Thursday, November 27, 2008

Fuck the terrorists

I have, for at least 19 years now, been an atheist. Untenable assumptions and stories about some invisible gods in the face of lack of evidence and in the face of the problem of infinite regress of the putative designer, just didn't fly, even to my 9-year old brain. Anyone who has debated and discussed religion with me will know of the sheer contempt with which I view religious conservative kooks who want to legislate morality for all of us. I have been critical, in general, of all religion: Hinduism, with no central authority to target for its ills, and for all its bells and whistles which is conducive to spawning jerkasses like Sai Baba and Sathya Sai Baba and that fuckface Aniruddha Bapu. Conservative Christianity, which takes the travails of Lot's wife at Sodom a little too seriously for my liking and seeks to impose their biblical morality on everyone else. Conservative Hinduism and conservative Christianity have their issues, open for debate and argument. At this point, however, I will draw the line and separate myself from a number of my fellow atheists. It is rather fashionable among atheists to draw an equivalence of extreme elements of Christianity and Hinduism and others with the extreme elements of Islam and others. That's a bit like drawing an equivalence of the harmful effects of a common cold with those of cancer. Islamic extremism is a special case, simply because it does not lend itself to debate and argument as the extreme idealogies of the other religions. The pernicious effects of Islamic terrorism are slowly but surely going to lead to a terminally internecine war between the idealogy of freedom and life, and the merchants of death. Call me a cynic, but to my mind, it is no longer an if, but a when. And till such time that happens, we must be prepared to temporarily suspend or circumscribe civil liberties. We must be prepared, if necessary, to impose Draconian laws to make sure more innocent lives are not lost. And we must be prepared to fuck the terrorists. In the ass. With a red hot iron poker.