BIG BROTHER AND THE LORD IN THE SKY ABOVE
Throughout my Life Time people have had Annual Sporting Seasons. Regular mass sporting events that they can look forward to and immerse themselves in and chat about, year after year.
But its only been since 2000 that I've had anything similar. That's when Big Brother (uk) began. I love it.
I say I love it, but obviously I wouldn't actually want to be inside the Big Brother house, I'd never want to hand over that much control to a TV production company for 3 months, and then end up conceptually cattle-branded as an Ex-Housemate for the rest of my eXistence. I just love watching it. And I believe that Big Brother is possibly the first true Television Programme (by which I mean that most telly is just Radio with pictures stuck on top, but Big Brother is founded upon observation).
Plus my pleasure doesn't come from the daily TV viewing event alone (or the online viewing event, as I choose not to have a TV). No. The whole Big Brother viewer experience isn't complete for me without simultaneously immersing myself in a Big Brother forum, like the one over on DigitalSpy. Because one of the many curious aspects of Big Brother is that at any moment it can generate a jamboree of human topics and debates, from the trivial to the profound and back again. Exactly how I like my information and conversations to be.
However, so far this season I have experienced (without prior warnings) 2 temporary bans from the forum. Both due to some insecure zealots reacting to the mere words that I'd contributed to forum threads which focused on the topic of religion.
There seems to be an absurd hierarchy of well known imaginary characters, which results in it being okay to poke fun at the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and jolly old Santa Claus etc, but which makes it a punishable offence to take the piss out of the various (male) gods, and the son of god, aswell as their (self proclaimed and usually male) human representatives (or should we perhaps call them "imagineers") here on planet earth.
I fully and utterly believe in Respecting other people's Differences, their Skin Colour, their Gender, their varied Able-Bodiedness, their Sexuality etc etc, but I can not and will not ever, EVER, respect their imaginary Lord up in the Heavens Above. Particularly because religion is THE primary excuse for the majority of Wars and Suffering and Death in this world.
It is my belief that ALL of the powerful organised religions around the globe should be vigorously Ridiculed and Undermined at every single available opportunity.
If you are someone who insists on believing in the authority of an invisible (and silent) super-being, then you need to be prepared for intellectual combat in the arena with Lions such as myself. Censorship or banning me really isn't the answer to your problems.
Meanwhile in "The future looks bright"
Richard Dawkins continues in his effort to raise consciousness about Atheism, pointing out that Language helps to shape the way we think about the world....
Quote: A phrase like "Catholic child" or "Muslim child" should clang furious bells of protest in the mind. Children are too young to know their religious opinions. Just as you can't vote until you are 18, you should be free to choose your own cosmology and ethics without society's impertinent presumption that you will automatically inherit your parents'. We'd be aghast to be told of a Leninist child or a neo-conservative child or a Hayekian monetarist child. So isn't it a kind of child abuse to speak of a Catholic child or a Protestant child? Especially in Northern Ireland and Glasgow where such labels, handed down over generations, have divided neighbourhoods for centuries and can even amount to a death warrant?
Children should hear themselves described not as "Christian children" but as "children of Christian parents" etc etc.