Got done with Penn's book "God No", Some objections.
Minus his libertarian bull, I do think he has some attitudes right. I agree that most humans are decent people. He most certainly, after admitting going to a gay bath house back in the 80s could hardly be called judgmental.
Now without getting too distracted. Someone's sexuality is not the issue. Gay or straight, the more sex you have and the more partners you have, the more risk you take. BUT, that is not the issue of this thread. Just an example of how Penn, at least on some issues, is a good example of being open minded and non judgmental.
HOWEVER, one issue in his book smacks of blind loyalty, something we as atheists constantly and rightfully accuse theists of. In one of his later chapters he shows admiration to loyalty. He gives an example that if he knew his kid had committed a violent crime or would commit a violent crime, he would remain loyal and not turn them in.
HOW fucking selfish. It is understandable to love your kid no matter what they do, that IS PART of our elvolution. But when that protection comes at the harm of outsiders, that is where I draw the line. I would not do that. If I had a kid and they said "I am going to murder this person, or I am going to blow this up", I would turn them in. If I found out that they robbed and murdered someone for their wallet, I would still love them, but just like I would not want someone robbing me, just because it is my child would not make me or my child above the law.
So while Penn gets some things right in his book, this is a WTF for me. How in the hell can he rightfully condemn the blind loyalty of faith? How can he say in his book "Love all people, but hate all faith", while at the same have the same theistic attitude towards his family that he rightfully accuses theists of?
Loyalty should never be blind, not even with family. Everything in reality is situational and conditional and should never be treated as black and white. Loyalty is not good or evil by itself, but blind loyalty is always evil.
Beyond, I know that if you have read his book, with all his libertarian bologna you probably got the pages stuck together. Yea, I just thought I'd poke the hornet's nest. HE HE HE HE HE HE. You love me, you know it.
But in all seriousness to all and Beyond as well, Happy Thanksgiving. Rooting for Detroit and hoping beyond hope that Dallas loses. I am still pissed about last week and the Skins choking on the OT field goal like a porn star choking on the cock of John Holmes. WHY ME!
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