Essay: Militant atheism and short man's syndrome

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Is militant atheism positively correlated with shortness? Is short man's syndrome a causal factor for militant atheism? How tall is the New Atheist leader PZ Myers? He doesn't look too tall here!

(photo obtained from Flickr, Title: PZ and Tyler, Photographer/Flickr username: SURE UCSB see: license agreement)

Is militant atheism positively correlated with shortness? Is short man's syndrome a causal factor for militant atheism? How tall is New Atheist leader PZ Myers? He doesn't look too tall in the picture to the right!

In 2008, The Telegragh reported concerning short men:

It is said they are prone to bouts of aggression, showing off and keeping a close eye on their wives or girlfriends at parties.

Vertically challenged men may argue that the notion of a "short man syndrome" is an unfair, inaccurate stereotype. However, scientists have now proved small men do make more jealous husbands and lovers than their taller, more relaxed counterparts.[1]

A biography page on PZ Myers declares that "He was named "Paul Zachary", after his grandfather, but preferred the initials PZ to being called "Little Paul"."[2] Apparently, PZ is sensitive about his height!

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Atheist Dan Barker - A militant atheist with short man's syndrome?

A picture of militant atheist Dan Barker is featured HERE and Dan Barker is the short man on the furthermost left. Please notice how much shorter Mr. Barker is than Imam Karim Abuzaid of the Colorado Muslim Society. Is Dan Barker a prime example of a militant atheist with short man's syndrome? If that is the case, then Mr. Barker should work on being less small minded!

Marquis de Sade - A short, perverse and militant atheist

The perverse and cruel atheist Marquis de Sade in prison, 18th century line engraving.

The militant atheist the Marquis de Sade was 5' 3" [1.60 m] in height and he was a very militant atheist.[3] De Sade was a very aggressive and perverse man who wanted to inflict pain on others. The word sadism is derived from his name.

The Journal of Medical Ethics declared concerning the atheist and sadist Marquis de Sade:

In 1795 the Marquis de Sade published his La Philosophic dans le boudoir, in which he proposed the use of induced abortion for social reasons and as a means of population control. It is from this time that medical and social acceptance of abortion can be dated, although previously the subject had not been discussed in public in modern times. It is suggested that it was largely due to de Sade's writing that induced abortion received the impetus which resulted in its subsequent spread in western society.[4]

Marquis de Sade quote

"Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell, and kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change.” - Marquis de Sade[5]

Vladimir Lenin - The short and militant atheist

Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin similarly wrote: "A Marxist must be a materialist, i. e., an enemy of religion, but a dialectical materialist, i. e., one who treats the struggle against religion not in an abstract way, not on the basis of remote, purely theoretical, never varying preaching, but in a concrete way, on the basis of the class struggle which is going on in practice and is educating the masses more and better than anything else could."[6]

The American journalist John Reed wrote concerning Vladimir Lenin:

A short, stocky figure, with a big head set down in his shoulders, bald and bulging. Little eyes, a snubbish nose, wide, generous mouth, and heavy chin; clean-shaven now, but already beginning to bristle with the well-known beard of his past and future. Dressed in shabby clothes, his trousers much too long for him.[7]

Benito Mussolini: the little atheist dictator with big plans whose life was cut short

Benito Mussolini was a little atheist dictator with big plans, but divine providence cut his life short.

Don't miss these pictures with captions!

There is one thing you can be sure of: John Wayne was not a militant atheist!
When is the last time you saw a militant atheist slam dunk a basketball? Never? Could the shortness of many militant atheists be the reason why there are so few militant atheists slam dunking basketballs?
Who is the man on the right side of the picture wearing green? Is he an atheist? If he is an atheist, is he lowering his head in order to make himself look more militantly atheistic than the other men in the picture?

(photo obtained from Flickr, Title: Me, Dan Barker, Mariana, PZ Myers and Cejas, Flickr username: rdgarza,see: license agreement)
Of course, it goes without saying the Benito Mussolini was a militant atheist with short man's syndrome.[8] No wonder why that atheist Italian dictator was so bossy!
The shorter the atheists, the more militant the atheist generally is! Shortness is a causal factor of militant atheism and you can yap like a LITTLE terrier and deny this all you want, but you're in a state of obvious denial. Get over it little man, shortness is a causal factor for militant atheism!

A short note to picayune and obviously short atheists

Some might ask: Is the taller gentleman to the right of PZ Myers in this picture an atheist? Does it really matter confused and picayune atheists? The essay is clearly titled "Militant atheism and short man's syndrome". If the taller gentleman is an atheists, odds are he is less militant than the shorter atheist PZ Myers! You see the shorter the atheists, the more militant the atheist generally is! Shortness is a causal factor of militant atheism and you can yap like a LITTLE terrier and deny this all you want, but your in a state of obvious denial. Get over it little man, shortness is a causal factor for militant atheism!

A favorite trick of deceptive militant atheist men

A favorite trick of deceptive militant atheist is the use of elevator shoes. Don't fall for it! If you suspect someone is a militant atheist, don't be afraid to ask him to remove his shoes!

New Atheism, obesity and anger

New Atheism is an atheist sect which is militant in nature. PZ Myers is an New Atheism leader who had problems with being overweight as can be seen HERE and HERE (see: Atheism and obesity).

Obesity is positively associated with neuroticism, impulsiveness, and lower self-discipline.[9]

(photo obtained from Flickr, see license agreement)

The term New Atheism, which first appeared in the November 2006 edition of Wired magazine, is frequently applied to a series of six best-selling books by five authors that appeared in the period between 2004–2008. These authors include Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Victor J. Stenger and Christopher Hitchens.[10] 3 out of 5 of these atheist men have had issues with being overweight as can be seen HERE and HERE and HERE Also, as noted above PZ Myers has had problems with being overweight. In the late 1990s, Dennet had coronary artery bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass surgery reroutes blood around clogged arteries to enhance blood flow and oxygen to the heart).[11][12] As of May 2011, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have not publicly commented on the significant problems the New Atheism leadership has experienced in terms of overweight members.

Obesity is positively associated with impulsiveness, lower self-discipline and neuroticism.[13] In addition, many people overeat in response to negative emotions such as depression, anger, anxiety and boredom.[14][15][16] In January of 2011, CNN reported: "People unaffiliated with organized religion, atheists and agnostics also report anger toward God either in the past, or anger focused on a hypothetical image - that is, what they imagined God might be like - said lead study author Julie Exline, Case Western Reserve University psychologist."[17] Of course, given the irrationality of atheism, it is not surprising that there are atheists who are angry at God who is morally perfect.[18] A high percentage of the founders and prominent leaders of the militant New Atheism movement have had problems with being overweight and anger may have been a causal factor in some cases (see: New Atheism leadership's problem with excess weight). Certainly anger cannot be ruled in terms of militant atheists, such as New Atheists, having problems with obesity (see: Theories of New Atheism leadership's problem with excess weight).

See also

Satires/humor relating to PZ Myers:

References

  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3336044/Short-man-syndrome-is-not-just-a-tall-story.html
  2. Zoominfo
  3. http://www.shortsupport.org/cgi-bin/whowho_bio.cgi?seq=95&orderby=name&direction=
  4. http://jme.bmj.com/content/6/1/7.abstract
  5. Marquis de Sade quotes
  6. Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich, Proletary, No. 45, May 13 (26), 1909, translated by Andrew Rothstein and Bernard Issacs, quote from [1].
  7. http://www.marxists.org/archive/reed/1919/10days/10days/ch5.htm
  8. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3336044/Short-man-syndrome-is-not-just-a-tall-story.html
  9. http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger/battle.html
  10. http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/dennett06/dennett06_index.html
  11. http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4484
  12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21174323
  13. http://www.obesitypsychiatry.com/id2.html
  14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17262813
  15. http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/01/anger-at-god-common-even-among-atheists/
  16. http://www.godisforus.com/information/worldview/god/perfection.htm
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