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One of the biggest arguments in my mind is this:

Do I believe that there are people whose behaviour and actions are best kept in check if they are manipulated by the fear of an ethereal policeman (God)? I can think of examples of people who may continue to behave against the best interest of society, even if they are educated in ethics, morals, etc... not because they are malicious but perhaps they cannot grasp the concepts intellectually or emotionally. Religions, however, communicate to people in simple terms. If a religious leader says to its constituent: "Do this because God says you should and if you don't do it, you will burn in hell". That is simple, clear and functional enough to keep any believer behave.

Religion in this case is a tool for governance. The question is: Should we govern people with simple ideas and concepts, even if they are not true? Or is it better to tell people the truth first, and deal with the repurcussions later.

Should the human race simply be treated like a flock of sheep to be guided by the very few 'smart', 'knowledgeable' shepherds, forever? If we say yes to this, it implies to me that we are saying yes to religion and censorship (restriction of freedom of speech and information).

Tuesday, 07 April 2009 10:00

Carbon dating shows humans make new heart cells

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A team led by Jonas Fris?n from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has shown that adult human hearts make new muscle cells, albeit very, very slowly (Source).
Sunday, 05 April 2009 01:12

Muslim students weigh in on evolution

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This news article shows how religious doctrines conflict with reasoning based on evidence:

"...85% of students agreed with the statement that millions of fossils show that life has existed for billions of years and changed over time. But when students were asked if "the first humans on planet Earth were created by God, not gradually, but in their present form", 80% of Pakistani students and 49% of Indonesian students surveyed agreed." (Source)

Sunday, 05 April 2009 01:01

U.N. body adopts resolution on religious defamation

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A United Nations forum on Thursday passed a resolution condemning "defamation of religion" as a human rights violation, despite wide concerns that it could be used to justify curbs on free speech in Muslim countries. (source)

Read an article I wrote about this issue: Freedom Of Speech, Religion And The United Nations.

A powerful bloc of 57 Islamic states is again pushing for the UN to make it a criminal offense to criticise or 'defame' Islam. In a new resolution circulated at a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 11, a paper entitled "Combating Defamation of Religions" was circulated ahead of the Council's next meeting on March 26-27, when the resolution will be voted on. (source)

Read the article I wrote on this issue.

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The Tyranny Of God by Marquez Comelab - Book on Religion, Science, Reason, Faith, Atheism and Reasonism

The Tyranny Of God


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Is there a God? Where do the animals, plants and human beings come from? Are scriptures the words of gods? Does religion teach us to live moral lives? Why do so many people kill and are killed over it? How should we live our lives if God exists? How should we live it if God does NOT exist?

This book explores the truth behind our beliefs in God and the propensity of human beings to be religious. In an honest attempt to seek the answers to life's deepest questions, I probe into how life began. I then progress to investigate the true nature of religions and their impact on our lives and the rest of humanity.

The main purpose of this book is not to argue against religion. Rather, it tells our story and how we have come to oppress ourselves with the tyranny of our own beliefs. I wrote this book to include everything I discovered to be relevant in my search for the truth, not just the truth behind God and morality, but also behind us and our existence. Instead of reading this book with the expectation that it is trying to prove the tyranny of God, I would like to recommend you read it as a story book: as a book that tells the story of humanity from the Big Bang.

REVIEW

"While Comelab's writing is always moderate in tone, its message clearly undermines current distractions with accommodationist arguments towards presumed religious "moderates". It is written with the fresh confidence of a young man who has had early success in his adopted country and only recently come to realise the truth of atheism. For those like me whose only worry about Atheism has long been its faultering progress, Comelab reminds us that much of the energy must continue to come from those who have more recently learned the truth. He seems more than bright enough to soon progress to seeing atheism not as an end but as a starting point to the kind of understanding that should enable us to work towards a future incomparably better than any heaven the faithful can imagine."

- TONY SMITH (AUSTRALIA)

Its beyond my imagination that you can put it all together in a book. Two thumbs up! You can not imagine what happen when I first read the title of your book, and got excited about it and kept reading until dawn. I commend you in putting so much effort to collecting data and put it together to support your idea. 

How can I say this... your book is really ME in here, existing to tell, spread, and contradict  but in very small area only (very limited, considering my country religion majority). Most of it can only be talked between my family member and close friends. Your book provides BEAUTIFUL BITTER TRUTH : that is how I would sum it up.

I called it beautiful because it opens up the very shell of a religions and the implications it caused over the past hundred, even thousands of years. I cannot describe with my limited english skill the insight your book has shown. But I am AFRAID your book WILL NEVER SPREAD TO MY COUNTRY. It will cause a massive attacks and chaos from the religious majority. I feel happy but the same time sad, really sad...Well again I cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH.

- J. A. (Indonesia)

This book has taught me so much about evolution, the history of religions and the effect is has on our modern day society! The author shares his personal journey as a believer and provides much needed "food for thought". I recommend this book to all those who want to form their own opinion about believing or not believing.

-FISHPOND REVIEW