Anyway... we did have a good dinner and it was the first time Mr. Possum's parents AND my parents were at the same table for Thanksgiving. The possums really enjoyed the gathering.
Second...news! A short article.
Dawkins accuses Christians of spiritual child abuse.
By Wolfgang Polzer MAINZ (ANS) -- Professor Richard Dawkins, one of the
world’s best-known atheists and evolutionists, has accused Christians of
committing spiritual abuse, if they teach their children the existence of hell.
A-to-the-men, Professor Dawkins! If I gathered up my kids and said, "If you don't behave, I will throw you into a pit of fire where you will be tortured for all eternity!", then you guys would be completely justified in calling CPS (Child Protective Services) in to evaluate the mental health of my children. Why is it that, cloaked in religion, theists pull this manipulative crap and not many people blink an eyelash?
Dawkins, author of the bestseller “The God Delusion”, took part in a television debate on the German channel ZDF, November 15. His opponents were the leader of the main line Protestant Churches in Germany, Bishop Wolfgang Huber, and the Roman Catholic auxiliary Bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke. Dawkins said both Protestant and Catholic clergy in America threatened children with hell’s torment, if they do not believe. Dawkins also criticized modern theology for selecting more or less arbitrarily which bible passages were acceptable. He described the God of the Old Testament as a malicious and cruel figure.
...and THAT is why I love Dawkins. Of course, you know that the theists won't take that lying down.
Bishop Huber rejected these allegations and called them an expression of
anti-Judaism. God’s history with Israel was one of liberation from slavery, he
said. In this context the Ten Commandments were given to Israel.
What? How is it anti-Semitic to say, "Stop tormenting children!"? And, what the heck does the liberation of Jewish slaves have to do with Mr. Christian telling his male, teen aged child that masturbation leads to hell?
The Christian faith manifests itself in love, said Huber, even the love of one’s
enemy. Such a love could not be explained without God. The Bishop conceded that
there are controversial views of hell. But it was also inappropriate to speak of
a “cute God”. Everyone is accountable to God, Huber said.
Oh, yeah...Christians love their enemies so much that they'll "pray for them" and secretly smirk over the pompous certainty that, without accepting God, atheists will burn in hell. Uh. Thanks, but...no thanks. And, I love how the bishop "concedes" that there are controversial views of hell, but won't concede that those views might be considered abusive by anyone with an IQ over 80. Furthermore, if God isn't "cute" and it's inappropriate to speak of him as so, then Precious Moments has some explaining to do. I knew those figurines were evil.
He accused Dawkins of presenting a “very fundamentalist atheism”. The
aggressive tone of his arguments could be a result of the fact that today’s
intellectuals do not automatically embrace atheist positions any longer.
What, huh? I love the back-handed insult. If you're really smart, then you'll chose to shun atheism in favor of logically baffling, magical myths and suppression, intolerance, and fear. Yeah. That must be it. NOT! Did you hear that all you "intellectuals"? Bishop Cracksmoker says you can't automatically embrace militant atheism... instead, you should embrace militant theism.
According to Jaschke hell has not played a prominent role in the churches during
the last 50 years. Religious education concentrated on teaching trust and
confidence. A child was assured of being accepted by a loving God.
Excuse me? He better schedule an appointment with his plastic surgeon because Cyrano's got nothing on this joker.
Jaschke emphasized that the key to biblical understanding is Jesus Christ.
“Never believe for one moment that all evil will cease, once you have got rid of
religion,” Jaschke warned Dawkins.
Nice false assumption, jerk. You know...why is it that, although there's never been an atheist who, to my knowledge, has said, "evil will cease when you ditch religion", the religious "authorities" seem to persist in making stupid-ass claims about atheist. One wonders if they've ever met an actual atheist...or read Dawkin's book BEFORE slamming it?