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Aug. 14th, 2007

Vector: J. Hughes to Trans-Spirit

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"It's very simple," says Vox Day, in his typical controversial style, "Agnosticism is a belief in the lack of evidence for God's existence. Atheism is a symptom of a personality disorder which inordinately affects developmentally challenged young men. Watch and learn. Science will confirm this in the relatively near future."

(...)

It's not just a figment of my imagination, it seems atheists truly are socially autistic by their own report. Asperger's Syndrome is a disorder described as "autistic psychopathy" by its discoverer, Dr. Hans Asperger. Those with the disorder tend to be intelligent, socially awkward and difficult to converse with. They are also likely to be male.

Based on Wired Magazine's observation that atheists tend to be quarrelsome, socially challenged men, to say nothing of the unpleasant personalities of leading public atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Michel Onfray, one could reasonably hypothesize that there is likely to be a strong correlation between Asperger's and atheism.


Link: http://www.evangelicaloutpost.com/archives/003882.html

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thiyavat
Aug. 14th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
This amuses me in a "hey, atheists, how does it feel having your belief system blamed on psychological factors? 'Cause like, you guys never would dare to be that patronizing and condescending to anybody else, would you, eh, eh???" sort of way. :)
azalynn
Aug. 15th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
As someone who actually *is* on the autistic spectrum, and an atheist, I find this kind of article really irritating. Not all autistic people are atheists, to begin with, and plus, I take offense to the idea that autism means "an unpleasant personality".
kmo
Aug. 15th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Sho'nuff
Yeah, it really is a very irritating and condescending argumentative tactic. Can you grok thiyavat's satisfaction at seeing self-satisfied, haughty, evangelical athiests find themselves at last the objects, rather than the employers, of this cheap and easy attack?
azalynn
Aug. 16th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Re: Sho'nuff
Can you grok thiyavat's satisfaction at seeing self-satisfied, haughty, evangelical athiests find themselves at last the objects, rather than the employers, of this cheap and easy attack?

Not really. I've never actually grokked that particular variety of "satisfaction". I didn't celebrate when Jerry Falwell died, and I wouldn't laugh if I saw someone I didn't like slip on a banana peel. My political or philosophical disagreement with someone does not in any way inspire me to take pleasure in their detriment. That isn't something I think I will ever actually grok.

And plus, I don't think that the blogger actually meant their commentary as an attack. I think they were simply (and carelessly) speculating, utilizing common misconceptions about autism to fuel these speculations.
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