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    Seems to me that if you're goi..., 2007-04-08 16:02:46 | Main | hark, a gwoteist..., 2007-04-09 12:32:22

    merry zombie jesus day:

    Speaking of dumb stuff, on the plus side - the one dogmatists like Dawkins and his neo-athiest ilk would never, ever mention - religion can serve as a boon to third world economies by serving up tasteful displays of religious fanaticism for tourists to gawk at:

    Victor was one of at least 19 Filipinos who underwent ritual crucifixion on Good Friday in the northern village of Cutud, as part of a bloody annual spectacle that continues to shock tourists and outsiders in this devoutly Roman Catholic nation.

    It was his 17th year imitating the Passion of Christ, and said he was doing it so his mother would recover from a chronic illness.

    Shocked? Not at all! I feel like I can even relate to other pious observers:

    Another Westerner, clad in shorts and sunglasses, could be heard laughing, "hey, look at all the blood," as the flagellants’ whips splattered him and his Filipina girlfriend.

    That's just what I say to myself every morning. Listen to John McCain: Iraq is sitting on a tourist goldmine. They just don't know it yet.

:: posted by buermann @ 2007-04-08 18:45:11 CST | link

      How 'bout a death cage, tag team match? Dawkins and Harris square off against the Pope and Jerry Falwell?

    posted by Scruggs @ 2007-04-08 19:31:21 | link

      I was trying to remember who this Harris fellow is, and finally recalled why the name is familiar: that's the guy that got schooled by Scott Atran, or not so much "by" as "next to", as he did most of the work himself.

    posted by buermann @ 2007-04-08 20:44:07 | link

      Huh. Yeah, there's atran's written response to that conference.

      Dawkins is just kicking the god of the gaps in the shins, a noble evangelical position I think, his approach to anything more than that consists of conventional jeffersonian/berty one-liners. So far as I'm familiar with it, anyway. The more I hear from Harris the more he annoys me. Disrespecting religion, at the very minimum, ought not suck all the air out of the room.

      The Pope v. the grave of James Madison, for my money.

    posted by buermann @ 2007-04-08 22:01:11 | link

      I'd forgotten the Atran response. Thanks for the link. Nothing like a brisk scrubbing with good sense to cope with the stuff that accumulates under hair shirts.

    posted by Scruggs @ 2007-04-09 04:43:36 | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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