Re: Letter to NPR re Duncan Moon's 9/18 piece on Islamic reaction to the 911 attacks

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Tue Sep 18 2001 - 10:53:31 MDT

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> By mentioning only Islam in your statements, you suggest that the
> endorsement of violence, the requirement of discrimination, and the
> inequality of women are features unique to Islam. But they aren't;
> the sacred books of Christianity and Judaism are equally susceptible
> to quote-mining, and equally full of clear and unambiguous statements
> that no rational person of good intent could endorse. (On the other
> hand, it's entirely possible to find statements in all three sets
> of holy books denouncing violence and calling for brotherhood and
> virtue and forgiveness.)

Yes, that's right. It's religiosity itself, rather than any specific religion,
that is the cause of this problem. As Richard Dawkins has pointed out, " is one of the world's great evils, comparable to the smallpox
virus but harder to eradicate. Faith, being belief that isn't based on
evidence, is the principal vice of
any religion."

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.

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