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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

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 Scalia tells faithful to defend their stupidity

Nino "The Fixer" Scalia, who recently stated "sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged," says that the faithful need to defend their stupidity:
US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia urged several hundred lawyers and judges gathered at a Wheaton church on Sunday to not fear being considered foolish for having faith.

"We are fools for Christ's sake," Scalia said. "We must pray for the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world."...

The "wise" consider Christian fundamentalists to be "simple-minded" and irrational because they believe in miracles and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, he said. But it is more irrational to reject the possibility of both, he said. Everyone should have "the courage to have their wisdom regarded as stupidity."

Just to be clear, Nino, we of the reality-based community, who favor the humanistic virtues of reason and science, do not regard people of faith as stupid. What we consider stupid is when you put your "god-given intellects" on hold, championing dark-age values like creationism.

Have you actually read the bible? Really? Why do you ignore everything except Leviticus's rant against those who express intimacy differently than you and I? The last time I checked, anal sex and uterus control were not part of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, you defender-of-those-that-brought-us-Abu-Ghraib.

If there were a Hell, I'm sure there would already be a specially-equipped torture rack awaiting your arrival.

You see, I have faith. Not faith in an invisible spirit in the sky, but faith in the ability of humankind to use its talents to improve itself. My everyday life is more joyful and more significant than is yours. While you await some heavenly reward that will never come, I know my time is precious. Like Jack London, I will not waste my days trying to prolong them; I will use my time.

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