Most bigot’s morality comes down to this.
When one branch of a religion acts as if it’s better than all the other branches of that same religion. Or when they act like because they “interpret things differently” they shouldn’t be held accountable for what their deity/holy book actually says and how that has effected things. Or when they act like the passages they ignore in their “interpretations” don’t actually exist.
Seriously, get off your fucking high horses. No one has ever done something good “because of religion” that someone else hasn’t done for reasons other than religion.
Example: Someone cures a disease because they’re “Christian” and wanted to help people? Well guess how many agnostics, atheists, or people of faith that just didn’t do it because of their faith have cured diseases?
“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.”—Steven Weinburg
As an American
Ha. I remember first seeing this video like 4 years ago and it’s still extremely funny to me. Basically, it’s an episode of Trading Spouses where these two women swap families. This woman you see flipping out is a hardcore Bible thumpin’ Christian and swaps lives with a hippie esque woman who is Pagan and dabbles in random religions. The Pagan woman’s house was decked out with gargoyle statues, artwork of the sun and stars and random Pagan things.
Seriously, this video never gets old.
“It was so dark-sided!”
“SHE’S NOT A CHRISTIAN!”
“She’s tamperin’ in dark-sided stuff!”
“The entire house … is dark-sided.”
“Did you talk about astrology? Did you get hypnotized by her?”
“Every dark-sided person get out of my house. If you believe in Jesus you can stay here. DON’T! STAY IN MY HOUSE. If you’re dark-sided. I don’t want to see a book of witches, I don’t want to see any stars, I don’t want to see any of this dark-sided psychics, all the things, tarot card readings! I rebuke it in the name of the Lord!”
“Did you ask her was she a Christian? Did you ask her does she believe in God?! Not GODS, not STARS, not WITCHES, Wicca!”
“Why am I always the warrior? Why can’t you be the warrior?”
“Every day it was something ungodly.”
I don’t give a fuck what anyone says, this will never not be funny.
From top left: Mark Twain, Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Keira Knightley, Stephen Hawking, Bill Maher, John Lennon, Ricky Gervais, Julianne Moore, Keanu Reeves, Bill Shatner, Johnny Depp, Janeane Garofalo, James Cameron, Billy Joel, Jack Nicholson, John Malkovich, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Ian McKellan, Albert Einstein, Brad Pitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Jodie Foster, Hugh Laurie, Lance Armstrong, George Carlin, Morgan Freeman, Fred Armisen, Angelina Jolie, Gene Wilder, Penn Jillette, Teller, Dylan Moran, Patton Oswalt, Seth Green, Norm MacDonald, Eddie Izzard, Cillian Murphy, Jeremy Clarkson, and George Clooney.
**I did not make this list myself and can not vouch for the level of disbelief of each person.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!
What I really love about St. Patrick’s Day is that this day, with all its celebrations, is truly a Christian holiday. There were no pagan festivals that occurred around this time that Christians came in and stole, yet it’s largely a secular holiday.
But what exactly are you celebrating? Who was St. Patrick?
St. Patrick (born as Maewyn Succat, who later took the name Patricus after becoming a bishop), the patron saint of Ireland, was born somewhere between the late 4th-early 5th century in Roman Britain to an aristocratic family. While his family was Christian, the pampered Patrick was largely apathetic to religion.
Unfortunately for Patrick, this all changed when he was kidnapped at 16 years old, taken to Ireland, and sold as a slave to a chieftain named Milchu. The traumatic event caused Patrick to re-evaluate his life, and he began to pray and eventually became a very religious man.
He remained a slave for 6 or 7 years in Ireland, until (by his claims) a voice came to him in his dreams and told him that he could escape via a pirate ship 200 miles away. He was reunited with his family, and devoted his life to his religion. The voice returned to tell Patrick to go back to Ireland to convert Irish Druids to Christianity. Before doing so, he entered into a monastery, and became a bishop.
After being given the pope’s blessing, he went back to Ireland and set to work converting the pagan people of Ireland to Christianity, pissing off Irish Druid leaders to the point where he was arrested several times. He persevered, though. Myths say that he set about converting people by using a three-leaf clover to describe the holy trinity and by running all snakes out of Ireland.
What actually happened probably wasn’t quite so nice. There never were any snakes in Ireland, and some historians believe the “serpents” he “chased to the sea” were actually the Irish Druids refusing to convert to Christianity being killed; which, given Christian history, seems likely.
Whatever Patrick did, it seemed to work. By the time he died on March 17th, 493, much of Ireland was Catholic. St. Patrick was eventually canonized, and in Ireland, his day was minor- people would hear a sermon in the morning at church, and eat a big feast in his honor for dinner. Irish pubs were closed on March 17th until the 1970s.
So, where did all the celebrations come from?
As I previously stated, the holiday itself wasn’t a big deal in Ireland. Eighteenth century Irish soldiers fighting with the British during the American Revolutionary War were the catalysts for the huge celebrations. As a way to reconnect with their Irish roots, soldiers marched through cities on St. Patrick’s Day.
When the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland, many poor Irish Catholics began to pour into America. They were largely despised and discriminated against, but since there were so many of the them (close to one million Irish people immigrated to America during the famine), they began to organize and get political, soon becoming collectively known as the “green machine.”
St. Patrick’s Day parades then became important- it was a way for Irish Americans to show their strength and resolve. Many political hopefuls attended these parades in hopes to get the green machine’s votes. Over the years, the celebrations have gotten larger, and in 1995, Ireland began to use St. Patrick’s Day to drive in tourism and showcase Ireland and its cultures to the rest of the world.