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All religion breeds fundamentalism. Period.

Since there really wasn’t anything constructive I had to do today – I probably should replace the brakes on my bike and clean the rest of the apartment, but that can wait, the day is still young – I spent the morning following more or less random links around in the blog sphere. If you plan to do this yourself, I have to warn you, you come across all kinds of things. Like the blog at Little Green Footballs Web Design. You would of course think that a company with "Web Design" in their company name would boost a blog about, you know, web design. But then again no. I’ve only began to scratch the surface, but it seems to me that this blog is generally about Jews throwing heavy objects at people who are not Jews.

Take the post about Muslim football teams planning a tournament for the New Year’s weekend in Irvine for instance. Basically, there is no harm in that. What the readers of LGF object to are the names of the teams. Like Soldiers of Allah. Probably not the most politically correct name these days, but hey. The main reason why people don’t like this is probably that it makes them think of Muslim extremists blowing up Jews, which has happened a lot lately.

The post has spawned a lot of great and well thought-through comments. "Dammit, do these people ever think about anything OTHER than murder?", ironically posted by a guy calling himself Deathberg. "lets form a team called the jerusalem crusaders or avengers of constantinople, or muslim converts for jesus the real god…". "deport them". And many other gems.

It looks like any religion can be bad for you. I’m an atheist. And I’m very often glad I am, because I think it enables me to see clearly. I don’t want to blow up synagogues, burn down churches or demolish mosques.

I don’t take backups, I rely on Echelon for that.

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  1. the only bad thing about atheism is that it’s less reassuring. if you were an orthodox catholic, it’d be pretty awesome, i imagine, being able to sin all you want, then go and confess, say a few hail mary’s, and then go home, god having forgiven you. apparently.

    i’d say i’m agnostic. for me, that’s ultimately about hope. i sure hope there’s a god of some sort, and that this god is righteous and all that, and i pray (in a way) for justice, but at the same time i don’t concern myself with some of the minute details of religious life. no church, for a start, and i don’t go any of this stuff about birth control being evil… i just do what i think is right and hope for natural justice.

    tricky business, this whole matter of religion.

  2. Well, birth control isn’t just evil, it won’t protect you against AIDS either, becasue the HIV virus is so small it’ll get through tiny holes in the condom.

    Greetings from your old friend, the pope.

  3. This is Deathberg from LGF. I resent your implication that I am no better than an Islamofascist terrorist-enabler, just because of my screen name. I’m just your regular average conservative youngster with mild Goth tendencies.

    And I may be ethnically Jewish (and uber-zionist), but I’m an atheist, just like you, except without your apparent antipathy toward all religion.

    In conclusion: Relax.

  4. I am a Jew who has been to the West Bank and visited both a Palestinian University and Settlers homes. I assume you have not been to either. You are wrong about team names, read about the Jihad Soccer team:
    http://www.suntimes.co.za/2003/06/08/news/world/world11.asp

    NEW YORK, June 29 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning last fall, six active players on the Jihad soccer team of Hebron and one former member of the squad, including the player-coach, carried out a wave of suicide attacks against Israelis, Newsweek reports in the current issue. The dead teenagers and young men of the team now lie buried in a weedy graveyard near the Jihad Mosque. Fawzi Kawasmeh, father of one of the young men who died, says he never imagined that the soccer team was an incubator for suicide squads. “If I had realized what was happening,” he tells Newsweek, “I would have tied up my son with wire.”
    http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m4PRN/2003_June_29/104498308/print.jhtml