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House’s view on religion.

Everyone knows my favourite show is House, and he also happens to be an atheist. Here’s some brilliant House-isms all to do with religion.

Season 1, Ep. 5:

Sister Mary Augustine: Why is it so difficult for you to believe in God?

Gregory House: What I have difficulty with is the whole concept of belief. Faith isn’t based on logic and experience.

Augustine: I experience God on a daily basis, and the miracle of life all around. The miracle of birth, the miracle of love. He is always with me.

House: Where is the miracle in delivering a crack-addicted baby? Hmmm? And watching her mother abandon her because she needs another score. The miracle of love. You’re twice as likely to be killed by the person you love than by a stranger.

Augustine: Are you trying to talk me out of my faith?

House: You can have all the faith you want in spirits and the afterlife, and heaven and hell, but when it comes to this world, don’t be an idiot. ‘Cause you can tell me you put your faith in God to put you through the day, but when it comes time to cross the road, I know you look both ways.

Augustine: I don’t believe He is inside me and is going to save me. I believe He is inside me whether I live or die.

House: Then you might as well live. You’ve got a better shot betting on me than on Him.

Augustine: When I was 15, I was on every kind of birth control known to man, and I still got pregnant. I blamed God. I hated Him for ruining my life, but then I realized something. You can’t be angry with God and not believe in him at the same time. No one can. Not even you, Dr. House.

Season 1, Ep. 17:

Dr. Allison Cameron: Do you know why people believe in God?

House: I thought you didn’t believe in God.

Cameron: I don’t.

House: Well, then you better be making a very good point.

Cameron: Do you think they pray to Him and praise Him because they want Him to know how great He is? God already knows that.

House: Are you comparing me to God? I mean, that’s great, but just so you know, I’ve never made a tree.

Cameron: [smiling] I thank you because it means something to me. To be grateful for what I receive.

House: You are the most naïve atheist I’ve ever met.

Season 2, Ep. 19:

House: God talks to him.

Robert Chase: It’s not psychosis, he’s just religious. The only medical issue that showed up on the blood work is low sodium.

House: No — you talk to God, you’re religious. God talks to you — you’re psychotic.

Chase: A lot of people experience their religion as something more than symbolic. That doesn’t mean that—

House: God ever talk to you when you were in the seminary?

Chase: [laughs]

House: [gives him a smug look]

Chase: No.

House: God’s loss, our gain. He’s either psychotic, or a scam artist.

Eric Foreman: He was actually , uh, really impressive.

House: Well yeah, with the burning bush and all it’s quite the show.

Cameron: Are we even certain he had a seizure? Hymn singing and healing, he does it all the time, doesn’t he?

House: Isn’t it interesting that religious behavior is so close to being crazy we can’t tell it apart.

James Wilson: Yeah, that’s why you didn’t want me in your poker game. Because when it comes to being in control, Gregory House leaves our faith healer kid in the dust. And that’s why religious belief annoys you. Because if the universe operates by abstract rules you can learn them, you can protect yourself. If a Supreme Being exists he can squash you any time he wants.

House: He knows where I am.

Season 3, Ep. 12:

Eve: I don’t wanna terminate.

House: You wanna keep the baby?

Eve: Abortion is murder.

House: True. [nods] It’s a life. And you should end it.

Eve: [rationalizing] Every life is sacred.

House: [looks to the heavens in exasperation] Talk to me, don’t quote me bumper stickers.

Eve: It’s true.

House: It’s meaningless.

Eve: It means every life matters to God.

House: Not to me, not to you. [getting up to pace around] Judging by the number of natural disasters, not to God either.

Eve: You’re just being argumentative.

House: Yeah! I do do that. What about Hitler? Is his life sacred to God? Father of your child? Is his life sacred to you?

Eve: My child isn’t Hitler.

House: Either every life is sacred or…

Eve: [shouts] Stop it! I don’t wanna chat about philosophy!

House: You’re not killing your rape baby because of a philosophy.

Eve: It’s murder! I’m against it. You for it?

House: Not as a general rule.

Eve: Just for unborn children?

House: Yes! [beat] The probable exceptions to rules is the line drawn. Might makes sense for us to kill the ass that did this to you. But where do we draw the line? Which asses do we get to kill? Which asses get to keep on being asses? Nice thing about the abortion debate is we can quibble over trimesters, but ultimately there’s an ice-cold line — birth. Morally, there isn’t a lot of difference. Practically, huge.

Season 4, Ep. 2:

House: Rational arguments don’t usually work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious people.

18: You’re an atheist.

House: Only on Christmas and Easter. The rest of the time, it doesn’t really matter.

18: [Laughs.] Where’s the fun in that? A finite, un-mysterious universe…

House: It’s not about fun! It’s about the truth.

Season 4, Ep. 12:

Chris Taub: Cryoglobulinemia might account for the symptoms.

[They enter House’s office.]

House: Except for the one you missed.

Taub: There’s no change in her condition.

House: I’m not talking about a new symptom. I’m talking about one that presented six months ago.

[He goes behind his desk.]

Taub: Look, she’s nuts, but we can’t just give her ten ccs of atheism and send her home.

House: Religion is a symptom of irrational belief and groundless hope. Altered mental status, on the other hand, is a symptom of porphyria.

Lawrence Kutner: She didn’t develop uncontrollable anger, crying, anxiety. She just decided to go to temple.

House: The woman didn’t just choose to keep kosher. [sits] She went directly to the extremes of Hasidism, a life of stringent rules. She became a masochist.

House: You live according to God’s six hundred commitments, right?

Yonatan Arnoff: [folding his arms] Six hundred thirteen.

House: You understand them all?

Arnoff: Takes a lifetime of learning…

House: But you follow the ones you don’t understand because the ones you do understand make sense, and you believe the guy who created them knows what he’s doing.

Arnoff: Of course.

House: So you will trust my diagnosis and you’ll let me treat her, because in this temple, [scarily] I am Dr. Yahweh.

[Yonatan has a look of disbelief on his face.]

Arnoff: [wagging his finger at Cuddy] I want a new doctor.

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Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t updated in a while. Been pretty busy, especially with the chaotic snow conditions everywhere. Been getting stuck in traffic jams to and from work.

Anyway, I hope you all had a good Christmas, and are enjoying the time off work, unless you are working, in which case, take it easy, there’s no need to work your arse off.

Anywho, I finally have some inspiration!

Why does it always seem that theists take one thing, completely unrelated to anything Goddish, and use it as proof of God? It doesn’t make sense.

So far, I’ve seen death, evil, love, gravity, evolution and baked beans (Well, okay, maybe not baked beans) all being used as “proof” of God.

When will they understand than just because one thing is there, doesn’t necessarily mean that something unproven was ever there?

I mean, we have the obvious types of logic that go with this way of thinking. For instance, if you see an apple, you know it comes from an apple tree. That’s fine, because we KNOW that apple trees exist. I can walk down the road and see one, I can take an apple off one of the branches. I can force other people to believe in the apple (also, the apple tree), by throwing the apple at their head.

God, however, has never been seen. He’s never even been defined properly. How can anything be evidence of something that hasn’t even been defined, yet? It doesn’t make sense.

Death is proof that we die, nothing more, nothing less. If anything, it goes against some religious texts, which insist death can be undone (I’m looking at you, Lazarus.), and that at one point, it didn’t even exist. Death exists because without it, the world would just keep getting more and more crowded until we could no longer fit on it. There’s no reason to imply that it’s proof of anything else, because it doesn’t imply there is anything else. It doesn’t even HINT towards their being some kind of omnipotent being.

Love is an emotional reaction, it’s chemical, and evolutionary. If parents didn’t love their children, they’d leave them to die, and the human race would have died out before we even got started. If we didn’t love other human beings, we’d treat them like crap, and that wouldn’t help the human race propagate itself, either.

Evil? That just shows that people will do whatever serves them best, which again, doesn’t have anything to do with God.

So please, stop reading into things which aren’t there, and look for actual proof of God. Otherwise, baked beans mean that the FSM exists.

RAmen.

Book burning.

Whilst I don’t necessarily condone the burning of books, I don’t condemn it, either. If it’s how people wish to display their feelings, then let them do it. What shouldn’t happen, is that people get arrested for doing it, which has happened here, last week.

A teenage girl burned her copy of the Koran, and was subsequently arrested. Why was she arrested for expressing herself? She did nothing wrong.

It ain’t a crime to offend people.

I guess God doesn’t care, this time…

Following up on my rant about the Chilean miners incident the other month, a tragedy occurred this week in New Zealand, and 29 miners lost their lives in an explosion in a coal mine.

I notice nobody is bringing God up this time (Except me, of course), whereas last time he was getting all the credit for saving the Chilean miners. Apparently, he just couldn’t be bothered to do anything for these other miners.

Either he’s looking out for us, or he isn’t, make up your fucking minds, or stop making up shit. If he’s responsible for good things, he’s responsible for bad things, too.

Prayers: Do they work?

No.

If anyone has any evidence of prayers working, preferably things which cannot be explained, not just convenient coincidences, like; “I prayed for rain, and the next day, it rained!” or “I had a sick cousin, he was in hospital for months, so I prayed, and he got better!”

Those two up there don’t count. It rains alot, and people do get better from going to the hospital. Your prayers change nothing.

So, if there’s anyone reading this who has some evidence that prayer works, or even an interesting story, please, drop a comment in the little box.

So, I put up an apparently “controversial and offensive” status a few nights ago, on Faceybook;

“To those who prayed for the miners in Chile; …Well done. You didn’t do jack-shit. The people who built the rescue capsules did more than your “God”.

Respect the rescuers, first and foremost. Then the survivors. They deserve the respect, not any omnipotent beings.”

Now, I didn’t see the big deal when I posted this, as it’s just basically my opinion. I didn’t really attack anybody, and I didn’t feel it was overly antagonising.

I then got a load of comments saying “Waaah! I respect your right to disbelieve, but don’t attack my God! Waaaaah!”.

So, now, me saying that there is no God is somehow offensive? Since when? It’s my opinion, why can’t I express it?

This is like me telling someone to shut up for saying “Praise God! All 33 miners made it out safely! He truly was watching over them!”, which would be utterly stupid. Though I disagree with what they are saying, I wouldn’t get all butthurt over it.

So it seems it’s fine for them to shove God in all our faces 24/7, and we can’t say anything about it, but the moment us atheists express our opinion that God isn’t there, then we’ve committed some kind of atrocity?

Doesn’t seem very fair, to me.

Wanting it both ways.

Sorry again for the delays, had a busy time, lately. Had some work to do on my car, as well as selling my old one. The guy was sposed to come and pick it up on Sunday, but he didn’t. Great.

Last night I noticed something on Facebook. Someone on my friendlist posted something about religion only being good for 3 things, then a theist noted that religion also brings courage, comfort, and hope. I then mentioned that the same courage causes terrorists to blow themselves up.

Of course, he denied that this is the case, and instead blamed terrorism on extremists. Now, I obviously know that these extremists really are a tiny minority, but it’s pretty obvious that it’s religion that causes them to do what they do.

There’s no atheists blowing themselves up, or plotting to destroy western culture, is there? It’s religion causing this stuff. You can’t only accept the good whilst blaming the bad on something else. The same hope and courage that is so good for some people can also be bad for others, compelling them to do horrible things.

Religion poisons everything.

Pointless (But comforting) beliefs.

You know what? This isn’t really so much an atheistic rant, but it involves the same kind of stupid beliefs which people force themselves into believing, in order for themselves to feel slightly more comfortable about life.

Horoscopes. Yup. Stupid.

Seriously, I bet most (if not all) of you reading this are on facebook, and chances are, you have a horoscope app which sends you daily horoscopes, of you see a friend’s horoscope updates on there.

Ever read them? Notice how completely vague they are? It’s because they don’t mean jack-shit.

I’d place money that if someone took the daily horoscopes from a newspaper, cut the actual star-signs out of the page, and rearranged the actual horoscopes and the starsigns to go with them, that people would still read into them and say “OMG LOL IT TTLY CAME TROO!” the day afterwards.

Try it yourself. Next time you see an aquaintance (Preferably somebody with an obscure birthday) on your facebook news feed with a horoscope thingy coming up, read the horoscope. See if it could be applied to your day, in any way, shape, or form. Then read what the starsign is.

Also, the most obvious thing is the simple fact that the same events can’t happen to ALL Pisces at the same time, the world over. That’s just obvious.

How do people manage to persuade themselves to believe such crap? Simple. It makes them feel like there is a guiding force in their lives, watching out for them, bringing them some modicum of success or happiness.

Here’s news for you.

There is no guiding force in your life. Get used to the idea of random chance, and the fact that some people just are in the right place, at the right time, others aren’t so fortunate.

Again, sorry for the lack of updates.

I’ve been quite ill, and busy with buying a new car! It’s a Renault Megane, the old shape, not the new one, and I really like it.

Today’s post is short but simple…

Why do people trust God over man? At least man has shown himself to be able to actually make decisions, God can’t even prove he exists.

Personally, I trust neither, but I’m a misanthropic asshole, so it might just be me.

Making a difference.

Can one person make a significant difference in the world? Is it possible for one guy to just stand up and say “No! That ain’t right! We demand free tacos!”? Well, okay, maybe not tacos, but apply the same thing to religious oppression. If one person stands up, and raises his voice, can it make a difference?

…..Maybe. Just as one small pebble can start a whole avalanche, just one person can start something huge. People need to start raising their voices, rise above the fear, and start doing something. If you, or I, can inspire just one other person to do the same, then it’s beneficial. Sure, we have people like Hitchens and Dawkins, but really, look how many priests, popes, bishops, cardinals, etc, that the church has. It’s because they aren’t as apathetic as alot of us are.

As I said before, religion should be criticized, it should be mocked, it should be challenged. Remove religion from this ridiculous pedestal it has been placed on, and raise your voice. You never know, you might just be the pebble to start the avalanche.