I am hearing so many people arguing on one side or the other of the “religion is bad” argument at the moment, whether directed towards solely Islam, or towards religion in general, after the Charlie Hebdo murders by fundamentalists. Specifically, I saw an enormous argument blow up over the image above. So I thought it best that I plant my flag.
It is my belief that the major reason why atheists and sceptics such as myself and others who consider religious people to tend more towards violence as a solution to disagreement is due to the inherently irrational nature of religious belief itself. The sceptic is unlikely to kill in the name of their beliefs regarding higher beings, or the lack thereof; because the sceptic generally understands them as merely ideas, rather than key elements of their self-identity.
Update 18.08 GMT – My web hosting company, the splendid Site5, agreed that the DMCA notice was not valid. No action will be taken. I consider that a small victory for sense in the world. I have told Straight Pride UK to cease their communication with me by email, and if they wish to challenge me in a public forum I have provided them with all my social media accounts. If they have the guts to behave like adults, then I will be happy to engage them.
Anyone interested in seeing the entire email string between myself and Straight Pride UK? Publication of it in the purposes of reporting the news is fair use, under both UK and international law.