I suggest that the anthropomorphic god-idea is not a harmless infirmity of human thought, but a very noxious fallacy, which is largely responsible for the calamities the world is at present enduring. The cartoons in question are harmless unless, of course, the offended Muslims decide to bring harm upon themselves by resorting to violence.
What freedom do we have when the government can do exactly what it wishes because it has manufactured a climate of fear like this administration has, and what freedom do we deserve when we as a society and as individuals just lie down and take it? Only sheep need a shepherd.
I dislike how hatred is taught as love, how fear is instilled as kindness, how slavery is pressed as freedom, and how contempt for life is dressed up and adored as spirituality. Ubi dubium ibi libertas.
And, oh yeah, what do I like about theism? Only the utterly sex-obsessed would show the slightest interest in what I do in bed. Anthony I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
But the evidence mounts up.
I dislike how intelligence is held as suspect and inquiry is reviled as a high crime. When it does harm others, it must be exposed for what it is and dealt with. Most crucially, and again most painfully, being right and being good support the American self to an almost tautologous degree: God existed by Himself through an Eternity before the Creation without needing a Universe.
True, many good and brilliant people believed it once. Americans each consume an average of pounds of meat a year. Religion is answers that may never be questioned. In Bangladesh, the average is six and a half pounds. This is but a small fraction of abuses committed almost daily by governments and people in the Muslim world.
We all may talk about religion as a powerful social force, but unlike other similarly powerful institutions, religion is not to be questioned, criticised or mocked. I demand apology for the amputations that are carried out in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Nigeria.
But 29 cities, 70 towns and countless villages deposit about million gallons of raw sewage a day directly into the river.
I dislike the pillaging of the impoverished, the extortion of the gullible, the manipulation of the ignorant and the domination of the weak.
The Ganges River symbolises purification to Hindus, who believe drinking or bathing in its waters will lead to salvation. We do, occasionally, see religion reasonably: It ought to be the same for all cults, no matter how old or popular they are.
Three years ago a move to a new post was cancelled at the last minute because the bishop in the new area insisted on asking questions that Issues forbids him to ask, and which in any case should never be asked of any Englishman, gentleman or priest.
Science flew men to the moon. The vast majority of Muslims are said to be moderates. Lamentable a use of the right though it may be, parents ought to be able to spread whatever untruths to their children, under the rubric of faith, they see fit.
It is this order to choose Allah above his sense of conscience and compassion that imprisons the Muslim in a mindset that is archaic and extreme.
Thinking of the victims, the perpetrators, and the near future, I felt species grief, then species shame, then species fear.Moderation / Criticism / Exposition / Exposés David Aaronovitch.
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