Another thoughtful and insightful article from Eric MacDonald, this time on the reaction of Medhi Hasan after he had interviewed Richard Dawkins:
- Being in the Hot Seat: Mehdi Hassan and Richard Dawkins
The problem is with Hasan himself, of course. He has bought into a superstition; the delusion this brings stops him from responding rationally. Further, it is clear from MacDonald’s article that Hasan is already well on the path of barbarity and injustice.
I will belittle Hasan and his irrationality for the same reason that I would belittle adults who claim that Santa Claus is real or who insist that there are fairies living at the bottom of the garden. But I would do so to a greater extent to Hasan due to the evil that will result from what he says.
Here’s a good talk on why it matters to challenge delusion and irrationality: