I wrote a first impression of A. C. Grayling’s The God Argument the other day. Now for a second impression of Grayling’s falsehoods. This one is horrific:
Religious individuals and institutions . . . sometimes accuse their critics of militancy. The critics reply that when religion occupied a dominant position in society, it dealt with its critics much more harshly than today’s critics now deal with religion: for one familiar example, by torturing them and burning them at the stake. Today’s critics of religions generally limit themselves to hurling arguments rather than stones at the religious.
But do critics of religion limit themselves to hurling arguments? What an abominable, twisted, false thing to say!
Hitler killed six million Jews — and three million Christians — in less than a decade. That’s at least thirty times, perhaps 500 times as many people as were burned at the stake over hundreds of years. I don’t know whether Hitler was officially an atheist, but he was certainly a critic of religion. That’s not just hurling arguments, you know.
Communist regimes were “critics of religions” who generally allowed themselves to imprison, torture, and kill Christians, steal children from their Christian parents, shutter and destroy churches, ban Christian literature, forbid Christians from meeting, impose special tax burdens, block Christians from employment, and — oh yes, “hurl arguments” against Christianity that were just as much lies as what Grayling has told here.
It’s still going on. I have a friend in Belarus whose church was systematically targeted for persecution in just the past year. I was in Cuba not long ago, with government permission to talk with Christians there — permission the government revoked after just a few days.
So tell us, Dr. Grayling, do you know the difference between hurling arguments and hurling lies? What’s that — you say you don’t? Really? Are you proud of yourself for it? How about the atheists reading here: are you proud of being aligned with this?
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