killing an avatar

I wonder what happens to an avatar who rejects the Muslim faith in this new virtual Muslim world… Seems like someone should try.

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  1. Paw
    Posted December 12, 2008 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    One wonders when the first 13 year old rape victim will be buried up to her neck and stoned to death as 1,000 spectators watch.

  2. Posted December 12, 2008 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, but I find both of your comments to be completely offensive. This muslim virtual world appears to be nothing more than a place for like-minded people to get together.

    Mark, I’m disappointed. Normally, you don’t exude such stupidity.

  3. egpenet
    Posted December 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Like most Abrahamic faiths, and despite the clerical pronouncements whether from the Vatican or Riyhad or Islammabad, believers in all three have an essential one-on-one relationship with their God. Church is not God. There is little risk of any believer losing their faith. What they lose, as we all do from time to time, is the connectivity with other similar believers or some form of “church” … paster, parish, imam, rabbi … etc.

    What IS silly is the idea of a virtual faith. No such thing. Ergo, cannot be lost.

  4. mark
    Posted December 13, 2008 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Wow. OK. I don’t know how long you’ve been reading this site, Dude, but, when it comes to religious intolerance, hypocricy, and criminal mischief, I don’t have a very high tolerance. And that doesn’t just go for traditionally white religious groups, like the Mormon church, or science fiction cults, like Scientology. I know I’ll risk losing my PC merit badge by saying it, but the Muslim faith has its ugly side. As Richard Dawkins points out in that clip that I linked to, the penalty for leaving the religion in many countries is death. I would think that any civilized person would see that as reprehensible. I would agree with you that there are beautiful elements of the religion as well – most religions have their good points – but there’s no way you can persuade me that so-called “honor” killings have a place in modern society. Would you agree, Dude, that women are not property? If so, you are at odds with a great many practicioners of the religion. And I understand that not all Muslims fall into that category, just as all Christians are not snake-handling idiots who think that people used to ride around on dinosaurs. It’s unbelievably uninformed, however, to suggest that there are not critical issues that need to be addressed within the religion. And, yes, maybe the post was a bit provocative, but I thought it was an issue worth discussing. I’m curious as to how progressive the online Muslim community is. My guess is that they will be considerably more tolerant, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens to the first person who tests it by opening a Christian church there.

  5. Posted December 13, 2008 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Yes, but the virtual reality site appeared to have nothing to do with stoning women or putting people to death or any sort of religious intolerance. It seemed, well, completely innocuous and is likely populated mostly by regular people who don’t stone people to death.

    I just don’t see the difference between having an online Muslim community and having an online Christian community, a group of Atlanta Braves football fans, a gay community or whatever. Like a bunch of gay dudes in a gay virtual reality site are going to be really friendly when you open a “God Hates Fags” office in their space. Kind of like

  6. Posted December 13, 2008 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Kinda like Huh?

  7. applejack
    Posted December 13, 2008 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I know this is entirely beside the point, but I feel I should mention that the Atlanta Braves are a baseball team.

  8. mark
    Posted December 14, 2008 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    Back in the old days, we had a troll here. Most of you probably wouldn’t remember. His name was Mike, and I knew him from high school. Anyway, Mike, before becoming a troll on my site, played first base for the Atlanta Braves.

  9. Posted December 14, 2008 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    I was referring to Braves fans that like football. Baseball fans can like football, too.

  10. Ol' E Cross
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Dawkins said Christianity is “benign.”

    Dang. He’s losing his edge.

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