Benjamin A. Plotinsky eviscerates the most recent attempt by militant atheists to write “mumbo jumbo” in as many ways as possible, this particular effort by Michel Onfray. Did you know, for example, that Judaism was responsible for the Holocaust?:
Judaism is partly responsible even for the Holocaust, it seems. Though Onfray chiefly (and bizarrely) blames HitlerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inclination for genocide on the passage in John in which Jesus scourges the moneylenders from the TempleÃ¢â‚¬â€Ã¢â‚¬Å“Unfortunately, the metaphoric scourge permits the dialectician and the determined theoretician to legitimize the gas chambersÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬â€he also argues that a motto stamped on German soldiersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ belt buckles, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gott mit uns,Ã¢â‚¬Â derives from Deuteronomy. Ã¢â‚¬Å“These words were lifted from the speech Yahweh addressed to the Jews leaving to fight their enemies, the Egyptians, to whom God held out the promise of unspecified extermination,Ã¢â‚¬Â Onfray explains.
Fabulously important philosopher Onfray is wrong in this regard, as in so many others. Click the link to find out how.
I’ve always thought that it would be frustrating to be one of these book-writing atheist dweebs like Onfray or Richard Dawkins, a Mr. Bean clone if ever there was one. They fancy themselves the greatest minds in the world and they’re spoiling for a fight with the pushers of The Root of All Evil. And yet religion’s greatest minds are preoccupied with theology, not pointless arguments with atheist dweeb-bots, and could likely barely tell you who Richard Dawkins is.