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Fri, 24 Mar 2006

A change of heart

I was going to write a detailed post explaining how Leon Brooks was completely wrong in his rant in response to my brief post about Muslim Australia.

However, since I only heard about Leon’s post well after he wrote it and some time after he banged his head on a car, I decided to wait a bit and think about it.

Today, when I returned to it to extract something to respond to, I decided that his thinking was really so far off target that it’s not worth trying to set him straight.

So I’ll limit myself to pointing out something that Leon missed in my very brief original post. I said I was worried about what would happen if Australia became a Muslim country. I meant that. I can’t imagine anything much worse, unless it was a return to the Christians and the Inquisition.

The bit that seems to have been too subtle for Leon was that I don’t see any likelihood of Australia becoming a Muslim country. But it does seem likely that we will continue to be a Christian country for quite some time. This strikes me as sad. Religion—whether it’s Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, or any other brand—is a retreat from reason into stupidity. Some religions are, at some points in their history, both powerful enough and vicious enough to enforce their rules and clearly those are the worst cases. But all religions want blind belief and are opposed to an open attitude to learning about our world. All religions are bad for us.