Yes, he said that.

Yes, he said that.

First, I’ll ask you to “Name That Quote”. Can you do it? “There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up building. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”

Second, we’ll try to accurately describe criminal suspects without mentioning their ethnicity, nationality, skin color and height. (Height? Really?)

Third, we’ll put the love of multiculturalism into practice.

Mentioned links:

Ari Mendelson’s book, “Bias Incident: The World’s Most Politically Incorrect Novel”

Professional Atheist Dawkins Says Christianity ‘Bulwark Against Something Worse’

Swedish police banned from describing criminals anymore in case they sound racist

Consider This, episode 66

Cologne Sexual Assault Victim Called a Racist and Harassed After Identifying Her Attackers

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Show transcript

We’re going to play “Name That Quote” again on Consider This. That’s the game where I read a quote, and you try to figure out who said it. The game is, of course, rigged, because the quote is usually not something you ever expected to hear coming from the person who said it. So here we go; name that quote!

There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up building. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.

Except for the last sentence, this could have been some Christian pundit or apologist. But no, that would be too easy. So it’s someone who’s not thrilled with Christianity itself, but recognizes, at the very least, that it’s fundamentally better than some other religions. This is guy making a cultural value judgment. Wow, how positively 20th century of him!

So who do you think this is? Could be Bill Maher, but no, it’s not him. Good guess, if that’s what you thought. No, these are the words of major spokesman for atheism, Richard Dawkins. The words are from 2010, but a graphic of them has been making the rounds on social media recently.

His words should be taken to heart by those who think all religion is the same, or by those who seem to have forgotten the rather positive effect and influence Christianity has had on Western Civilization, and it’s one of the reasons Western Civilization has advanced as it has. I’m not claiming perfection – we’re only human, if I may notice – but on the whole it has been positive.

So get out there and thank a Christian! Or a Jew, for that matter. They don’t call it the Judeo-Christian heritage for nothing. OK, maybe not actively thank them, but maybe just keep that in mind. Because who knows; Christianity might be the bulwark against something worse … like atheism.

Way back in episode 66, in February of 2014, almost 2 years ago, I noted that some students at the University of Minnesota did not like the fact that, when descriptions of the suspects of crime on campus are made public, the race of the student is included.  I joked that soon we might hear this on the radio, “A window was broken in the Science building last night. Police are looking for … someone.”

It was a joke then, but today the police radio in Sweden may sound just like that. According to an internal letter, police in capital city Stockholm are banned from describing suspects’ ethnicity, nationality, skin color and height, for fear of sounding racist. I guess they’ll still describe their gender, but in this day and age, if they use the wrong pronoun for someone who identifies as something other than their biological gender, that could get dicey.

Facebook friend and listener Ari Mendelson has been posting a number of news articles with this comment, “The English language is desperately in need of a word that means, ‘hatred of a person on account of his race’, because the word ‘racism’ is taken. ’Racism’ is defined as valuing something more than one values multiculturalism.” In this example, now apparently, the police of Stockholm value multiculturalism over public safety (that is to say, the job they’re supposed to be actually doing). They don’t want to appear [racist], so they’re willing to release only incomplete information on a criminal at large. See, Ari’s statement isn’t so much an opinion as it is an observation.

Here’s another example of what I’d like to start calling “Ari’s Law”. Remember those assaults in Cologne, Germany I mentioned last time? Here’s an eyewitness.

A woman, who came forward and told her story of being sexually assaulted in Cologne, Germany, on New Years Eve, was victimized a second time after an Internet video gave out her identity and suggested her account of the attack was anti-Muslim propaganda.

The 26-year-old woman named Selina withheld her full name when she gave an interview to German television channel SWR Fernsehen last week. In the interview, she described her moment of terror being surrounded by dozens of men who looked at her like “free meat at the supermarket” and groped her repeatedly. She noted that her attackers spoke Arabic and did not seem to understand German. She described the group of men as “southern looking” with “darker skin.”

The Stockholm police would be shocked. Mentioning “darker skin” is strictly taboo, and is obviously racist.

So, let’s apply Ari’s Law to this. Clearly, Selina values her personal space and safety more than the experience she had with diversity and multiculturalism. Therefore, she must be [racist].

Careful, you might be, too.

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