Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Imagine No Religion

While cruising on the interwebs the other day, I ran across this image:

Do you see what they did there? Apparently if there were no religion, the twin towers would still be there because, hey, no Muslim terrorists to knock them down. This got me to thinking about what the world would be like with no religion. What if society were fundamentally atheistic with no religious beliefs whatever? Can't you and John Lennon imagine all the for today?

Wait a minute! I don't have to imagine a society with no religion. Several such societies have actually existed in our world. So, imagine with me, if you would, the following countries with no nasty, ugly religion to get in the way. Countries like:



North Korea:


Kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside doesn't it?


Erica said…
I love the argument that religion is the cause of all problems. It's not like people fight over anything and everything else. :-)
Rick said…
Yep. I always like to remind people that the Spanish Inquisition killed a grand total of 5,000 people over the course of its 354 years. Ooh the evils of relgion!

The atheistic, anti-religious Reign of Terror in France killed somewhere between 16,000 and 40,000 people in the course of about 10 months.