Fallacy of your satire

Published June 14th, 2010 by Bobby Henderson

Hello, I have purchased and read your book, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and I would just like to share with you a constructive feedback of your book. For its objective purpose of proving the illogicality of the provincial-minded nature of those who stand in opposition to allowing the scientific theory of the Big Bang/Theory of Evolution from being taught publicly, it served its purpose well. However I would like to call to mind the hypocritical nature of the book. I believe consistency with one’s own message is important to achieve a total victory and it satirically charges Christians with creating blind assumptions. I understand the comparison of pirate decrease to global temperature increase was to further the point of the illogicality of religion, but you assumed there was a lesser amount of pirates. In fact there are more pirates now than there was in the 1700′s, the lack of the Pirates of the Caribbean-esque romanticism is the only reason this fact is not widely spread. You made an assumption which went against fact which defeated your principle of factual basis. One may argue that was the continuation of satire but that would be most likely incorrect as the faux-correlation of coincidence is the satire and not the actual analyzes as global temperature is indeed rising since the last minor ice age in the Napoleonic Era.

Furthermore it appears you attack religion as a whole entity as illogical and we’d be better off it was nonexistent as the end of the book turns into repetitive bashing, This is the same mindset as the illogical fundamentalists whom do not hear the logic of scientific theory who completely disregard science as it is alien to their beliefs. Religion is extremely important in its influence in sociology as it combats the modern mainstream schools of thought such as widespread apathy, post-modernism and rampant sensationalism. It teaches values of selflessness and charity opposing the media advocacy of self-service which even in an evolutionary sense is not nature as we are social animals which rely upon societal advancement, not just the advancement of self. Religion plays a large role in academic studies as well, I’m sure you’re aware that one of the theorists of the Big Bang Theory was a Catholic priest. To the (logically) theistic, the belief in God does not interact with evolution or creation as God is a theory pertaining to spiritual well being while evolution pertains to physical creation. Religion (or belief in God) does not isolate one from logic, rather the fallacy assuming that because one is religious they must abandon reason. I think if you had pulled back on the senseless bashing of theists and made it rather a criticism of the solely illogical due to their ignoring of blatant scientific evidence even the Pope would have agreed with you. Book such as the one of your own writing are dangerous as human beings tend to take the extremity of each end, by the extensive mockery of the religious you isolate them while creating a malicious current in atheists against theists, which is academically wrong as scholarly debate should be through procedure of logic but your book goes from such to foolery. Such anti-God contempt creates social hysteria making people, for example, atheistic in assumption of its logic while in fact they have little intelligence to even contemplate the bane of their existence.This correlates with the thesis of The Prince as one should be firm in their own beliefs and adhered to logic but they can also not crush the other side as that creates blatant opposition for the sake of opposition rather than following a conventional and more satisfying procedure of scholarly victory.

I hope your book has accomplished your objective and enlightens the close-minded Kansas Board of Education.

Maroun Shami

 

This is the type of email I like to receive.  I don’t agree with a lot of what Maroun is saying but I have a lot of respect for him voicing his criticism.  –bobby



226 Responses to “Fallacy of your satire”

  1. joe says:

    sooo many bad trolls post stuff here

  2. tim says:

    Hi, Maroun;

    First things first: fire your editor.

    Now that’s out of the way, I’ve got some big problems, here. For your first paragraph, with regard to “consistency in ones’ message,” satire and consistency just don’t play well together.

    Your second paragraph is what really bugs me, though, because it sounds like you believe it.

    Your suggestion that religion effectively combats sensationalism: you’re joking, right? Do you read or watch the news, at all? Religion creates sensationalism better than anything. Go have a listen to Glenn Beck or the 700 Club, and then come back and tell me that “religion combats sensationalism” with a straight face.

    If you’ll be so kind as to look through the archives of other suggestions from concerned Christians, please note the influence of the Christian ideology on the messages conveyed. Done? So we can cross off “selflessness” and “charity” from the list of religion’s boons, now,

    There is no such thing as a dangerous book. Books are pure and innocent, regardless of their content; they’re just collections of words. If you want to angrily shake your fist at something, go shake it at a person whose doing something wrong. (I’ll bet at least nine times out of ten you’ll find that you’re shaking your fist at someone who has a strong belief in a god.)

    Get to know us, you’ll find that we’re not a bad bunch of people. Those of us who do have a chip on our shoulder about religion typically have earned it through the hypocritical abuses of the contemporary religions – generally Christianity, as I think, by and large, that’s the culture we’re generally from. We’ve found, though, that a lack of religious spirituality really isn’t necessary to living our lives and being good people. We have kids, we hold our jobs together, keep up the lawn, and we look just like one of you. So, think about it: what could you do with all that extra time on Sunday morning?

  3. tekhedd says:

    “You made an assumption which went against fact which defeated your principle of factual basis.”

    “…the end of the book turns into repetitive bashing.”

    All of this is, of course, true. In these respects, the gospel beautifully and consistently parodies other “real” religions. How is this inconsistent with its fundamental goals, again? And, yes, I do argue that these continue the satire. May I also add, “duh?”

    On the other hand, your claims along the lines that “you can’t be good without religious training” and “atheists are immoral, selfish, and evil” are easily debunked elsewhere so I will not waste my time.

    Peace!

    (And no, I don’t mean “God’s Peace”, as my parents are wont to substitute; I mean the kind of peace where nobody is trying to kill anybody else, sort of thing.)

  4. Rotherham says:

    I was enjoying your post until I came to your assertion that there are more pirates today than in the 1700s. Where did you come by that information? Was there a pirate census in that century?

    Furthermore, how can you explain the documentary evidence for the existence of large numbers of pirates in history such as the Pirates of the Carribean trilogy? Those films were, after all, produced closer in time to the era that they purport to depict than the bible is to the events allegedly recorded therein.

  5. Gordon_UK says:

    To Maroun Shami

    Few points, first is that there is a vast difference in the modern day pirates with those of day gone by. The best example is Sir Francis Drake.

    The next, religion does not “combats the modern mainstream schools of thought such as widespread apathy, post-modernism and rampant sensationalism” as most of the media who are responsible for this are also the most religious where the most secular tend to avoid sensationalism and encourage people to get involved.

    Finally, religion does not “teaches values of selflessness and charity” that’s the parents job not religion.

    PS thank you helping by buying the gospel, as Tesco’s say “every little helps”

    RAmen
    Gordon

  6. Drunken Master says:

    “Religion (or belief in God) does not isolate one from logic” Hmm.. really?

  7. Chuck says:

    Hey Maroun,

    Bobby clearly denotes the difference between the pirates of today and the true pirate in the gospel. Please don’t say you read the gospel when you really didn’t. Research man, RESEARCH!

    Ramen

    Chuck

  8. Jarod says:

    Its nice to see finally see some objective and logical feedback from ateists which actually make some decent points and the fact that theyve been selected to be included here only proves the atheists and other opposing groups are as objective and impartial as we expect other to be.

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