I've long thought we peaked, as a society, sometime around 1965-1975. The most obvious sign of our peak would be the moon landings. I can't describe how amazed I feel when thinking about the fact that once upon a time men walked on the moon. That era is very much over now and it seems we're witnessing the gradual decline of our civilisation. Stupid people run this world with their idiotic ideas taking presidence over rationality. Perhaps it was always so but whenever I look at the moon my internal voice complains that it can't have been.
Simple evolutionary mechanics mean the religious world view will soon have a titanic grip on our future. Religious people have more children than rationalists. When I was younger I thought it was set to die out but recently it has become obvious that will not be the case.
When I was working in South Yorkshire it was mooted that I might be a good candidate to interview Tony Blair. He was the Prime Minister at the time and about to tour the provinces to drum up support for the forthcoming election. I thought it would be fun if I could talk to him about his religious beliefs. I was fascinated by the fact he was a Christian and saw it as the key to understanding the guy. It was, in truth, all I wanted to talk to him about. They weren't keen on the idea so in the end it never happened.
If I had been able to speak to him I'd have asked him the following questions...
1, THE IMMOVABLE OBJECT, or, IS GOD BOUND BY LOGIC: If God can do anything can he make a rock so heavy that it cannot be moved? If so, can he then move that rock once it's been made?
2, THE BIBLE IS FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS: Why do you think your God has allowed the truth to be so blurred?
3, Do you prefer people who follow Jesus to those of us who do not? Where do athiests fit on that scale?
This final question seems well met by this recent news story:
Cherie Blair lets a bloke walk free because he's 'a religious man' despite him breaking someone's jaw in a savage and thuggish attack.
The short version of the above story is that, Shamso Miah, 25, was queing at a Lloyd's bank in London when a row broke out about who was next. He went into an explosive rage, grabbed his victim and struck him. Then he scampered off outside, followed by the man he'd just punched, who tried to reason with him, only to be on the reciving end of a whack so strong it knocked him over breaking his jaw.
When the police finally caught up with him he lied and said he'd acted in self defence. These lies were exposed by a very different story, told via the bank's CCTV footage, so he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
What's amazing is that when Cherie gets involved as judge she lets him walk free from court:'I am going to suspend this sentence for the period of two years based on the fact you are a religious person and have not been in trouble before [...] You are a religious man and you know this is not acceptable behaviour.'
He got six months, suspended for two years and 200 hours community service.
What would you or I have got for the same crime if we didn't believe in the magic man that lives in the sky? These sorts of judgements belong in the dark ages and reading about them now reminds me the days of the moonwalker are now in the past. The moon, according to The Bible, is an independant light source. Landing on it would be as hazardous as setting foot on the sun. Reaching for the heavens, according to The Bible, is an offence punishable by God. The story of The Tower Of Babel illustrates that, look it up if you're unfamiliar with it. The inevitable rise of a biblical world view means we'll be burning witches and burying criminals at crossroads by 2100AD.
Think I'm over reacting? Read this article here by Christopher Hitchens about religion in the US millitary.
With all of the above in mind I'm pleased beyond measure that this is about to happen: CHRIS MORRIS'S NEW FILM.