The Ranting Man

August 19, 2010

The Mosque near Ground Zero

Filed under: Religion — therantingman @ 12:15 pm
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I am a staunch atheist, and even I am disgusted by the opposition to the mosque near Ground Zero. Does anyone actually think this will become a threat? This mosque existed before 9/11, and there are many mosques in NYC. This is simply a political ploy to try and sway elections in November.

And Obama was completely stupid to chime in. No matter what he said someone was going to attack him for it. He made the same mistake when the black professor was arrested. Keep to running the country, you have more than enough to do without creating controversy.

And this mosque will be under a microscope. Terrorists will find people who don’t spend their time in a community center playing games to be suicide bombers. And the people running the site are long-standing community members and have been openly vocal about protesting violence in the name of islam. None of it makes sense, unless you are trying to stir up anti-muslim sentiments during an election year.

The whole thing stinks like Bush’s justification for the war in Iraq – contrived to suit a political purpose, nothing more.

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October 19, 2009

The Real Problem…..

Filed under: economics,Religion — therantingman @ 11:31 pm
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When you look at all the world’s ills, the number of problems seems insurmountable.  But I am coming to a realization that there is really only one problem we have to deal with – overpopulation.

Think about it – every natural, social and economic problem we face today is a problem only because we are here.  With less people there are less demands for natural resources, less contention for land, less need for food, less pollution of all kinds.  As we grow our population we are pushing the limits of this planet and how many people it can support.  Cut the population and all the major problems in the world shrink and eventually can become manageable with the technology we have today.

It really scares me to see right-wing initiatives (delivered by ‘Missionaries’) that demonize birth control in underdeveloped nations, and it scares me even more to see ‘John and Kate plus 8′ and ’16 and Counting’ and other shows like it dominate cable TV .  Their unrealistic portrayal of these ridiculously sized families almost encourages this practice, and there is very little discussion of population control because we all have the right to fuck and make babies.

I know you cannot legislate procreation, and I would never advocate such things.  But that does not change the fact that we have to deal with this issue, one way or another.  We can try and educate the world’s population about what options we have, or we can ignore the problem until we have a global catastrophe and all those ‘extra’ people die cruel and horrible deaths from starvation and disease, which is exactly what will happen.

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