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15 July 2004 @ 10:46 am
I spend a great deal of time anymore at www.randi.org. To wit, another gem from Mr. Randi (3/1/2002's commentary):

"I'm told that the German government is trying to prevent on-line marketing giant EBAY from selling copies of "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle), the political manifesto written 1925/27 by Adolf Hitler. The fear apparently is that Germany might return to that sort of politics. One has to wonder whether the Koran and the Bible should also be banned because of atrocities committed by those who believe these books dictate to them an ethnically superior notion, and call for vengeance against unbelievers.

"While I'm on that subject, I'm amused to see the terror expressed by some Christian zealots over the Harry Potter books and the Dungeons & Dragons game. They tremble at the possibility that children might actually begin to believe in the miracles and powers outlined in those popular items, or be led to criminal behavior. Strange indeed. Consider what Christians accept: burning bushes, angels, virgin birth, prophecy, healing touch, water turning into wine, parting the Red Sea, walking on water, levitation, raising the dead — to say nothing of incest, rape, mass murder, seduction, public fornication, and other nasty stuff found in the Bible....

"What makes these miracles any more believable, or crimes more acceptable, may I ask?"
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: "Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa" soundtrack
Kit: portraitkandybar on July 15th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
Minna, didja get my email? I can't check at work.
Miusherimiusheri on July 15th, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yup, sure did! =) I replied to it too- let me know if for some reason that reply doesn't make it to you.

Kit: angelkandybar on July 16th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC)
Didn't get it. Did you want to be on the Hyperion?
Miusherimiusheri on July 16th, 2004 02:21 pm (UTC)
Crud. Will have to try sending another reply later... =(

Anyway, yes, I'd like to join! (Am I allowed to use Zavvis again, or should I start over with someone new?) Try e-mailing me the details here, and hopefully I won't miss out on them!
thedemonprist on July 17th, 2004 12:54 am (UTC)
My brother read Mein Kampf once (found it at our library, no less!)...I'm not sure whether or not he said he read the whole thing, or just parts, but he said he thought it was definitely a steaming crock of festering smelly brown mammal feces. I was shocked that he'd even checked the book out at all, but relieved when a) he said he was just curious to see what it actually contained, and b) he stated his opinion of it.

As much as I dislike the thought of that kind of literature being freely available, I have to admit that free speech works both ways. *sigh*

And good point about religious texts. As far as miracles go - say, the ones performed by Christ - I think what some of those zealots miss is that Christ did those things not necessarily to 'prove his mettle' (although He probably did a few for His apostles, as reassurance that He was still there for them, maybe?) - because He had nothing to prove - but to help people and teach them about caring for their fellow humankind, which was, of course, the whole point of His ministry to the world. In that sense, I don't think that the miracles done by Christ can be compared with 'magic' found in fantasy books or whatnot.

But yeah, I have a real problem with any god that would send ordinary people to hell just because they didn't toe the line on any one particular religious edict. Sending someone to hell for being a child molester, I can see. Sending someone there just because they decided to follow Buddhism but are otherwise a decent person...I can't wrap my mind around that. Maybe I just. don't. get it.

Though if using God's name to perpetrate acts of violence, hatred, cruelty and persecution on others isn't blasphemous - like what certain uber-right-wing zealots in this country are doing/trying to do - then I don't know what is.