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As I noted previously in Comments on comments, a group of atheists from Richard Dawkins’ web site decided to conduct raiding parties on theist sites such as this one. No big deal, of course, as blogs are a great example of the public square, but their planning wasn’t too stellar.
Now they are re-grouping and getting more organized. That is not a bad thing, because this time around they are, in general, trying to be more polite about it (whether that is pragmatism or true politeness is subject to debate, but I’m inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt – despite the deliberate deceptions suggested by some of their commenters).
It is interesting peering into their worldview. I’m not necessarily going down the “atheism is really a religion path,” but they do seem to have a Messiah complex going.
Why, you might ask yourself, should we bother? Well theism is a real danger to global peace, and I subscribe to Sam Harris’ idea that moderates are silent (and largely unwitting) faciliators of religions virulent strains. But, you might further object, isn’t this just … you know …. evangelism.
In a very real (but perhaps overly dramatic sense) the fate of the species, perhaps the planet is at stake . Consider this a kind of global community service.
Yes, by all means, we need more peace loving atheist regimes like Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot had.
Perhaps this is just “Christianity week” for these guys, but this worldwide group has identified five web sites so far and they are all Christian. Hmmm. So as usual, the evangelical New Atheists have targeted the big, bad Christians – the ones who have spent millenia building hospitals, starting schools, developing science and the arts, helping the poor, ending the slave trade, improving the lot of women, praying for their enemies, etc.
Seriously, where are their mission trips to Muslim countries? If they are going to save the world, wouldn’t that be part of the program? They aren’t even targeting Muslim web sites. Do the “brights” seriously think Christianity is more of a danger to world peace than Islam? Why not at least go to India and help the Dalits and try to eradicate the caste system?
Methinks they doth protest way too much against Christianity and way too little with other religions. I wonder why?
Update: When the raid leader saw my comment about this on another blog he added a Muslim site to their list. He noted on Dawkin’s site that it was listed precisely because I pointed out the gap. I thought it was funny that the original post and comments were 100% anti-Christian, and funnier still that they added a token Muslim site with promises to add more just because of my comment. I think they still don’t understand my point, though.
I think some reasoned dialogue with these foks could be interesting, but I would encourage them to do some serious self-reflection first to see what their real motives are.