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Go to: As I didn't say to the archbishop

alexandersafir's Avatar Jump to comment 25 by alexandersafir

I think this is the saddest article I've read all year.

A moment's thought would show any theist, who is looking for that army of great intellectual wits to come along, just why that will never happen. Can "theism" ever have "witty thinkers"? Isn't it intellectually stultifying to think that you must be told what is "doctrinal", told what is "heresy"; in short, told what to believe?

Fully three readings of her essay later, and I am in no way dissuaded from my initial assumption that theists seem universally to be morbidly stuck on their sect's "moral framework", stuck on the idiotic "fundamentalist atheist" meme, stuck on Religion (usually their own) as a kind of Leviathan, and fail to simply comprehend the honest objections people have for belief in gods.

I was terribly and sincerely disappointed.

I always hope for a decent intellectual (or moral) challenge from the worshippers of gods. It did not come, yet again. Her essay actually answered the very question she posed, but I don't think she realized it. Someone who has to be told what to believe is not really going to be able to offer "serious intellectual resistance", now are they?

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 10:17:28 UTC | #558713

Go to: An Update from Christopher Hitchens

alexandersafir's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by alexandersafir

I would prefer it if you would for at least as long as I live, if you don't mind.

We're wishing you the best.

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:28:53 UTC | #485265

Go to: The Terrifying Brilliance of Islam

alexandersafir's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by alexandersafir

"Citizen Warrior", I am afraid you lost me at your gross generalization in the very first sentence:

Have you ever wondered why millions of Muslim men are dedicated to killing Americans?

I have a question for you: Have you ever wondered why people think anti-religionists are hysterical conspiracy nuts pandering to the like-minded? Please re-read your first sentence.

Now you know.

It is not necessary to engage in sophomoric hyperbole for effect! Simple facts speak for themselves. Fundamental Muslim doctrine, like the fundamental doctrine of all other monotheistic religions, makes requirements of its adherents. These requirements relate to control, obedience, punishment; they are communicated using rhetoric of retribution, threat, violence and they dovetail with deep, cultural references.

Making General Statements of an Entire Population

By overstating or generalizing the numbers you have, if inadvertently, weakened your argument and turned innocent people (who happen to be Muslim) into targets. There actually exists Muslims who believe in peace despite the violence they cannot seem to see within Qur'an, just as there are Christian men and women who believe in human decency and are are unable to see the abjection contained within their holy books.

Updated: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 20:47:02 UTC | #483618

Go to: A falsifiable approach to free will?

alexandersafir's Avatar Jump to comment 68 by alexandersafir

Complete free will and non-causal consciousness in your test subject would strongly imply that your subject is outside nature in every way, unconnected to even feedback loops of causality contained within itself. Falsify that and you have yourself a theory.

Sun, 16 May 2010 18:02:04 UTC | #470580

Go to: Richard Dawkins calls for arrest of Pope Benedict XVI

alexandersafir's Avatar Jump to comment 209 by alexandersafir

Thanks for your clarifying comments, Richard. I think an exaggerated headline can do more damage than even the most carefully worded article could ever hope to undo. I think it is not overstating it at all to say that most people don't ever read the articles which headlines announce!

I shall look forward to seeing what can be accomplished, in courts of law, what could not be accomplished by the combined (if weak) efforts of all of the religiously-inspired people in the world.

Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:22:00 UTC | #458189

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