Friday, November 28, 2008

Humanist attack on religions chickens out of criticising Islam

Damian Thompson
Nov 27, 2008

The New Humanist website carries a set of "God Trumps" cards mocking all the major world religions. Except one. Can you guess which it is? Yup, the religion of peace. A religion so peaceful, in fact, that the humanists make a nervous joke out of their decision not to criticise it.

The cards themselves, illustrated by Martin Rowson, are mildly funny by humanist standards: remember, this is a movement effectively led by Polly Toynbee, who despite her deep compassion for the working classes probably shouldn't risk playing Saturday night at the Glasgow Empire.

The card for Jehovah's Witnesses describes their "weapon of choice" as "foot in the door". Each religion has a "daffiest doctrine". That of Hunduism is the existence of a god who lives in a cow's anus ("Lucky him!"). Catholicism: "Virgin birth, resurrection, transubstantiation... shall we go on?" the rest


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