Thoughts on the anti-gay jihadist attack against Pulse nightclub in Orlando

The mentality of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen is a stark reminder of how religion often perverts sexual morality. Mateen apparently believed that homosexuality between consenting adults is morally wrong and that taking thousands of women as sex slaves as ISIS does is not morally wrong. He had it exactly backwards. Homosexuality is not morally wrong. Slavery and rape are morally wrong. If this anti-gay jihadist terrorism “has nothing to do with religion” as Omar Mateen’s father dishonestly claims, then it follows that KKK lynchings against African Americans “had nothing to do with racism”. ISIS is a far-right religious extremist … Continue reading Thoughts on the anti-gay jihadist attack against Pulse nightclub in Orlando

Your God Did Not Invent Morality

The Code of Hammurabi is but one of many examples of secular law predating religion and is older than Islam and older than Christianity and most likely older than Judaism and Zoroastrianism as well. The religious show themselves to be either ignoramuses or liars when they exhume the archaic untruth that the divine is the source of human law and order.
One can even see in the behavior of non-human animals that outrage at injustice or unfairness and even disgust at things perceived to be unclean is inherited from our evolutionary ancestors and animal cousins rather than passed down from on high. Continue reading Your God Did Not Invent Morality