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Monday, April 24, 2006

'Satanic Verses' author warns of religion's dangers

Here's yet another example of how soon we forget. For those who have been lulled into the "religion of peace" hypnosis, Salman Rushdie's decades-long ordeal should serve as an illustration that religious fanaticism and tyranny are anything but "peaceful." Religious tyranny or terrorism is a menace that all sensate individuals should be on guard against. Religious terrorism is not something that will go away by ignoring it; like cancer, it will only get worse when not given appropriate attention. What is that attention? What is the best way to remove sickness? Prevention is highly important - we must not raise our children with these deleterious memes or mental programmings. Containment is also important - we must not let these memes spread freely and contagiously. We must also substitute healthful memes in their place, such as the following, from Charles Haanel's The Master Key System:
"The trained mind knows that every transaction must benefit every person who is in any way connected with the transaction, and any attempt to profit by the weakness, ignorance, or necessity of another will inevitably operate to his disadvantage.

"This is because the individual is part of the Universal. A part cannot antagonize any other part, but, on the contrary, the welfare of each part depends upon a recognition of the interest of the whole."
In other words, we live on one world, and if there is profound sickness somewhere, it will affect us elsewhere. We simply cannot afford to ignore it.
'Satanic Verses' author warns of religion's dangers
"Monday, April 24, 2006
By Ted Roelofs

Death threat or not, controversial author Salman Rushdie is not about to yield ground about the place of religion in his fiction.

'What you're dealing with here is a dreadful old atheist,' said Rushdie, 58, speaking Friday before a crowd about 2,000 at the Calvin College Fieldhouse as part of the Festival of Faith & Writing.

The Indian-born author of 'The Satanic Verses' was forced into years of hiding after the religious leader of Iran issued a 1989 order he be killed for insulting Islam."


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Anonymous said...

On a related note:
Just who is funding the endless television documentaries that, in recent years,
have exhibited a disturbing trend to blend science with religion? And what is the real agenda here?
The most recent egregious example--"Quest For The Cross"-- aired on a cable *science* channel.
It told the tale of something called the Santa Croce titulus, the 'Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm'
plaque supposedly placed by Pilate above the head of Jesus Christ on the cross.
The ususal cast of nuts were present, including the eccentric professor ("the world's foremost authority on the tomb of Christ") and the thirty-something, odd male English author plugging a book.

It's simply astounding that these ridiculous claims--fairy tales--
are being presented as fact on "serious" science and history programs.
Dumbing down the masses is one thing, but there surely is a limit.

They begin with the assumption that the basic gospel narrative of the life and
resurrection of Christ is true. And it gets more ridiculous and mendacious from
there. Shrouds, Mandylions, Veils of Veronica, tombs of Christ, pieces of the true
cross, etc., etc. are dragged out as "new, incontrovertible blockbuster proof" on a
seemingly nightly basis.

Of course, Catholicism has a long, dishonrable tradition of "pious fraud," and they're growing
more desperate by the hour.
Tricking and conning the masses has always been an expedient way of keeping
them under heel. After all, some eyebrows might be raised if they started refurbishing old
torture chambers.
But this is, after all, the Twenty-First Century. We live in enlightened times (or so we tell ourselves.)
How can an hour-long documentary airing on the (Discovery/NY Times Channel) purport to
present scientific evidence of...ta daah! You guessed it: a piece of the the true cross.

Dr. W. Sumner Davis said...

so many have warned of the inherant evil of organized religion, yet few choose to believe it. I am reminded of my friend who several years ago after reading the manuscript for HERETICS claimed that I would become "The Jewish Salman Rushdie. I added that Salman was non violent- the same cannot be said of me.

So far as pious fraud? Perhaps placing elephant bones in ossuaries and claiming they belonged to Goliath would qualify as one of the finniest... but religion is still going..I am certain there are more stupid things to come..