Victor Stenger, “In Defense of New Atheism: A Response to Massimo Pigliucci”
I’m tired of being told to shut up about what I think. I am especially tired of being told to shut up about what I think by people who think I am actually right. […] My problem is with people who ostensibly do see things as I do and yet complain that I or others like me dare to say what we think. I am tired of being told by atheists not to argue about the truth of theism.
I am tired of being told by fellow evolution supporters that it’s only appropriate to criticize creationism and that it is somehow inappropriate to argue that accepting the factual dynamic of natural selection philosophically requires either outright abandoning Christian theism or, at least, drastically revising it in ways few Christians are willing to deal with.
Dan Finke, “Why I’m Not Shutting Up About Atheism”, RDFRS
Go and read the whole post (and ignore the mean-spirited commenters).
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Tim Minchin [citation?]
Polite opposition did not abolish slavery. It took arguments, campaigns and fearless outspoken criticism of the system and its fortifications. Freeing the human mind from the enslavement of superstition and religion requires the same approach. As Frederick Douglass said:
Those who profess to favour freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle.
A. C. Grayling, The God Argument : The Case against Religion and for Humanism
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