• The Unseemly Art of Grave Dancing

    Cannot honestly say I’ve never celebrated someone’s death. When Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, I openly rejoiced because I believed—and still believe—that killing murderous totalitarians makes the world safer, freer, and better for almost everyone else. To this day, I would not balk at completely wiping the Islamic State completely off the map, provided we can do so without destroying oppressed civilians in the process.

    With that confession in mind, I have profound misgivings about celebrating the death of our political opponents here at home. Political regressives must be comprehensively defeated—in the public square, in the legislatures, and in the courts—but they need not be stripped of their basic humanity in process. Like so:

    Is our world a better place now that Ms. Schlafly has shuffled off her mortal coil? I doubt it. She was no longer a highly influential public figure, having barely managed to maintain control over her own special interest group. Nearly everything Schlafly fought against (e.g. legal equality for women and gays) is now fairly well-established in law and culture. Her final major writing effort was an attempt to make the conservative case for Donald Trump, an authoritarian buffoon who is most likely to lose by around 50 electoral votes next month.

    Why, then, do some progressives rejoice at her death? My best guess is that they have some trouble differentiating between political opponents (e.g. Donald Trump) and actual enemies (e.g. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi). Politics is not war by other means; death is not how we advance humanism.

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    Article by: Damion Reinhardt

    Former fundie finds freethought fairly fab.
    • You’d have to prove first that any of these people are part of the Humanist effort, because we have compelling evidence to think otherwise.

      And their word is just anecdotal evidence, while their actions speak volumes of where they stand

    • From what I have been able to gather from social media, many people do not distinguish between political/ideological opponents and terrorists, murderers, and other sorts of actual dangers. Trump is not merely an authoritarian; he is Hitler. His supporters are not merely people with whom I have serious political disagreements; they are vile beings that are beneath contempt.

    • I got so tired of seeing “Ding, dong. The witch is dead!” posts when Sylvia Browne died.

      • An Ardent Skeptic

        Sylvia Browne’s death should have made us reflect on how and why we failed to convince so many people that she didn’t have psychic abilities. Instead, we made ourselves look like arrogant, insensitive assholes. I thought part of the reason we disliked Sylvia Browne was because she was arrogant and insensitive towards the grieving when doing her psychic schtick. Those “Ding, dong” posts proved that we are, too. That’s not something we should be proud of.