Good morning, or afternoon, or evening, depending on what the clock says in your neck of the woods.
I posted recently (well, if you count 19 days ago as recently — and in the history of the universe, that’s practically no time at all!) about American Atheists’ campaign stating, about religions: “You KNOW they’re all SCAMS.” I was relieved, as you may recall, to find out that religions were just scams and that their peddlers didn’t actually believe in them.
Well, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci has taken up the issue, doubtless after reading about the billboard on my world-renowned blog. He claims of the American Atheists’ ad campaign: “technically, it is lying.”
Why, you say? (Yes, I can read minds — I’m that good.)
Because, as Dr. Pigliucci, host of the Rationally Speaking podcast, reminds us (and yes, you’re right, I am trying, really hard, for a new record, so to speak, in comma usage) “a scam is defined as a dishonest scheme, an intentional fraud.” And apparently, according to the good doctor, not all religious people are actually aware that there is no god, so that means not all religions are scams.
That settles that, or does it? Now I’m really confused. So was the ad about religions all being a scam…just a scam? Do two scams cancel each other out? Or maybe there’s a THIRD scam: Dr. Pigliucci’s post?!? My brain hurts, Calgon take me away!
But if you’re game, you can check out the full post on Pigliucci’s blog to see what you think.