by extension, his entire religion) has to lose if we live in peace and harmony? He needs
hopelessness and despair. He needs suffering and horror. If the world, or even just good, godless folk the world over, treat each other well, with respect, and offer lives filled with promise, hope, health and happiness - well, fuck, he's out of a job, ain't he? It is for this reason that religion thrives in the shitholes of the world; it's a requirement for the hope in miracles and Sky-Daddies. You want hopeless, here's what Benny says:
“We must do all we can to overcome suffering, but to banish it from the world is not in our power. Only God is able to do this.”
He then gets a good laugh from this:
He (the Pope) said that faith in progress through science was illusory
This is just too stupid to even entertain as a possible "argument".
Finally, a plea. Getting back to the desperation he showed in the beginning, he devles into the afterlife with this offering:
many people reject faith today, “simply because they do not find the prospect of eternal life attractive. What they desire is not eternal life at all, but this present life, for which faith in eternal life seems something of an impediment. To continue living forever – endlessly – appears more like a curse than a gift”. But he concluded that Eternity was “not an unending succession of days in the calendar” but an encounter with Christ after death which is “like plunging into an ocean of infinite love, a moment in which time, the before and after, no longer exists”.
When he encounters the obvious point that an everlasting life might be boring, when most people get shack-whacky on a lazy Sunday morning (whoops!), he has to offer only made-up platitudes about being "with Christ". Lame attempts to appeal to folks with fantastical inanities about "plunging into an ocean of infinite love" only highlight the fact that the man has never experienced a true relationship. Many of us are in that ocean right now, asshole, and your blathering only makes you look like the geek-pimp you are. All dressed up, never been kissed. It's sad to see someone cling to delusion so desperately....
On a fun note, take a look at the Top 20 'Offenses Against Religion'
in the advertisments of the linked page. Number one? The fucking Danish cartoons. Drawings. How pointless can 100 deaths be, exactly? Tell me again how religious laws are better and how Sky-Daddy belief makes this planet and humanity better?