Some people don't understand what this site is about - they take it seriously!
This web site is a spoof, a joke, a parody, a satire on all aspects of religion - particularly the Abrahamic religions which are based on the jealous, violent and murderous god described in The Old Testament.
This site follows on in the centuries-old tradition of religious parody from the plays of Aristophanes, through the works of Chaucer and Erasmus, to the films "The Life Of Brian" by Monty Python and "Religulous" by Bill Maher.
The site is predicated on two simple facts:
- all gods were made up by someone - as were the religions and holy books associated with them,
- it is easy to make up a god and a religion - an exercise for year 6?
Respect and taking offence
This site does not set out to offend people - it is laughing at ideas.
People have to earn respect by what they do - not by what they claim to believe or by what they say. The world is full of hypocrites who believe and preach one thing but behave in the totally opposite manner.
People have every right to take offence if someone insults them personally as individuals. A chair, a table, a book, a dead person or an idea cannot take offence. The Pink Hippo is an idea and The Messenger is dead - they will not take offence, nor will we - we will just laugh. Feel free to insult them.
The United Nations, and Section 29J of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act (2006), make it clear that no one has the right not to be offended.
If you are offended by the contents of this site you must look to yourself for the answer and ask:
- Am I so insecure in my faith that a spoof web site like The Pink Hippo can shake it? Why am I afraid of this site?
- Do I want to restrict the freedom of anyone to laugh at any ideas - no matter how sincerely held? The world failed to laugh at and act against the "sincerely held beliefs" of Hitler and the Nazis - and look where that ended up! No, we are not saying religious people are Nazis, of course not, we are simply using them as an example of "sincerely held beliefs".
- Do I put my god, my holy books and my holy prophets above my fellow human beings?
- Do I think book burning and web site destroying are the best ways to promote the "tolerance and understanding " that my religion claims to promote? Is my religion a loving and peaceful one?
- Do I think it is a good idea to threaten to kill people because they laugh at my beliefs, my holy books and my holy prophets?
- Am I taking religion a touch too seriously, do I need to get out more and speak to people different from myself?
- How far should non-religious people be expected to go to tolerate the sensitivities of religious people? How far should they bend? How many compromises should they make to accommodate those who stridently demand that no-one should laugh at their superstitious religious ideas? How far will the tolerance of non-religious people be stretched?
Defending the Liberal Tradition
For centuries people have struggled for the Liberal Tradition we should be proud of in this country. Part of that tradition is freedom of belief, speech and action as long as:
- you don't cause harm to anyone else.
- you don't call for harm to anyone else,
- you don't restrict the freedom of others.
- you accept personal responsibility for your actions.
Many countries in the world, particularly those run as theocracies, do not support the Liberal Tradition
This site is an exercise in free speech within the Liberal Tradition.
A parody, a parallel - complete in every detail
This site defines a perfectly valid religion. It has all the elements that make up any religion.
The serious point
If you reject the religion of The Pink Hippo - you must logically reject all others.
The evidence for The Pink Hippo (and all its trappings) is exactly the same as the evidence for the other 1000+ gods and 200+ religions/sects kicking around in the world today.
If 50 million people believe a foolish thing it is still a foolish thing.
Get a life! Free your mind! Dump god! Feel good about yourself!