Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | January 2, 2010

Thoughts on true courage

Kurt Westergaard has true courage; he’s the Danish cartoonist who criticized religion (in this case, Islam) in his work and is now the target of Muslims who cannot tolerate any criticism of or disagreement with their ideology.

The critical thinkers who publish Atheist Ireland have responded to the implementation of an anti-blasphemy law (that imposes a €25,000 fine) championed by Christians who cannot tolerate any criticism of or disagreement with their ideology; they responded by publishing a list of 25 “blasphemous” quotes from people like Jesus, Frank Zappa, and George Carlin, my favorite on their list:

Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!

Christians — who make up 78 percent [PDF] of the US population — like to pretend every December that they’re persecuted, that they’re brave by indulging their delusions of harassment that amount to harassing anyone who disagrees with them in the best case and attempts to destroy the Constitution’s separation of church and state in the worst case.

They should take a look at Kurt Westergaard and Atheist Ireland for examples of true courage.

And we should all use Westergaard and Atheist Ireland as reminders of how important it is that religion not be exempt from rational criticism.


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