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Posted by Ben on Monday, October 24, 2005 | Permalink

Look, any day now I'm going to drop a 3,000 word essay on youse all with obscure quotations, diagrams, never-before-heard arguments and a flavourless mush I call rootmarm. Promise. But in the meantime, read all of this article - despite half of it kicking pseudo-leftist* butt rather than nutjob faith-u-likes - and ponder whether or not the following quote, although lacking the to-the-point appeal of our current tagline, sums up the rationalist viewpoint just about perfectly.

The first and all too often the last virtue of any of the monotheistic religions is faith, because it is faith that holds the flock together, and defines Us, inside, against Them, outside. But faith is not a virtue. Faith is credulity: the condition of believing things for which there is no reason. It is a vice, and it inevitably encourages other vices, including hypocrisy and fanaticism. It needs to be said, loudly, that it makes no more sense to talk of faith-based schools or faith-based education than it does to talk of superstition-based science or terror-based debate. There have, of course, been educated and enlightened people who profess faiths, but their education and enlightenment happened despite their superstitions, and not because of them. Faith is by its essence the enemy of education, which teaches people to base beliefs on reason and on reason alone.

Gawd, it's like atheist pr0n.

*but please don't for a minute mistake me for a member of the "Decent Left".

Comments [ hide comments ]
you spelt porn wrong, please correct
drabby, 28.10.2005, 8:25pm #
you are teh suxor, pr0n is correct.

Love the quote, gonna paste it in my blog (and cite this site natch)
Llance, 29.10.2005, 4:53pm #
Left, right, cool, uptight, we have to unite -

In defence of free speech...

In defiance of
false speech...

No respect for religion...
unless religion respects our right to free speech...

So it's

Poo to the Pope...

Merde to the Mullahs...
field, 30.10.2005, 3:22am #
I love that there is concern more for the fact that PORN might be spelled wrong when the word GAWD is used. Power to knowledge, undo religion. Long live pron!
Crabble, 01.11.2005, 3:35pm #
ho here ahs ehard about the mom who beat her children to death with a stone she hid under their bed?

what particularly sickened me was that she claimed the sky man told her to do it. two children dead, the third severly injured.

when will people realise that beleif in a sky man or amgic or demon is no excuse for anything, and only shows how worthless and stupid you are to society. that i think about it, they have a use...bagging my groceries alphabetically and making sure that my french fries are piping hot.
shaggy, 02.11.2005, 11:53pm #

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