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Joseph McCarthy held atheism back

“Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity.”

Ladies and gentlemen, can there be anyone here tonight who is so blind as to say that the war is not on? Can there be anyone who fails to realize that the communist world has said, “The time is now” — that this is the time for the showdown between the democratic Christian world and the communist atheistic world? Unless we face this fact, we shall pay the price that must be paid by those who wait too long.

Joeseph McCarthy

This is the sort of bullshit rhetoric that conservatives still tap into when they attack either socialism or atheism today. Note he kneed a journalist in the groin too, and was a Catholic with a love of modern Inquisition. And he accused a little old woman who had already lost her job, because of these accusations.

Note Wiki says that unlike many Democrats John F. Kennedy never attacked him because they were Catholic allies, so fuck Kennedy.

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Echo chambers and caucuses

It’s all very well to talk about “echo chambers” and argue about “understanding the opposition”. But at the same time, it is exhausting to state a public position on some issue or policy and have only opposition-members with whom to talk about it.

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Good point, Hitchens talked about the right to free speech and the right to be heard. He talked about the imperative to hear even those who deny the Holocaust, because their outspokenness makes it important to hear if there is any truth to their claims. The idea history can only be taught one way is dangerous, and no argument that leads to you better understanding epistemology–your reason for believing things, is wasted.

Christopher Hitchens on the Plurality of Gods

 

12:30 (paraphrased) “We maintain that the pluralism of faith and schisms within existing faith–the competing churches, is susceptible to a single explanation…that man created God and not the other way around. If you accept the proposition that man makes God then there is no explanation for why there are so many gods. If on the other hand you accept that God made God…such a phenomenon is inexplicable.”

He goes on to make other great points.

Secret scientology cult compound in Riverside

It’s called “Gold Base,” and it looks like a prison camp! Donald Trump could learn a thing or two about building fences from these guys! Just look at the spikes on those chain link fences!

I can’t believe they get away with this–it has to be illegal!

There’s forced labor

A gated compound with spikes

And North Korea style punishment

Keith Henson, an atheist who peacefully protested the religion was sentenced to a year in jail and also bankrupted

Narrowed the road, and made it all but impossible to protest outside of their compound  

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Darkmatter2525 on how deists co-opt the word “God” for Yahweh

Darkmatter2525:  People abuse the word “God” in conversation. If people used a proper name instead of saying “God” then it wouldn’t be assumed everyone is talking about their personal version. “I don’t believe in Zeus” doesn’t sound so strange to them. Neither would “I don’t believe in Yahweh

Apologists get a lot of mileage by pretending that they’re arguing for deism, because they co-opted the word “God” as the name for their deity. That’s wrong. He’s Yahweh. He’s a specific character who evolved in stories told throughout history, same as all the other deities.
Atheist U: This is one of the reasons I’m always careful to refer to it as “your Claimed Version of a god.” (CVoag)
Darkmatter2525:

Specifically apologists fall back onto arguing for deism, just a nebulous god of which we know nothing about, but this isn’t true. We can’t pretend like we know nothing of their “god” because of all the claims about Him, and it is through those claims that we disprove Him.

When I die…party on dudes!

It rubs me wrong when religious people “donate” money to pastors for them to come and give pompous speeches at funerals glorifying a deceased member of a church, as they tell a biography about the person’s life when they don’t really know the person at all. When I die I don’t want to allow a priest to use the occasion to proselytize to the crowd or to scare kids by implying I belong in hell because I’m an atheist. Continue reading When I die…party on dudes!