|Maryam Namazie, Central|
Committee member of the
Worker Communist Party of Iran,
and good at smiling.
"Religion kills," Namazie warns us.
Yeah, right. Thanks for reminding us.
Her talk proved deeply popular among "Gnu" atheists. In just a few hours, it already has 82,000 page hits. It was also linked at PZ Myer's popular Pharyngula site, where her attacks were of course generally welcome. This despite what I see as both deplorable logic and deep historical ignorance, as I think I'll explain in a later blog. (Viewer alert: I will probably post a thorough, not entirely unappreciative, response to Namazie's talk tomorrow.)
But what's most striking is the humbug and hypocrisy not only of Namazie's address, but of the World Atheist Conference, for inviting a communist aparatchik to give a talk on inquisitions. Were they expecting a seminar on how to conduct them? Evidently not, since she didn't give any such useful tips, and no one seemed to note their absense.
So what are the Dublin atheists thinking? How does one explain this astounding bit of chutzpah? Here are a few possibilities I came up with:
(a) Atheists are all Medieval scholars. They are head-in-the-clouds historians, who are live in the past, and never noticed the 20th Century.
(b) They believe that the problems with Soviet communism were all the fault of Joseph Stalin. Otherwise, Marx and his followers are all truly dedicated humanitarians and lovers of freedom. In other words, they haven't forgotten quite ALL of the 20th Century, just most of it.
(c) Hey, she's Iranian, she's female, she's lesbian, she's radical, she's got a nice mellow smile -- why read the rest of the resume?
(d) What's wrong with a little "Common Front" until the Gnus take over? We might as well make a big noise about liberty and all -- we've got the schools and are brainwashing the kids just like the Soviets were, anyway. Let's squack about their Inquisitions, keep mum about our own, and keep the other side on its toes -- the best offense is a good offense, eh?