Terrorist Attack at Glasgow Airport – Sat 30th Jun 07

There has been a terrorist attack at Glasgow airport.  The virus strikes again.

Apparently two Asian men drove a jeep into terminal one.  No one was killed fortunately.  This follows failed attempts yesterday to explode car bombs in the centre of London.

Incidents like this test my patience and ethics.  I am opposed to the death penalty, but if the two men would have burned to death instead without harming anyone, I wouldn’t care one bit.  When the world loses evil deluded fanatics, it gets that much better.

I don’t know what exactly the terrorists hoped to achieve, but I do know why they attempted it.  You can talk about politics and war, guerrilla tactics, freedom fighting, retaliation, making a statement, fighting in “the only way you can”, but we all know what it comes down to so let’s not pretend it’s anything else: religion.

Ultimately, it all comes down to religious intolerance and hatred, because one group of people think that their invisible friend in the sky with magic powers is real and the other groups’ invisible friend in the sky with magic powers isn’t.  This is like killing yourself and innocent people over an interpretation of Lord of the Rings.  (Except LoTR is much better written that any holy book.)

Anyone who targets innocent people is evil and a coward.  Anyone who performs evil acts to please a god worships an evil god.  The fact that these magical beings are pure fantasy just makes the violence and loss of life that much more tragic, and that much more stupid.

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6 Responses to “Terrorist Attack at Glasgow Airport – Sat 30th Jun 07”

  1. ADC Says:

    “Anyone who performs evil acts to please a god worships an evil god.” – not logical – any God is by definition above such condemnation by inference. It is their form of worship that is evil, not their God.

    “The fact that these magical beings are pure fantasy…” – not fact, opinion. Religious faith is an opinion, religious intolerance is a (poetnailly lethal) difference of opinion. Atheism is yet another opinion.

    The important thing to remember is not to kill each other over differences in opinion. Seems a no brainer to me!

  2. ADC Says:

    I mean “potentially” !!

  3. evanescent Says:

    ADC said:
    ““The fact that these magical beings are pure fantasy…” – not fact, opinion. Religious faith is an opinion, religious intolerance is a (potentially lethal) difference of opinion. Atheism is yet another opinion.”

    Hmmm, it sounds like you’re saying that believing in Father Christmas is also an opinion. What about the Easter Bunny and mermaids?

    Yes, religious belief is an opinion but that doesn’t stop it being fantasy.

    Religious intolerance is just another side-effect of faith; faith being the irrational belief for which there is no evidence. I cannot think of anything more dangerous.

    You’re right atheism is an opinion: the opinion that there is no god.

    But to equate theism and atheism as “just opinions” is like equating belief that the earth goes around the sun with the belief that a jolly fat man gives out presents every Christmas.

    Not all opinions are equal.

  4. evanescent Says:

    Forgot to say that I of course agree with the crux of your post though:

    “The important thing to remember is not to kill each other over differences in opinion.”

  5. Darren Says:

    ADC said:
    ““The fact that these magical beings are pure fantasy…” – not fact, opinion.”

    Actually, I could correct you there. Magical beings are by definition supernatural, not of this world, and therefore fantasy, because no such supernatural plane has been shown to exist. It is merely claimed by charlatans, the weak minded and the credulous ignorant masses that choose not, or are unable, to think critically.

    Magical beings and gods are the realm of fantasy and speculation. It barely qualifies as a hypothesis, and certainly not a theory. Don’t overestimate your fantasy world.

  6. evanescent Says:

    Good point!


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