(1) From someone at the whywon'tgodhealamputee's.com website:
"The 11 second pause that Dawkins takes is actually him deciding whether or not he will throw the vile cretins out of his home because when they asked him that question he knew that they were c*cksucker theists. If it were me I would have reached for my shotgun and blown those f*ckers away. But to each his own. Get in touch with reality."
All this is over a video showing Dawkins pause when asked the question "Professor Dawkins, can you give an example of a genetic mutation or an evolutionary process which can be seen to increase the information in the genome?". I have to say I find this response to a debate over such a stupid subject shocking (in the least).
(2) From a Rational Response Squad member's (Mr Gawn) rap song:
"F*ckin' Christians, if I can't convert 'em I'll burn 'em. Learn 'em a lesson with my Smith and Wesson straight in they sternum."
For a site that talks down to religion for violence - this is quaintly the same thing they blast against.
(3) An Atheist Allison said this:
"Well should we not demonize rapists? con-artists? polygamists? People who steal the last 10 dollars from a desperate old person for a fake healing? That's Christians."
Does that even seem like a fair characterization about Christians? Is this going to lead to a peaceful discussion amongst people of various ideologies?
(4) From a Christian named Frank at 'Atheism Sucks':
"As I said, if you align yourself with them (RRS), you're a sick-minded facist."
"I'm not surprised people made fun of the color of your hair when you were a child. It still looks like you need some growing to do"
This is some of the ilk coming out of Frank's mouth during his debates with Atheists. In this blog he is seen 'cutting down' 8 various atheists. He also has been accused in this blog by another atheist for saying some racist & vicious things (also of hoaxing them). Is this representative of what we learn from the teachings of Jesus about dialogue with our neighbor?
This seems to be a growing problem in the society we live within. On one side we have radical thinkers like Harris and Dawkins making religion look like the cause of all problems. On the other side we have some Christians yelling just as loudly back in their faces - spewing garbage in the name of 'defending the faith'. Both sides are using rhetoric that betrays honest dialogue and seem to embellish the realities of either situation - or is this an accurate portrayal of either side?
One guy at Atheism Sucks named Beast Rabban has been very articulate and has won me over as 'fan' of his writings. He stays balanced and quite accurate about his portrayal of history - and I have never seen him resort to 'calling names'. I can also say the same about the atheist thinker Dagoods - who has also won me over - for his candid questions and balanced portrayal of his ideologies. Both of these people represent the hope of conversation that does not lead into mud-slinging or vicious diatribes about either's beliefs/views. They know how to stay civil even in the midst of tough questioning and have the ability to be candid and kind.
I am going out on a limb here and I think we need to open our eyes to some of the things being said around us. As responsible people of the faith let's pick up the books of Dawkins and Harris and read them - and you'll be quite interested to know what they believe about you...they raise good food for thought but some of their ideas are quite narrow-minded. In the same breath we need to start taking a look at what is coming out of our fellow believers mouths and raise the obvious questions about how what's being said is smearing our faith teachings. Call it a dual responsibility to call some people to the carpet that promote what I think leads to 'hate'.
I'll leave it with this little tidbit from Greg Koukl which I think speaks volumnes in the debate:
"He asks this in this illustration. If you were walking down a dark street at night in the center of Los Angeles and you saw 10 young men walking towards you, would you feel more comfortable if you knew that they had just come from a Bible class?" This mentions 2 things which I think are key for each side to remember...can you see what they are?