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1. If we truly had one creator speaking to prophets, it would do so consistently, not contradictory as thousands of different religions have proven.
2. “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent. Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent. Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call Him God?” – Epicurus
3. It is better to find your own answers and make an educated decision, than to intentionally remain uneducated and make a fearful one.
4. If I were to astonishingly find myself face to face with a supreme being, I would expect to be judged on my life as a humanist, and how I treated others, (just as most Christians plan to be judged on character, not on the actual Ten Commandments). If my positive actions were ignored, and I was instead judged on using my intelligence to doubt religious doctrines created by human sinners, I would rather be eternally punished than bow to such an unfair tyrant who made things seemingly impossible for humans to succeed at this horrific game.
5. Even though all religions exist, there is no such scientific evidence that will favor any one of them. Books written in the ancient times were by people who didn’t have an understanding of the scientific aspect of the world. They were mere observers when they wrote the books, with no evidential backing to support their claims. These books are not worthy of being taken seriously even if they have a fan base of millions. Many superstitions are still followed all over the world that is laughed upon by people from other countries. Religious followers all the time ask atheists to prove the non-existence of God but are in a fix when asked to prove the existence of God. So if no one can satisfactorily provide evidence of existence, why follow?
6. It amazes me on the amount of time religious followers spend in supporting their beliefs. They pray, chant, preach, sing hymns, bow, mumble, kneel, make unnatural movements with their bodies, wear special garments, lockets, do fast, visit swamis and gurus, visit extremely hard to reach ‘religious’ places, do pilgrimage, rituals etc. But is there any evidence that these activities promote the personal well-being of a person and give positive results? The answer is no. Many disasters have occurred in places of religious worship, followers have been brutally murdered, exposed to accidents and natural calamities. The time and energy spent in such activities is tremendous but serves little purpose.
7. I will not follow any laws or rules which teach rape, murder, and evil and to follow blindly without questioning.
8. I always strive for the truth, and anything that hinders me from doing so I cannot put my trust in.
9. What I have seen religion do to people horrifies me. Everything from people strapping bombs to their chest to murdering innocent people.
10. Reading Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Charles Darwin, Bill Maher and having conversations with my step-dad, my high school Biology teacher and many more amazingly smart people.
Taken originally from https://plus.google.com/107036495852960813163/posts/5YJGGNJfypU written by Navid Khiamani https://plus.google.com/107036495852960813163
By Richard Spencer, Middle East Editor video source ITN
4:50PM GMT 26 Feb 2015
Statues were destroyed by Isil militants with sledghammers and drills in the ancient Assyrian capital as part of a continuing assault on “idolatry”
Isil jihadists have filmed themselves smashing up the contents of a museum on the historic site of Nineveh, the capital of the ancient Assyrian empire, in their latest assault on “idolatry”.
In the video posted online, men can be seen tearing down statues from their plinths. Those that do not shatter on impact are broken apart with sledge-hammers and electric drills.
Among the artefacts destroyed was one of the giant marble winged bulls that formed part of the entrance gates to the city, similar to those on display at the British Museum.
Militant smashes statue with sledgehammer. Credit: ITN
That is still on site, at the Nergal Gate. Inside the museum, standing statues from the city of Hatra were also attacked, though experts were trying to verify whether they were originals or plaster casts.
Many of the other items were clearly copies, but the attack has nevertheless been compared to the destruction of the celebrated standing Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Taliban in 2001.
The video has an introduction read out by a bearded man justifying the attack, saying: “O Muslims, these artefacts that are behind me were idols and gods worshipped by people who lived centuries ago, instead of Allah.
“The so-called Assyrians and Akkadians and others looked to gods for war, agriculture and rain to whom they offered sacrifices.”
The destruction then follows, set to the music of Islamic chanting. At the end, the camera sweeps across the rubble-strewn floor of the museum.
Nineveh, capital of the Assyrian empire in the seventh century BC, lies opposite Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, which fell to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in its sweep through Iraq last June. The local Assyrian population, which is largely Christian, was forced to flee into Kurdistan and beyond.
The attack on the greatest symbol of Assyrian history may be connected to the fight between Isil and a Christian militia, the MFS, which has joined forces with the Kurdish YPG to fight the jihadists in nearby parts of Syria.
However, Isil had already destroyed a number of ancient sites, including the tomb in Mosul of the Prophet Jonah, who is revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims.
They also killed and decapitated the head of security at Ninevah, and abducted several male family members at his funeral.
The attack came a few days after the jihadists broke into Mosul’s main library and that of Mosul University, in the latter case burning hundreds of historic texts.
The plaster casts destroyed are of statues that remain on the site itself, or are scattered across the world in museums elsewhere.
Jihadists online described their approval of the attack, comparing it to a traditional story of the childhood of the Prophet Abraham. In the story, the young Abraham smashes up the contents of the shop run by his father, who makes idols.
Eleanor Robson, head of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, said she was only surprised that Isil had waited so long.
“I’m really sad for the people of Mosul,” she said. “It’s like someone taking sledge-hammers to Stonehenge, or Westminster Abbey.
“It’s another way for Isil to undermine their community, sense of belonging, optimism hope.” She said the group might have been reacting to recent losses in Iraq, with the Iraqi army, local militias and their backers including the western coalition talking of an assault on Mosul later this year.
“They are wanting to draw attention,” she said. “It’s the cultural equivalent of those awful beheading videos.” Mark Altwaweel, another UK-based archaeologist whose family are originally Iraqi Christians from Mosul, said the destruction was a symbolic attack on the past.
“It’s like Year Zero – trying to forget what we were in the last 3,000 years,” he said.