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All Jews Suffer When Some Do Wrong

June 15, 2018 Leave a comment

I was 16 years old in 1953 when, on June 19, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for espionage against the United States of America. My family name is Rosenberg and my parents, my brothers and I are all Canadian born. We always lived in Toronto, yet we were under threat because of the Rosenberg spies in the USA.

We had nothing to do with it, of course. The only knowledge we had of it was from news out of the USA on our radios, televisions, and in our newspapers. In spite of our lack of any kind of connection to the spies, we received threats in the mail and on the telephone. “When the Rosenbergs die, you die,” was the message.

I remember two plain-clothes policemen being in our home on that day and a few days afterward, just in case somebody actually attempted something. Nobody did, of course, in gentle Canada and “Toronto the Good” as it was called in those days. I guess it was called that was because of our adherence to Sunday closing laws and the absence of alcoholic beverages except for government owned stores and the need to have a permit to purchase beer, wine and liquor.

My father received an envelope in the mail. It contained a newspaper story about the execution across which the sender had scrawled with red crayon, “Jews, the most hated race on earth.” I already knew about that kind of bigotry of course, because of the aggression I’d experienced in school and on the streets.

I find it especially ridiculous because, although I am of Jewish heritage, I don’t believe or practice any religious rituals. I am certain that there is no God and there is was no son of God. There was no meeting between Moses and God, nor does Mohammad or any other holy figure represent God. To have faith is to have a flawed belief system. Far better to have faith in one’s self to achieve or fail on one’s own.

We make our own mistakes and learn our own lessons. I have been against religious teachings since I was a teenager. Without any help from God, I have been successful and enjoyed good fortune all my life. I am 80, I am healthy and active, and have never prayed for anything, yet much good has come to me. I have often put myself in harm’s way in my quest for adventure, and always escaped harm without any God’s help.

I feel guilt when a Bernie Madoff or Michael Cohen type Jew does wrong. It’s a traditional burden that most men of Jewish heritage carry, even though it’s nonsense. Ugly encounters with anti-Semitic elements make it part of Jewish life.

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There is No God

March 26, 2018 Leave a comment

Assuming I’m correct in my belief that there is no god, it’s worrying to imagine how many other beliefs are erroneous. That applies to Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and all the many other cults that flourish. I don’t know much about religion because it’s been boring to me and without substance.

Catholicism is widespread and visible, so I choose it to explore my imaginings. I admire the part of any religion that serves society’s poor and needy, but there is much more to the rituals and realities in which millions of people believe. If there is no god, what are the priests and cardinals and even the Pope really doing? They are ‘selling’ a belief that is a hoax.

In recent decades it has come to light that a great number of priests are perverts who molest young people, boys and girls. It is possible that these men have entered the priesthood for the opportunities to take advantage of youngsters in their control. The power of priests among believers has been strong but undeserved. I know of families where there are 10 to 12 siblings. These are poor people, and the large families live in poverty, yet they are pushed by their priests into having more children.

Peculiar rituals abound in Catholic churches. Small wafers represent the flesh of Christ and wine represents Christ’s blood. It is bizarre to say the least, and if there is no god, there certainly is no son of god through a virgin mother. Clearly, it’s nonsense. Kneeling before their god is demeaning, and would never be required by a loving god.

We are told that Christ lived a simple life like a poor but generous person. That does not fit with the ways of the church. In dominantly Catholic communities, no matter how humble there will be a large, imposing church. Priests wear flowing gowns and ornate tapestry trimmings, not at all like the poor and simple.

The Pope wears particularly ornate garments, and headgear that towers above others. The purpose of the fancy outfits is like that of a theatre marquee. It projects an aura of power and holiness, but it’s just a phony front. I recall a time when I was chatting with a mature Catholic couple. When I calmly told them that I did not believe there is a god, they literally staggered back a bit, partly in shock and partly as if they feared they might catch something from me. These were successful business owners, yet were enslaved by the nonsense in which they were raised.

Finally, throughout that largely Catholic area, there are crosses mounted at intersections, and bathtubs upended and dressed up as biblical scenes. Ridiculous to say the least. I once helped a friend in a pig barn. It was a hellish sight, with sows trapped in small enclosures, often sitting on their young and killing them. The dead piglets were tossed into freezers, of which there were several. Even more outrageous, on the walls above the suffering sows there were crucifixes a-plenty. The woman who owned the pig farm was a music teacher, and eventually left her marriage and became a lesbian. There is so much exhibiting of belief and so much mendacity.

There is no god!

Responsibilities and Illusions

March 8, 2018 Leave a comment

My father’s eldest brother was, by default, the head of the extended family. He was well worthy of the responsibility. He arrived in Canada with his parents and three of his four siblings. My father, the youngest in the family was born in Canada shortly after their arrival on the shores of North America.

The family was clearly respectful of the eldest son. He worked hard and studied hard and became a corporate lawyer. He had earned a million dollars while he was still young, and was wiped out in the crash of 1929. Undaunted, he continued his work ethic, and climbed back into wealth. Even as a respected lawyer, he carried his lunch to his office to which he walked until he had earned again his respectable fortune.

Many years passed, and he was always looked to as the family patriarch, leading us into respectable lives. As the patriarch, he was our religious leader as well. We did not see him often, but we followed his example all the same. We respected the religion which he advocated, and were satisfied that we were doing right.

There came a summer weekend when I was a young father. My father had bought a lovely lakeside cottage on an island in the Great Lakes for he and my mother as well as I and my brothers and our children to enjoy. I went to the island on a weekend when all the other members of our immediate family were otherwise occupied. I took my son and daughter and one of my nephews for a weekend of swimming, fishing, and sitting around a fire.

There was a phone in the island cottage through underwater lines. It was the 1960s, and there was not yet satellites circling the Earth, and cellphones would not be heard of until several decades later. The phone rang unexpectedly. When I answered, it was my father. He called to tell me that my uncle, my father’s eldest brother and the religious leader and patriarch of the family had suddenly died.

I asked Dad if I should pack up the kids and drive the three hours back home for the funeral and other rituals. To my surprise, he said no. He told me that my uncle had left written instruction in which he stated that he only acted the role of religious example for the family because he felt it was his responsibility. In his true, personal beliefs, he was an atheist, and wanted all of the religious rituals to be disregarded, and to just be simply cremated. Cremation is against our religion, and that was a strong statement of his personal beliefs.

The kids and I were left to enjoy a happy summer weekend. More importantly, my brothers and I, and our children and cousins were free to follow our own personal beliefs. I have always been an atheist, at least since I was about 18. It’s comfortable to be free of the burden of the absurdity of religious rituals.

Christ Died For…?

March 3, 2018 2 comments

The name “Christian” is obviously derived from the name “Christ”. Perhaps this means that so-called God’s so-called Son died to absorb the sins of Christians only, rather than all human society. Perhaps this is another of so-called God’s mysteries in which we are to have “faith”, whatever that is.

If one were to hang on a rope from a high cliff, they would need faith that the rope will not fray and separate. If the faith was misplaced, the faithful would plunge into the valley below, bouncing and smashing into boulders and outcroppings all the way down. The faithful would be dead and gone “to a better place” before they hit bottom.

Perhaps the mountaineer’s faith should have been put into God and Christ instead of a mere, earthly rope. Not bloody likely. Faith in God and Christ would be misplaced because there is no God, and Christ was just a guy with a good idea to pitch to the ignorant. Before he knew it, he had a gang that called themselves Christians, even though Christ was Jewish.

What about Jews, by the way? Were Jews “saved” because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross? What about Hindus and Muslims and all the other denominations, each with their own God. How many Gods are there? As many as religion hustlers can dream up. The entire God myth is ridiculous, that’s why it can’t be properly described. Why do many otherwise intelligent, logical people believe in God? It’s beyond reason.

There is no “better place” called Heaven to which a believer goes. There is no Hell and damnation to which non-believers go, because there is no demon Devil or flaming fury just as there is no God and Heaven. When it is said that God is within each of us, does that mean Jews, Muslims, Hindus and what have you as well?

In the unique case of “God is within each of us”, it might be said that it’s true in a way. Within each of us there is morality, judgement, joy, anger, and feelings. This is God in the way that God is nature and nature is God. Some people are kind and generous; some people are greedy and jealous. Some hate animals and forests, some love them. Some love cities and crowding, others abhor it all.

This is human nature, mistakenly called God by some people. We should all be kind and generous not because of fearing God, but just because it’s obviously right. We should not be violent and selfish because it’s obviously wrong. If you want to believe in a non-existent God, believe as your God would want you to believe. If your God wants you to strap a bunch of explosives to your body and blow yourself up among innocent people, and you do it, you’re just f*cking crazy.

If Only God Was Real

March 2, 2018 Leave a comment

If God was real, it might mean that Hell and Heaven were real too. Most of us know of people that we’d like to see go to Heaven or Hell. I don’t believe there is a God, and I fear that too many people that deserve to go to Hell won’t. They’ll just die, like anyone else, and that’s too good for them.

Imagine the really good people you know that should live in Heaven for eternity. If God was real, they’d have a chance. Unfortunately, they’ll simply die, like everyone, be they good or bad. There would be many benefits in life if there was a God and Heaven or a Devil and Hell. They’ve been written about for thousands of years, but who wrote the stories?

The bible is referred to as “The Word of God”. But of course, that’s a fantasy. There is no god. God is just a fabrication of simple, primitive people, two thousand or so years ago. So Christ, the Jew, started a huge movement and accidentally created Christianity which has been accepted by so many millions of Christians.

Then there’s the Old Testament which is more than 5,700 years old, having been created by Jewish clergy. The stories in the original testament were adapted and altered to create the New Testament. Both versions of the word of the Lord are just fake stories and it’s foolhardy to believe in them. There is no God, and all the stories have been created by ancient, superstitious people for reasons of control.

It’s a great business, the religious business. Although the Christ character was presented as a humble individual, dirt poor and endlessly generous, the present day clergy has amassed vast fortunes in art and priceless metals and jewels. Rich brocade gowns, ridiculous crackers presented as the flesh of the deity and cheap wine as the blood of Christ. It’s all nonsense, as silly as the tall, fancy hats worn by senior clergy. Although gambling is decried as immoral, churches take in profits from Bingo games. What is it that makes this particular game of chance not immoral?

Wouldn’t we all like to make a living selling an invisible product? Huge churches and cathedrals proliferate throughout the Christian world, all of them free of property tax. It’s a brilliantly developed con-persons’ hustle.

No God Created This

February 26, 2018 Leave a comment

The Sahara Desert in North Africa has no water. That’s obvious – it’s a desert. The Sahara does have birds, however, and that’s not obvious – it’s odd. How do the birds survive without water? They don’t. They get the water they need in a way that could not have been designed by a so-called God. It can only have come about through  millions of years of evolution.

The Sahara Desert swarms with flies. These flies drink ocean salt water. Their bodies assimilate the salt water and make it into sweet water. The birds of the Sahara eat the flies, and in this way acquire the water they need for life.

Evolution over millennia brought about this amazing survival system that no God could.

We are Observed

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

When I consider the number of ancient structures that ancient people could not have created, it seems certain that extra-terrestrial beings have visited. They have not made themselves seen by us, but they are dropping hints. We have sightings of airborne vehicles that make moves not possible by human designed aircraft. Perhaps they are just hinting at their presence, but are not yet willing to reveal themselves.

In ancient times, when extra-terrestrials visited the planet Earth, the primitive society did not have the weaponry to dissuade the aliens. The aliens must be observing us, and seeing the rise of violence and deceit that is the norm in current society, they wisely decided to stay clear of us. There is no other reason why they should refrain from visiting and helping us get out of the crappy rut that is the contemporary society in which we are currently stuck.

I imagine they see the planet’s currently primary nation is led by a mentally imbalanced, psychopathic liar. They observe the absence of moral judgement in the current president, and they fear an Earth-destroying response to their presence, if it becomes known that they’re here. If, in the fullness of time, our messed up society finds its way to peace and cooperation, perhaps the aliens will honour us with a visit.

We have to face the fact that we are probably just a small, unimportant research project being observed by superior beings. If we ever behave ourselves like civilized citizens we might earn the right for a visit from highly developed aliens. They might have the facilities to sort us out properly right now, but that would negate the research they’ve been developing for thousands of years

I for one anticipate a great advantage for humanity, if we ever show that we are sufficiently intelligent and sensible to handle their arrival like a sophisticated species. Perhaps humanity’s belief in many diverse deities is just laughable to them, because they know, as many of us are learning, that there is no god.