Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Creationism

April 13, 2013

cre·a·tion (n) /krēˈāSHən/

1.The action or process of bringing something into existence.
2.A thing made or invented, esp. something showing artistic talent.

Creationism I

Why do dinosaurs not stomp around on the pages of Genesis?
Are we to believe that a wise, all-seeing, omnipotent being
Overlooked terrifying Tyrannosaurs, docile Diplodocus?
It is not as if they weren’t big enough.

If our holy books had blueprints
Read not like fairy tales but instruction manuals:
“Welcome to the planet Earth. You are fortunate to find yourself on a water-saturated, carboniferous rock, not too hot or cold, with the appropriate atmosphere”
Before going on to unify general relativity with quantum physics,
That would be impressive.

Instead, we are supposed to be grateful, lie prostrate
Be good, meek, mild. Turn the other cheek.
Those in charge avoid difficult questions.
Offer passive acceptance in return for the afterlife,
To better exploit our gullibility on Earth.

We are on a tiny oasis of life and beauty
In a vast, uncaring Universe.
Isn’t that enough to make you wonder?

Question, think, consider.
Weigh up the evidence,
Come to your own conclusions.
Not blind acceptance of what you have been told to believe.

Life is precious.
Make the most of it while you can.

Creationism II

I am a draughtsman, a craftsman
Choosy. Alert to resonance and timbre
Words are my chosen timber.
Lithe, mercurial, quick-witted, flexible
Shaped, honed and selected, poems perfected.
Fit snug, silky smooth, the sharpest of suits,

Details matter, when it comes to patter.
A critical eye, nose for metaphor,
Ear for rhyme, taste for design,
Honesty, truth, beauty not cant.
Nothing wrong, though, with the occasional rant:

Why ‘draughtsman’?
Why isn’t there a gender-neutral suffix
That can affix itself to a line with grace?
Not plod around on heavy boots,
Announcing its place?
Poetry isn’t patriarchy.
But draughtsperson, craftsperson, draughtsman (or woman)
Don’t exactly scan.

I am a drafter, a grafter, a crafter
Poetry is my game – to please is my aim.
I get under your skin, shake up your thoughts.
Unique, honed, carefully toned.

Then there’s the matter of performance
Delivery, presence, attitude, concordance
With formalistic rules
Made to be broken, but useful tools.

Poetry is hard when you are stuck
Or it can flow effortlessly
A river of ink that makes you think.

A new poem is the birth of a child
Mewling and puking, but hooking
You in. I am a maker, a shaper, a mover and shaker.

Words – the great leveller
Free, accessible to all.
Common property that binds us,
Holds no-one in thrall.

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Argument with Christian at Leicester Clocktower . . .

October 27, 2012

Thirty minutes of my life, completely wasted. This is paraphrased . . .

“Do you believe in God?”

“No – I’m an atheist.”

“You mean you don’t believe in the soul, or an afterlife?”

“No”.

“So you think we came from monkeys then?”

“Yes. But, if you go back far enough, we were fish.”

“”Fish???” [looks incredulously at me]

“Yes, but before that, single-celled creatures at the bottom of the sea”.

“How do you think we changed then?”

“Through evolution – it has been shown scientifically – compare our genes with that of a monkey’s, they are extremely similar.”

“You keep going on about science – what about scientists who were religious, for example Bacon, Newton, Einstein?”

“Newton and Bacon lived before Darwin. It was understandable that they were religious – I am not sure about Einstein.” [a quick glance at Wikipedia says that Einstein was agnostic]

“But people used to believe in a flat Earth. Yet the Bible says the Earth was not flat, but a sphere – therefore it must be true.” [The logic of this is lost on me]

“The ancients did not think the Earth was flat, that is a common misconception. They knew that when a ship’s sails disappeared over the horizon, they didn’t disappear all at once and the Ancient Greeks estimated the circumference of the Earth.”

“What about Galileo – he was religious?”

“But he questioned his beliefs because his telescope told him something different to the religious orthodoxy at the time. He was burnt at the stake by the Catholic Church as a result.” [I was slightly wrong: he was actually imprisoned by the Catholic Church for heresy, for the rest of his life]

“We’re not Catholics, we’re Christians – as opposed to the Muslims over there – they believe in myths.”

“The Bible is a collection of myths” [Laughter] “And anyway they are not ramming their religion down anyone’s throats [points to Christian bloke ranting away on PA system]. I don’t have a problem with religion as long as it is not forced on people”.

“We’re just spreading the good news about God”.

“So where did God come from then?”

“He has always existed”.

“But science has shown that if you measure how fast the Universe is expanding and rewind the clock back – the Big Bang happened about 14 billion years ago”.

“14 billion years ago – how do you know that? The Universe was created by God – it is not that old”.

“What about Neandarthal Man? They coexisted with modern humans? Their last settlement was in Gibraltar and archaeologists have found evidence of their existence in caves there.”

“Neandarthal Man has been shown (not by me but by scientists) to have been baboons”.

“Baboons who could create cave paintings?”

“I find it easier to believe in painting baboons than I do in the Big Bang. You should read the Bible.”

“You should read Charles Darwin, or Richard Dawkins”. (explanation about the Galapagos finches, the voyage of the Beagle, etc.)

“Dawkins?” [laughter] “And Darwin didn’t want to publish his theories, he was confused”.

“He didn’t want to upset his wife, who was devoutly religious, it doesn’t mean he hadn’t lost his belief himself. Let’s agree to disagree”.

For God’s sake, say you’re not religious.

March 5, 2011

The Advertising Standards Agency have advised against the use of a poster encouraging people to state their non-belief in the 2011 census.

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Secular-Society-refuses-leave-God-campaign/article-3297370-detail/article.html

Luckily Leicester Secular Society are ignoring their advice and going ahead with the campaign anyway.

We are bombarded with religious messages in school assemblies and by preachers in town in the city centre ever Saturday. Is it too much to ask to allow some freedom of speech? All the campaign is doing is asking people to state their true beliefs or non-belief in the census. No harm in that, you might think; this is just a harmless joke. Do the blasphemy laws still apply in 2011?

MATTHIAS: Look. I’d had a lovely supper, and all I said to my wife was ‘That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah.’

CROWD: Oooooh!

OFFICIAL: Blasphemy! He’s said it again!

. . .

MATTHIAS: Look. I don’t think it ought to be blasphemy, just saying ‘Jehovah’.

CROWD: Oooh! He said it again! Oooh!

OFFICIAL: You’re only making it worse for yourself!

MATTHIAS: Making it worse?! How could it be worse?! Jehovah! Jehovah! Jehovah!