An Atheist Responds
To The September 11th
Terrorist Attack
Chester Twarog
(a series of monologues)

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From: "Positive Atheism Magazine" <editor@positiveatheism.org>
To: "Chester Twarog"
Subject: Re: Jesus/Osama bin Laden
Date: October 05, 2001 7:27 PM

Hyam Maccoby says that the Zealots were materialistic in that they didn't think God would intervene and that anything that was going to happen would be the result of their own efforts. Jesus, if he existed, most likely believed in supernatural intervention (very un-Zealot like!); almost all myths about him revolve around the supernatural. Even his probable use of the Zachariah passage (of which only hints remain) shows that he probably thought the Mount of Olives would literally cleave in two, to the south and to the north, in a supernatural extavaganza.

But that didn't happen, so he was caught and later crucified for sedition.

What to do when your "Messiah" turns out to have been yet another false messiah? Simple: Change the meaning of the word Messiah! Hey! The Jehovah's Witnesses did something similar when the end of the world didn't happen in 1914 as they had been predicting: they changed the meaning of the phrase the end of the world and all was fine and dandy after that! The year 1914 was now simply the end of the world as we know it, the end of the current order of things spiritually (whatever that means)! Had World War I not started around then, we wouldn't even know about the JWs today; it is only because of that coincidence that they maintained enough followers to still be around today..

Cliff Walker
Positive Atheism Magazine
Six years of service to
     people with no reason to believe

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From: "Positive Atheism" <editor@positiveatheism.org>
To: "Chester Twarog"
Subject: Re: Jesus/Osama bin Laden
Date: October 09, 2001 7:41 PM

Well, the Hebrews had occupied that land before. All the Romans did was give it back to the Palestinians.

Now, Osama, through terror, occupies Afghanistan (Osama is an Arabian refugee with no place to lay his head).

Cliff Walker
Positive Atheism Magazine
Six years of service to
     people with no reason to believe

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From: "Positive Atheism Magazine" <editor@positiveatheism.org>
To: "Chester Twarog"
Subject: Re: Allah vs God
Date: October 09, 2001 8:15 PM

What if Osama ends up being called "the Prince of Peace" in a few thousand years, the history of this whole affair having been erased and rewritten by the party who controls education and law during the interim?

Ever seen that happen before?

Cliff Walker
Positive Atheism Magazine
Six years of service to
     people with no reason to believe

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