These are photos taken from Gaza. If you have a weak stomach or just ate you might not want to look as they are fairly graphic.

Politics aside, what struck me was the picture of the father wailing over what I assume to be his dead son. If the kid is a martyr in a holy war doesn't he now reside in paradise with his virgins? Shouldn't the father be celebrating if he is a true believer?

Just looks like another waste of lives to me with the people in the photos beyond caring about right or wrong, muslim or jew, palestinian or israeli. Death, the Great Equalizer.

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Maybe his son wasn't a good enough follower to get into paradise.

Thanks for the pics.
"Politics aside, what struck me was the picture of the father wailing over what I assume to be his dead son. If the kid is a martyr in a holy war doesn't he now reside in paradise with his virgins? Shouldn't the father be celebrating if he is a true believer?"

That's quite harsh. No human being would celebrate a child's death, not a sane, ethical one at least. Contradiction or not, that's an extremely base comment about someone and his (assumed) dead child.
"Hey comrades: Let's be careful before making trite or banal statements."

I don't think I've ever been called comrade before.

The point I was trying to make, though from the reaction poorly done, was that the dogma and rhetoric of religion falls flat on its face when reality gives you a swift kick in the nuts. If anything, the man's grief is exacerbated by a failing of his faith. I still argue that if you truly believe that your loved one is in paradise, heaven or nirvana then the reaction to death should be joy not grief. To me, the man's reaction is the natural one. Even jebus supposed asked why he had been forsaken; not the reaction one would expect from someone on their way to a seat at the right hand of god.

If one of my children were to die before me it would rip my guts out and I have no idea how I would react. More stoically (on the outside anyway) than this gentleman in all probability.

From the kids garb, he appears not to have been an innocent civilian but a "soldier" with Hamas. Moot point to him now. I still want to leave politics out of the discussion and concentrate on religion though its hard to separate the two. Lets change it to leaving the question of which side is right or wrong out of it.
Everyone shows up, flames me, then takes off. I may be a shallow, callous asshole but I'll remain a shallow, callous asshole without discourse. Opening the door, flipping the bird, then slamming the door is something you do to the Jehovah Witness.

Main Entry: fo·rum
Pronunciation: \ˈfȯr-əm\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural forums also fo·ra
Etymology: Latin; akin to Latin foris outside, fores door — more at door
Date: 15th century

a: the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city forming the center of judicial and public business
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Leave me with the last word and hard to tell what sort of stuff will ooze out of my crude, misfiring synapses.
I think most of the comments were in response to what River Otter posted. Either way, nobody's trying to flame anyone, only exercising caution. We wouldn't want to come off as the "evil, no morals heathens" theists claim we are. And again, I'm not saying you or anyone else is an "evil, no morals heathen"...unless you are. =P

As for the delay, long weekend! Hope it was well enjoyed by all.
To be fair, I can't see the pictures because the site is blocked by our firewalls at work.

I completely understand your point and agree, but I think most of us (at least me) were hesitant to manipulate the man's suffering just to illustrate a religious fallacy.
According to most polls, we are already viewed as evil, amoral monsters just by mentioning that we are atheists. While I will deny the evil tag, the amoral one might be debatable ;P

I included the picture simply to make it easier to raise the point of grief seemingly being incongruous with the idea of heaven/paradise after death. The picture would have taken a paragraph to describe so I have to add lazy to my list of character flaws. Going to funerals and telling grieving people that they are hypocrites was not my intent. We'll leave that to the gang at Westboro Baptist Church.

Looking back at my original statement I find more unsettling the fact that I described photos of dead men stacked like cord wood as being "fairly" graphic. Maybe too many years of Darfur, John Woo and George Bush does inure a person to violence.


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