December (n): The last month of the year, marked by the annual hypocrisy of many Christians who will simultaneously complain that Christmas has become too commercial while refusing to shop at institutions that don’t cater specifically to their religion.
Arizona is an interesting state.
For half the year, the weather is beautiful and comfortable. However for the other half the year, it’s too hot to do anything outdoors.
This has lead more than one Arizona resident to draw the connection between Heaven and Hell and the Arizona seasons.
It’s not uncommon to see church signs in August with clever sayings like: “You think it’s hot here?”
When will Christians and Muslims realize that telling a person they will be tortured for all eternity if they don’t convert to your religion will not convince anyone that your God is “good” or a “God of Love”?
Muslims should be required to tell potential converts before they join the church that if they ever LEAVE the faith they won’t have to wait until the afterlife to be tortured because apostasy is punishable by death according to Sharia law.
Has anyone, not brought up in the religion, ever changed their religion due to threats of violence and torture in the afterlife? Sure, threaten to torture someone while they’re living and most will convert in a second, but has anyone been scared so bad by religious threats that they just had to convert in order to feel like they had saved their own skin?
This strip was originally based on a news article on Yahoo news: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091028/ap_on_re/us_rel_religion_today
In fact, the text in the center panel is a direct quote from that article. It’s true, the evangelical crowd considers being “highly educated” as a bad thing… and for the very reasons you would think. People who learn about the way the world really works are much less likely to believe silly stories about invisible men who read your mind.
The best defense we have against a religious theocracy in the United States, or elsewhere, is a good public educational system. A good education is like a vaccine for the mind. It can prevent damaging ideas from infecting your mind.
Many Christians believe Jesus’ death on the cross was the ultimate act of love – however, if Jesus is God, and Jesus died in order to take on the sins of the world so he could pay the “wage of sin” … that means God paid himself.
God paying a wage to himself is equivalent to taking money from one pocket and moving it to another. Nothing is gained from the action. You still have just as much money as you did before you started.
The action is COMPLETELY USELESS.
This argument from Christians makes Jesus’ death into a useless act that accomplished nothing.
It’s meant to be an emotional ploy, but when you actually look at the claim it falls apart.