When feminism borders on religion

So, Richard Dawkins was disinvited from a speaking engagement for the Northeast Conference of Science and Skepticism because he shared a video by SyeTenAtheist lampooning radical feminism by comparing it to Islamism. Whether or not you agree with the decision, it’s theirs to make. They don’t owe Dawkins anything. That being said:

SyeTenAtheist lampoons a lot of people. Usually it is theists, be they famous creationists or apologists, or even YouTube evangelists who are well-known in atheist circles. Granted, this video is hyperbolic, but his videos are always over the top. That’s just his style. He uses heavy satire to make valid points.

I don’t see how mocking a radical feminist (keep in mind that many people who believe in and fight for equality amongst the sexes are “feminist” under that definition, but don’t identify as “feminist” because of the stigma that gets attached due to radical feminists) is promoting rape or misogyny. Ideas are not immune from criticism. As atheists, you should be well aware of this. Just because someone is a feminist, that doesn’t mean their arguments are unassailable or can’t be criticized. It’s dangerously close to religious dogma when others come to the defense of even extremist feminists simply because they share a label. That’s the point that’s being made in this video. That extreme feminism is reminiscent of extreme religion (in this case, Islam). Of course he’s not implying that feminists actually love Islamism or its misogynistic tenets.

Atheists often compare Christian fundies to Islamists in the US, saying things like “Christian Sharia” to refer to attempts to put Christian dogma into government. Again, this is hyperbolic, as Christianity is generally more benign, but it doesn’t change the fact that both Islamists and Christian fundies want theocracies. This is in a similar vain to this video.

The fact that people would call this video “misogynistic” proves the very point it is making. Anyone who criticizes Islam is called an Islamophobe by apologists for Islam, oftentimes because they mistake criticism of ideas as attack on those who hold them, or even the entire culture.

 

Here’s the video: Feminists Love Islamists

Islamic Jackasses

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Islamic Jackasses

So there are a couple of stories prevalent in the news that need to be addressed. I took the time last night to address them. One is a Muslim shooting a cop in Philly and the other is about Muslims in Germany that are Raping women on NYE.

Rapin’

In Cologne on NYE, a bunch of men decided they were going to go and rape women to start the new year. There have been hundreds of reports of this from that night alone. Only a few have been identified and are being investigated.

One big problem is that where these immigrants are fleeing is that their culture is ingrained with their religion. It’s so heavily mixed, that it is impossible to separate at this point.

A Norwegian woman was raped in Dubai and was arrested for trumped up charges because she was in fact raped. They quite literally…

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$1.4 Billion Lottery: The Bible and Gambling

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Many Christians choose to abstain from gambling for “religious” reasons. But what does the bible say about gambling?

Interestingly enough the bible does not specifically condemn gambling, betting, or the lottery.  However there are several passages in the bible warning against the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10 and Hebrews 13.5) and “get rich quick” schemes (Proverbs 13:11; 23:5, and Ecclesiastes 5:10) both of which apply to gambling, betting, and the lottery.

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” -Matthew 6:24

So without expressly forbidding gambling, betting, or the lottery why are some Christians so adamant that this behavior is a sin?  According to Pastor Roger Barrier in his column “Ask Roger,” people have to decide for themselves what their personal convictions lead them to believe.  If buying a…

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5 Dumbass Comments of the Week #8

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, here are the next 5 dumbass comments of the week!

At the 1:55 mark, we have a comment by Josh who seems to think that atheism is illogical because atheists have a disbelief in an afterlife.

At the 11:25 mark, we have a comment by Marian who believes that the nonreligious make the most noise and atheists are a case of “empty vessels make the most noise.”

At the 18:10 mark, we have a comment from Charmcityvet410 who believes that what we believe to be god is a fabrication and that some other life form put us here on earth.

At the 29:35 mark, we have a comment from Nick who thinks that public schools indoctrinate kids into atheism, but atheists get mad if there is a Bible in a hotel room.

At the 40:26 mark, we have a comment from Sea Monkey who says that he is an agnostic and he hates atheists because they are more pushy than the religious. He believes atheists think they are smart because they don’t believe in mythology and he is going to school us with “thinking 101.”


 

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5 Dumbass Comments of the Week #7

Once again, we have rounded up the dumbest comments we could find for your entertainment.

At the 2:40 mark, we have a comment by Kyle who seems to think that everyone has rights except for Christians. He also says that unbelievers are proving the bible true.

At the 16:42 mark, we have a comment by Anna who says that atheism does not exist. She believes there are only anti-theists who are vocal because they are tired of smoking pot and playing video games

At the 22:33 mark, we have a comment from Eric who thinks that the Bible represents morality, values, and sanctity of life. He says that without the Bible immorality will ensue and that it is not easy to follow the teachings of Christ.

At the 44:10 mark, we have a comment from D.J. who says that atheism is what happens when you don’t science correctly.

At the 49:50 mark, we have a comment from Shawn who says that every atheist he has ever known changed their minds before they died and converted.


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