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Old 02-04-2013, 13:23   #21
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Another example of radical theism. Notice you never hear of athiest suicide bombers? It's harder to convince someone a cause is worth dying for if you haven't already convinced them that they will be rewarded in the afterlife for their actions.
I am gonna guess a lot of non religious bombers are atheist bombers? I've never known the atheists to be more moral than others. I think the idea here is Islam is a violent religion but nice plug for the non religious following of atheism
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Sure.


Fanatical islamic suicide bombers are killing for a religious cause.

The guy you link to appears to be a sociopathic serial killer - which has no link to religion or lack thereof (Ted Bundy identified as a Methodist, for instance).

Also, it makes zero sense to me that an atheist would be 'raging against god'. It would be like raging against Santa Claus - if you do not believe, you do not believe, nothing to rage against. So I think either the guy actually believed but (inaccurately) called himself an atheist, or the source stating he was 'raging against god' is not accurate.
How about these guys and their followers?


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How many did they kill in the name of a god? They did it with the absence of a god as a motivator.


If you are going to look for the real common denominator, it's human nature. Humans work better when they cooperate, whether that work is good work, or bad work.

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So, I'm still not seeing any instances of atheist suicide bombers. We have established that atheists are willing to kill for money and power (as are theists), but not for some absurd religious ideal (that will take their life too). My point being, atheists have one less reason to kill than do theists. Does that make us morally superior? No, of course not, but maybe we are a little less gullible.

And... Kamikazes, really? The name itself means divine wind.
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I've never known the atheists to be more moral than others.
Are you sure that your own worldview isn't biasing your opinion here? You can't fairly judge someone else's morality by your own belief system when they don't share it. For instance, someone might believe homosexuality is immoral using the christian worldview, but for a buddhist it wouldn't be immoral at all.
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How many did they kill in the name of a god? They did it with the absence of a god as a motivator.
Actually, they did it with power as a motivator. Which is also something that does not isolate itself to either the religious, or the nonreligious.

Is the guy blowing himself up because he believes that somehow, killing innocent people will be judged as holy and good in the eyes of his deity doing it with power as a motivator?
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Are you sure that your own worldview isn't biasing your opinion here? You can't fairly judge someone else's morality by your own belief system when they don't share it. For instance, someone might believe homosexuality is immoral using the christian worldview, but for a buddhist it wouldn't be immoral at all.
Yeah, I am sure. The thread ain't about atheism but you are obviously a strong believer of nothing that you keep bringing it up.

See, the thread is about radical Islam attacking American soil. I know it is hard to believe but it isn't always about you or in your belief in nothing.
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So, I'm still not seeing any instances of atheist suicide bombers. We have established that atheists are willing to kill for money and power (as are theists), but not for some absurd religious ideal (that will take their life too). My point being, atheists have one less reason to kill than do theists. Does that make us morally superior? No, of course not, but maybe we are a little less gullible.

And... Kamikazes, really? The name itself means divine wind.
You are looking at the world with blinders on, and splitting hairs.

Atheists have perpetrated mass murder on a scale that is rather large. The numbers vary, and approach 100 million dead. They are not unlike other people.

Kamikazes? You have a way to look into each of their hearts over 60 years ago? Go ahead and dish on that one.



What you are missing, is that people don't need a logical reason to kill in mass. In fact, an illogical one works better most of the time. Atheist communists have killed close to 100 million.


And yet you still claim that other religious beliefs (other than atheism) are the root cause of such bad behavior.

You're really not seeing it? Or are you being obtuse again?

It's really hard to tell.
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Actually, they did it with power as a motivator. Which is also something that does not isolate itself to either the religious, or the nonreligious.

Is the guy blowing himself up because he believes that somehow, killing innocent people will be judged as holy and good in the eyes of his deity doing it with power as a motivator?
You might have a little bit of hope after all. How many people pretended religion was a motivator, but were really after power?



I've already gone over my discussions with failed suicide bombers. Most of them really intended to detonate, some were stopped by fires, some were stopped by running out of gas, some were stopped because of being caught in the act, some were stopped due to their pre-existing profound mental handicaps.

How many intended suicide bombers have you personally interviewed again?
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Yeah, I am sure. The thread ain't about atheism but you are obviously a strong believer of nothing that you keep bringing it up.

See, the thread is about radical Islam attacking American soil. I know it is hard to believe but it isn't always about you or in your belief in nothing.
Firm belief in the absence of a deity without proof.

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You are looking at the world with blinders on, and splitting hairs.

Atheists have perpetrated mass murder on a scale that is rather large. The numbers vary, and approach 100 million dead. They are not unlike other people.

What you are missing, is that people don't need a logical reason to kill in mass. In fact, an illogical one works better most of the time. Atheist communists have killed close to 100 million.

And yet you still claim that other religious beliefs (other than atheism) are the root cause of such bad behavior.

You're really not seeing it? Or are you being obtuse again?

It's really hard to tell.
Something that I've posted before...

Often when somebody attempts to play the Hitler/Stalin card there is the basic premise that (1) lack of belief in god causes people to act immorally, and (2) the inverse that belief in God, specifically the Christian God, causes people to act morally -- I recognize this isn't your agnostic view, but stay with me.

This is quickly contradicted by the fact that there are atheists that do not commit atrocities, and there are theists that do.

So we have:

(1) atheists that commit atrocities
(2) atheists that do not commit atrocities
(3) theists that commit atrocities
(4) theists that do not commit atrocities

This would seem to support your heroes and zeroes position.

The existence of people in (2) and (3) contradicts the 2 initial premises. If we cannot conclude that it was their belief in God that caused theists to not commit atrocities, then you cannot conclude that an atheists lack of belief in God caused them to commit their atrocities. So, there must be a difference between an atheist that commits atrocities and one that does not (and between a theist that commits atrocities and one that does not). The difference is clearly not the belief (or lack of belief) in God, so the difference must be something more personal like their own desires/values/morality.

The millions of people that died at the hands of these dictators did not die because the leaders had become too rational, too skeptical or too demanding of evidence supporting their core beliefs.

In fact, these totalitarian leaders have more in common with religion -- with the leader serving in the role of God -- and each having their own dogma and ideology that must be obeyed without question.

Atrocities committed by these leaders, even when perpetuated against religion and the religious, were not committed in the name of atheism. The organization and power of religion was the threat, and threats to totalitarianism must be dealt with harshly.

Of course I would be more than willing to explore any argument of causation between atheism and these atrocities that anybody would care to advance.

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So you're saying that religion was NOT the cause of these mass killings? *gasp*
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You might have a little bit of hope after all. How many people pretended religion was a motivator, but were really after power?
Quite a few, I suspect, but your question is not relevant to the question "How many suicide bombers are doing it because they believe blowing themselves up and dying will get them power?". The people who used religion as a tool to gain political power, or who banned religion as a tool to gain political power, were not suicide bombing, they were exercising the political power thus gained.

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I didn't ask about how they were stopped. How many of them that actually intended to detonate were motivated because of power, and not religious belief?

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It doesn't matter, I'm asking you a question. Do you care to answer, or even explain how blowing one's self up, and therefore being dead, can possibly gain power? It might gain power for *someone*, in the sense that I think it is currently the case that certain radical Islamist leaders are using the fact that they can get people to blow themselves up for their religion to attempt to gain power - but that person is *certainly* not the detonated suicide bomber, and the question here is the motivation of the bomber.

So again, how many radical Islamist suicide bombers, with actual intent to detonate, were *not* motivated by their religious beliefs?
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Something that I've posted before...

Often when somebody attempts to play the Hitler/Stalin card there is the basic premise that (1) lack of belief in god causes people to act immorally, and (2) the inverse that belief in God, specifically the Christian God, causes people to act morally -- I recognize this isn't your agnostic view, but stay with me.

This is quickly contradicted by the fact that there are atheists that do not commit atrocities, and there are theists that do.

So we have:

(1) atheists that commit atrocities
(2) atheists that do not commit atrocities
(3) theists that commit atrocities
(4) theists that do not commit atrocities

This would seem to support your heroes and zeroes position.

The existence of people in (2) and (3) contradicts the 2 initial premises. If we cannot conclude that it was their belief in God that caused theists to not commit atrocities, then you cannot conclude that an atheists lack of belief in God caused them to commit their atrocities. So, there must be a difference between an atheist that commits atrocities and one that does not (and between a theist that commits atrocities and one that does not). The difference is clearly not the belief (or lack of belief) in God, so the difference must be something more personal like their own desires/values/morality.

The millions of people that died at the hands of these dictators did not die because the leaders had become too rational, too skeptical or too demanding of evidence supporting their core beliefs.

In fact, these totalitarian leaders have more in common with religion -- with the leader serving in the role of God -- and each having their own dogma and ideology that must be obeyed without question.

Atrocities committed by these leaders, even when perpetuated against religion and the religious, were not committed in the name of atheism. The organization and power of religion was the threat, and threats to totalitarianism must be dealt with harshly.

Of course I would be more than willing to explore any argument of causation between atheism and these atrocities that anybody would care to advance.

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Atheism and agnosticism certainly do not negate the possibility of morality, personal courage, good behavior etc.

Integrity, honesty, and courage are individual traits that are separate from reported religious beliefs.

I've met plenty of atheists on battlefields that were fine men to serve with in those situations. They could be trusted to do their best in any situation.

I think the root cause is human nature. Deep down inside, some people just aren't very nice, in a murderous sort of way. Humans commit all sorts of atrocities upon one another many times every day in just our country alone. Rape, murder, kidnapping, child molestation etc etc etc.

If you want to understand how that happens in large numbers, one just need to understand that humans are more effective when they cooperate. It's much easier to do bad things to people that you do not identify with. So, families, clans, tribes, political parties, unions, ethnicity, religious belief, race, gender..... all are used to create an US vs. THEM mentality.

Whether a guy driving a VBIED slams into your vehicle because of allah, depression, poor possibility of a good life due to disease, for family honor, due to extortion, for money for his desperately poor family, or just because he was mentally impaired and his family saw him as expendable, really doesn't matter to the victims of the attack. I've seen all of those. Most of the guys we had and talked to were social misfits for one reason or another. Geeky kids mostly. Not wild eyed soldiers for allah. Terrorism is a political tactic, not a religious one. The actual bombers may be convinced by religion, but that's not always true. The down syndrome kid we had was so cognitively impaired that I doubt he would know what a virgin was. Best we can tell, his family sold him for cash, and they just told him to walk to a checkpoint, and tried to remote detonate the explosives.
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Quite a few, I suspect, but your question is not relevant to the question "How many suicide bombers are doing it because they believe blowing themselves up and dying will get them power?". The people who used religion as a tool to gain political power, or who banned religion as a tool to gain political power, were not suicide bombing, they were exercising the political power thus gained.



I didn't ask about how they were stopped. How many of them that actually intended to detonate were motivated because of power, and not religious belief?



It doesn't matter, I'm asking you a question. Do you care to answer, or even explain how blowing one's self up, and therefore being dead, can possibly gain power? It might gain power for *someone*, in the sense that I think it is currently the case that certain radical Islamist leaders are using the fact that they can get people to blow themselves up for their religion to attempt to gain power - but that person is *certainly* not the detonated suicide bomber, and the question here is the motivation of the bomber.

So again, how many radical Islamist suicide bombers, with actual intent to detonate, were *not* motivated by their religious beliefs?
Power can be different depending on the individual, and it can be seen differently by an individual. Take a young man, 26 years old, with a severe cardiomyopathy, his wife left, he is a burden to his family, probably has a couple of years to live at best. His brother was involved with suspected car bomb makers. Whether or not he believed in allah and the 72 virgins, he gains the power to change his reputation with his family by carrying out a bombing. It's not like he has much to lose. I got the sense that he was not very devout, he didn't answer the call to prayer, never spoke of religion, or even dislike of Americans. He was really interested in whether I could fix his heart.

Is that a good enough example for you?
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... lack of belief in god causes people to act immorally...
Actually, the Bible says that ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Everybody is in need of the salvation that Jesus provided for at Calvary. One obtains this grace by believing in Jesus and by trying to live by God's laws, including no murdering.

Suppose you were walking down a dark street in L.A. one night and saw a group of young men heading your way. Would it relieve you to know that they were just setting out for home from their Bible study class?

Of course it would.

That demonstrates that Biblical religion mitigates evil in this world.

God-denying secularists, OTOH, have caused more violence and suffering than any other ideology, with the exception of Islam, which is actually about 85% POLITICAL and only 15% religious.

Consider France beginning in 1789; atheists there murdered about 1 million fellow Frenchmen, largely because of their Revolution's anti-church, anti-clerical agenda. Their guillotine was too slow: they resorted to mass drownings to kill all the people they wanted to kill.

Atheistic Nazis murdered 6 million Jews and millions of others, especially Polish Christians.

Atheistic communists murdered 100 million (at least -they destroyed many records) in Eastern Europe, Africa, Central and South America, SE Asia, Korea, and China.

Legalistic hair-splitting aside, the fact is that cruel, despotic atheist governments who rejected Christianity and strongly promoted atheist ideologies have led to the enslavement and murder of untold millions.

Back to the Islam alluded to in this thread's title. Yesterday, in Denmark, still a somewhat Christian country with God-given freedom, Lars Hedegaard, an advocate of free speech answered a knock at his door. Two Pakistani (Muslim) men were there offering a package. One then pulled a gun and fired, fortunately missing. Lars, age 70, grabbed the 25 year-old miscreant and they wrestled. The gun seems to have jammed, and the jihadists ran off. The word 'mosque' derives from Arabic language for 'submission', a political concept, as opposed to 'church', meaning a place of peace for contemplating the Divine. Too many Leftist Atheists today support Islam's attempt to make all of us submit to sharia, involving slavery and murder for us. But as the brave Lars shows us, resistance can make the bad guys run off. God bless him.
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Is that a good enough example for you?
Is your answer to my question of "How many of them that actually intended to detonate were motivated because of power, and not religious belief?" this single guy, given with a proviso requiring that it not be political power, but the "the power to change his reputation with his family"?

If that's the case, I guess '1' is a good enough answer. Are you really intending to state that out of the thousands of suicide bombers and intended suicide bombers, only one of them did it for (putatively, since the reason it would raise his reputation is likely religious) nonreligious reasons? Or were you attempting to avoid answering by giving a single example?
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Is your answer to my question of "How many of them that actually intended to detonate were motivated because of power, and not religious belief?" this single guy, given with a proviso requiring that it not be political power, but the "the power to change his reputation with his family"?

If that's the case, I guess '1' is a good enough answer. Are you really intending to state that out of the thousands of suicide bombers and intended suicide bombers, only one of them did it for (putatively, since the reason it would raise his reputation is likely religious) nonreligious reasons? Or were you attempting to avoid answering by giving a single example?

That was one guy. There was another down's syndrome kid that was just pointed toward a checkpoint, and he was so cognitively impaired that I doubt he would understand the concept of god. There was evidence of previous head trauma too, it wasn't just the down's syndrome.

The guy in the attack on the Embassy in Turkey was reportedly a marxist, a group which aren't known too well for being very religious, but who knows?

Militarily, you seem to be equating suicide bombing with an effective technique. Usually, it's not. Of all the suicide bombers in Iraq, which ones made us give back a piece of ground that we owned? As a military strategy, it's a tactic used by the poorly equipped. Well equipped people have ways of getting an explosive payload to a target without personal risk to personnel.

What I will say, is that there is a myriad of reasons people kill one another. Many of them aren't even reasonable, and yet it still happens. If you want to believe that religion is the root cause of war, you will be wrong, and in this day and age, being wrong can be a very dangerous thing.

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Militarily, you seem to be equating suicide bombing with an effective technique. Usually, it's not.
You seem to be again attributing things to me that I have never stated. I wouldn't consider it an "effective military technique" to begin with because the targets chosen aren't chosen to be militarily effective. Civilians aren't military targets, for instance, and even when the targets happen to be military, they don't seem to be chosen for military purposes. (This is independent of whether a suicide bomber is a particularly effective explosives delivery system. I would expect there are a ton of better delivery systems, too).

I am merely pointing out that plenty of radical islamic religious fanatics commit suicide bombings because they are radical islamic religious fanatics. (this is not to say that all islamics would do so, but it's pretty damn clear the radical islamics do). If they're not doing it for their deity, why do many of them yell his name, etc, before triggering?

You can continue to make stuff up about what I'm claiming if you'd like, though, you seem to enjoy it.
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Actually, the Bible says that ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Everybody is in need of the salvation that Jesus provided for at Calvary. One obtains this grace by believing in Jesus and by trying to live by God's laws, including no murdering.
If the Bible says it then it must be true?

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Suppose you were walking down a dark street in L.A. one night and saw a group of young men heading your way. Would it relieve you to know that they were just setting out for home from their Bible study class?

Of course it would.
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That demonstrates that Biblical religion mitigates evil in this world.
No, that represents pride.

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God-denying secularists, OTOH, have caused more violence and suffering than any other ideology, with the exception of Islam, which is actually about 85% POLITICAL and only 15% religious.
More pirde.

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Consider France beginning in 1789; atheists there murdered about 1 million fellow Frenchmen, largely because of their Revolution's anti-church, anti-clerical agenda. Their guillotine was too slow: they resorted to mass drownings to kill all the people they wanted to kill.
And the Christian nobels didn't do anything to deserve it? You need a history lesson.

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Atheistic Nazis murdered 6 million Jews and millions of others, especially Polish Christians.
One more time. http://ahquotes.tripod.com/

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Atheistic communists murdered 100 million (at least -they destroyed many records) in Eastern Europe, Africa, Central and South America, SE Asia, Korea, and China.
Any hard evidence?

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Legalistic hair-splitting aside, the fact is that cruel, despotic atheist governments who rejected Christianity and strongly promoted atheist ideologies have led to the enslavement and murder of untold millions.
And cruel, despotic Christian governments didn't? Ever hear of the "Thirty Years War"? How about Oliver Cromwell? Henry VIII? Do you really think the indigenous Mexicans willingly gave up their religion in favor of Christianity?

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Back to the Islam alluded to in this thread's title. Yesterday, in Denmark, still a somewhat Christian country with God-given freedom, Lars Hedegaard, an advocate of free speech answered a knock at his door. Two Pakistani (Muslim) men were there offering a package. One then pulled a gun and fired, fortunately missing. Lars, age 70, grabbed the 25 year-old miscreant and they wrestled. The gun seems to have jammed, and the jihadists ran off. The word 'mosque' derives from Arabic language for 'submission', a political concept, as opposed to 'church', meaning a place of peace for contemplating the Divine. Too many Leftist Atheists today support Islam's attempt to make all of us submit to sharia, involving slavery and murder for us. But as the brave Lars shows us, resistance can make the bad guys run off. God bless him.
Now that's just nonsense. Am I to believe that Christians never kill other Christians? Would that have made it better? Do Christians never kill innocent Muslims?
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You seem to be again attributing things to me that I have never stated. ...
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No problem, just say that what it seems, it is not.

We can move on then.
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