So I had the pleasure of recording a "Point" for the new The Young Turks show, "The Point." It's a great show and I encourage everyone to subscribe. You can watch my point and the ensuing discussion here. But although the panel did have an interesting discussion about morality, I'm sorry to say they got a great deal wrong about the bible and its role in history. That's fine, most people do -- but I don't think the minister has any excuse.
So I'm going to put up a couple of polite corrections on my youtube channel over the next few days. Please do click and subscribe, to hear my responses. I'll also be putting up the transcripts here on my blog.
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This is a more-refined version of an earlier article I wrote. I felt it was worth expanding, clarifying and comparing my own morality with biblical teachings, in anticipation of my upcoming Biblical Morality Tour. Video and full transcript after the jump. Enjoy!
I believe in absolute and unconditional equality amongst all people. We must not make exceptions for women, gays, Asians, left-handers, no-one. Organisations that seek to curtail the rights of any demographic should be disbanded, ridiculed or lose their tax-exemption status.
I believe that the right of people to live in a manner of their choosing, self-evidently excludes any right to prevent others from living how they choose. A person's faith cannot be used to justify hindering the lives of others. This particularly applies to children, who must be protected from harm, including (and especially) harm caused by their own parents.
We've been friends for a long time. I spend most of my time listening to you. Please, for once in your life, for a change, for the novelty, listen to me, now.
I don't mind being your dumping ground, I really don't. It shows that you trust me with your problems and seek my council, and I appreciate our friendship. But can't you tell me anything NICE that's happening in your life? And aren't you even remotely interested in what's happening in mine? Can you at least PRETEND to be interested? Where's MY dumping ground when I need it? I need an outlet, too.
Why is it that religious people so often lean on the tired, old "other things are worse than religion" argument in defense of their faith? "You think religion's bad? What about nationalism?"
A variation of this defense has just been posted by a friend on her Facebook wall. D.C. Jefferies states that just because religion has brought bad things, this doesn't mean it should be dispensed with. He draws specious comparisons with politics, science and business, arguing that they've also led to evil. This is a flawed analogy, worthy of disassembling and discussing.
Amongst renewed calls to close the climb of Uluru (Ayer's Rock), citing, primarily, cultural sensitivies and safety concerns, I think it's worthwhile to just take a look at what we all seem to think are valid beliefs worthy of public respect and debate.
H.L. Mencken once said, "We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart." With this in mind, let's look at the beliefs of the Anangu people, the present "owners" of that big-arse rock.