Anti-Muslim video and violence show the value of atheism


Imagine something that falls out of the sky and knocks you unconscious. When you come to, you’re lying on a mattress in the street and have no idea what happened but you’re still alive and life is random but good.

It’s not a god in action — although that’s what an insurance company might say to get off the hook — it’s just luck. So why believe a god’s watching?

This perfect reason for atheism actually happened in New York City on Wednesday. A human metaphor, in this case a college student, was walking in the financial district on a windy day when a futon blew off the top of a 30-storey building and attacked him. “It was an experience,” Jesse Scott Owen told Gothamist weblog later.

You may think this is proof there’s a god. I say it’s proof there’s not. It’s New York, where the wise citizen is always ready to duck. Now, as the great Dan Amira of New York magazinewrote, Owen is the new Wile E. Coyote.

Humans came to the young man’s aid, a news photo showing five middle-aged men, four in suits, caring for the young man on the very futon that hit him.

They held him, safeguarded his phone and wallet, phoned his mother and called police. An ambulance took him to a nearby hospital where he got an X-ray, CAT scan and painkillers and, because this is the U.S., a massive bill he’ll have to pay along with his student loan.

But never mind. Said Owen, “I am really happy I am not dead.”

As are we, Jesse. If we were religionists, we’d say it was god’s will. But this was humans at work. Spa attendants failed to nail the futon down, the wind was gusty, the victimizing was pure chance and the area packed with benevolent investment bankers, people who are allegedly beyond moral guidance.

The world is not a kindly place unless we humans choose to make it so. In this case we did. In the case of that absurd anti-Muslim YouTube video assembled by a fraudster from a religion I hadn’t even heard of until now, we did not.

Written By: Heather Mallick
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  1. Fantastic observation. Events like these remind me of Sir Francis Bacon when he said, “the root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.”

    Ironically, this person was literally hit, yet I’d call this one of reality’s misses.

    Had this object been a religious statue with the subsequent CT revealing a pre-existing brain tumor, then this event would no doubt have been recorded as a miracle by the superstitious. 


  2. While I largely agree with Mallick’s points, I’ll pick up a few exceptions.

    Anti-Muslim video

    Anti-Islam video. Innocence of Muslims, as its name suggests, doesn’t criticise Muslims themselves. How can I, who haven’t seen it, say that? Because if it did we’d all have heard it by now.

    The world is not a kindly place unless we humans choose to make it so. In this case we did.

    Except financially.

    Germany rightly banned Terry Jones

    I disagree that that was right. Jones acted within his freedom of speech and expression, which both the US and Germany value. He shouldn’t be blocked from international movement for it. This man has never advocated, praised, planned or committed any violence or crime, as far as his critics indicate.

    I courteously respect and acknowledge [religion]’s existence

    I’m not sure what this means. Religious beliefs are as unreasonable as, say, homeopathy; their effects are at times as pernicious as, say, some illnesses. Would either of these things be “courteously respected” by Mallick?

    They gave me a framed humanist plaque/diploma. I shan’t show it to anyone lest it offend.

    That seems unnecessarily, unfairly cautious. Who else has to keep quiet for reasons like that?

  3. I liked one of the comments (Tony) from the original article –

    ” We have many religions in Canada and for
    some reason only one “the most peaceful” religion is constant source of
    violence, killing and fear. 

  4. A nice article,but, “that would be un-Canadian”???? Does not compute.
    It would be un-Irish of me not to point this out and maybe un-human 
    for other people not to agree with me.
    And,I’m not in any way trying to sound un-milky way…

  5. It will be interesting to see if the student faced with large medical bills decides to offset those by suing the people who the futon belonged to.  Seriously though I do agree that the god-bothers would be saying that it was a sign from god and that this invisible friend had decided to warn the student to mend his ways or next time he may not be so lucky, sadly this is the way these sad pathetic fuckers work.

  6. A neat argument!

    If  you are capable of thinking rationally, which of course is not always the case with religious people; indeed, I submit that religion itself can infantilize to such a degree that logical conclusions become almost impossible to reach.

    So, sadly I don’t think it’ll have any impact at all where it’s really needed.

  7. One thing I will disagree with in the article. Mallick says Libya’s reputation was blackened by the actions of a few extremists. I think its’ reputation was enhanced by the subsequent actions of the great majority of Libyans rising up against the extremists.

    So often we, myself included, bemoan the average muslims failure to oppose the extremists. Should we not at the very least acknowledge them when they do stand against the insanity?

  8. Good on ye, Heather. It’s not often we get an atheism-friendly Toronto Star piece on this site.

  9. Justification for barbarism is an extreme.I’m yet to hear muslims condemnation of the violence without referring to the film, or the inaction to suppress it  as the cause of it.
    Blaming a few extremists for the barbarism that lead to the death of many innocent people is a deliberate attempt to protect the quoran the indispensable cause behind such barbarism.The quoran is full of references expressing the blood thirsty Allah’s desire to (*silence*)  critiques (blasphemers) and their associates.

  10. This reminds me of a time when a flock of birds flew into an airplane engine forcing the pilot to land on the Hudson River.  Everybody lived.

  11. Must admit I have not seen the nonsense…but the fallout is evident for all to peruse!

    There are suggestions in in’ta’netland generally that the ‘film’ was the love child of Terry Jones…he of the ‘burn a book for jebus’ fiasco and some god soaked muppet  under the  possible pseudonym of one ‘Sam Bacile’ or Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a conman and under a supervision order not to fiddle with the internet for at least five years.
    Seems there were other Christians involved, Steve Klein is apparently the promoter and enthusiastic Christian activist…Steve Klein is apparently connected with several ‘hate groups’ and enjoys his right to bear arms…
    Another ‘contributor’ in this reportedly 5 million dollar epic is a soft porn producer, seems somehow not a surprise.
    Sam Bacile contacted Klein early on to discuss freedom of speech concerns over his script, apparently before filming begun!
    Read into that what you will!
    Seems that the prevailing scuttlebut suggests the actors were duped and after recording post production dubbed in the lines that neither actor nor original script had been aware of.

    At least that is the story of the female lead, now I feel it only fair to mention that such editing is not unusual in some circumstances, on some film projects, that said there are a few points that need looking at and either debunking or raising to the attention of the masses.
    According to the story in balamory, she was given the script and the plot line at the last minute.
    Again can happen,  the plot line on the whole looks rather strange.

    It was supposed to be ancient Egypt 2000 years ago and involved the tribes of that time in their desert environment.

    This is where it gets rather murky I think, the male lead was called ‘George’ and he apparently has his wicked way with  ‘Hilary’
    That alone would have made the most timorous of bit part actors at least ask for clarification on that point…surely?
     So 2000 years ago in the desert lands and dealing with ancient tribal tensions, ‘Hilary & George’…really!
    ‘Hilary’ was played by actress Anna Gurji….her webpage.

    So far so weird…not the actress she looks, well quite a lady, but the actress reports on Neil Gaiman’s web page her story in this affair it is there in the September archive!
    She was unaware of the intention to dub edit overly or the actual slant of the project.
    Quite possibly a young actress duped big time, not a rare happening in the murky world of Independent movies I think.

    Apart from a disconnect with reality regarding the character names the movie continues.

    The actress who play mum to ‘Hilary’ is an actress called Cindy Lee Garcia, she also claims foul play and recently lost a court case to get the movie removed from U-tube.

    Now it gets surreal…Cindy Lee Garcia is an ordained Christian minister by her own boast.

    I get the distinct impression that Christians had a great deal to do with this ‘film’ more then they are actually prepared to admit, or should that be 14 minute clip/s, because the boast was it was a 2 hour movie , it has never been confirmed
    There is reportedly a 20 odd cast membership, so the story, if not the movie, does get rather bizarre.
    Not sure how many clips were made…seems to be only the one on U-tube where Allah’s army are getting bent out of shape over.

    This is a weird story indeed, very Christian in its dumbfuckery, and the deeper you dig the more the Christian stench of hatred surfaces.

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