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Tektonics Apologetics Ministry
blogs4God
The Adarwinist reader
Bede's Library: the Alliance of Faith and Reason
A Christian Thinktank
Doxa:Christian theology and apologetics
He Lives
Mike Gene Teleologic
Errant Skeptics Research Institute
Stephen Jones' CreationEvolutionDesign
Touchstone: a journal of mere Christianity: mere comments
The Secularist Critique: Deconstructing secularism
Ex-atheist.com: I Wasn't Born Again Yesterday
imago veritatis by Alan Myatt
Solid Rock Ministries
The Internet Monk: a webjournal by Michael Spencer
The Sydney Line: the website of Keith Windschuttle
Miranda Devine's writings in the Sydney Morning Herald
David Horowitz frontpage magazine
Thoughts of a 21st century Christian Philosopher
one-eighty
Steven Lovell's philosophical themes from C.S.Lewis
Peter S. Williams Christian philosophy and apologetics
Shandon L. Guthrie
Clayton Cramer's Blog
Andrew Bolt columns
Ann Coulter columns




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Sunday, January 23, 2005

a decent atheist laments elitist prejudice and bigotry

 
Blogger Joel Fleming affirms human dignity and respect in "Guts"
I am an atheist. I don't believe in any divine presence, or any organizing force. That being said, I'm bowled over by the mental toughness it takes to be openly religious at university. In tutorial today, we were discussing from where morality is derived. One girl in the class was a devout Catholic and made cogent, reasonable arguments from her theistic perspective. The ridicule, vitriol and scorn poured upon this girl by the class, and especially by the TA, was, to my mind, disgraceful. I've participated in class discussions where students have advocated communism, defended shari'a and dismissed democracy as "one Western type of system." Their views were opposed in a respectful, non-judgemental manner without a hint of personal acrimony or contempt. Where the fuck was that respect today?

...I jumped in and did my best to defend her... but was surprised to realize she didn't really need it. There was some inner strength there that allowed words savaging her faith and mocking her belief structure to roll off as easily as water from a duck's back. She smiled, nodded politely and thanked her tormentor, seemingly untouched by the stream of venom aimed in her direction.

I may disagree with what she believes... I can't help but applaud her guts.


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