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Take your god and shove him

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OK. You don't need to be religious to be a public nuisance any more than you need a medical degree to be an alcoholic but statistically it does help, apparently, and who can be surprised? This is going to be a fairly rude video, because I thought I had made my position on scripture fairly clear the last time, but apparently not. There are some people who have decided to evangelise to me, because in their opinion I haven't grasped the truth and they want to set me straight about that, using guess what - scripture. And because I don't want to hear any of this I'm closed-minded, apparently, which is a novelty. Being called closed-minded by religious people is a bit like being called yellow by a bunch of bananas. But in this case I have to admit there's some truth in the accusation. The fact is I'm so closed-minded that I'm only prepared to engage with reality. I know it sounds unreasonable, but if something isn't real then I find I've got an inbuilt automatic prejudice - that's right, a prejudice - against pretending that it is real. In fact, I'm so closed-minded when it comes to believing absurdities that, you won't believe this, but I actually require proof. That's right. Copper-bottomed proof that would stand up in a court of law. A real court, not a human rights commission. And I think we both know that you and your scripture are not going to furnish that proof if you talk from now until the end of time. So let's not bother and say we did. You'd be far better employed reflecting on the fact that your deeply held beliefs are really nothing more than an accident of birth. The parents that you happened to be born to, and the stuff they happened to believe in is now doubtless what you believe in. Had you been born elsewhere you'd believe other stuff, and this stuff you would consider heretical and false. Yet in both cases yours would be the only true religion. How are you not embarrassed? So no thank you, I don't want to hear about your beliefs and I don't give a damn what your scriptures have to say about anything. Sorry to be so closed-minded, but I'm going to spell it out for you now as clearly as I can just to avoid any future misunderstandings. I don't care if you've got a written formula for converting lead into gold. Keep it to yourself. Evangelising to people who don't want to hear it is such a tasteless thing to do. It's like exposing yourself in public. What ever happened to good manners? It's not as if we don't know the pitch. God knows we've heard it thousands and thousands of times, and it doesn't get any more convincing in the telling, but that doesn't seem to register with you, does it? If somebody tried to sell me a car, and I decided it wasn't for me I wouldn't expect that person to return the following day and try to sell it to me again. Especially if it was an invisible car. If they did, they would be dismissed in very short order and they would not be given any respect. Because you see I'm not in the market for a car. Any car. I've decided to walk. That's going to take me where I'm going, because I'm going where it takes me. And I'll be happy to get there. In fact, I already am. So I don't need to hear about anybody's god or saviour or prophet or scripture or any sort of supernatural deity hocus-pocus whatsoever. Or even any fancy variation on that theme; half man half god kind of arrangements. I'm not interested. I've heard it all before, and I think it's all lies. Insulting degrading nonsense that contaminates everything it touches. In fact, whenever I'm exposed to religion I feel dirty. I feel contaminated by the vileness of the mealy-mouthed platitudes that pass for wisdom, the naked money-grubbing, the controlling rhetoric devoid of any humanity or compassion - are you kidding me? The supercilious hectoring tone, the constant intrusive demands for privilege, and the absolutely unforgivable violation of the minds of young children. And I think those people who make a profession of religion are the scum of the earth. And I think that if Jesus turned up tomorrow, he would agree with me. So let's hope he does. Peace.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 12 seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Director: Pat Condell
Views: 7,975
Posted by: patcondell on Aug 21, 2008

With all due respect.

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