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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Good For The Gander

One criticism that I've heard frequently from Christians, still stinging from having one of their favorite arguments deflated, is that the "new atheism" is unfairly targeting Christianity only, and giving a free pass to other religions, specifically Islam, which most Christians will readily (and un-self-conciously) attack as a religion based on out-of-date and false human teachings.

Ray Comfort, in the recent press release announcing his upcoming debate against the Rational Response Squad, repeats this:
But there is something more sinister here than a few people not believing in God. Why would so many be so bitter against Christianity in particular? Why aren't they making videos that blaspheme Buddha or Mohammed or Ghandi?
Well, I think it's important to take a little time to address this common complaint. The sheer fact of the matter is that most of the activities associated with the "new atheism" have taken place in the United States, where Christianity (especially evangelical Christianity) is in the overwhelming majority among other religions. But that doesn't mean that other religions are free from criticism, and concerned Christians should keep in mind that we're all too happy to point out the foibles of other incoherent systems.

Here at GTA, our official position is that we're opposed to ANY who assert incoherent supernatural claims, and in fact we've been taking it to the Muslims with reasonable frequency, including here, here, here, and here. Or the Scientologists, including here, here, and here. Or even those who might still believe in the Greek pantheon.

But this is just one blog- with little effort, you can find all kinds of non-Christian criticisms in the writings of bloggers P.Z. Myers (here, here, here, and here), Aaron Kinney, Taner Edis, James Still, Lee Randolph, John Loftus, Austin Cline, and Sam Harris.

And it's more than just blogs- the Center for Inquiry sponsored this speech by Salman Rushdie on the subject of Islam, and is affiliated with the author Ibn Warraq, who has written extensively criticizing Islam, and is active in the effort to secularize Islam. In addition, there are more and more websites for freethinking Muslim apostates, who are eager to see in Islam what Christian apostates are eager to see in Christianity.

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4 Comments:

At 4/28/2007 7:36 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

I forgot about Penn and Teller's criticism of Gandhi.

Any one else know of something that I've missed?

 
At 4/29/2007 2:49 PM, Blogger TOR Hershman declaimed...

A wee parody, by me

[To the tune of George Harrison’s “Awaiting On You All”
(a.k.a. “Chanting The Name Of The Lord”)]

“Chanting The Name Of The Turd”
a.k.a. “Chanting The Name Of Old Tor”


You may have a smooth grin
Your lies come out deadpan
great communicator, mental masturbator
spent a decade vegetatin’

If you open up your heart
blood will gush right out
your emotions are in your brain
not in replaceable chest spout

By chantin’ the name of old Tor and you will see
it’s worthless as chanting the name of any ole deity
when earthquakes or giant storms come from the sea
its as helpful as if you spent your whole life chantin’ Gumby
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

You need to cut a fart
all life needs to make gas
if you’re an instigator or alligator
you’re gonna get recycled

If you open up your heart
blood will gush right out
charge gnomes in you chest rent
`cause they’ll never help you out

By chantin’ the name of old Tor and you will see
it’s worthless as chanting the name of any ole deity
`god speed` or Lennon songs in space shuttles ain’t worth a pee
when they go boom you’re toast regardless of your theology
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

You do need some shelter
reporters love helter skelter
Invest in Mardi Gras beads, not flood wall needs,
and churches go a floatin’
_____________________

There is also my
"George Harrison"
a.k.a. "Krispy Krishna"
to the tune of
"Here Comes The Sun"
&
"Jesus Is A Fraud"
to the tune of
"Here Comes Santa Claus,
excerpt:
"...any fake deity
fits their piety
Christian, Muslim or Jew"

 
At 4/29/2007 2:51 PM, Blogger TOR Hershman declaimed...

If you open up your heart
there’ll be a blood stream
don’t let the creeps con you
with their minds so freakin’ mean

Ooooooooh heck, I forgot the last bit of the first bit, here it is.


George sang, “Pope owns 51% of General Motors.”
Harrison was pissed, he only owned 49% of GM stores.

Chant Jehovah, Krishna, Allah, Satan or Tor
They’re equally worthless to help you, that’s for sure
uuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre

 
At 4/29/2007 10:25 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Very well done, Zach. While we do tend to focus on Christianty becaus its the most popular religion in Western culture, it must be noted that no religion is safe from our criticisms, and we've got the blog posts to prove it!

 

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