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May 20, 2006

Then Why Are the Prisons Full of Believers?

Rabbi Avi Shafran: pinhead.

Back on March 12, a paean to “the dignity of atheism” appeared on The New York Times op-ed page. It was penned by celebrated philosopher Slavoj Zizek who, had he consulted the same periodical’s obituary page a mere three days earlier, would have come face to image with the late Richard Kuklinski.

Mr. Kuklinski, who was retired from life at the age of 70, claimed, utterly without remorse, to have killed more than 100 people as a Mafia enforcer...

The happy hit man’s example might not have given pause to Professor Zizek, the international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. But it should have.

Because the notion that there is no higher authority than nature is precisely what enables people like Mr. Kuklinski – and the vast majority of the killers, rapists and thieves who populate the nightly news.

Or, perhaps Mr. Kuklinski simply took a page from the playbook of the Old Testament God, esteemed deity of the good Rabbi. If you want anger and viciousness and irrational behavior, look no further than Mr. Yahweh Up In Heaven Hallowed Be His Name.

The rest of the post is typical "atheists can't have morals" hogwash, which I won't bother getting into, as it's all been covered before in the archives. Suffice it to say that introducing a deity to the mix doesn't solve anything other than making moral behavior "whatever God says it is at any given time." Color me unimpressed, by both Rabbi Shafran and the God he follows.

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