I remember September 11th, 2001. I was a senior in high school. It was early morning on the East coast and I had just gotten to Government class. Someone rushed into the room saying that “a plane had flown into a building in New York.” We, the class and teacher, were incredulous that something like that could happen, so we turned on the TV that was in the room and watched the fires burn after the first crash. Then I watched live as the second plane slammed into the second tower. We were all…I’m not sure I can even put it into words. A great tragedy was unfolding before our eyes and as the second plane hit, it was clear it was no accident. We watched the worst attack on US soil in more than 200 years unfold before our eyes and we all sat there silently, shocked by what was happening on the news.
I remember it all too clearly and how I felt that day, the day I saw America and all that she stood for attacked.
I am still shocked today, not so much by the attack, but by what we have failed to learn from it. On September 11th, we were not attacked by “terrorists”. On September 11th, we were not attacked by just Islamists. On September 11th 2011, the ideals of a secular America came head to head with the ideals of religion. It is not terrorism or just Islam that is our enemy, it is religion at its very core.
September 11th is one more instance in a long battle between those who believe in reason and this world and those who believe in faith, magic, and other worlds. Reason and faith are incompatible and completely hostile to each other: it is either/or. Either you believe that men are free to live their own lives, pursue their own happiness, and achieve their own values in a world that is real; or you believe in magic, mysticism, talking father figures in they sky, and any other nonsense you can come up with about golden plates in New York or aliens on interstellar 747′s. You can either have civilization and reason or the barbarism of religion. You cannot not have it both ways. Religion is irrationality through and through and irrationality is poison to the mind. You must purge yourself of the poison of religion. You must see it for the threat that it is in all its instances and you must fight against it.
On this September 11th, commit yourself to the purity of reason and renounce all forms of irrationality and faith so that we don’t have to watch the rest of civilization fall as we watched the twin towers fall.
I just got done reading a really great webcomic called Ménage à 3 and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a comic more! It’s funny, sexy, and has a really playful and fun tone. I recommend you go and check it out!
Also, I kind of wish I had roommates like Zii and Didi.
I hope the artists don’t mind, but here’s a small taste of the goodness:
1. A new law designed to prevent rabbis from fellating infants who they have just mutilated and potentially giving them herpes might be taking effect soon in New York City. The rabbis protest that it is their “freedom of religion” to fellate these young boys they’ve just mutilated. I think that freedom of religion stops at the point where it involves mutilation of the human body, including both male and female genital mutilation, and sexual abuse of children, including the fellating of freshly mutilated boys by rabbis. In case you’re wondering why such a law would even be necessary, two children have died from this practice recently and others have gotten herpes. (Link)
2. Did you know that in 31 states a rapist can claim paternal rights? Frankly, I think that’s sick. Paternity is so much more than simply transmission of biological material. Moreover, to shackle a woman to her rapist for the rest of her life is depraved and indicative of a culture where “she must have deserved it.” On the other hand, I think it would be right and proper for a woman who is raped and impregnated to claim child support from the man and for him to be forced to give it while never having contact with the woman or child. Rape is a moral travesty and one should never benefit from evil. (Link)
3. More people are talking about “asexuals” now than ever before. I recently have written about it twice in Asexuality and Asexuality Revisited. There I said, and I maintain, that asexuality is not a valid sexual “orientation” and asexuals should be considered a damaged case. This article, in attempting to prove asexuals exist, actually serves to confirm my own point:
Joshua Hatton, 23, a language student from Birmingham, agrees. “Three years ago, I came across asexuality – it explained everything. I no longer had to lie to myself. Young men are expected to have some sort of casual sex; it’s all around. Now I feel more comfortable.”
This young man completely misunderstands the proper role of sex in a good life and it’s no wonder why with 2,000 years of christianity’s hatred of humanity and sexuality poisoning the waters. Unfortunately, instead of wanting to reconnect values and sexuality, he simply throws out the baby with the bathwater and then is pleased with his “solution.” Some asexuals suffer from this moral confusion, some have psychological trauma from early sexual experiences or shame, and some have little to no sex drive because of hormonal problems. But, these things can all be rectified and they do not establish the validity of asexuality as anything proper to a good human life and anything other than being a damaged case.
4. The Book of Mormon is now running in LA and I’m going to see it. This isn’t so much a real news item as it is me gloating about getting to see it. I’m more than just a little excited about it!