The folks over at AlterNet have decided to have an intellectual discussion about Why Do People Believe in God?. Oh, wait …you missed my air quotes around “intellectual” didn’t you? An example of the masquerade …
Atheists claim (as I am doing here and as Richard Dawkins did in the title of his book) that God is a delusion.
A delusion is, pretty much by definition, dysfunctional.
Then it goes on to say how atheists aren’t happier than religious people and they don’t breed more, therefore religious beliefs can’t be delusional. …Eh? It’s hard to know if this writer is extremely stupid, or if he is merely trying to construct a straw man for the purpose of knocking atheism. I suspect it is the latter.
Delusion – an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary (Princeton)
– A fixed false belief and is used in everyday language to describe a belief that is either false, fanciful or derived from deception. (Wikipedia)
Dysfunctional – impaired in function; especially of a bodily system or organ (Princeton)
Okay, game over. The Alternet article starts out from page 1 by being false, misleading and deceptive. We do not know if this is by design or through ignorance but it certainly makes this article a waste of time.
And if you think THAT bit of equivocation is idiotic, wait until you read the comments. Better yet, don’t bother. It’s like talking to toddlers.
Ignorance is rampant. In England a Hospital calls in exorcist after ghost spotted … One shudders to think what sort of medical service these people offer! Leeches and potions?
Meanwhile, in BC schoolteachers are being directed to a Scientology front group called Youth For Human Rights International. I’m sure B.C. kids need Scientology’s help … perhaps next year the school will be offering classes in necromancy.
The world just keeps getting stupider and stupider.