I’m back in the US! At least, I’m in Chicago, with a flight delay, so it’s at least another 6 or 7 hours of traveling before I pull up to my door. Unfortunately, I’m tempted to turn around and go back to Germany.
You see, I’m returning from a most excellent international atheist conference, where I learned a lot and was also very impressed with the commitment of the worldwide atheist community to more than just convincing everyone there is no god. One of the themes that came up repeatedly was the importance of women and feminism to promoting secular ideals.
So after a long flight with total internet deprivation, I land and happen to check in to the Facebook, and what’s the very first thing I see, at the very top of the page? This.
Tried this in another atheist group, got banned LOL.
Would you allow rape if it was the only means to prevent the extinction of the human species?
He (of course it’s a he!) defends this as a “philosophical thought experiment.” I think he meant “puke-inducing misogynistic fantasy.” Must have been that danged autocorrect.
I had a few thoughts.
First, good on that other atheist group — I wish he’d named them so I could applaud them directly. For your information, if anyone tries to pull that kind of dumb-ass hypothetical here, they’ll get banned, too. LOL.
Second, where do these people who clearly have no real background in philosophy or science think that attaching the label “philosophical thought experiment” to their pointless exercises in public masturbation makes it sound intelligent? It doesn’t. Everyone can see right through you.
Why is it always rape for which they are reaching to find a justification? How about this one: If the population of men was so drastically reduced that the only way to restore it was to chop off your balls, put ’em in a blender, and use the resulting slurry to inseminate the maximum number of women, would you allow it? Or would you just wonder what kind of sick mind has a castration fetish?
There are no details on the peculiar situation that would require rape to repopulate the earth — and I do not want to hear any — but given that humans tend to require cooperative parenting, it sounds counterproductive to me. Any solution that requires intra-specific violence to propagate the species suggests to me that maybe we ought to just hang it up and say goodbye, Homo sapiens. (Ditto for any any solution that requires surgical mutilation of men.)
This rationalization sounds very close to the personal justification of rapists right now — they’d never get any sex if they didn’t just take it, so their own gratification is warrant enough to cause others pain and misery. This is not a thought experiment. It’s an attempt to write a violent porn scenario, and get other people to give him a thumbs-up for it.
Oh, well. Turning around and leaving the American atheist community isn’t really a practical option — I’ve got a wife I’m anxious to see, and a good job that I enjoy. But jebus, these are the kinds of people I’m tired of seeing infesting the atheist movement — just join the Republican party and accept Christ into your heart, already.
The author of that clueless abomination on facebook is commenting here, and I have two things to say:
You remind me of the Wizard with a Nuke “thought experiment”. You’re an idjit.
I was serious about banning people who post such stupidity. You’re allowed to comment on this thread, and this thread only — I’d rather your foulness did not spread elsewhere. If you comment on any other thread, you will be banned, denying the other commenters the pleasure of pecking the flesh from your bones.