The Wonderful World of Magical Thinking XXV

23 09 2007

1. An atheist US soldier serving in Iraq organises the first ever meeting of that country’s chapter of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, having dotted all the necessary ‘i’s and crossed all the necessary ‘t’s. Of the four soldiers who attend this meeting, one turns out to be a Fundamentalist Christian army major, posing as a “freethinker.” Said fundie proceeds to verbally harangue the other attendees–after he has ordered them to stand to attention–for “plotting against Christians” and “being disrespectful to other soldiers,” and then shuts the meeting down. This actually happened.

Well, the organiser has since filed a lawsuit, and for his troubles has been threatened with fragging by good Christian soldiers (good purely by virtue of being Christian, of course) in his own unit. Fragging non-theists: it’s what Jesus would do. (Austin Cline/No God Blog)

2. A Muslim dentist in Britain has been accused of demanding that a female patient cover her head with a scarf in traditional Muslim fashion before he would treat her. (Austin Cline)

3. Police catch youths who spraypainted images of the Flying Spaghetti Monster on various buildings in a Canadian town. (Is this a hoax?)

4. In Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party is pushing for the teaching of creationism and intelligent design in schools. (Pharyngula)

From OneGoodMove, Bill Maher spells out The New Rules. You have been schooled, my friends.

UPDATE re: the atheist soldier in Iraq. I’ve been reading the discussion forum at the Military Religious Freedom Association website. A commenter writes:

I don’t know if there has been any coercion on the part of officers in the military. It may have occurred on occasion – I just don’t know. However, if only one soul were saved as a result of the activities in the military, wouldn’t it be worth it? All the wealth in the world isn’t worth the value of a single soul. My point to Mr. Weinstein was this: Is he actually doing what God wants Him to do? Maybe the persons involved in the military are doing what God has asked them to do.

Browbeating and threatening non-theists: it is what Jesus would do!

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