Why I mock religion

Why I mock religion

I have caught loads of flak over my last post [Judgement Declined], where I basically refused to accept the moral judgement of any worshipper, their religion or their god.

In both my Facebook inbox and via Twitter DM, friends and strangers are wondering where I get the balls, the authority and the right to reject their beliefs. LOL.

This is why I mock religion. My offense, in rejecting their god, is less a thought crime than a personal insult to each one of them. As if their beliefs are absolute, and anyone at variance is an affront to the natural order of things.

As if I’d ever stop mocking religion, or take a pause from ridiculing their nonsensical theologies at every turn.

Ridicule from me is a form of emotional appeal, in the hope that it can cause someone to feel silly for holding a certain idea, and maybe provoking them to validate their idea by researching it.

The problem is that people identify with their ideas. They take an attack on their idea as an attack on them, so ridicule almost inevitably ends in people feeling personally offended.

As if they’re the important one in the god-follower dynamic.

Presumably, if there was an omnipotent, omniscient deity that objected to such mockery, some good old fashioned Old Testament-style smiting would be forthcoming.

I’m happy to report that, for now, I remain as yet unsmitten.

Anyway. Of course people whine that their cherished beliefs should be treated as special, but we should ask ourselves whether we should continue to treat these destructive remnants of our primitive cultures as somehow exempt from modern morality and thought.

Besides which, they are funny. I mean, a talking snake, a magic fruit and an angry giant?

Pssshhh.

15 Comments

  • biltongandgame

    27 May, 2013 at 11:20 am

    RT @joeblackzw: NEW: Why I mock religion http://t.co/TdJRs4wVFl #Twimbos #263Chat #Zimbabwe

  • 1ttakura

    27 May, 2013 at 11:39 am

    @joeblackzw We are born without beliefs. Religion is opium for the masses.

  • Mos_Native

    27 May, 2013 at 11:52 am

    people who do not want their beliefs laughed at should not have funny beliefs.

  • Wellywaa

    27 May, 2013 at 13:40 pm

    LOL! As Ricky Gervais said, ridiculous theories deserve ridicule.

  • eleanor

    27 May, 2013 at 13:44 pm

    who can forget the chick who had a seed planted in her without any human intervention?

  • Dikson

    27 May, 2013 at 14:37 pm

    Well said!

  • Janet Bwititi

    27 May, 2013 at 15:31 pm

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  • ComradeFatsooo

    27 May, 2013 at 16:05 pm

    A great, provocative blog by @joeblackzw in these times of people drugged by religion. #twimbos http://t.co/xbOAUDG8a9

  • Redza WepaAfrica

    27 May, 2013 at 16:31 pm

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  • joeblackzw

    27 May, 2013 at 17:01 pm

    RT @ComradeFatsooo: A great, provocative blog by @joeblackzw in these times of people drugged by religion. #twimbos http://t.co/xbOAUDG8a9

  • biltongandgame

    27 May, 2013 at 17:45 pm

    RT @ComradeFatsooo: A great, provocative blog by @joeblackzw in these times of people drugged by religion. #twimbos http://t.co/xbOAUDG8a9

  • Skriff

    28 May, 2013 at 08:08 am

    i can only speak for myself when i say that any man who does not believe in a greater power than himself is lost.

    Having said that, while i do believe in God, i will admit that i am no fan of religion.

    Because i think the bible bashes and holy rollies have essentially got it wrong right from the get go… how you ask, by giving God human emotions, by using God as an excuse not to take responsibility for their own lives.

    • Joe Black

      28 May, 2013 at 13:23 pm

      Valid opinion

    • the one

      24 June, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Religion is bs; but I will afford every human the right to their beliefs. As a secularist, I will allow people to spiel any racism, homophobia or bile because I believe in freedom of speech. I however do not adhere or condone to any forms of bigotry, religious or otherwise in a modern state, and believe that the justice system should be the ultimate authority in the land not this Moses stuff these preachers churn out. The fact that this anachronistic ideology is placed on a pedestal and is exempt from critique illicit great umbrage within me. The fact that some religious ignoramuses deny children access to ARVs because ‘prayers work’ is tantamount to child abuse. The fact that people peddle homophobia because some white man with a white beard in a bloody book says so does my nut in.

      Finally; the curtain call. Anyone stupid enough to believe that another human being is ‘anointed’ deserves to get their head examined. Our leaders are ‘anointed’ therefore we can’t make them accountable. The word ‘anoint’ should be expunged from Zimbabwean life. It’s a cancer, a cop out. Anyone stupid enough to give another human being money for blessings deserves to get fleeced and to get their wife fucked. There I said it!

  • begottensun

    6 June, 2013 at 23:14 pm

    Bwaahahahahaha Here fucking HERE!!!!!