Contrary to what most people think, belief in God is not virtuous or righteous, nor is it a sign of intelligence or integrity. Mere belief in itself is generally indicative of ignorance and unawareness, despite what religionists and moralists assert. Belief in God does little good at all; in fact, it is the cause of an atrocious percentage of wars and conflicts humanity has fought over the millennia. Nearly every group that has fought in war has believed in a god who was on its particular side. Practically every cult or faction which has won has believed that its god provided it with the win; and each which has lost has thought that its god abandoned it....

The wise person strives to know "God" directly, rather than settling for childish and naive belief in another’s interpretation of a formless divinity. And knowing is science. Indeed, the definition of science is "to know," from the Latin noun scientia and verb scire. This attainment of knowledge may be done through study, contemplation, meditation and the ultimate experience of perfect inner silence, and not through any belief whatsoever. There is no giant male god person separate and apart from creation who needs your belief or defense. It is not possible to insult or blaspheme that which does not exist; hence, warlike and violent defense of your limited concept of "the divine" is backward and unconscious. In reality, true "blasphemy" represents the treatment of real, living human beings as pathetic, born-in-sin pieces of garbage while exalting an invisible and imaginary giant man in the sky. There is certainly nothing righteous in this behavior. What is righteous is perceiving the entire cosmos as sublime and marvelous, and treating decent and innocent creatures with dignity and respect. To conduct such an honest and honorable life, belief in God is not necessary at all.