Sunday, February 19, 2006

A Headline We Never See

Terry Mosher, cartoonist for the Montreal Gazette under the pen-name Aislin, has kindly allowed me to reproduce his cartoon from March 5, 2002:


Scott said...

There was plenty of slaughtering among rival factions of communism. Of course, one could argue that communism is a religion that just happens to call itself atheistic.

Jeffrey Shallit said...

Paul Nelson made the same point to me in e-mail.

However, I think both of you are missing one point. Agnostics (as opposed to atheists) don't have the same motivation to slaughter based on their world view because they hold a belief in uncertainty: that it is, in principle, not possible to decide either way on the existence of gods.

It's those who are absolutely certain -- whether theist or atheist -- that we have the most to fear from.