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The Christmas Season Is Not For Everyone.

I’m an atheist.  I feel very certain that there is no God, Christ, or any other “higher power”, and the best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.  I wish I could believe in an afterlife that consists of a heaven, hell, and purgatory. I know dozens of church going, synagogue attending, temple frequenting people who are lying, cheating, thieving bastards.  I love the idea that they believe their frequent praying gets them a free pass into paradise, with no punishment for all their evil deeds.

Imagine how nice it would be to sit on the sidelines and watch creep after creep get rejected at the gates of paradise and sent instead to a place where they will spend eternity in searing torture.  But I regret that this is not to be.  Instead, they will flourish with their multiple homes, pay for the best educations for their children, the best lawyers (should be spelled “liars”), and the best medical care.  Instead, they will simply end up as I will – dead, with no retribution for their unholy lives.

If there was a paradise, I believe I would gain admittance based on the way I have lived, even without religious faith.  I have always striven to be honest, righteous, generous, kind and considerate. I believe that the lying, cheating churchgoers would not make it to their expected paradise, while I, a devoted atheist, would be accepted because of my minimal sins and many righteous acts.  I’ve often helped people less fortunate than I, given generously to those in need, and generally done the right things.  Not, of course, for fear of going to hell, but simply because I believe it’s the better way to live.

I’ve written dozens of television shows, and not once have I had to resort to violence or semi-pornographic scenes to tell my stories. I’m not a “stick-in-the-mud” or “wallflower” either.  I’ve been around the block more than a few times, and have spent a good deal of time in the company of convicted criminals.  I like them.  They’re colourful, and in my experience, live by a code of honour that far outdoes the sinful behaviour of people of faith. The criminals have allowed me trusted entrance into their circle because they know me to be a person who is as good as his word, and can be depended upon not to blow the whistle on them.  On the other hand, I’ve been double-crossed by many religious believers.

Watch out for the pious, because often as not, they use their churchgoing ways as a cover for their true activities.  Imagine George W. Bush outwardly, faithfully attending Sunday services while sending thousands of young people to their deaths and worse, all so he and Cheney and their cronies can rake in vast fortunes.  They disgust me, and they should do the same for you.

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