Atheism’s Dupes

Sam Harris, author of “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason” and “Letter to a Christian Nation,” has graced the LA Times with an anti-religion oped entitled: “God’s Dupes – Moderate believers give cover to religious fanatics — and are every bit as delusional”.

First of all, I have to ask, how the hell can they be, “God’s dupes”, if there is no God, as he continually argues??? And what is it about militant atheists that they can’t refrain from the insults?

Thank Gaia, there are great Christian minds out there that revel in responding to these ever increasing insults against Christianity, such as The Anchoress, and our Curmudgeon Emeritus, Francis W. Porretto of Eternity Road.

The anchoress asks the same question, I did, albeit more elegantly:

“God’s Dupes?” If you’re arguing against religion and theism why would you begin an essay by acknowledging in your title that there is a (Capital G) God and that he is a Duper who has in his grip a legion of Dupees? If you’re committed to the idea of disavowing the existance of God, any God, particularly the nefariously “Iron Age” God-of-Abraham, who has begot so many troublesome children, dupes, why not call it, “The Dupes of Blather,” or “Gadzooks, these Dupes!”

Harris’ oped comes in the wake of Pete Stark’s (D-CA) announcement
that he does not believe in God, and is used as another opportunity to impugn the religious:

The truth is, there is not a person on Earth who has a good reason to believe that Jesus rose from the dead or that Muhammad spoke to the angel Gabriel in a cave. And yet billions of people claim to be certain about such things.

The Anchoress responds:

Many millions of people are absolutely certain that the world will end in precisely 30 years – and it will all be man’s fault – unless we start buying carbon offsets from Al Gore and David Cameron. Faith is a funny thing. As a Christian I don’t demand that anyone believe as I believe, and yet some religions – largely the secularist ones – insist that I believe as they do.

You’ll want to read her entire post. but her main point is well taken:

Harris’ essay simply shows me that religion is religion, even if people don’t want to admit it, or if they want to call it something else. Secular Humanism is a religion. So is fervent Atheism. And as religions, they are subject to fundamentalist interpretation, just like every other religion.

Who are the real dupes, here?

Our Curmudgeon Emeritus takes exception to Mr. Harris’ arguments too, in a perfectly cordial and gentlemanly way, of course:

Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith and Letter To A Christian Nation, has made it his life’s work to undermine the religious faith of as many Americans as he can possibly intimidate. Why? The reasons are unknown. They might include any number of things: abuses at the hands of religious parents, mistreatment by religious educational authorities, or his extreme dismay at discovering that Catholic high school girls don’t “put out” that easily after all. But his motivations are less interesting than his tactics. To achieve the atheization of America, Harris has chosen as his tools:

  • Treating all faiths as equivalent;
  • Denigrating the intelligence of religious persons;
  • Impugning their honesty.

A new Lincoln walks among us! Perhaps one really can catch more flies with a gallon of gall. At any rate, Sam Harris is the right man to be the test case.

Read on with satisfaction as Fran dissects and dismisses the arguments.

Wednesday’s Hero(es)

Chief Warrant Officer Mark O'SteenChief Warrant Officer Thomas GibbonsStaff Sgt. Daniel L. Kisling Jr.SSgt. Gregory M. Frampton

Pictured Left to Right
Chief Warrant Officer Mark O’Steen, 43 years old from Ozark, Alabama
Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Gibbons, 31 years old from Prince Frederick, Maryland
Staff Sgt. Daniel L. Kisling Jr., 31 years old from Neosho, Missouri
SSgt. Gregory M. Frampton, 37 years old from Fresno, California
1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regimen
January 30, 2003

                                                 

They succeeded where lesser men failed,” said Chaplain Robert Glazener. “They proved themselves in ways that men out there who never served, never volunteered, never sacrificed, would never understand. They sought neither glory nor special recognition, but they gained both by their actions. They are the true American heroes today and deserve more honor than we can humbly bestow on them.”

The helicopter carrying the men went down seven miles east of the Bagram Air Base while on a training mission.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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By Indian Chris, Right Wing & Right Minded

Flight 93 Memorial Blogburst #21

Islamic symbolism causing fundraising problems for Flight 93 Memorial

Blogburst logo, no accident

Pennsylvanians know about the Islamic symbolism in the Flight 93 Memorial, and have stopped donating. The first indication came last September when State Senator Jane Orie came aboard as a fundraiser. She got a quick education in growing controversy.

In a 9/11 radio interview with Pittsburgh talker Fred Honsberger, Orie explained why she hoped the Flight 93 families would get back together and revisit their design choice:

Orie: “No matter who it is, and no matter where I went today for 9/11 events, everybody brought up this crescent. Whether it is intentional or not, it is disturbing to people.”Honsberger: “So everyone is bringing it up to you.”

Orie: “Absolutely.”

At that time, the Memorial Project had collected about $12.5 million, far short of the huge design’s anticipated 60 million dollar price tag. Six months later the amount sits at “A little more than $12 million.” It is possible that they are actually spending more on their fundraising efforts than they are raising.

Bill Steiner, who has been rustling up opposition on the ground in PA, dropped by Somerset recently and had a conversation with Memorial Project Superintendent Joanne Hanley. She appeared beleaguered, and confided that fundraising was sluggish, suggesting that the memorial would probably have to be built in stages. Presumably she meant something other than the normal stages of building, but was anticipating delays.

Now this week the Somerset Daily American has an editorial complaining that the whole state seems to be dumping on Somerset County, bemoaning amongst other things the lack of funding for the Flight 93 Memorial.

This is not the preferred way to stop architect Paul Murdoch’s terrorist memorial mosque from being built. The damn thing ought to just be stopped by those in government who are in a position to stop it, so that a new and fitting design can be selected. At that point, money will be needed, but for now, with Murdoch in full command of the hijacked memorial, lack of money is what is needed. Starving the engines of fuel is one way to keep the hijacker from reaching his target, and until the hijacker is stopped, nothing else matters.

The people get it, and are voting with their pocketbooks. When are  our elected representatives going to step up and do their part?

Senator Orie is not the only Pennsylvania state legislator who has expressed concern, but Congressman Tancredo is as yet the only politician to actually call for the crescent design to be scrapped. If our representatives can’t be leaders, can’t they at least be followers?

By Alec Rawls, Error Theory

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