I received the following e-mail today. Just a small reminder that even atheists can be really stupid sometimes.
Our organization is suing the bible and the koran for sexism, homophobia, call for murder etc. To support our legal action, we have put two petitions online (http://atheists-in-action.com/184/English.html). Oneis to support our legal action in France. The other is to support a text that would regulate the sale and distribution of those two books in Europe. Our organization is a-political, nonviolent, law-abiding, and nonprofit… only the atheist cause counts for us. We would appreciate if you could forward the info. Thanks,
Salvatore Pertutti, President of Atheists in Action
First of all, you cannot sue an object, like a book, you can only sue a person, corporation, or government body. Secondly, there are some serious free speech issues here.
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I don't know that the organization's people (or person) are (is) stupid. Just counting on enough people to be stupid to send money. They are asking for money to finance the suit, aren't they? Calls for donations to support political or religious action are, after all, what drives the polarization of society. Follow the money. [Jasper]
2/23/2010 12:36:59 PM
In fact, following the link takes you to a front page with a link to a donation page, in several languages, showing all the major credit cards. [Jasper]
2/23/2010 12:38:51 PM
This group reminds me a LOT of Christain and Muslim groups that want to restrict freedom and free-thought.
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The mistake people make is assuming that the ability to distinguish reality from illusion is some power reserved only for the intelligent. [Tak]
2/23/2010 1:43:14 PM
I presume there is no law against books having objectionable content. So then this lawsuit is bogus. [YAH]
2/23/2010 2:35:17 PM
*blinks* And I thought people who went out of their way to "sue" God were being preposterous. [peteliske]
2/23/2010 2:38:18 PM
lol "suing the bible" ... are they expecting the bible to show up in court and testify? or will god be coming in and testifying on behalf of his text? wow, this has given me the great idea to sue children's books like little red riding hood and the three little pigs that promote violence! I'll be rich!
I am surprised that -- in places that have laws against hate speech/literature -- books like The Bible and Quran aren't lumped under that. That being said, trying to sue an inanimate object is just dumb. [Mad Twins Films]
3/1/2010 1:34:03 PM
People can be stupid despite race, religion, orientation, or occupation. No one is safe from the dumb. [NOH8]
3/1/2010 1:50:52 PM
Stupid people breed faster than smart people. It's the curse of irony. [kittenCorn]
3/1/2010 1:54:54 PM
Maybe they can sue God, but if I understand right they don't believe in Him so they can't sue him. [crystal butterfly]
3/1/2010 2:21:03 PM
ha. wow. idiots. suppression of a conflicting viewpoint? sounds familiar...
Heh. People will never learn that extreme action does the opposite of making someone side with you. I don't agree with most world religions, but I also don't feel threatened by them or want to limit their worship. As long as they don't limit me I don't care what they do. [SeekingJoella]
3/1/2010 2:45:50 PM
lol. I'd like to sue Little House on the Prairie for its suggestion that women both cook AND chop wood.