10 Jan 2007

Inter-faith Dialogue or Celebrating The God Delusion

By Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia
Posted: 02 January 2007 2127 hrs

Selected Extracts from Inter-faith dialogue important way to root out prejudices: PM Lee

SINGAPORE: Inter-faith dialogue is an important way to root out prejudices in a multi-religious society, especially so now, when extremist groups are taking every opportunity to build hatred between different communities.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made these points at an inter-faith gathering.
"To root out the stereotypes and prejudices that form the fault-lines in a multi-religious society, it is crucial to have a process of dialogue and engagement. Such dialogue is not aimed at achieving agreement, but at building a relationship," said Mr Lee.
"In a troubled world, we have made ourselves an oasis where we can live in peace and harmony together. What we have achieved, very few others have done. We must treasure this and do our best to keep it this way. Every religious group will be protected and assured of fair treatment, but no group should press its claims too hard to the exclusion of the others. This is the accommodation that we have come to accept in Singapore," said Mr Lee.
Mr Lee was speaking before a gathering of some 2,000 people of different faiths from Singapore and around the world. - CNA /dt

Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains why God is a delusion, religion is a virus, and America has slipped back into the Dark Ages.

By Gordy Slack

The atheist
Richard Dawkins is the world's most famous out-of-the-closet living atheist. He is also the world's most controversial evolutionary biologist. Publication of his 1976 book, "The Selfish Gene," thrust Dawkins into the limelight as the handsome, irascible, human face of scientific reductionism. The book provoked everything from outrage to glee by arguing that natural selection worked its creative powers only through genes, not species or individuals. Humans are merely "gene survival machines," he asserted in the book.

Dawkins stuck to his theme but expanded his territory in such subsequent books as "The Blind Watchmaker," "Unweaving the Rainbow" and "Climbing Mount Improbable." His recent work, "The Ancestor's Tale," traces human lineage back through time, stopping to ponder important forks in the evolutionary road.

Given his outspoken defense of Darwin, and natural selection as the force of life, Dawkins has assumed a new role: the religious right's Public Enemy No. 1. Yet Dawkins doesn't shy from controversy, nor does he suffer fools gladly. He recently met a minister who was on the opposite side of a British political debate. When the minister put out his hand, Dawkins kept his hands at his side and said, "You, sir, are an ignorant bigot."

The God Delusion - The Documentary

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5,

Richard Dawkins - The Interview on The BBC
Paxman interviews Dawkins about his new book about the delusions of religion on Newsnight.

Or is Lee celebrating the suspension of critical thoughts, scepticism and the acceptance of the Root of all Evil?


Matilah_Singapura said...

Thank God—He made me an atheist.

I think people of the Rastafarian faith and The Church Of Satan are grossly underrepresented in Singapore.

What's happening Comrade Lee?

I thought you're planning a harmonious multi-religioned society? I thought balance would be key.

Nietzsche claimed, with his immutable flair fro the dramatic: "God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, murderers of all murderers, console ourselves? That which was the holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet possessed has bled to death under our knives."

After a night of heavy partying, I tend to speak like that too.

Atheists are as "religious" in their beliefs as theists are, and are often just as bigoted.

A few weeks ago, I wished someone I had just met a "Merry Christmas". Man, the person was OFFENDED. I then got a ear-bashing for "religious connotations" and how this person was an atheist blah blah blah...

Fucking chill out.

Hail Satan, Dark Lord Of All Things Fun

Anonymous said...

you should have just said "merry holidays".

Matilah_Singapura said...

You mean "happy holidays" I'm sure.

Fucking Bullshit. No one has the right to regulate what either of us say.

I meant no harm in saying "merry christmas". I don't celebrate it myself, but all it was was a heart-felt greeting. There were lights and decorations everywhere, many people ARE celebrating Christmas, even if some of them are slaves to convention and tradition.

Fuck all the people who profess to believe in free speech, then in the next sentence deliver sermons about "Political Correctness"

May Satan possess their families :)

Chris O'Connor said...

I want to invite you and your readers to join us in reading and discussing Dawkins “The God Delusion” during Q1, 2007. I’m working on getting him in a live chat session for some time in March 2007, but nothing is set in stone. If this chat happens you are welcome to attend.

We had Richard Dawkins for a live chat back in 2003 where we discussed “Unweaving the Rainbow.”

reading group book discussion

Chris O’Connor

Matilah_Singapura said...

Awesome, Chris. Now that's what I call "intelligent design" :)

soci said...

Thank you for the invite Chris. As soon as you have a definite date and time please let us know and I will publish it on the site.

My email address is available in the top right hand corner in the side bar under - email me.