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Blasphemy in Ireland

Sam and Becky speak with Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland about Ireland’s 2009 anti-blasphemy law, Catholic influence on Irish law, and Ireland’s changing religious demographics.  Then Mike, Sam, and Becky discuss news items and respond to listener emails.

Big thanks to Living After Faith for the use of the studio for this week’s interview!

For information about the trial of Adam “Nergal” Darksi of the metal band Behemoth, check out this UPI story.

Also, here’s the press release for the American Atheists trial in Kentucky, about the religious requirement laws, and here’s the FFRF press release for the IRS trial.

So, what’s your take on Jimmy from Richmond’s email?   For your edification, here it is in full:

What would God need to do in order to show you that Jesus is the only One to surrender your life to–and have you asked God for this?

Also: When you die one day and stand before God what will you say to Him when He asks you why you have rejected His Son that He sent to save you? Would you blame Him because He has given you free will?
Jimmy from Richmond

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Fenchurch December 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

Open Letter to James from the Land of Richmond:

1A) An all-knowing god would know what it would take to convince me. An ignorant god is likely not worth calling ‘god’ or of worship. Also, the idea of surrendering my life for reasons external to my own values sounds unappealing. I prefer to live the one life I am sure of having in ways consistent to, and in line with, my own values and on my terms, even if a trapdoor to hell awaited me at the end of it.

1B) Why would I ask an entity I do not believe in for something as unappealing as dedicating my life to a deceased– possibly mythical– person from an irrelevant culture and time? Double fail.

2A) Out of the 100 billion people who have ever lived and died on this earth, there is no evidence collected from any of the dead to be convinced that this outcome has ever happened, or is even possible. And again, an all-knowing god would already know the answer.

I also don’t understand why “death” is tied to the scheduling of the celestial exit interview (LOL). Extant gods are free to chat with me at any time! Sadly, their plausibility is severely reduced if their revelation must be limited to a point in one’s timeline where no evidence or witnesses can be be gathered.

2B) How does one “give” someone “free will”? (FYI: an omniscient being wouldn’t be able to do this, so it would be outside a certain type of god’s power even if it were a commodity to hand out.)

Plus, I find the “Predeterminism” vs. Free Will” question to be boring/irrelevant and would not care to discuss that with *anyone*, deity or otherwise.

In short, I don’t spend too much time on pointless speculation of unlikely-to-impossible scenarios, or preparing my official closing statements to the millions of gods for the millions of religions that have ever been proposed.


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