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An atheist attacking creationism becomes a deadly threat for the average Christian, even if that Christian does not herself believe in creationism.Likewise, when a religious person attacks atheists who are moral relativists, or communists, or murderers, then all atheists have to band together to stop it somehow or they will have successfully poisoned people against atheism. This is starting to sound a lot like something I wrote on my old blog about superweapons.

You don’t want to make a big deal over this, because no one is saying anything objectionable like “And so all Jews are evil”.

Besides you’d hate to inject identity politics into this obvious tragedy. The next day you hear that the local priest is giving a sermon on how the Jews killed Christ.

I suggested imagining yourself in the shoes of a Jew in czarist Russia.

The big news story is about a Jewish man who killed a Christian child. It’s just disappointing that everyone who tells it is describing it as “A Jew killed a Christian kid today”.

This is future czarist Russia, after Putin finally gets the guts to crown himself).

You understand that the Israelis really do commit some terrible acts.

If you’re American, it’s probably a bland Protestant denomination like the Episcopalians or something.

The guy whose central examples of religion are Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama is probably going to have a different perception of religion than the guy whose central examples are Torquemada and Fred Phelps.

There was an argument on Tumblr which, like so many arguments on Tumblr, was terrible. Alice said something along the lines of “I hate people who frivolously diagnose themselves with autism without knowing anything about the disorder. The straw man is a terrible argument nobody really holds, which was only invented so your side had something easy to defeat.

They should stop thinking they’re ‘so speshul’ and go see a competent doctor.” Beth answered something along the lines of “I diagnosed myself with autism, but only after a lot of careful research. I think what you’re saying is overly strict and hurtful to many people with autism.” Alice then proceeded to tell Beth she disagreed, in that special way only Tumblr users can. The weak man is a terrible argument that only a few unrepresentative people hold, which was only brought to prominence so your side had something easy to defeat.

And I think: well, maybe if people see atheists defeating a terrible argument for religion enough, atheists don’t have to defeat any of the others.

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