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Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:58

Podcast 27 - The Tyranny of God Audiobook, Chapter 20 - A World Without God Featured

Written by  Marquez Comelab

Since the previous podcast in September, we have seen ISIS rise up from relative obscurity to a headline phenomenon requiring the attention of leaders around the world. In this podcast we provide you with a summary of a few headline cases here in Australia to fill you in. We continue with the reading of the Tyranny of God. In Chapter 20, we look at a World Without God.

Hello, this is Marquez from Reasonism.Org and welcome to Reasonism Radio. Reasonism Radio is a podcast for free-thinkers, non-believers, Reasonists, atheists and religious believers alike. You can listen to our podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or your favourite podcast software or by visiting our website at Reasonism.Org.

Since the previous podcast in September, we have seen ISIS rise up from relative obscurity to a headline phenomenon requiring the attention of leaders around the world.

Judging from the server logs and website stats, many listeners of this podcast are from around the world. Half of you are from the USA. The rest come from India, Brazil, Canada, the UK, Philippines, New Zealand and Germany. I would like to give a summary of events here in Australia to fill you in.

I am aware of at a few cases where Australian Jihadists went overseas to fight for ISIS. The first was Mohammad Ali Baryalei (Source), a former bouncer and part-time actor. There was also and an Australian teenager who went to Baghdad and bombed a busy market place, killing at least five people. They're not alone. It seems that there are many Jihadists are going overseas to fight for ISIS.

I find this all so ironic. Migrants from other countries come to Australia, Australia – its government and its people -- accepts them… grants them Residency and Citizenship rights, and yet they, or their children, go overseas to fight against the Australian Government, against the Australian people. The same can be said for the situation in the UK and the US.

In September 23, shortly after a video of speech made by ISIS encouraged Muslims to kill infidels, shed their blood and take their money, there was the case of an 18 year old 'radicalised' boy who pulled a knife and stabbed a police officer who later shot the boy (Source).

There was also Rasoul Al Mousawi who was shot dead outside a Shia Muslim Prayer Hall by a man believed to be from a Sunni extremist group in Sydney who wants to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East (Source).

As a result of what some Australians see and read on the news, they decided it was a good idea to call, Muslim Australians they see in shopping centres as 'terrorists' and tell them to 'go back to their own country'. (Source)

This is a mistake. The best allies we have against Extremist Muslims are moderate or non-practicing Muslims. It is they who have the influence and the power to have conversations with young men who are being indoctrinated and radicalised by extremist groups. Many Muslims want the same thing we want. They want peace. They want their children to group and contribute to society.

Therefore, instead of alienating them, we need to create stronger bonds with Muslims who also want peace.

Knowing that this is happening in your community, in your country, often times makes you feel helpless. And just recently, I thought, "why even bother"? Why even continue with these podcasts? Why even continue with this blog?

But we cannot give up. Even if these podcasts or blog posts eventually only reaches one person out there but if that person stops and questions their beliefs at some stage, then it is resistance: Resistance to the insanity that is affecting too many lives.

So let's press on. In the previous podcasts, we went through the 19th chapter of my book the Tyranny of God where I argued that we can believe in anything we want but, we have an obligation to justify our beliefs to other people because it affects their lives and well-being.

In our discussion of ISIS, a big part of their training process is to inculcate their recruits with their religious ideology (Source). These religious ideologies are possible only because they have been allowed to persist for so long, privileged, remaining relatively unchallenged by the rest of society.

Consider for example that ISIS has a poem it hands out to its recruits. This poem promises their recruits that if they fight for ISIS, they will spend the rest of eternity with 72 virgins having round and firm chests (Source). Look I am in no way suggesting that the motivation of most ISIS fighters is for this promise but I am just citing it as an example of a religious idea that we, as a society, because most of us are too afraid to offend religious sensitivities, we have insufficiently challenged the truthfulness of claims like these over generations and have allowed it to persist. Now, 2014, we have to be in a war against an army of young men inculcated with religious ideas such as this.

People do have an obligation to justify and argue for their religious convictions with the rest of us because religious beliefs can lead to disastrous consequences now or in the future.

In this and future podcasts, we explore and envision what the world without religion and superstition… without beliefs in a god or gods.

 

This Sunday, 7th of December 2014, Chapter 20 of the Tyranny of God, A World Without God.

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

The Tyranny Of God


NEW: Audiobook Version!

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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