EDL… pronounced: addle. I really don’t understand why this is posted by Atheism is Unstoppable. Childish handle. What is interesting about this EDL is that it harkens back to a time when Medieval Europe required Christianity as a common protocol to manage our understanding of the world around us and the responsibilities we have to one another. However, this was at a time when we lived a life much less certain of survival, requiring a much greater adherence to expectation for the sake of the community as a whole. The Albigensians challenged this agreed upon context and so put at risk the whole of their society.
Today, we can easily provide enough resources to ensure the survival of unprecedented populations. Our greatest challenges are our greed, provincialism and capacity for contempt–the last of which you seem to have spent some time cultivating. To expect each person to accept what one person sees as reasonable, is, well, unreasonable. Hence, human culture, still requires a protocol for developing a sense of dignity–which counters the development of a capacity for contempt, and arrogance. This protocol, we refer to as religion. We have many of them, each one fails and succeeds in it’s own manner. Each one ensures the continuance of a community of human beings at least for another generation. Each one is subject to reinterpretation as these communities change, grow and mature.
If you want to see what can happen when a whole set of societal conditions is suddenly asserted upon a community from outside that community, or from an over-empowered minority… Soviet and post-Soviet Russia and post-MacArthur Japan provide telling examples.
Your argument here is largely condescending mannerism, rather than insight or reasoning. What you don’t understand is that by providing a front YOU INCITE like response. You say that the ideas these young men put forward are a non-starter, but these are YOUNG men with very little actual power beyond their own opinion. Have you spoken with many young men?! Hell, many men at all?! The veneer of civilization is very thin and supported by very few minds–most people have their heads so securely stowed up their own ass as to be ineffectual.
And you atheists are too proud of your “intellect” to allow any kind of real appreciation for what is going on in the minds of the people around you. What you really fear… well, I am reminded of the “perfect anarchist”, from Conrad’s, The Secret Agent… He is a fanatic, carrying around an indiarubber ball in the left pocket of his trousers which he grasps lightly at the sight of the onrushing crowd–the trigger for a vial of nitroglycerin ample enough to clear the street. And the unthinking animal crowd is the bane of his existence, the thing he most fears. In this is revealed the true sharer of his deepest sympathies… the Crowns of Europe. Just as you Atheists would supplant God’s vision with your own–as rough hewn, borrowed and bastardized as it may be.
You Atheists concoct an absurd notion of what God is, and then pat yourselves on the back for dismissing him as absurd in the very next breath. You naturally assume that tens of thousands of years of religious evolution is simple idiocy even as you fall under the spell of your own vanity as you do it. Then, you hoist your atheism high as a banner, challenging all and sunder to argue you out of your rationalized existence in the same simple terms you have used to define existence. You chant, “Science!” as verbal totem to relinquish yourselves from any obligation to make sense of the world around you. And in so doing you submit yourselves to precisely the kind of mystical, totemic faith you convince yourselves Christians are guilty of. And it is all so that you can languish in self-absorption and denial of your responsibilities to anything beyond paying the rent. Childish.
post script… And as for [Islamic view of women’s role in society]… I suppose all women should be issued a pole upon which to dance and learn her role appropriately?!