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1 freetoken  Fri, Jul 2, 2010 7:21:06pm

I was wondering how long it would take the haters to jump on the Hitchens story.

2 Gus  Fri, Jul 2, 2010 7:26:54pm

Proselytizing on the misfortunes of a fellow man. I'm an atheist however I am pretty sure that George Berkin is engaging in sinful behavior. It is definitely evil rhetoric besides being a non-nonsensical rant based on his own tortured interpretation of superstitious literature.

Like many of his ilk he's also a creationist nut:

George Berkin "don't know much [about] biology"
Category: Creationism • Nonsense
Posted on: April 30, 2009 2:05 PM, by Brian Switek

If you want to aggravate an intelligent design advocate all you have to do is point out the obvious. Everybody knows that intelligent design is just warmed-over creationism, but some creationists love trying to create a false dichotomy between the two in an attempt to appear more respectable. Creationism starts with the Bible, they say, while intelligent design starts with science. Nevermind that the most vocal advocates of intelligent design are evangelical Christians or some other flavor of theist. There's no connection there at all! Seriously! It's not like some of the most prominent folks behind the whole ID charade say that their 'Designer' is definitely the Judeo-Christian god or anything...

SNIP

I wish Berkin offered up a more substantial argument, something that would let me talk about some really cool science, but he didn't. Rather than supporting his points he sticks to classic creationist canards that are meant to stir outrage among those who already agree with him. "Darwinism" is a religion, Berkin insinuates, while intelligent design is pure science. He claims that intelligent design advocates make no reference to religion at all, so you can imagine why I laughed when he used works by Philip Johnson and Michael Behe to support his case.

CONTINUES

3 Irenicum  Fri, Jul 2, 2010 8:26:28pm

Ugh. What a nutter. Thankfully the Christians I read and have interacted with have consistently prayed that he might get healing.

4 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Fri, Jul 2, 2010 9:10:25pm

Not much better than the folks who reveled in Tony Snow's cancer battle. Sick.

5 CuriousLurker  Sat, Jul 3, 2010 12:24:24am

What a nasty bit of smug, self-righteous pontification. Talk about someone having a pride problem. He almost sounds pleased that Hitchens is sick. How twisted is that??

You know, if all the "believers" in the world—and I do mean all of them, not just Christians—would devote as much time to correcting their own personal flaws and humbly helping others instead of proselytizing and pointing out what they consider to be other people's failings, everyone would be a lot better off.

I mean, seriously, WTF good does it do to kick a man when he's down? How do you know that you or someone you love won't be stricken with the same illness? I detested Jerry Falwell because IMO he was a hater & a bigot, and I certainly don't miss him, but I didn't rejoice at his passing. Why should I? I will meet the same fate one day, as will everyone that I love. None of us will escape from this world alive, and we'd all do well to remind ourselves of that each and every day.

6 Timmeh  Sat, Jul 3, 2010 6:40:49am
After all, how cliché would it be for Hitchens, a lifelong atheist, to undergo a “deathbed” conversion. Please! That’s a late-night television movie plot.

A cliché that rarely happens in reality either. I've never heard of a committed atheist actually having a "deathbed conversion." And there are plenty of "foxhole atheists" too.

If Hitchens has a "deathbed conversion," I'll eat my copy of his book.

Will. Not. Happen.

7 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Jul 3, 2010 11:00:51am
8 lostlakehiker  Sat, Jul 3, 2010 6:56:05pm

re: #7 Romantic HereticYou've been channeling C.S. Lewis' "Screwtape Letters", I see.

Lewis reports that he had to work himself into a truly foul and evil mood just to write the damned thing, and that it was quite an ordeal.

How does one write a series of letters that will give the authentic feel and tenor of a series of letters from an upper class English demon to an upper class English demonic nephew? You have to walk a mile in the shoes of the demon. And that, that sucks.

Hell is pleased.


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