onsdag 1 augusti 2007

Några oroande citat

Dumheter uttalade av auktoriteter är potentiellt farliga dumheter.

Inom kritiskt tänkande är avståndstagande från auktoritetstro en nyckelkomponent. Alla påståenden måste i princip utvärderas utifrån samma kriterier oavsett påståendekälla.

Här är några exempel på åsikter från kända auktoritära personer:

Martin Luther:

"Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but - more frequently than not - struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God."

"Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed."

"To be a Christian, you must pluck out the eye of reason."

"Idiots, the lame, the blind, the dumb, are men in whom ignorant devils have established themselves, and all the physicians who attempt to heal these infirmities as though they proceeded from natural causes, are ignorant blockheads who know nothing about the power of demons."

"We know, on the authority of Moses, that longer ago than six thousand years the world did not exist."
Pat Robertson:
"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians."
Al Gore:
"Those who are quick to feel disrespected often have a spiritual vacuum in their lives, because they feel disconnected to the love of their Father in Heaven."
Moder Theresa:
"I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing - direct murder by the mother herself."

"In destroying the power of giving life, through contraception, a husband or wife is doing something to self. This turns the attention to self and so it destroys the gifts of love in him or her. In loving, the husband and wife must turn the attention to each other as happens in natural family planning, and not to self, as happens in contraception. Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows very easily."
"It is clear, then, that some men are by nature free, and others slaves, and that for these latter slavery is both expedient and right."

"But is there any one thus intended by nature to be a slave, and for whom such a condition is expedient and right, or rather is not all slavery a violation of nature? There is no difficulty in answering this question, on grounds both of reason and of fact. For that some should rule and others be ruled is a thing not only necessary, but expedient; from the hour of their birth, some are marked out for subjection, others for rule."
Johannes Paulus II:
"Contraception is to be judged objectively so illicit that it can never, for any reason be justified."
Ulf Ekman:
"Jag hörde om en man som slogs väldigt emot oss och dog sedan. Och det har hänt flera. En del har dött knall och fall. Ja, det är säkert! En del som har predikat mot oss har bara kolavippat alltså! Och det är inte roligt. Det är bättre att predika för Gud än mot honom, vet du."
Vem vi än har som förebild eller auktoritet, bör vi alltså inte köpa allt de har att säga. Det kan t o m vara nyttigt med extra vaksamhet gällande förebildernas åsikter - det är nämligen dessa man tenderar att vara minst kritisk till.

Idé till denna bloggpost kom efter att ha läst l_johan_ks inläggdumheterigenesis.blogsome.com

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