Sunday, 15 September 2013

Old joker, novel thinking

Barbara Smoker, the nonagenarian but still wickedly witty secularist, posted a beauty of a “thought” on the National Secular Society’s weekly Newsline a couple of weeks ago which I’m still giggling at. So much, in fact, that it would be mean not to share it.
“The pathological condition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the agreed diagnosis for those who feel they have to keep performing certain rituals in order to avoid some illogical misfortune.
But that definition likewise applies to people who belong to a particular religion and who assiduously practise its prescribed rituals.
Perhaps, therefore, we could use the term "religious OCD" as a telling synonym for fundamentalism.”
Maybe we should, Barbara. In fact, maybe I just will.

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