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Paraphrasing Mark Antony's Funeral Oration
by TheEtruscan at 18:28 September 24, 2014
Apologies to William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: Act 3. Scene II
Friends, Americans, citizens of the world, lend me your ears;
I come here to bury long held irrational beliefs, not your spirituality.
The evil that false creeds do lives in all the history books;
The good is often just a promise away;
So let it be with all the holy scriptures.
Priests, rabbis and imams have told you a god wrote those books:
If it were so, it would be really awesome -- For religionists are honorable men;
So are they all, all honorable men-- I come here to speak of their fallacy.
These holy scriptures in their bimillennial presence have only sowed discord, hatred and death:
But religionists say that they are a god's words; And religionists are honorable men.
No holy scripture is immune but I single out the Old Testament where frankly anti humanity
(slavery, servitude, polygamy, collective punishments, cruelty to children and animals, misogyny,
ethnic cleansing, graphic violence, guilt by association, an eye for an eye, etc...) is standard fare:
Holy scriptures should be made of gentler stuff:
Yet religionists say that they are a god's words; And religionists are honorable men.
You all did see how the Black Plague laid Europe low and as then,
recently tsumani and earthquakes did not distinguish between good or bad people, believers or non.
All in the path perished: was this the deed of a benevolent god?
Yet religionists say that they are a god's will; And, sure, religionists are honorable men.
I speak not to disprove what religionists preach, But here I am to speak what I do know.
Humanity has been worshipping deities long before those holy scriptures were penned down
by religionists bent on controlling other people's lives and subject them to their points of view.
Verily I say unto you that the Parthenon in Athens, Greece in its mute and simple majesty is holier
than all the sacred texts combined and a true statement of mankind's greatness and devotion,
And I must pause till I can come back with more.