Archive for April, 2010

Is There a Moral Way to Hunt?

Statement Hunting with a bow and arrow is more moral than hunting with a gun. Q1 Analysis This is not a Q1 violation, so long as you do not object to hunting animals in general and do not consider killing with a gun more humane than killing with a bow. Q2 Analysis This may be […]

Posted on April 30, 2010 at 10:06 am by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: 2Q

Is It Okay to Eat Horse Meat?

Statement Horses are beautiful animals and anyone who eats horse meat is immoral. Q1 Analysis If you never eat animals that you consider beautiful, this is not a Q1 violation. Q2 Analysis This is likely a Q2 violation unless you never eat animals that anyone considers beautiful. It is also a violation if you require […]

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 10:05 am by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: 2Q

Should I Be an Ethical Vegetarian?

Statement It is immoral to eat meat. Q1 Analysis This may be a Q1 violation if you make exceptions (such as eating meat on "special occasions") or you do not consider certain kinds of living things (such as fish) to be "meat" for these purposes. Q2 Analysis If your reason for believing eating meat to […]

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 10:04 am by ideclare · Permalink · One Comment
In: 2Q

Post 1,000

Hard as it may be to believe (particularly considering my erratic posting habits), this is my 1,000th post to this blog. To celebrate, I’d like to share an e-mail I received some time ago but have been saving because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Atheists are stewpid. Here are things that atheists […]

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:20 pm by ideclare · Permalink · 9 Comments
In: Bad atheists, Dealing with religious folks, Essay

Should Life Be Respected?

Statement We should have respect for life, even if it’s not human life. Q1 Analysis This is not a Q1 violation unless you do not consistently respect life. It may also be a violation if you do not define "respect" and "life" rigorously, or you intend the statement to mean that all life should be […]

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 10:03 am by ideclare · Permalink · One Comment
In: 2Q

Benefits of the Holocaust?

Your questions for Christians comment stupid response makes the same stupid argument that atheists always make. That the holocaust was evil and god let it happen so god is evil blah blah blah. Let’s look at the real facts here. Civilian people dies in World War II but that’s what happens in war. No surprise. […]

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 7:25 am by ideclare · Permalink · 5 Comments
In: Criticism

Is It Ever Moral to Die?

Statement I have the right to protect my life above all other concerns. Q1 Analysis This is not a Q1 violation unless you have any belief or principle for which you would die. Q2 Analysis This is a Q2 violation if you can think of any situation in which you would expect someone to risk […]

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:02 am by ideclare · Permalink · 4 Comments
In: 2Q

About 2Q

I’m going to start posting some sections from my book Ask Yourself to be Moral on this blog, in hope of starting discussion. To give the posts some context, I’ve put up a page with an overview of the 2Q system. Your thoughts and comments are more than welcome!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:19 am by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: 2Q

Ask Yourself to be Moral on Irreligiosophy

I am happy to announce that I was recently interviewed about my book Ask Yourself to be Moral for the Irreligiosophy podcast. The interview is about an hour long, and covers my 2Q philosophy in general and a few examples of how it can be applied to specific moral topics. For my readers who are […]

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:57 am by ideclare · Permalink · 6 Comments
In: Uncategorized

Comment on the April Fools “FAQ”

I received the following as a comment on the sarcastic April Fools FAQ I posted a few days ago. These were very funny, however: save them for the main part of your website. This is one of the few places that I’ve found where one can find an intelligent, nuanced discussion of religious themes anywhere […]

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Comment