All these morons griping about Sharia law being brought to America need to seriously get a grip. Sharia law is nothing more – and nothing less – than forcing one’s religion on others through the power of government. Any rational American can clearly see that we already have that. Religious people use the power of government to push abstinence-only curriculums. Religious people use the power of government to enforce second class citizenship on homosexuals. Religious people use the power of government to support religion through manipulation of the tax code. Religious people are sometimes thwarted, but there is a constant pressure to elevate the Decalogue to law-of-the-land. And we are never allowed a break from the constant shrill rhetoric coming from the “pro-life” movement – a movement which would make its religion the law-of-the-land in an instant if given the opportunity. Religious people are able to censor what we can read at the library and exert control through innumerable governmental bodies.The complaints regarding Sharia law are hugely hypocritical because the real issue with Sharia is which delusional belief system can gain control of the government. Of course I would prefer a 100% rational government in which the “golden rule” was the cornerstone and the oppressive thought contagions of religion played no role. Being as fundamentalist Christianity is losing market share around the world while fundamentalist Islam is gaining market share it is a reasonable assumption that Sharia law will spread – because majority Islam electorates will vote for Theocracy as soon as they can. This is essentially the same as majority Christian electorates having voted for tax-exempt religion in America. If you don’t like Sharia law then be consistent and work against ALL religion in government.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Dr. Laura is right about one thing: Gays and Lesbians are biological errors. And as usual whenever a “conservative” chances upon a correct conclusion, that conclusion was generally reached by illogical means or by no means at all. The question Dr. Laura should have asked is “why doesn't nature seem to be able to correct all these biological errors?”
From a Darwinian perspective, same-sex attraction would seem to be self-limiting genetic defect. That is to say that a person who is attracted only to the same sex is not likely to pass along the genes for the same-sex attraction because passing along genes requires interaction with the opposite sex. This seems to work for most other creatures onboard spaceship Earth. Why not humans?
One of the major things that distinguish humans from all other inhabitants of planet Earth is religion. None of the other inhabitants have it. This difference prevents nature from correcting many “biological errors”, at least in the short term. It is not that difficult to comprehend, but you will need to understand several things first – things that may never appear in a textbook because religion will not tolerate them.
The first thing that you must understand is that the human gene pool is becoming degraded. One of the factors causing this is human technology. For example, a zebra with poor eyesight might fail to identify a predator before the predator identified the zebra as dinner. Dinner does not pass its genes on to the next generation. Therefore only the genes for the greatest visual acuity are likely to survive. In contrast the human with poor eyesight simply acquires a pair of glasses and goes on to reproduce anyway. This is just one example of human technology making exceptions to “natural selection”. However, technology is not the only human characteristic making exceptions to the laws of “natural selection.”
Religion also creates exceptions to “natural selection.” One reason for this is religion's demand for maximum reproduction of those having the religion. We won't go into the ugly details of why this should be – I'll just ask that you look at the evidence. The evidence of religious pressure to reproduce is all around: Look at the religious rules that limit sexual contact to procreation, strictures against abortion, strictures against birth-control, and all the rules that say we can't even touch our own bodies in non-approved ways. The purpose of all these rules is to ensure lots of procreative sex and lots of new brains to indoctrinate with the religion of the parents.
The trouble with religion's emphasis on procreation is that people with no biological drive to reproduce are forced into reproduction. Genes that would not have been passed on get propagated along with everything else. Unfortunately, gays and lesbians are not the only result. I think we are seeing more and more evidence of what I call genes for defective motherhood. We hear of more and more incidents where mothers are dropping newborns in the nearest dumpster, strapping their sons into lake-bound automobiles, and drugging and burning their sons in order to collect insurance money. A bear has more reliable and consistent maternal instincts because a bear that does not provide the best possible food and protection for her cubs is likely to find her genes filtered out of the gene pool. In contrast, the woman without good maternal instincts may have her child raised by the state or adoptive parents – her genes continue when she doesn't provide food and protection herself.
In short, human technology and religion allow or cause many exceptions to “natural selection.” The effect is proliferation of genes which are not biologically fit from a strictly Darwinian perspective. Once you comprehend all this, you should be able to see the truth in the following statement: The rise and spread of homosexuality is a completely natural and predictable consequence of the rise and spread of Judeo-Christian culture. As an Orthodox Jew, Dr. Laura would undoubtedly find this statement utterly offensive. And that, my friends, would be a very good thing. Then perhaps she could understand the hurt which she causes people when she says those people are nothing more than “biological errors”.
What do you get when you cross a quantity of parenthood memeplex with the thought contagion of a holy judgment day? Answer: A doomsday fertility cult. Judaism is best understood as a quantity of parenthood memeplex – a collection of memes emphasizing maximum fertility. Messianic Judaism added doomsday memes. All the religions which branched from Messianic Judaism include memes for maximum fertility and a day of judgment. This reveals the fundamentally disordered “thinking” upon which both Christianity and Islam are based. As observed in Mormonism, Christianity and Islam are similarly obsessed with forcing maximum fertility – so that all the resulting progeny may then be accused of sin and toyed with in the ultimate kangaroo court. It is a mind game of extraordinary cruelty. Even the most Machiavellian thinkers must be appalled at the scale and depth of the deceit and duplicity. Imagine a mad professor in his lab – brilliant enough to create perfect creatures – but instead purposefully choosing to create flawed creatures which are predisposed to fail the diabolical experiments which the mad professor has devised for them. This is analogous to the story told in relevant religious texts. Take your pick of a deity - Elohim, Jehovah, or Allah. Each is reported to have created us – complete with sinful lusts for earthly pleasures and weak against the lure of loot or sparkling baubles. Each deity is then reported to get into a total snit when the hordes of hapless creations fail to correctly navigate the maze of existence with all its distracting cheeses, dead-end corridors, and booby traps. If Elohim, Jehovah, or Allah actually existed then they would surely have a lot of explaining to do!
So these deities – Elohim, Jehovah, and Allah – are imagined to need lots of lesser beings toward which the deity might feel smugly superior. They – or their earthly authors – must have some deep-seated insecurity or mental problems causing the need for many inferior beings to punish on “judgment day.”
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I found the accompanying image on the Internet. It was an illustration of the animals which were supposedly gathered for the ark in the familiar fairytale of Noah and the flood. Look closely and you’ll see Joe Camel. Joe Camel was created as part of a marketing campaign meant to hook children on an addictive habit. If one examines this image then certain similarities are apparent.
It has friendly looking animals and bright colors. But the similarity goes much deeper than that. The retail nicotine industry has a financial incentive to hook young people. The retail religion industry also has a financial interest in hooking young people. The retail nicotine industry sells an addictive product which has an overall detrimental effect on society. The retail religion industry peddles fairytales and hits of self righteousness. Like retail nicotine, those products have an overall detrimental effect on society. The cure for both would be amazingly similar – if laws required truth in advertizing then both the nicotine and religion industries would have a much tougher time marketing their wares.