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The persistence of religion August 25, 2007

Posted by Atma in atheism, Christiane Amanpour, creationism, critical thinking, education, fundamentalists, God's Warriors, religion, science.

The persistence of religion, despite the far greater explanatory power of scientific knowledge, relies upon this emotional side of human nature. However, those who wish to impose their religious views on society are also well aware that the Idea of God must be instilled into children while they are still stuck in the magical-thinking stage. Let any child, even a child of average intelligence, grow to adulthood before attempting to convince them that some old book holds more “Truth” than empirical facts, and that mind will most likely have escaped religion’s clutches. Only early indoctrination can keep the synagogues, mosques, and churches filled with individuals willing to put an inculcated obsession ahead of humanity. (more…)


God’s Mysterical Warriors August 25, 2007

Posted by saesui in Allah, bigotry, Christiane Amanpour, CNN, fundamentalists, God's Warriors, Islam, Jerry Fallwell, Moral Majority, politics, religion, Religious Right, science, Yahweh, Zionism.

Christiane Amanpour’s “God’s Warriors” will be airing again on CNN this weekend (Sept. 25 and 28, 2007). The series claims to provide a balanced view of the religious fundamentalists who are fighting for the political supremacy of their religious viewpoint.

The Internet is flooded with emotional reactions to the program, including criticisms that Amanpour did not fully cover the religious history behind the fundamentalist nutbars* interviewed. The program did not claim to be a history of religion, so this criticism is irrelevant.