I was reading an article in the "Atheist Revolution" blog and I came across this snippet:

When I encounter a parent telling her children about Santa Claus, I may find it unfortunate that someone would lie to one's own child merely for entertainment purposes. The potential for harm here seems trivially small. I cannot say the same for the Muslim parent instructing his son in the virtues of martyrdom or the Christian who tells her daughter that her Jewish friends will go to hell because they have not been "saved."

Could we not add something like the following to the last sentence:

...or the jew who tells his kids that he's "chosen" and has a covenant with god that entitles him and his "people" to the land of Israel, and then uses that as justification for a bloody occupation of Palestine.

The one-year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead is approaching (Dec. 27th) and I think we should take a look at where we've come since then. The Goldstone Report: buried. Settlements: expanding. Palestinian house demolitions: continuing.

As atheists, we should be appalled whenever religion is used to justify actions that result in suffering or death. We do not seem to hesitate to speak out when a child dies because a Christian Scientist eschewed Western medicine in favor of prayer. We do not seem to hesitate to speak out when a Muslim nutjob finds motivation in his religion to grab some firearms and gun down some people. Why are we silent when an ethnic group uses a story about chosen people and covenants in The Big Book of Jewish Fairy Tales (aka, the Old Testament) to justify what is looking more and more like a slow, methodical ethnic cleansing campaign? Why do the Jews need to have Jerusalem all to themselves? Why is it so important to them to have a Jewish majority that they'll turn Gaza into a prison camp and The West Bank into Swiss cheese where the Palestinians are forced to live on smaller and smaller plots of land and endure more and more restrictions on their movement? If this were being done to a Jewish population they'd be screaming about a second holocaust.

The bottom line is that all three major religions are guilty of many modern-day atrocities and have a great deal of blood on their metaphorical hands. Why do we only bewail the actions of two of those three major religions?

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zzz.... Pop psychology and ad hominem... they're like "yo mama" jokes if you're a high school student that ran out of things to say.

No JC you are the one with the sweeping generalizations. I was simply demonstrating your shit for brains logic.

Why don't you actually click "Reply", or do you just want to make it hard to follow when you pull facts and motivations out of nowhere?

Sometimes the reply button doesn't exist.  I don't know why that is.

Are you on a phone? That happens to me when I'm on the Android.

Nope, just a simple everyday computer.

I am not racist. I dont want restrictions or persecution of palestinians or anyone else based on their "race".

I am not a fan of multiculturalism either. We ought to examine it, see what it is and make judgments. And the palestinians as a people are unfortunately backwards. That is not to say all palestinians are, any more than all Jews are orthodox and insane.

So you are saying Palestinians, as a whole, are equivalent to ultra-orthodox Jews? Second question: You wouldn't want persecution of Palestinians based on their race, but how about persecution based on backwardsness?

Yes, Us was aggressor in mexican american war. US had a few settlers in mexican territory. And we did not just take a little land. And we never gave it back after war of aggression.

And without a doubt us would never be as restrained as israel in face of constant attacks.

Yes, there were more than a few humanitarian mistakes committed in American history. But Israel is sanctioned under God, and God is merciful... Consider this: Would it be possible for there to be 2 villains? I mean 2 wrongs do not make it right, right? Do you understand the world is not a moral scale of good <---------> evil, and everyone must fall sequentially within this scale?

What I mean is when I criticize Israel's policy, and then you criticize American policy, and you say, "See, you guys ain't no better..." That doesn't absolve Pol Pot from his crimes. Turning the focus onto something else doesn't further your argument whatsoever -- not even one little teensy tiny molecular bit. Just because Kony recruited child soldiers back in the day doesn't change anything Israel has done.

Mexicans aint retaliating for being raped of their land and we aint the size of a postage stamp like israel is.

I suppose if we were the size of a postage stamp, then it would be A-OK for us to rape Mexico of their land?




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