Religion becomes offensive when a quarter million plus
religious followers register intent to congest & disrupt
Munich all in one weekend.
Munich : 9-10th Sept 2006:
Stay In The Field !
Sept 2006, a quarter million plus of Pope
followers will swamp Munich over the
weekend, & cause massive congestion.
- Tip for visitors: Practise crossing your legs ! -
Imagine the queues to the toilets ;-) There's a Lot more
trees & bushes at
Riem to hide behind, than there are in the town central
square, where it'll be horribly crowded.
Public transport are predicting Massive delays, Sun 10th
Sept 2006 & reccomending followers to start travelling to
the field (ex airport) as early as 3 AM !)
- Like the Munich Security conference, that also disrupts
Munich each year, the pope will disrupt the city too.
- Marienplatz (city square) will have its manholes (drains)
sealed (welded ?) I hear, trains will run through without
stopping at Marienplatz I've read, (stairs will be too
crowded), 100,000 of pope's followers expected on Saturday.
Marienplatz takes just 8000 normally & there's more
scaffold than normal mass demos, near toy museum, probably.
to take TV camera photos. Side streets will be horribly
jammed. Car, bikes, dustbins & plant containers will be
removed. Police security level one. I've heard residents on
pope's routes are asked to keep windows closed ! Bloody
cheek, fresh air is a god(s) given right, not to be denied
just because some reactionary old man in a white dress has
come to disrupt the city. Friday morning, a day before his
arrival, helicopters were already casing the joint.
- The Haupt Bahn Hof (main station) & S-Bahn Stamm-
Strecke (network central spine) will doubtless be totally
over run with visitors. Organising
normal city groups, eg eg country walks meeting to
start at Haupt Bahn Hof before travelling) would be a
nightmare. With Heathrow closed 'cos of bombers ~2 weeks
back, maybe the police will be jumpy ? Even planning to
travel to a Friday beer
garden (or wet weather fallback) will be tricky this
week, & a bad idea in the centre or East. Munich will be
horrible - swamped by religious followers.
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For some reason, it's considered "Politically Correct" to go
out of one's way not to offend local or sundry global religious
sensitivities, But religionists rarely care about not offending
& protecting those of other religions & equally of No
religion. ? Why tolerate proselatysing & missionary zeal,
unless equally the religionists tolerate urgings to dump their
- The Violent Some religions consider atheists even
worse than members of other religions, & extremists
prioritise atheists as first to be persecuted or even killed.
Inhuman, but nothing new, consider: the christian/muslim
crusades, the inter muslim killings in Iraq, the perpetual
jewish/arab problems, the catholic extermination of the
cathars in France, the catholic/protestant christian wars in
continental Europe etc, the
Spanish inquisition, the aztec sacrifices -all sick violence
motivated by religion.
The Asymmetric Consider those modern faiths in
nations that demand our citizens & travellers in their
countries abide by their rules, yet they demand we exercise
tolerance in our countries, & change our laws to allow
their expatriates freedoms even locals aren't allowed
- (Sikh turban law for motor bikes in UK as one trivial
example, no one being bright enough to develop a large
crash helmet & a flatter thiner turban).
- Women who must cover arms or not even enter some
mid/far east places of worship, yet right demanded for
those worshippers girls to be taught veiled in French
- The Noisy
- Want to live near an electric
amplifier powered Minaret ? ;-) Do you need loud European
church bells ? ;-) English bells are loud & bad enough
sometimes, but at least they plays tunes, the ones in Bavaria
just cluelessly & monotonously repeatedly clang.
- Predators & Loons etc In Germany the
no-blood-transfusions-for-their-kids lot (Jehovah's
Witnesses) don't bother one in the U-Bahn, they just stand
silent holding a note you can read if you want to talk them.
Both countries unfortunately have door to door religious
Germany outlaws some American sects eg Scientologist &
similar : Too many worries about brain washing the
impressionable, signing away assets & being held
incommunicado, hard to tell if kidnapped. They're here
though, under other names. (Look for pavements signs: "Free
Personality Test", trabslate it as "Are you gulible &
lonely enough ? ")
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Not state registered/ sponsored/
connived/ symbiotic. Religious affiliation should have no
official status, it should be like supporting a football team,
which you prefer is your Private affair, not to bang on doors
recruiting for it, persecute or be persecuted for it, or have it
registered & taxed by government.
- Bavarians inflict crosses in many school class
rooms It perpetuates brain washing & then adults fail
to notice & reject crosses elsewhere. Some find it
- At least one major Munich state hospital rooms, has
unpleasantly large christian crosses - where patients are
supposed to be recovering. For those of other religions &
No religion, crosses can be oppressive & make one feel
Worse. Remove provocative religious symbols !
- Ugly great crosses pollute the natural landscape at
the top of Alpine mountains. ( not all are merely old/
traditional: another was stuck up recently. ) Walk up a whole
mountain, increasingly at peace with nature, get to the top,
breath in the clean air ... enjoy the immense view ... &
be oppressed by some sickies who want to shove your nose in
the fact they weirdly believe some bloke was tortured by some
other blokes, & in their madness claim the bloke nailed
up endured it for you ! How sick & primitive !
- Why not celebrate Real heroes instead ? Instead of
all these tedious roadside crosses in catholic countries,
complete with cross, nails, & red painted blood,
dedicated to a mythic 2000 year old person in mid east; Why
not statues of real heroes ? eg the Trudering, Munich, 1990s
U-Bahn, worker, who when tunnel was collapsing, ran up then
out to warn road users, & got killed by a bus.
- Crosses lower in many bedrooms in Tyrol Austria
when skiing. Try to fall asleep to an image of some poor chap
nailed up, red painted blood on hands & feet 'n all !
This after walking up stairs & halls, `decorated with
lots of smelly old animal heads mounted on the wall, &
then they mark death rather birth days of famous people ...
Does this verge on a death cult or what ? Sick ignorant
believers screw such disgusting imagery into customer bedroom
walls ! Take them down & & leave them in the cupboard
if you can.
- Some religious people do some good, but others do considerable harm. Some atheists do a
lot of good, & others not. Many do good, who we'll
fortunately never know what if any religion they have, 'cos
its none of our business, & they do Not preach & do
the missionary bit that so annoys many people &
- Don't waste your money on church donations. Contract
out of state collected religious taxes (built into income
tax etc). Give the money straight to something directly
beneficial like drilling for fresh water in Africa.
- Why does Germany collects income tax for the churches
? (Unless registered citizens contract out). Apparently
Hitler did a deal with the churches & it never got
rescinded. (Correct me if wrong, but I've heard it many
- Ever noticed how much money is spent in Bavarian
churches & outside in church yards ? So much
expensive polished black marble, gold lettering & other
ornamentation ? Bavarian church yards have far more money
wasted on them, than to British church yards. Plenty of money
for churches, with 2/3rds of the population having a state
registered religion, & them all paying 10% on top of
normal income tax to the churches (unless one contracts
- Why do some German `Lander' inc. Bavaria require a
certificate to be bought before one can contract out ?
Who gets the certificate fee ? The church I think. Free
certificate from some Lander, but not from "Frei Staat
- Why do we still have "C of E" (Church of England) in
most/ many primary school names in England ? (so common
we don't even notice!) Why not control & pay for it from
local secular authority ?!
- Why for 6 years did a catholic school continuously
cheat, forcing boys into catholic mass (always starting
in the name of "School Assembly", until there were regular
mini revolutions about 3 times a year, when protestant kids
& other non catholics got removed by parents from what
was Not morning assembly, but religion, sometimes complete
mass with wafer in the mouth, in the chapel, cross dead
- Why are the catholic hierarchy still so keen on
chastity, when it puts extra mental strain on staff. Why
let un-naturally stressed people run schools for children,
& even worse, boarding schools, where abuse is harder to
avoid or report. At one school they owned & ran
(fortunately with some lay (ie non religious) staff too), the
boys knew some religious brothers were round the twist, most
just `normally', but a few nastily, eg the boys only ever
trusted themselves 3 or 4 at a time to collect dormitory
sheets from one of the religious brothers.
- Why did that catholic boarding school need steel
shutters outside on some of the ground floor windows on
the 100 year old building ? To keep out stones from the
protestant village mob nearby apparently !
- Why do most christians baptise so early, long
before they can think & choose for themselves legally at
eg 18, legal age of majority in UK ?
- Why do the Jews & some Americans sexually mutilate
males, cutting the foreskin of boys. It started as religious,
might possibly have made some sense in a hot mid east with no
water to wash about 2 centuries back, like avoiding pork,
(that goes off fast in the heat,) but makes no sense
- Why do some Africans sexually mutilate females ? Religion
? or `tribal custom', or both ? - no difference to a girl at
the sharp end.
- Popes cause
starvation & pollution: ~Go forth ... with no
condoms ... catch Aids ... multiply like crazy ... &
Starve ... or pollute an over populated world!~ That's
what the message amounts to. The church gets some more
believers. The world gets more babies that will grow up to
want more fresh water, food, sewage, motor bikes, fridges,
cars, & the planet overloads & warms ever faster.
Preaching no contraception is Evil.
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- Step outside religious human preconceptions for a minute,
pretend you'r an alien with green skin, tentacles, & a
brain: How to consider these biped humans ? Perhaps:
"Primitive, superstitious natives of no worth! maybe good to
eat, same way humans exploit animals ?".
- Consider natives seen in ritual textiles & hats
decorated with with feathers or animal hair etc, chanting in
mass, singing in procession, revelling sometimes in blood. No
not just some old tribe in Africa, but on the road, village
to village in Bavaria, or en route again, some frenzied,
beating themselves to bleeding over the back with chains
(Iraq etc). Consider the violence of some of the sperm
carriers (known as `men'), beating healthy egg carriers
(known as `women') for the crime of showing a healthy ankle
or a slipped veil - Taliban!
- Are these bipeds specimens even weirder than the first
limited ones seen remote from space, after the first first
electro magnetic radiations leaked from Earth when Radio
& TV started. ?
- Consider weird religious antics, eg ultra orthodox jews,
some of whom apparently consider turning on a light switch as
Work, so they can't do it, (but OK if they employ a non
believer to ?). Consider catholics in bavaria strolling about
flicking audiences with water from big floppy toilet brushes
( that's what it looks like to a Brit ;-)
- How amusing that these primitive bipeds with their
ridiculous religious pursuits consider they've had
civilisation for thousands of years, when its obvious from a
galactic viewpoint, that Earth civilisation only started
about 50 years ago, when human bipeds stopped merely
exploding steam engines & finally started transmitting
electro magnetic radiations (Radio, TV) that could leak into
space & be a first declaration of some limited
- Should an alien observer feel anthropological respect for
religious primitives ? or contempt ? or amusement at absurd
foolish rituals ? Should we strive to be equally objective,
& shed our brain washed religious reverence, drummed into
us by forebears & society back to when we sat in caves
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- Separation of church & state is supposed to be
enshrined in the USA constitution. In practice, it doesn't
seem so: Watch them swear the oath of office on TV. Watch the
president pander to his belief in his god & their
- Watch the old replays of the British Queen Elizabeth
2nd's coronation, Was there .. or not .. reference to some
god ? "I swear by almighty" ? Rather like the default oath
swearing in a British court, (though there's some atheist/
agnostic alternative now) Whose god ? Yours ? Mine ? Why
should mine be yours ? The neighbours' god ? The immigrants
expats's home country god(s) ? A christian, jewish, muslim
mono-theist god, or old Nordic, Roman pantheon, ancient Greek
teams of gods ?
- Don't expect the state to be keen, the priesthood has
always been hand maiden to the monarch in exploiting his
subjects (when they're not running the king as puppet too
that is ;-)
- "Religion is the opiate of the masses" (Karl Max). It's
cheaper than opium too, so a great way to keep the populace
busy & satisfied, (though football on television is
another pretty handy technique ;-)
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- Maybe god or gods might get tired of humans foolishly
arguing about gods in their ignorance. Wise humans would
better just try & do more good than harm in this world,
& quietly wait, & hope for the best & see if
anything comes after. (Or Before, per concept of Pre-
(rather than Re- incarnation (c/o Terry Pratchett,
Interesting Times) etc ;-)
- (*) No need to switch names
from a fairly unique identifier such as Ratzinger to a bland
Benedikt the Nth, just 'cos some male got voted into "dead
man's shoes" when a catholic sex discriminated job vacancy
arose. Clergy changing names, reinventing themselves, doesn't
necessarily increase trust. Certain other types of humans
change their name too, often for dubious reasons (other than
- The papal predecessor's assertion of `Papal
Infallibility' doesn't cut ice ... Got to be right ? ... What
if he was Wrong there too ... Just another stubborn old man
who won't be told his wrong ? ... Recursive self
justification requires no logic, merely ... faith ? There are
lots of words for people who believe in absence of proof, ...
gullible, foolish, naive are perhaps some of the less
- Wouldn't it be nice to see a black/ Asian female Pope
with a couple of kids ? Someone who actually understood the
- Wouldn't it be nice if the popes got a tenure of X years,
& didn't become ever older, more reactionary, &
senile, always dieing on the job.
- The T shirt of a friend says:
From your followers!
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- Comedian Dave Allen, did a nice sketch: Some believers
start praying to god, god turns round & listens, some
believer of another religion interrupts, god turns round to
listen, another starts, & another etc, all praying to
their one god of their one only true religion ... & god
(just the one (*)) goes crazy, & covers his ears,
deafened by the noise.)
It was on a half hour transmission from British TV, I think
he was perhaps on both ITV &
BBC at different times.
- Question:What's the difference between a quarter
million lemmings off a cliff, and a quarter million
worshippers on one field ?
Answer: Not much, if they can't keep their legs crossed ;-)