Atheism and terrorism

If you are an atheist, you may have to reconsider your plans to travel to Saudi Arabia. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has included in definition of terrorism

calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based”.

I sympathize with atheists in Saudi. If this isn’t an affront to freedom of thought, then I don’t know what is.

Meanwhile pope cuddles has said, or so I hear, that religions should not be ridiculed. That ridiculing someone’s faith is close to ridiculing his mother. Why should sincerely held beliefs not be open to ridicule and criticism? How can they be changed?

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64 thoughts on “Atheism and terrorism

  1. Mordanicus says:

    I had never had any plans to go to saudi arabia, anyway.

    In regard to the pope, my mother is strong woman who’s hardly offended by insults.

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  2. john zande says:

    As you’ve said before: if they kept it to themselves then we wouldn’t have cause to ridicule them publicly.


  3. aguywithoutboxers says:

    I think that since very few freedoms are available to the Saudi people, their law against defamation is really no surprise. As for the fake pope and his thoughts, well, I guess since his belief system makes him divine, he’s afraid the ridicule will reveal the fact that’s he’s a mere mortal after all. Love you, man! 🙂


  4. lexborgia says:

    It’s frightening at first glance, but upon near inspection there’s a myriad of interpretation:
    ‘calling for atheist thought in any form’ – this clause does not forbid atheist thought, only the call for it.
    ‘the fundamentals on which the country is based’- again, calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion isn’t prohited, only those on which the country is based.


  5. ladysighs says:

    How does one know if someone is thinking atheist thoughts? Are there different forms of atheist thoughts?
    So ridiculous and depressing.


  6. According to Mr. Pope, then, we should not dare question groups like ISIS or jihadists who kill satire writers. Their deep religious beliefs called them to do those things, so, we just have to deal with it because it’s rude to call religion out for the bullshit it is. Right, Mr. Pope? Or is it only when YOUR religion is called out that you say it’s wrong? The strongest demonstrations of ‘faith” are those of religious extremists. I truly believe that they truly believe god has told them to act as they do. If we can question the validity of these psychos, we can question the psychopathy of religion in general. Sorry, Mr. Pope, your just another wart on the ass of society that needs to be cauterized. $Amen$


    • makagutu says:

      In deed, the members of ISIS hold their beliefs sincerely, if we can’t satirize them, does the pope want us to cow in fear that some idiot will bomb us?


      • Exactly. To say religion is off the table to be seriously criticized is bull crap. Otherwise, let’s just let ISIS do whatever the hell they want. It would be insulting to their religion to stop them.


        • makagutu says:

          If he continues this way, anything can be defended as long as it is sincerely held. Religion seems to do damage to brains

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          • Yes. Indeed it does.


          • I am sincerely offended by the tyranny of theistic belief. Theists can only go so far before they should expect a response.

            Pot, meet kettle.
            Fight fire with fire, get the marshmallows, let’s watch the world burn, Pornography for pyromaniacs of thought.

            They burn all that encrouches on their monolith, striking jawbone with stone axe to resolve the merest insult.

            Apes using fire and brimstone to create a heaven on Earth in the belief that forging fires make steel, not realizing that wild fires of unconscionable belief simply raze the forrests of reasonable existence. They are certain of their belief and profoundly unaware of their unthinking push to have us again living in trees.

            Stupid is as stupid does. Education is the answer until you have to implement it at the end of a gun. Just pull the trigger and let the world burn!


            • makagutu says:

              The question has been what type of education do people need to free them from their prejudices.
              That they have to push their beliefs through violence is to me abhorrent.


  7. Caroline says:

    What totally astonished me about the Pope’s statement was that he appeared to be advocating – well, maybe advocating is too strong a word, but certainly some level of acceptance – that violence (punching) was an acceptable response to verbal criticism! Against members of his staff too. My gast was flabbered! I know it’s not even close to gunning down people, but what of the principle?


  8. ejwinner says:

    America’s friendly relationship with Saudi Arabia is an embarrassment. I guess the only thing needed to keep the Middle Ages alive and in favor is a lot of money.


  9. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Interestingly, “Hope,” from TA, who lives in Riyadh, informed me that the Saudi Ambassador was in Paris, marching in the Human Rights Parade, while a man was being lashed in Saudi Arabia for blasphemy.


  10. themodernidiot says:

    Get rid of the need for power and wealth and replace it with community. When people aren’t starving and opressed and alone, there is no need for the fantasy of god. The reality of life is all around us.


  11. Sonel says:

    Of course they will defend their ‘religion’. If they don’t, they won’t make any money and it’s the same with Saudi Arabia. Without religion they can’t control others. 😀


  12. emmylgant says:

    Statements and attitudes like these make it very difficult to be tolerant.
    I’m not going to Saudi Arabia, that’s that.


  13. nannus says:

    Any powerful organizations, institutions and ideologies must be questioned and criticized. A legitimate and important way to do so is satire. And everybody, as a person and a a representative of such a system, should have a sense of humor to tolerate this. The lack of humor with respect to someones own belief system is a somehow childish attitude. Declaring something as being holy in order to forbid this form of criticizing is a way of wielding power.
    Anyway, I did not really plan to travel to Saudi Arabia. 🙂


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