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Religion should be banned and those promoting it should be sent to prison for life without parole.
William T Goodall,
[6/7/2010 5:14:14 PM]
Fundie Index: 233
This one doesn't fit the general theme. But I love it!!
6/7/2010 5:22:23 PM
I read about the afterlife
And it's people like you, William, that give Atheism a bad name.
6/7/2010 5:24:57 PM
We don't actually know this person is an atheist. There are plenty of believers who don't consider themselves religious or part of a religion.
6/7/2010 5:27:23 PM
Troll, has to be.
6/7/2010 5:27:26 PM
It has it right.
6/7/2010 5:32:40 PM
Works for me. Doesn't sound very fundy though.
6/7/2010 5:43:37 PM
There are definitely atheists who believe this, minus the prison part - which makes me say poe.
@ Lady Renae I would say the same if this read as Berny's example. Just an effort to keep the little bit of faith I have left in humanity. I and many others of course would have a hard time not believing this person is mentally unwell.
6/7/2010 5:44:55 PM
It's fundie (just not
fundie) because it's extreme in it's outlook. Try this instead:
Atheism should be banned and those promoting it should be sent to prison without parole.
See how it works?
6/7/2010 5:47:16 PM
An excellent point my good sir!
6/7/2010 5:52:06 PM
Ahem. I dated an atheist who fervently believed all religion should be banned, religious books burned, and everyone sent to re-education facilities to "brain-clean the stupid out of them". Those who couldn't or wouldn't convert were to be sterilized and placed under study to be "disposed of" when their "usefulness" had run out.
You want to call poe again?
6/7/2010 5:53:20 PM
Meh. That's not how we beat religion, kid. The only hope we have of crushing religion within a century is a two-pronged attack.
First, improve public education, especially the early years. Children with a strong foundation of critical thinking skills and a nurtured sense of curiosity will naturally come to realize that religion just doesn't make any sense. Even brainwashed / mentally abused children will occasionally escape their parents' clutches. Fostering a healthy mentality will accelerate this and there will be less and less religious parents abusing their children with religious indoctrination.
Second, a more proactive angle, but it does carry risk to individuals. Stop giving religion, religious people, and religious views any credibility, authority, or influence--they certainly have not earned it. When religion enters a conversation, brush it aside like the inane horseshit it is. If someone insists on bringing religion to the table, treat him like the dangerously unstable, hallucinating crazy person he is acting like. If someone mentions their deity of choice, treat it like the imaginary friend it is. Stop giving these irrational idiots power. Note, though, that you need to be careful with this until it becomes common. Certain populations in the US will react violently.
6/7/2010 5:57:03 PM
<Sarcasm>Well of course. William is brilliant, I mean, who likes to have their personal choices respected.</sarcasm>
While I find his views extreme, stupid and poorly though out, I wonder if he realises that such a system is completely impossible to implement....especially in the UK where religion in schools is normal
6/7/2010 6:01:06 PM
You can't ban religion, if you did there's no way to stop that ban being extended to include anything and everything that remotely resembles religion, i.e. lies. If we banned lies human social networks - and societies - would collapse overnight.
As for a life sentence for promoting religion? You forgot, they're already serving one.
6/7/2010 6:01:07 PM
Yeah, it's fundie in it's own way. Understand the feeling but can't agree with the practice. Damn I hate defending the fundtards!
6/7/2010 6:03:01 PM
Fuck off. You're no better than those you profess to oppose.
6/7/2010 6:05:23 PM
Religion is stupid beyond belief, but people are well within their rights to follow it. As long as they don't brainwash their kids and don't push it on others, that is.
6/7/2010 6:11:27 PM
I don't like religion, and would be delighted to see the end of it, but the use of force is not the way to go about it. On the practical level, all it does it make them more determined and radicalize the moderates. On the moral level, if we use force, then we are no better then the religious nuts that would use force against us.
#1165425 is more or less right, the only way to get rid of religion, rather then just suppress it and leave it boiling under the surface is by education, and by the news media, and other people not treating religious nutjobs like they have a valid point that needs to be paid attention to.
6/7/2010 6:11:55 PM
What will we feed to the lions?
6/7/2010 6:15:44 PM
GTFO of my atheism, fucktard!
6/7/2010 6:39:00 PM
The term "fundie" may not be the best way to describe him. This individual is a zealot.
6/7/2010 6:42:25 PM
China called, they want their assholes back.
6/7/2010 6:57:41 PM
I wouldn't call this fundy. Granted, sending people to prison for life is totally extreme....is the banning of religion THAT extreme? Society bans dangerous drugs like crack and nobody complains about a "right" to smoke crack, because we understand that the societal harm outweighs this individual right. Is religion that different?
Two points to consider 1) The world would be much, much better with no religion 2) Religion does not only effect the adult that practices it, but also his or her children.
By the way, I DON'T really agree with this for a variety of reasons. But I do think that there could at least be a compelling argument for the criminalization of religion, or at least a fundamental interpretation of it. I certainly wouldn't automatically assume that someone was some type of "atheist extremist" just because they wanted to ban religion.
6/7/2010 6:58:37 PM
What a fucking fascist.
6/7/2010 7:03:05 PM
Definitely fundie. Anti-religion people can be just as vocal and annoying as religion fundies.
PS @Lady Renae Did we date the same guy? Sounds damn close to a guy I dated back in high school.
6/7/2010 7:23:14 PM
If this guy isn't a poe, I bet it would blow his mind to see a Christian that isn't like the Rapture Ready sort. The same goes to any person following any other religon that isn't a fundie. We are out there...
6/7/2010 7:26:15 PM