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Non Sequitur Comic Strip for January 05, 2021

Davis D Danizier (3D)  about 6 hours ago

So here’s the story: A talking snake in a magic garden convinces a gullible woman to eat an enchanted (but forbidden) fruit which makes the invisible sky god very angry.

The sin this woman committed? Partaking of the Tree of KNOWLEDGE.

Daring to want KNOWLEDGE is the enemy of religious superstition and the one thing that can destroy its power to control the ignorant.

God sets newly-created naïve gullible innocents in a garden and pits them against an evil genius, a demonic being who has co-existed for millennia (or billennia) with an all-powerful deity who apparently is not all-powerful enough to simply eliminate this font of evil, and somehow considers it an even playing field for the game of temptation in which all of humanity will be scarred for someone else’s “sins.”

So this petulant, admittedly (self-described) “jealous” god curses Adam and Eve with an evil spell called “sin” that, after drowning women, children, babies, old people because they had too much of this curse, he decided it could only be cured with a human sacrifice, in which god has to impregnate a teenage virgin with himself, so he could become his own son, grow up and then sacrifice himself to himself to save the world from himself, but only for those who demonstrate their acceptance of the sacrifice by eating his flesh and drinking his blood and wearing a miniature implement of death penalty around their necks.

Sounds reasonable.

And yeah, seems like plenty of grounds for appeal, but does not seem like a court that would be much interested in justice.

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    Ed A.  about 7 hours ago

    Makes perfect sense to me. LOL. I was indoctrinated in that religious belief until I read The Age of Reason. Now I’m a free thinker.

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    Davis D Danizier (3D)  about 7 hours ago
    @Ed A.Yes, reading the words of the Founders will definitely make one question the myths that these free-thinkers debunked.

    Thomas Paine: “Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon, than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.”

    (1794: “The Age of Reason.)

    Thomas Jefferson: “Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.”

    (1782: “Notes on the State of Virginia”)

    John Adams:

    “The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.”

    “Where do we find a precept in the Bible for Creeds, Confessions, Doctrines and Oaths, and whole carloads of other trumpery that we find religion encumbered with in these days?”

    “But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed.”

    —John Adams in a letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816

    Treaty of Tripoli 1797, enacted by John Adams and ratified UNANIMOUSLY by a U.S. Senate that included many of the original Founders, without debate:

    “The government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”

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    Ed A.  about 7 hours ago
    @Davis D Danizier (3D)Another informative read, “Reason: The Only Oracle Of Man” by Ethan Allen:

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    Kurtass Premium Member about 7 hours ago

    This is my theory on the virgin Mary. When others noticed she was pregnant, they asked whom the father was. She started crying and she said, “oooh father”. With the sobbing, it sounded like “our father” or “lord father”. When she meant, her own father. Jesus was special, “special” from inbreeding.

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    DD Wiz Premium Member about 6 hours ago
    @Kurtassthe Virgin Mary. The Christmas Miracle: A woman tries to explain to her fiancée how she got pregnant when she is supposed to be a virgin — god made me do it! — and then three random guys show up at the birth bringing gifts.

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    jmarkoff2  about 6 hours ago

    If that’s not enough, the snake was more honest than God. God said if they ate the fruit they would die, and the snake said they would not die from eating the fruit. The snake turned out to be right.

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member about 6 hours ago

    Your statement indicates that you must be sent to the Church to be reprogramed. You’ll be taught not to question the dogma./s

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    mr_sherman Premium Member about 6 hours ago

    The devil’s in the details. It was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In other words, as I see it, it’s Judging people. No one really knows who is really good or bad. It’s not up to us to call someone good or evil. All we can judge is a person’s actions. Unfortunately the religious and gossipers don’t get it.

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    BirdyNumNum  about 5 hours ago
    @KurtassThe other theory…

    Joseph- “C’mon Mary, we’re going to get married anyway!”

    Mary – “We can’t. it wouldn’t be proper.”

    Joseph – “Oh, all right. How about I just rub it against you. I promise not to put it in.”

    Mary – “Well, oaky.”

    – 2 minutes later…

    Joseph – “Oops… sorry about the mess. Don’t worry though, you know a girl can’t get pregnant if the guy doesn’t put it in.”

    Mary – “Of course not. Everybody knows that,silly!”

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    admiree2  about 5 hours ago

    Not a bad narrative at all.

    Speaking as a former Sunday AM prisoner until the age of 18 and then being able to get away from that hypocrisy and waste of time.

    Later in life a younger brother related that he got slapped (standard punitive response when the religious mother had no answer) after he asked:

    “If we are all supposed to be descended from Adam and Eve then why does Dad hate black people so much?”

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    scooter2020  about 5 hours ago

    Bravo. The knowledge part of this myth is what finally woke me up. It’s the same thing that’s still going on today in religious circles.

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    mattro65  about 4 hours ago

    I stopped believing and attending church at the age of 13 about the same time I attained the intellectual stage of critical thinking. Educational psychologists have posited that about 2/3 of the adult population never reaches the level of critical thinking. I wouldn’t be surprised if that percentage is much higher amongst church goers.

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    FaustoCoppi  about 4 hours ago

    Ambrose Bierce had the following general observations about religion in his “Devil’s Dictionary”:

    “Scriptures – n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other religious faiths are based.”

    “Faith – n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge of things without parallel.”

    “Impiety – n. Your irreverence toward my deity.”

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    mattro65  about 4 hours ago
    @Davis D Danizier (3D)Not only did John Adams clearly see the hypocrisy in a religious belief he foresaw the disastrous arrival of the Orange Buffoon (“other trumpery“).

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    cnk381  about 2 hours ago

    The Bible is meant to be taken seriously, but not literally.

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    eguinn47  about 2 hours ago

    America, the former great country.

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    Màiri  about 2 hours ago

    You guys would definitely enjoy Pratchett & Gaiman’s Good Omens

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    franki_g  about 2 hours ago

    Jesus spoke in allegory, which would seem to be indicative that what preceded Him was meant for the same purpose.

    I’m sad for those who don’t have the comfort of faith in a loving God, but I put most of the blame for that on those who purport to follow Him and, well, see the last 4 years….

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    Kurtass Premium Member about 2 hours ago
    @HarumphA superstitious book, written by superstitious men, in a superstitious time. If something couldn’t be explained scientifically, it was god that did it. The control the churches wanted over the masses is also part of it. Then there is the money, god needs lots of money.

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    Kurtass Premium Member about 2 hours ago
    @franki_gI’m sad for the people that give their time and money to a church or any house of worship. Time and money that could help people in need.

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    wuulfgarcomics  about 2 hours ago

    How could they ‘know’ it was wrong PRIOR to partaking of the fruit that bestows such knowledge? God sez so?! “Here, you have knowledge of right and wrong ABOUT THIS ONE SPECIFIC THING AND NOTHING ELSE THAT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU ON THAT TREE but nothing else. Ab. So. Lutely. Nothing else. To get more you need to eat that fruit. But don’t because I don’t want you to. I don’t want you to have such knowledge. Why? Don’t know. Tis my plan. I guess….Siiiiigh.

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    Màiri  about 1 hour ago
    @wuulfgarcomicsIt’s not really such a bad allegory for evolution, though the lunatics who supposedly believe in what’s written have never had any difficulty imputing their worst transgressions to non-humans.

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    Daniel J.  about 1 hour ago
    @Davis D Danizier (3D)You have to be careful when you quote something that isn’t actually in the referenced text. For the letter from Adams to Van der Kemp, 12/27/1816, of the three sentences you reference, only one is actually in the letter (But how has it…). Your arguments are greatly diminished when you misquote.

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    bbenoit  about 1 hour ago

    Religion is, sadly, little more than the carrot used in conjunction with the stick. For one man to assert governance over others he must show some validity for his rule, otherwise he is just one man trying to tell others how they should live. There are only two sources of this power, god and guns, force and temptation, reward and punishment or any other words one might use. You would think, after a few thousand years, humans would have developed a better means of dispensing morality.

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    loridobson Premium Member about 1 hour ago
    @mattro65And they VOTE! (and watch Fox, OAN, Newsmax, Q-anon..)

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    Wizard of Ahz-no relation  39 minutes ago

    it’s an allegory, that in partaking of knowledge we become aware of the world and in so doing become separate from it and lose the innocence of not knowing. (think how small children don’t know any better)

    The far more notable point is, like the similar Greek myth of ’Pandora’s box’ the world is wonderful until a woman screws it up by not following instructions that man was fine with.

    a wonderful example of the patriarchy blaming women for the worlds problems. not their fault nope nope nope.

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    I was FRAMED by my dog, Max!!!!!!  33 minutes ago

    ‘God’ does not exist any more than does Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy , TRAITOR Trumputin’s integrity, or even the Great Pumpkin exists. These are all ‘imaginary.’

    Theists, the answers to 99% of your dumbass questions are right here:1. Burden of Proof – It’s yours, don’t try and reverse it2. Read something other than the Bible, you might learn something.3. No, rejecting your religion does not constitute a religion in itself.4. Morals are a product of our evolutionary development, they are innate and inalienable to ALL humans. Your ‘imaginary friend’ does not have a monopoly on them.

    If you are trying to prove that ‘God’ exists, there are two very important things to remember:1. Reading the Bible is not valid research.2. “I feel him in my heart” is not valid data.

    If there were proof that ‘God’ exists, you wouldn’t need to believe in it. you would have knowledge of it. You would not need faith, because you would have FACTS. These FACTS could then be proven to any else. They could be repeated, tested, and demonstrated. What you have is a ‘FICTION,’ also known as a fairy tale, that you want to believe. That’s it.

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    Old Girl  33 minutes ago
    @jmarkoff2… and the proof of your story is that they are still alive today?

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    bleu nez  18 minutes ago

    Looks like you read most or all of the book for your review. I think you may have missed the point.

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    JosephShriver  12 minutes ago

    Only thing is, God actually wanted them to partake of the fruit

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    JosephShriver  4 minutes ago
    @KurtassThat is what your time and money going to the church is for. Your time is the service of your fellow beings. The money is for various things, some to help those that need the help

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