Bob 'Plagiarist' Hutton has coughed up yet another unwholesome glob of bad logic, tall tales and wishful thinking. I was bored, so here's a translation into plain English. Here's Bob…
I've been keeping the Ramsgate street-cleaners in gainful employment almost single-handedly, for many years, by handing passers-by tracts, which they will instantly litter the streets with. Over those years, I've managed to entrap quite a few people—who I must say are rather more interesting than I am—into conversation.
There's one chap in particular who I have privately dubbed "the friendly atheist," because he's too dumb to spot the flaws in my weak arguments. [Not meant to reflect on Hemant Mehta, who is most certainly not dumb.—Daz] He's polite, which is nice, but I do pity him, living as he does, in a world without a big father-figure in the sky and a step-by-step guide to moral behaviour, for those who can't think for themselves.
He often mentions the self-evident fact that most believers in gods tend to believe in the gods they were brought up to believe in. I don't like that argument, but I can't refute it, so I have to purposefully confuse the issue, and hope he doesn't notice. (Did I mention: dumb?) First I mention a missionary chappy who found an island full of people who believed in some heathen false-god or other, which actually supports my dumb friend's point, then I claim that it magically refutes his argument.
The bold statement that he never made, but I pretend he did—to whit that his point only extends to my god—is thus not refuted at all, but I prefer to pretend that it is! And it leaves the silly bastard stumped! Yay, my awful argument shut him up, therefore I win!
Then I went on to pontificate on how foreign people believing bullshit—that, in any other context, I would denounce as herecy—means that my brand of bullshit is true. Because lots of people believing things automatically means that the things they believe are true.
Furthermore, my Bumper Book Of Magic Stuff has this to say:
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
And well, the book is God's Word, because it says so, so it's obvious that people who don't believe the book are lying through their atheistic, God-hating teeth when they say they don't believe in God. How could they not be, unless they don't believe the book!?
And that's why atheists get angry. Because they're rebelling against the god they don't believe in!
As we harrass people on the street, and lecture them on how to live their lives according to laws attributed to the god of a minor iron-age kingdom, we should remember that, deep down, people who don't believe in God, believe in God.
Oh, and that missionary chappy wrote a book all about how heathen, heretical religions are really just ways of practicing how to believe magicky stuff until the real thing is made available.
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