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Go to: Britain being overtaken by 'militant secularists', says Baroness Warsi

Go to: Christopher Hitchens obituaries

MrClaw's Avatar Jump to comment 16 by MrClaw

It would be perhaps wrong to call Hitch a 'hero' (he would've disliked the term), he was most certainly and inspiration.

Much has been made of Hitch's 'departure' from the Left. Personally, I disagree: the Left betrayed itself and took a soft line on tyranny. In its obituary, the Guardian wrote "His loathing of tyranny was consistent". I could not think of anything more correct.

He will be missed.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:48:38 UTC | #899632

Go to: Why I refuse to debate with William Lane Craig

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Craig says:

"I have come to appreciate as a result of a closer reading of the biblical text that God's command to Israel was not primarily to exterminate the Canaanites but to drive them out of the land.[…] Canaan was being given over to Israel, whom God had now brought out of Egypt. If the Canaanite tribes, seeing the armies of Israel, had simply chosen to flee, no one would have been killed at all.

Now Craig is very poor philosopher (the Kalam Cosmological Argument fails on EVERY premise!); it would seem from this blabber that he is also a very poor theologian, as he obviously hasn't read his 'texts' very carefully:

And it came to pass, as [the Canaanites] fled from before Israel, [and] were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: [they were] more which died with hailstones than [they] whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

Joshua 10.11

So Yaweh takes specific pleasure in actively slaughtering the Canaanites as they are trying to run away.

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 11:48:16 UTC | #882370

Go to: Pastor faces execution in Tehran for apostasy

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Didn't notice that the link was in the text of the article. I thought it was just a link to Christian Solidarity Worldwide - a link I'm not likely to click as a rule.

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:01:29 UTC | #876257

Go to: Pastor faces execution in Tehran for apostasy

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Well, I for one don't think Christianity's worth risking one's neck over - it's manifestly ethically retarded, the historicity of Jebus leaves a great deal to be desired and we'd all be a great deal better off without it.

That said, it is seriously vile that a punishment of this kind should be handed down to an individual for the simple crime of changing one's mind. Any state that denies a citizen the ability make their own mind up is, to that extent, one which must be deplored.

I don't know what good it will do, but we can try writing to our MPs. There is also a petition (below). Yes, I know it's a Christian site, but it's the only one I can find, and by signing it you're hardly taking a baptism...

Petition

MPs

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:21:15 UTC | #876246

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