Congrats to Nicky Hayden for winning his first MotoGP championship, and by doing so denying Rossi the opportunity to be the only 990cc MotoGP champion in history. I wish though that the end of the fight had not come when Rossi crashed out on lap 5 of 30 bringing a premature end to what should have been a race for the ages. Even as a Rossi fan I think Hayden earned it, and I hope this has re-lit the fire in Rossi’s belly so that he races a few more seasons so that we can continue to savor his beauty on the track.
In an unfolding and embarrassing case for Waco (which, let’s be honest, could use a little good press) Downtown Waco Inc. has shutdown following revelations of financial misdeeds. Downtown Waco, Inc. was an agency funded largely by the city supposed to be dedicated to the revival of the downtown Waco area which has never really recovered from the 1953 Waco tornado. Instead, large sums of money seem to have been used for the personal enjoyment of executive director, Margaret Mills. Most disturbingly it appears that even though the city funded it to the tune of several hundreds of thousands of dollars annually it did not subject it to any financial scrutiny, just because…
An article in the new issue of Wired chronicles the rise of the New Atheism helmed by leaders such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. The New Atheism as opposed to the old as an agressive evangelical ideology that holds not only a personal disbelief in god but an assertion that no one else should believe in god either.
“This autumn, Harris has a new book out, Letter to a Christian Nation. In it, he demonstrates the behavior he believes atheists should adopt when talking with Christians. “Nonbelievers like myself stand beside you,” he writes, addressing his imaginary opponent, “dumbstruck by the Muslim hordes who chant death to whole nations of the living. But we stand dumbstruck by you as well – by your denial of tangible reality, by the suffering you create in service to your religious myths, and by your attachment to an imaginary God.”
The New Atheists tend to define the ideological conflict as being between the Brights and the Dims, the Rationalists and Superstitious. Dawkins has argued that parents should be forbidden from teaching religion to their children. I would tend to define the most important ideological divide as being between the Relativists and the Absolutists. Between those who believe that we should live and let live and Those Who Know What’s Best.
It is unfortunate to me that people as bright as these fellows should be unable to see that their ideological bedfellows are the crazy Islamists and right wing evangelical Christian nutballs who wish to impose their beliefs upon everyone. Dawkins argues that the moderately religious create the environment that allow the extremists to dominate. I would argue that extremists breed extremists and that tolerance breeds tolerance. I tend to think that C.S. Lewis, evangelical Christian theologian though he was summed the heart of the matter up pretty well:
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
The story of the greatest phone message in the history of the world. Go to about 1:21 where Act 1 begins.
You and the little mermaid can go fuck yourselves!
Borat has a beautiful moviefilm soon for me to watch. I am filled with the gladness of my hugging and say to him OF HIS BEAUTY! And to wear the noble thong.
When I watch this I giggle like a 14 year old.
The God Delusion: Richard Dawkins
I think I have figured out what it is about Dawkins that bugs me. He has the same black or white world view that my mother does just on the opposite side. The whole “If you’re not with us your against us” construct is just so . . . cultish.
Long live laissez faire tolerance. I expect the religous and irreligous alike to allow others to believe as they will without insult. I understand that the religious often insult atheists, but the cure for that is not an escalation of the conflict by being jerks in return, I would argue that the correct course would be to argue for a tolerant and inclusive attitude from all, not to respond in a similarly divisive and petty way.