Sunday, February 22, 2009

When religious people protest - Part 2

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Here is a really good interview by the AtCentreNetwork. It shows an interview by a reporter with a number of Christians who are protesting outside an abortion clinic. This interview is interesting for a number of reasons.
1. Empathy: The protestors want to make abortion illegal but they are unsure what should happen to the women who have an illegal abortion. In fact they did not think about it. This strikes me as interesting because they judge the behaviour without considering the consequences of the action. This of course is a result of their dogmatic thinking.
2. Unthinking: Its interesting that all of the people interview have not thought much about what they believe, or the consequences of their thinking. They just know its wrong.
3. Evasive: The conversation is uncomfortable for one of them, as I often find with those with a more pronounced ego, such they they no longer want to discuss issues. Having an ego is a sin to them, but being mindless is ok.
4. Detached: There is not a great sense of realism implied by people who want to make a certain act illegal, but give no regard to the amount of punishment that would be attached to the act. The reason of course they have a problem with sanctioning prison is because its a moral judgement. But then what they hell are they doing protesting at the clinic if judgement is immoral.
Andrew Sheldon
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Attention all atheists!!
In fact anyone who has had an interesting encounter with a Christian which involved manipulation, deception or blatant rationalisation. This is research or material for a forthcoming book. I am not suggesting that all Christians are criminals, dangerous or threats to society, but I am suggesting that Christianity is a basis for moral inefficacy. There is a reason why Christian nations are always at war. There is a reason why former Christians (or children of Christians) have a tendency to drift into cults and extreme religious groups. Thank you for any life experiences you can recall. ----------------------------------------------- Andrew Sheldon