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03-03-2015, 07:05 PM
Destroy Mythology Day
In the interests of "equal time" for us atheists, and in response to the National Day of Prayer, I would like to propose the establishment of a "National Destroy Mythology" Day.

The primary ritual to be carried out on this day would be the burning of any books that promote the belief in the various religious mythologies (but concentrating mostly on those of Western Monotheistic Traditions, since they are the most socially obnoxious). Also, those that found ideologies on these mythologies.

To suggest a list of initial candidates for burning:

The Bible,
The Quran,
The Hadiths,
The Torah,
The Talmud,
Anything written by Ray Comfort or Ken Hamm.

A possible motto for the day could be "Hate the bullshit, but love the spewers of the bullshit"

Any comments?

If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.--Voltaire.

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03-03-2015, 07:44 PM
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(03-03-2015 07:05 PM)666wannabe Wrote:  In the interests of "equal time" for us atheists, and in response to the National Day of Prayer, I would like to propose the establishment of a "National Destroy Mythology" Day.

The primary ritual to be carried out on this day would be the burning of any books that promote the belief in the various religious mythologies (but concentrating mostly on those of Western Monotheistic Traditions, since they are the most socially obnoxious). Also, those that found ideologies on these mythologies.

To suggest a list of initial candidates for burning:

The Bible,
The Quran,
The Hadiths,
The Torah,
The Talmud,
Anything written by Ray Comfort or Ken Hamm.

A possible motto for the day could be "Hate the bullshit, but love the spewers of the bullshit"

Any comments?
Considering that the most famous book burners were the Nazis, I think this would probably not be well recieved.

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03-03-2015, 07:47 PM
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(03-03-2015 07:44 PM)TarzanSmith Wrote:  
(03-03-2015 07:05 PM)666wannabe Wrote:  In the interests of "equal time" for us atheists, and in response to the National Day of Prayer, I would like to propose the establishment of a "National Destroy Mythology" Day.

The primary ritual to be carried out on this day would be the burning of any books that promote the belief in the various religious mythologies (but concentrating mostly on those of Western Monotheistic Traditions, since they are the most socially obnoxious). Also, those that found ideologies on these mythologies.

To suggest a list of initial candidates for burning:

The Bible,
The Quran,
The Hadiths,
The Torah,
The Talmud,
Anything written by Ray Comfort or Ken Hamm.

A possible motto for the day could be "Hate the bullshit, but love the spewers of the bullshit"

Any comments?
Considering that the most famous book burners were the Nazis, I think this would probably not be well recieved.

Yeah, but the Nazis did it for the wrong reasons.

If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.--Voltaire.

"To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." --Thomas Paine.
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03-03-2015, 08:07 PM
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I propose that instead of burning the books we simply tear them apart, and before doing so openly invite the deity the book promotes to stop the book from being damaged.

(03-03-2015 07:05 PM)666wannabe Wrote:  A possible motto for the day could be "Hate the bullshit, but love the spewers of the bullshit"

This made me laugh more than it should have.

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03-03-2015, 08:28 PM
RE: Destroy Mythology Day
(03-03-2015 07:47 PM)666wannabe Wrote:  ... the Nazis did it for the wrong reasons.

They didn't think so.

In point of fact, ANYTHING ANYONE does is always for the "right" reasons, else those doing the doing wouldn't do what they do.

It's the curse of the moral sense - and we're stuck with it. I'm not, by the way, advancing the "objective" morality canard; that myth has problems just as severe as being afflicted with moral sensibility, but justifying some contentious act because it's being done for the "right" reasons still leaves the act committed, and whatever attendant harm committed right with it.

So I wouldn't burn books, however vile their content. Burning a book says more than just that its content isn't worth reading, it's the burner declaring by fiat that HE knows better than we do what's worthy.

Anyway, in most cases, the best way to prove something is vile is to make it more visible, not hide it in ash. Instead of burning a bible, annotate it, then distribute the annotated version.

And put the unused gasoline back in your car, so you CAN distribute it.
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03-03-2015, 08:31 PM
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(03-03-2015 07:44 PM)TarzanSmith Wrote:  ...
Considering that the most famous book burners were the Nazis, I think this would probably not be well recieved.

Odd that you said that.

My first thought was not the Nazis but the RCC.

Consider

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03-03-2015, 08:34 PM
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Yeah, but the Nazis did it for the wrong reasons.
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The Nazis had the incredibly stupid idea that they could rid Germany of books that promoted liberal ideas about thinking for oneself, which worked against acceptance by the people of the National Socialist partyline.

I have no illusion that belief in mythologies can be eliminated by burning books. There is so much money made from the printing of these books, that there is no chance that burning them will have any appreciable impact on their ready availability.

It is simply a peaceful demonstration of the belief that there is nothing sacrosanct about these books. They are worthy of no more respect than the thoughts of Shakespeare or Stephen King or any other human author who does not make the ridiculous claim of having had special revelations from the "one true God".

If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.--Voltaire.

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03-03-2015, 08:37 PM
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(03-03-2015 08:31 PM)DLJ Wrote:  
(03-03-2015 07:44 PM)TarzanSmith Wrote:  ...
Considering that the most famous book burners were the Nazis, I think this would probably not be well recieved.

Odd that you said that.

My first thought was not the Nazis but the RCC.

Consider

Pardon my ignorance, but what is the RCC?

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03-03-2015, 08:41 PM
RE: Destroy Mythology Day
(03-03-2015 08:31 PM)DLJ Wrote:  
(03-03-2015 07:44 PM)TarzanSmith Wrote:  ...
Considering that the most famous book burners were the Nazis, I think this would probably not be well recieved.

Odd that you said that.

My first thought was not the Nazis but the RCC.

Consider

My first thought was the burning of Beatles records.
That was religious bullshit too.

I was in until the book burning part, I prefer to leave that to the ignorant.
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03-03-2015, 08:42 PM
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(03-03-2015 08:28 PM)Airportkid Wrote:  Anyway, in most cases, the best way to prove something is vile is to make it more visible, not hide it in ash. Instead of burning a bible, annotate it, then distribute the annotated version.

I tried that by marking out the first T in "In God We Trust" on every dollar bill I came across, but the words, after all that effort, still appears on our money. And to anticipate you next question--no, I am not going to burn my dollar bills.

If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.--Voltaire.

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