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Draw Mohammad Day 2 Is This Friday
Written by Xenu   
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 16:11

Generally speaking, Atheists fall into two camps. On the one hand, we have aggressive "New Atheists" who favor confrontation (Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, PZ Myers, etc.) and on the other we have “Accommodationists” who favor a more traditional, respectful, less confrontational style. Both approaches have their strengths and weaknesses.

Draw Mohammad Day caters to the New Atheists in our group. It also offers an opportunity for the New Atheists and Accommodationists among us (as well as those in between) to discuss the relative merits and detriments of each approach.

Here are a few questions to get the conversation going;

 

What do you think of Thunderf00t's argument for freedom of speech? Does is justify a second Draw Mohammad Day?

Are death threats, violent behavior and murder an inexcusable reaction to displays of freedom of speech? Or are people who decide to use their freedom of speech in certain ways responsible for provoking this kind of behavior?

Do you agree with Thunderf00t or are there justifiable limits to freedom of speech that aren't already addressed by U.S. Law? For instance, does religious tolerance trump freedom of speech?

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0 #6 as 2011-06-01 11:17
I don't see how not being an asshole makes you “Accommodationi sts.” I'm in no way compromising or adapting my view to get along with anyone. “Accommodationi sts” is a belittling term and I'm sure was come up with by a "new atheist" because of their if you're not with us you're against us attitude. Just read the posts bashing agnostics as idiots as well. Either way i prefer the terms "atheist" and "anti-theist" because anti-theism is really their agenda.
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0 #5 mp 2011-05-20 07:46
There is a difference between being an atheist (there just ain't no god) and being anti-theist (don't like religion). DMD is clearly the later.

Regarding Jerry's statement " Who says some people *need* religion? Can you prove it?": I think it is a well established principle within psychology that people attest to needing all sorts of things - particularly religion. The cultural evidence of this overwhelming.
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+3 #4 Jerry W Barrington 2011-05-18 16:55
Quoting ssluffman:
Should we treat theists this way by trying to force Atheism down THEIR throats? I don't think so.
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There will always be both theists and atheists because some people need religion to survive - or at least to be happy.
IMHO, our time would be better spent getting along with others and respecting their beliefs as we want others to respect our lack of belief.


No, we're demanding they let *us* be atheists. Being required to follow *their* dogma interferes with that.

Who says some people *need* religion? Can you prove it?

If I had any respect for the beliefs of Islam, I'd *be* a Muslim. It's patently nonsense, and freedom of speech means I'm free to say so. Insofar as they don't infringe on other people's rights, I tolerate their beliefs... and *only* that far.
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-2 #3 ssluffman 2011-05-18 14:48
I think DMD2 is childish and unnecessary. We Atheists have put up with a lot over the years. What are we seeking now - revenge?
To ridicule the beliefs of others is stepping down to their level. There is nothing we Atheists hate more than having religion forced down our throats. Should we treat theists this way by trying to force Atheism down THEIR throats? I don't think so.
Call me an Accommodationis t if you will or anything else - labels are just a way of stereotyping.
There will always be both theists and atheists because some people need religion to survive - or at least to be happy.
IMHO, our time would be better spent getting along with others and respecting their beliefs as we want others to respect our lack of belief.
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+2 #2 Scott 2011-05-18 03:40
The thing that really bothered me about Draw Mohammed day last year was that a lot of the pictures were blatantly racist. It isn't "Anti-Arab Racism Day." How about a nice, respectful portrait of the Mo-man for the Muslims to go batshit about?
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+3 #1 Tyroh 2011-05-17 22:50
Justification, right and wrong - opinion. Relative.

You can kick the hornets nest or smoke them out calmly.
I prefer kicking the nest.

Maybe we can insight a violent revolution or spark the flames of a peaceful one in the future.
Either way it's better than sitting on your ass.
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