Good luck with that, btw.
FFRF co-president Dan Barker, "An Easter challenge for Christians" -- The challenge is simple: In each of the four Gospels, begin at Easter morning and read to the end of the book. Then, without omitting a single detail from these separate accounts, write a simple, chronological narrative of events
1. SO, WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?
a. I’d say that the vast majority of people who come to my profile page did so because I pissed them off and they’re trying to get a better idea of who I am and how could I have dared to say whatever it was. This being the case, let’s get this part out of the way. While I take issues very seriously, I do not take random people on the internet very seriously. If I get into an argument, you can expect me to try my best to support my positions with facts and data. You can also count on me to curse and being rather flippant at times. This is because, at the end of the day, two (or more) people arguing about something on the internet doesn't change a damn thing, and, as such, I’m simply not invested enough in it to ‘play nice’. As an academic, I have to ‘play nice’ often, so I find it relieving and therapeutic to tell someone that I think what they just said was fucking stupid every now and then. So, if you happen to be one of those people – get over it. If you want to prove me wrong, use facts and data. If you’re going to act outraged that I used curse words or that it seems like I’m not taking you seriously, get over yourself. We’re just some random monkeys on the interwebs, chill out and take it down a notch. For clarity - once again, I’m not saying that issues don’t matter, and frankly I think it’s healthy to get worked up about issues, but if you take it too personally you might not want to engage with me, because I have a hard time taking an internet argument seriously. While we’re on the topic, here’s some standard hot buttons about me that typically set people off – I’m an atheist, a soft-anarchist, and have strongly Marxist leanings. More about this in the next section.
2. WHERE AM I COMING FROM?
a. I’m a scholar of cultural theory, a student of the history of ideas, and a professional philosopher. I work in Human Rights, International Studies, and religious history. My specialty is Buddhism in India in the 20th and 21st century, but I’ve got a functional knowledge of a fairly wide bit of religious history in general, and one of my main focuses is the history of colonialism and sociological, political, economic, and cultural impact of the expansion of the Western Empire. So, how does this affect the way that I look at things? Putting it simply, I would argue that the vast majority of any given individual’s practical knowledge about the world is part of the story they received about how the world works from their culture as a child. I tend to refer to this story as “a narrative”. Narratives are the main focus of my studies. What’s the significance of a narrative? Well, I would argue that if you went to any culture, anywhere on earth, at any period of history, you’d find a group who controlled the majority of the material resources (as well as the political, social, and cultural power), and in each case that inequity is maintained by their particular cultural narrative. This is just as true in my culture as in any other (Hello? The 99% movement sound familiar?). As such, I will often attack (in rather offensive terms) narratives of cultural hegemony, particularly religion (which is one of the worst on this topic in my opinion) or, in my own culture, the fabled “American Dream”, the “Meritocracy” or supply-side economic theories, as these things seem less about reporting actual facts about the world and more about trying to persuade people into a particular world-view.
3. ANYTHING ELSE MR. TYPES A BUNCH?
a. Outside of my often inflammatory political and/or anti-religious remarks, I’m a rather laid-back fellow. I enjoy good music, good art, and good food. I’m happily married to the most amazing woman on earth and the proud father of the bravest human I’ve ever met. Thanks for taking the time to read this, enjoy the rest of your intertubes.
ONE LAST THING - if you post boobies and penises, I'll drop you like a hat. There's more than enough of that stuff about, and I'm all for freedom of expression and blah blah blah, but I don't think it's too much to as to have _just one place_ on my internet that isn't filled to the brim with porn
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