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Go to: Protests no concern for outspoken atheist

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"I don't think it is fair to call these people dishonest. They are more then likely fully unaware of how irrational their beliefs and behavior are."

Whether or not you're referring to one person or a group, it does matter whether they believe their religion or not. If they're faking it, then they're nonbelieving opportunists who would be dealt with one way, and if they are true believers, they are to be dealt with another way.
But it's worth finding out which is the case, otherwise the cure for religion must take a shotgun approach rather than a targeted one. And you wouldn't (today) try to cure a disease without having some idea of the cause. Of course there are cancer treatments that in the past, and probably still today end up killing the patient in the end, but that's really not an optimal approach to a problem.

Fri, 04 Apr 2008 05:51:00 UTC | #147291

Go to: BBC 'too scared to allow jokes about Islam'

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"Nancy sights a classic double bind; to paraphrase Jonathan Miller in the Life After Darwin debate at the Darwin Centre with Dawkins and Macleod, either way we're fucked! "

Thanks for noticing.
This is a big problem. Somebody should start asking the lovely liberals here how they're going to feel when they're forced to be Muslim and live by Muslim law.

If Westerners are afraid to even crack a joke, how on earth are we going to defend our freedom?

The opposition is willing to strap on a bomb, and we're not even willing to chuckle. I can guess who's going to win.

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 14:51:00 UTC | #146939

Go to: BBC 'too scared to allow jokes about Islam'

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""Come to think of it, is "The Vicar of Dibley" or "Father Ted" shown in the US?"

The Vicar and Father Ted are shown here in NY, as was Ballykissangel for a time, so priests are definitely OK to laugh at, and laugh we did.

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 07:09:00 UTC | #146646

Go to: BBC 'too scared to allow jokes about Islam'

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I was just telling a colleague today how compelling Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book Infidel is and her response was that people are racist when they say Islam treats women badly and that it's only the Fundamentalists who do that sort of thing, if anyone at all actually does. I felt I was being called racist, and that I should feel duped, and this from an educated New Yorker. It seems hopeless when I hear comments like that. I don't know what's happened to the New York democrats who used to be completely against this kind of torture, intolerance, and oppression.
And the British should not be patting themselves on the back. Just have a gander at the Slate story on the Archbishop of Canterbury's belief that British Muslims should be allowed to rule their own, superseding British law.
People are thoroughly convinced that it's wrong to object to any behavior whatsoever, that it's somehow bigotry. What a bind the world is in. If Muslim women don't complain, people outside the Muslim world don't believe what goes on; if they do complain, they don't survive. And if they don't complain, the outside world can justify its hands-off policy, maintaining that as long as members of a group are in agreement, they should be allowed to practice whatever traditions they like.
We've got to take back freedom of speech and use it for what is was meant for: to prevent oppression and expose tyranny, not to give license to anyone who wants to cloak themselves in religion so that they can violate the basic human rights of others.

Wed, 02 Apr 2008 17:58:00 UTC | #146380

Go to: Police: Girl Dies After Parents Pray for Healing Instead of Seeking Medical Help

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Colwyn Abernathy


Now if these parent's had merely beaten their kid and the child had lived, they likely would go to jail.

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 15:57:00 UTC | #143752

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