Mass exodus from religiously critical lecture in UK

Psychologist Dr. Sue Blackmore has an article on Dawkins’s site about how a recent lecture of hers on (religious) memes created quite a stir, with 100 people or so fleeing the room.

The mass exodus evidently occurred mainly because the audience was full of badly educated religious devotees from other parts of the world. She could never have prepared anything skeptical to appeal to them. Showing one of the Danish Islam cartoons certainly WOULD cause many to walk out, however, so that’s a no brainer.

Outside, some young Muslims were waiting for me. I was angrily told that I’d made them feel ignorant.

Of course, because they ARE extremely ignorant. But why do they care what this one woman thinks about them? Because they are also extremely insecure in their unfounded beliefs.

Obviously, if she’d been speaking to EDUCATED NON-believers, that wouldn’t have happened. There are still billions of religious fanatics on this planet, despite all the best efforts.

An important illustrative case, however. We freethinkers remain unsafe and in the minority on a world full of religious idiocy and barbarism.

As religious simpletons ostracize us, we need to continue to make it clear that we do not accept THEIR views of reality, which are not only largely false but also quite deleterious. The problem then lies with them reproducing and passing along their dumbing-down brainwashing to the next generation, which, as we know, is the most effective way in spreading memes that cannot easily be changed or removed.

Cheer up, Sue. Your efforts will not have been in vain. Despite the response from the ignoramuses and fanatics, the memes you put forth likely have stuck somewhere in their brains, as well as those of more intelligent and better educated individuals.

Updated: August 21, 2014 — 4:36 pm

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  1. if you found a way to get your message across without offending other’s views then people would have stayed to hear what you had to say.

    1. Some things simply cannot be made that simple and to desire or expect someone to spoon feed you is nothing but childish.

      Muslims do these sort of walk-outs for dramatic effect, just more Islamic theater, to cause trouble, intimidate and continue to play the victim. They do it all over the world, in one form or another, every day.

      It is not the responsibility of the educator to dumb-down the subject matter so much that it no longer resembles the subject matter, simply so that lazy people don’t have to think and or make an effort. The responsibility of the educator is to challenge and prod you, jerk you out of your intellectual lethargy, into thinking, finding your interests, making effort and advancing. If you get angry over that, well, you can simply be a whiner and stay where you are or be honest with yourself and choose to move forward.

  2. But George, what if the message is what offends them?

  3. I’m just relieved that they didn’t pull a “Muslim” and hurt or murder her.

  4. After reading her article, it seems more like a typically orchestrated Muslim walk-out. It might have been spontaneous because they were young, but I’ve seen so many Muslim “plants” in lecture halls that it becomes rather obvious after a while. And, this is typical Muslim emotional warfare also. They’re experts at it. They’ve been doing it for at least 1,400 years. That’s why complete clear mindedness on our part is the only thing that will save us from this plague.

  5. At one time I was a follower of the Muslim faith tradition. Stellarhouse has put out some extraordinary material shedding a different light as to the foundation of various faith traditions which are rooted in astro-theology. So far she has covered the origins of Christianity and Judaism, I wonder if there’s a book in the working or in conception about the mythical, pagan, and astro-theological origins of Islam; which would probably be the most controversial of them all considering the violent nature of Islamic radicalism.

    Although I don’t subscribe to the belief that the monotheistic religions come from the omnipotent creator of the universe (YHWH, Christos, Allah, Elohim, ect,. I do accept that there is truth in all of the monotheistic faith traditions, and wisdom which can benefit humanity if followed in it’s proper context. Religion also has a dark side to it. I find mythicism to focus more on the bad in religion then good. And I don’t think every single verse in the bible, Koran, and Torah, to have an astro-theological correlation although I agree a lot of it has.

    These works are the result of the evolution in human thought which is the ability to think out side of the box, challenge what’s be given to you, and to go where the information leads you as oppose to turning a blind eye. Overall I appreciate the mythicist material, it’s very informative and ya’ll guys are very courageous to put ya’ll safety and credibility on the line to enlighten humanity which doesn’t necessarily care to be enlightened.

    1. Thank you for your kind regards and interest. I have written fairly extensively about Islam, including hundreds of pages of draft for a book started years ago. Unfortunately, other projects and issues have taken precedent.

      You can find some of this material here:

      http://truthbeknown.com/islam.htm

      There is much more on my forum and other blog articles, so feel free to do a search on this very site, i.e., http://freethoughtnation.com

  6. I am an atheist and can count 13 Christian churches within a 3 mile radius of my doorstep. You simply do not call Christianity into question. I have done so and found anonymous hate mail in my mailbox. We do not live in a free society. I grew up with anti-communism fervor (my Dad was silenced by being labled) and we now call the same phenomenon anti-terrorism. Thank you for going after the radical muslim, but there are always three fingers pointing back.

    1. Thank you for sharing. There are no fingers pointing back, as I am a Christian apostate, not a Christian. On the contrary, I am known as a fierce critic of Christianity, so I can criticize Islam as well – and it sorely needs it.

    2. Not familiar with Acharya’s work, huh? My guess it that, where I live in Texas, there are probably double or triple that many churches within a three mile radius of my residence. Well, lucky you, hate mail … Had it been Muslims, it would have been a bomb, your head or the heads of your wife and children. Wow, “three fingers pointing back”, now there’s an old platitude. How are these 13 churches aware that you’re an atheist to begin with? Why are self-proclaimed atheists ALWAYS attempting to mix, conflate, equivocate, etc., Christianity and Islam and or attack Christianity and or Judaism, but defend Islam? Is it because you think Islam is a race because it’s mostly populated by mostly brownish people and you’re afraid of being labeled a “racist” or “Islamophobe”? Well, Islam isn’t a race, it’s an ideology. The atrocities of Christianity are largely in the past and are microscopic relative to the atrocities of Islam in the present day. Educate yourself about Islam and Acharya’s work and things will become clearer.

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