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26 November 2010

Vox Day Calls Lindsay Irrational

Lindsay over at Struck by Enlightning has been reading Vox Day's magnum opus: The Irrational Atheist. After suffering through the first chapter, she is debating whether she should continue. An excerpt:

Is my religious madness really all that much more out there than my faith that the Minnesota Vikings will win the Super Bowl someday?

Lindsay's response?

Umm yeah the idea that some guy that’s the son of God but is also God who died 2000 years ago is going to come back to life and bring everyone up to heaven with him is kinda way more out there than the possibility that the Vikings will win the Super Bowl. Go Vikings!

Theodore Beale, who writes under the pseudonym "Vox Day", is very full of crazy. He also has some pretty terrifying ideas about women's rights. Because I don't want to waste a whole bunch of time on this guy, I'll just quote from Wikipedia:

Beale has argued that ... the right to work outside the home has led to an economic situation in which such secular employment is necessary... Beale has labeled "women's rights" a "disease that should be eradicated". With regard to abortion specifically, he has stated that ... "calling a feminist a feminazi is an insult to National Socialism" and that "even Mao, Stalin and Pol Pot are second-rate killers in comparison with Ms. Sanger, Ms. Friedan and Ms. Steinem." Beale has also written that the Judeo-Christian ethic offers better protection to women than other worldviews. Using the example of rape, Beale states that while, according to this ethic, "only a woman who is not entertaining the possibility of sex with a man can be considered a wholly innocent victim", rape is nevertheless believed to be a sin... "There may be a genuine moral argument against rape to be made outside of the Judeo-Christian ethic, but I have yet to hear it."

Beale obviously doesn't know the first thing about ethics.

I tried to fairly condense some of his positions, but there are plenty of ellipses there, so I'd recommend that you check out the entry yourself.

And Lindsay? As amusing as it was to read your comments, I'm not sure that it's worth putting yourself through that.


Quick Edit: Lindsay also cross-posted it to the Winnipeg Skeptics blog! We have a new author!

6 comments:

  1. Thank goodness more people are calling this guy out for all his sick ideas. Did you see his post about marital rape?

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  2. Holy crap I can't believe he has said all of that stuff! If I had known I probably wouldn't have even downloaded his book in the first place. Ridiculous! Although I'm kind of more inclined to read his book now out of morbid curiosity lol

    Thanks for the link :)

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  3. Jesus!

    "First, there is no such thing as marital rape. Once consent is formally given in public ceremony, it cannot be revoked... If a woman wishes to preserve her right to sexually reject a man at will, she has a perfectly viable means of doing so. Don't get married."

    View the full post for context.

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  4. "I'm kind of more inclined to read his book now out of morbid curiosity"

    It will certainly be something for your readers to look forward to. :)

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  5. What is even worse is that when someone commented about how could a man enjoy sex with the women being in pain and he responded that "You don't understand men's sexuality"

    Disgusting

    Apparantly he thinks that ever other man in the world is a misogynistic ass like him.

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