I recently stumbled across a blog that demonstrated that rationalists might finally be making some headway into the debate against believers 🙂 There has emerged a new strategy among believers (at least, new to me) that can be seen in this blog post. The blog post is called “Atheists ought to chill out” and it basically is trying to stop the barrage of logic that rationalists are continuously lobbing at irrationalists by saying, “Don’t you have anything better to do with your life? Don’t you feel embarrassed when you continuously disprove us?”
This is quite ironic coming from people who spend hours every Sunday in church. Don’t they have anything better to do?
This blog post in particular was useful because they set up this argument:
I don’t believe in the tooth fairy because I know she doesn’t exist. Therefore, I don’t spend time trying to disprove her. I don’t care if someone believes in her because it doesn’t harm anyone or anything.
I polished up their argument a little, but that’s essentially it.
So, I thought of a great game that we can play!
It’s called, “The Tooth Fairy Doesn’t…” and it goes like this: you state a reason why you feel disproving religion is more important than disproving the tooth fairy. That’s it. I’ll write a few of mine, but I’d love to hear other suggestions! 🙂
The tooth fairy doesn’t strap bombs to her chest and blow herself up in crowded civilian areas.
The tooth fairy doesn’t try to impose her legal system on other cultures (let’s call it Fairya Law) .
The tooth fairy doesn’t issue fatwas calling for the death of cartoonists or writers.
The tooth fairy doesn’t blow up abortion clinics.
The tooth fairy doesn’t knock on my door and try to tell me to believe in her.
The tooth fairy doesn’t influence politics.
The tooth fairy doesn’t try to stop the teaching of evolution in schools.