On the first hour of WOTM Radio on Tuesday, May 20th, Todd Friel made an interesting observation: The rights of Christians are being attacked. And he offered proof! Proof, I tell you! PROOF! On May 10th, in London, an anti-Scientology protestor was cited by police for the use of the word "cult" in a picket sign. Todd of the Friel People was incensed! British police are clearly violating the free speech of fine, upstanding Christians who oppose the false religion on Scientology!
Believe it or not, we here at WOTMWatchdog actually find ourselves in a rare moment of agreement with Frielly Todd, Demon Preacher of 147th St. Scientology is a dangerous cult (something it has in common with Christian fundamentalism), and the London police were indeed out of line for hassling a protestor over calling a spade a spade.
But was this a case of Christian religious freedom being supressed? Well... No. That's quite an absurd claim, as we shall see.
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This list is taken from the Atheists for Human Rights web page. It encapsulates the philosophy, ideology, and goals of atheist activism as well as anything I've ever seen. I do take minor issue with one point it expresses, but we'll get to that later. While this has little to do with WOTM or our watchdog activities thereof, some of our readers may have questions about what atheist activism -- a movement of which we are proud participants -- is all about.
The WOTM crew is fond of speaking in terms of moral absolutes. The whole "Good Person Test" is, of course, rife with them. Occasionally, Mr. Friel will find himself witnessing to someone who disputes this claim. He has some very clever ways of tripping them up, and he usually succeeds in making the mark look foolish. But that's not the point of this post.
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Anyway, now that introductions are out of the way, here's what you came here for:
Even among atheists, Mr. Friel has a reputation for being a skilled debater. While this is somewhat justified, it is mostly undeserved. Yes, he appeared to hold his own admirably against Dan Barker, and while I haven't heard the Eddie Tobash debate (I really need to download that one of these days), rumor has it he did pretty well there, as well. But appearances can be deceiving. Todd Friel is not a skilled debater.