September 1, 2023•528 words
While this is the primary place I'm writing there may occasionally be pieces I publish on one of my other sites. I will probably cross post here or put a notice up that I posted elsewhere but if you want to check them out.
As this site has a pretty broad spectrum of things being discussed you may be wondering why I've got other places to write at, doesn't anything really fit in here. On rob.weblog.lol it will likely be more experimental, fictional, satirical, or comedic and I wouldn't want it to be here and be confused as reality. While there may be fact over there anything work that's fictional or dramatic will definitely be over there.
As far as religion.weblog.lol, while it's probably clear from my bio and some of the topics that I do mention that I'll discuss here that I'm not a believer in any form of supernatural deity or religious claims. I believe we have one life to live and we should try to leave this earth better than we found it. Here I try to keep it more towards free-thought and secularism, over there it will be more ideas on atheism, influence continuum as it applies to religion, and the potential dangers of high-demand religions.
As Carl Sagan said:
“The First Amendment to the United States Constitution encourages a diversity of religions but does not prohibit criticism of religion. In fact it protects and encourages criticism of religion. Religions ought to be subject to at least the same degree of skepticism as, for example, contentions about UFO visitations or Velikovskian catastrophism. I think it is healthy for the religions themselves to foster skepticism about the fundamental underpinnings of their evidential bases. There is no question that religion provides a solace and support, a bulwark in time of emotional need, and can serve extremely useful social roles. But it by no means follows that religion should be immune from testing, from critical scrutiny, from skepticism. It is striking how little skeptical discussion of religion there is in the nation that Tom Paine, the author of The Age of Reason, helped to found. I hold that belief systems that cannot survive scrutiny are probably not worth having.”
While the content here I believe should be of interest to open-minded believers the content there would likely be offensive to followers of religion and I would prefer they stay away. I'm not trying to change anyone's mind but instead provide support and resources to those looking to gain freedom from a high-demand religion.
I fully support people's right to live as they wish and to practice their religious beliefs as I did myself for the majority of my life. I just ask that they grant the rest of us our right to live free from that practice.
I think Frank Zappa said it best:
“Anybody who wants religion is welcome to it, as far as I'm concerned — I support your right to enjoy it. However, I would appreciate it if you exhibited more respect for the rights of those people who do not wish to share your dogma, rapture or necrodestination.”