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Evil Atheist Cartoons August 23, 2009

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The Economist on “Fundamentalist Atheists” July 26, 2009

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There is a new essay at, The Economist,  wherein Oxford’s Tim Garton Ash discusses the absurdity of comparing the “new atheists” (not that there is anything new about them) to religious fundamentalists.  Here is a section of the piece that hits the nail on the head:

First and most salient, as Oxford’s Tim Garton Ash writes, “there are no al-Darwinia brigades making bombs in secret laboratories in north Oxford.” Yes, sigh, many atheists like Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennet are just as convinced that there is no God as Osama bin Laden is convinced that there is no god but God and Muhammad is his messenger. On one hand you have faith that makes people fly planes into buildings, genitally mutilate young girls, murder abortion doctors (in church), stone adultresses, outlaw certain forms of consensual sex or even just make it impossible to buy beer on Sunday in some states. On the other hand there is the atheist “faith” that makes people write smug op-eds, put ads on buses (see photo), file frivolous lawsuits against nativity scenes on public property, and the like. Show me what harm in the world a prominent atheist intellectual has done. . .

Seriously, it is hard to imagine that there are adults out there who can genuinely make the comparison between the religious and atheists. Atheism is not a worldview, there are no bylaws, confessions, creeds, or any such standards that apply, it is simply the disbelief in the supernatural. Of course, generally most thinking atheists agree on many issues and many are secular humanists, but atheism is simple disbelief bottom line.

Thanks to Jerry Coyne at Why Evolution Is True for his post on this issue.

Here is an excerpt from AC Grayling’s article on the same subject, and is a must read (heres a snipet):

It is time to put to rest the mistakes and assumptions that lie behind a phrase used by some religious people when talking of those who are plain-spoken about their disbelief in any religious claims: the phrase “fundamentalist atheist”. What would a non-fundamentalist atheist be? Would he be someone who believed only somewhat that there are no supernatural entities in the universe – perhaps that there is only part of a god (a divine foot, say, or buttock)? Or that gods exist only some of the time – say, Wednesdays and Saturdays? (That would not be so strange: for many unthinking quasi-theists, a god exists only on Sundays.) Or might it be that a non-fundamentalist atheist is one who does not mind that other people hold profoundly false and primitive beliefs about the universe, on the basis of which they have spent centuries mass-murdering other people who do not hold exactly the same false and primitive beliefs as themselves – and still do?

 Can An Atheist be a Fundamentalist? by AC Grayling in The Guardian

 

 

Founding Fathers bitch slap Glenn Beck January 27, 2009

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A word from our founding fathers:

Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia Deluxe Copyright © 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 The Learning Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

John Adams:

  •  “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there  were no religion in it.”
  • “The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.  Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole cartloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.” 
  • “As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation.  But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?”  -letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816 
  • “I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved– the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!”   -letter to Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Paine

  • “Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”
  • “Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange belief that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies.”

  • “What is it the New Testament teaches us?  To believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married; and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.”
  • “All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”
  • “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church,  nor by any Church that I know of.  My own mind is my own Church.  Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.” 
  • “The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion.”

James Madison:

  •  “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”  -letter to Wm. Bradford, April 1, 1774 

Thomas Jefferson:

  •  “Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched.  Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion.  Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.  – letter to Peter Carr, Aug. 10, 1787
  • “They [preachers] dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.” 
  • “I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature.  They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.” 
  • “We discover in the gospels a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication.”
  • “No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever.” -Virginia Act for Religious Freedom 
  • “Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the Common Law.” -letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, 1814
  • “The truth is, that the greatest enemies of the doctrine of Jesus are those, calling themselves the expositors of them, who have perverted them to the structure of a system of fancy absolutely incomprehensible, and without any foundation in his genuine words.  And the day will come, when the mystical generation [birth] of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation [birth] of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.” – to John Adams, Apr. 11, 1823 

(And that was just a small selection of quotes)

Now, lets watch Mr. Magic Underwear Glenn Beck rip them a new one:

 

 

This is incredible, old Mormon doctrine cartoons:

By the way, millions of grown men and women actually believe this 19th century fairy tale

A Beautiful Parable January 14, 2009

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