“Where Is Atheism When (Virginia Tech shootings) Happened?” Friday, April 20, 2007Posted by henry000 in atheism, Dinesh D'Souza, faith, rationality, religion, Virginia Tech Massacre.
This is the re-worded title of an offensive blog entry of Dinesh D’Souza. The original title is “Where Is Atheism When Bad Things Happen?” – referring to the seemingly lack of presence of atheism in the tragic event of Virginia Tech Shooting. I wish not to link to this entry, so Google it and read it yourself.
In this short blog entry, D’Souza attacks Richard Dawkins and his perceived materialist view of the world – then he finishes the entry with an insulting attack on science itself.
“Notice something interesting about the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings? Atheists are nowhere to be found.”
“To no one’s surprise, Dawkins has not been invited to speak to the grieving Virginia Tech community.”
“For scientific atheists like Dawkins, Cho’s shooting of all those people can be understood in this way–molecules acting upon molecules.”
“If this is the best that modern science has to offer us, I think we need something more than modern science.”
I don’t even know where to start to refute his school-kid-like statements. Then on a second thought, I think I don’t need to say anything – lots of comments in his post and other bloggers have already pointed out the fallacy, irrelevance and stupidity of his post.
It is quite understandable that whenever a tragic event takes place, any sensible human being, regardless of race and creed, ponders and struggles to understand why horrible things happen. Often emotions can overwhelm common-sense, and a blame game takes place for people to lay blames on people or ideology they have issues with. They need to rant their hatred and advance their agenda. In the case of Virginia Tech Shooting, already there are unfounded blames for video games as well as atheism (for example, a post by Ken Ham at Answers In Genesis) and Islam. I certainly hope D’Souza will wake up and realise what he has written.
I cannot believe that somehow D’Souza has found a way to bring science into the discussion of this event in a negative way. If anything, hope of future prevention lies within science, through the advancement in psychiatry, psychology, neurology and so on (along with greater community support in helping deluded individuals, of course). Religious faith, on the other hand, has never being able to provide a conclusive answer to why. It has never being able to provide hope or any practical solutions. What it does provide though, is comfort. We need much more than comfort. We need practical preventions.
Now, what positive actions can we take to eradicate extreme stupidity such as the comments made by D’Souza in the future? There is absolutely no excuses for writing such appalling statements.