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← In Defense of Dawkins’s Reason Rally Speech

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Thank you, Cartomancer, for your typically valuable contribution. Next time Michael Ruse, or any other faith-loving atheist, invites me to study 'sophisticated theology', I shall know what to say to him.

I am extremely pleased by Daniel Fincke's article, which says exactly what I SHOULD have said and, to my regret, didn't make sufficiently clear in my Reason Rally speech. The best way to summarise it would be to modify the quotation from Johann Hari. Johann said, "I respect you too much to respect your ridiculous beliefs". From now on, my version will be, "I respect you too much to accept that you really believe anything so ridiculous as you claim. Please either defend those beliefs and explain why they are not ridiculous, or else declare that you do not hold them and publicly disown the church to which you claim loyalty."

Politicians who curry favour with voters by claiming religious affiliation should learn the downside of such self-serving claims. They should be made to defend, in public, the ridiculous beliefs of the religion to which they pretend loyalty.

Richard

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 13:17:04 UTC | #931893