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Damn Atheist internal combustion engines

I know this has been out there for awhile and yes it’s on Huffington Post but I just read this, Forget God: What’s So Great About Atheism?,  again and don’t even know where to start so I will just focus on a representative and absurd section that I think highlights several of many logical fallacies that this guy goes through.

The whole point of the article is to apparently show that atheism isn’t any better or worse than religion. Although if this guy would read what I say about ideology then maybe he would be enlightened, ok that’s probably not true.

Anyway, here’s the section that I believes expresses several logical fallacies all at once, but most notably a non-sequitur and post hoc ergo propter hoc, apparently the author is attempting to imply that science and scientists (a naturally atheistic and therefore bad endeavor particularly when those scientists are of the especially dangerous type of “free thinking” kind) are responsible for the greatest atheist tragedies of the 20th century.

Here comes World War 1 which — thanks to the staggering advances of free-thinking scientists (in say high explosives, manned flight, internal combustion, chemical weapons) — puts an end to 20 million more lives; plus setting future monsters 1, 2 and 3 solidly in motion. And it’s only 1918.

Welcome to the 20th century — golden age of atheism.

Just to clarify monsters 1, 2 and 3 were Stalin, Hitler and Mao Zedong, respectively.

Apparently in Tony Hendra’s mind the internal combustion engine and manned flight get together in a secret atheist cabal and plot to unleash their atheist minions (aka Scientists) to begin the usher in a golden age of atheist genocide. Further, the implication here that atheism is no better than, say, Christianity as a rebuttal to the works of the big 3 atheists (Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris) is merely a strawman argument. I haven’t read Harris’ latest book yet however the other 2 make it very clear that their biggest problem with religion is the exclusive and special nature that faith is afforded over other forms of ideology. To argue that atheism as a belief system is bad is a ridiculous argument since neither of these authors have made and would be a very hard argument to make in the first place. Can you have a system of not-belief?

If only this guy has an idea of what a better form of religion would be, of course devoid of any overtly dogmatic or fundamentalist trash and therefore only pandering to Christianity in name but is almost wholly humanistic in origin, oh wait.

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