Religion Poisons Everything

That quote, from the late Christopher Hitchens, seems apposite in the wake of the news that a 14 year-old girl has been shot in the head because, according to the Taliban spokesman (it is always, of course, a spokesman), her activities in highlighting Taliban atrocities needed to be stopped.

He said the teenager’s work had been an “obscenity” that needed to be stopped: “This was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter.”

It is at times like this when I come close to despair for humanity’s future.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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8 Responses to Religion Poisons Everything

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  2. Al Feersum says:

    Well… it’s not all religions that have this effect – though I will concede that pretty much all of the Abrahamic faiths. Dharmic and Taoic faiths tend to be… less… um… militant, I s’pose you could say, and more tolerant of differences.

  3. Al Feersum says:

    Still, there is another aspect: scientists can also be militant fundamental extremists…

    Rep. Paul Broun:
    MD, Medical College of Georgia, 1971
    BS, Chemistry, University of Georgia, 1967

    A doctor, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. So he understands The Scientific Method, and the principals of analysis that it requires… yet…

    So yeah, poison, distortion, twisty little evil thoughts: ‘Hang them goldarn n!ggers and homos! They ain’t natrul! We gots a dang muslin sympathizer fur president! Look, even his name is Saddam bin Laden! What’s next? You want to see a homo in office? Vote Republican like a good ole American and it’ll never happen by the Grace of God!”

    Ah well… sometimes we need people like this to further our advance of science, even if it is just to shut them up with proof that they’re stupid.

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