Friday, March 22, 2013

Did Abraham Lincoln Exist?

The new movement of 'ALincolnism' is an attempt to show the nonsensical argumentation (if you could even call it that) of the New Atheists. This is a great article on using the same standards the New Atheists use in order to argue for Abraham Lincoln's non-existence. 

***Note: This is satire.***
Did Abraham Lincoln really exist? It is a hard question to answer, but an important one. Millions if not billions of people believe in His existence, but that doesn’t mean they are right. As Richard Dawkins has wisely said, “The question is not “How many millions believe it?”… But “Is it TRUE? The question is not “Is your belief entitled to respect?” but “Is it TRUE?”
The implications of Lincoln’s existence are potentially profound for how we understand American history, the nature of slavery, and whether or not America should remain as one country, or divide again into North and South.
So today I’d like to draw your attention to a new group. We call ourselves “the aLincolnists” and I am proud to be associated with these freethinking, rational skeptics. We’ve taken our inspiration from the most impressive thinkers of our time: the New Atheists. 
Having carefully studied the works of Richard Dawkins, John Loftus, Sam Harris, Richard Carrier, Daniel Dennett, P.Z. Myers, and Christopher Hitchens, we are utilizing their brilliant insights into the study of religion to break ground in new academic disciplines. For far, far too long these formidable scholars have been ignored, disrespected, and unfairly boxed into the narrow study of musty old religions. But it is our conviction that their paradigm-busting scholarship should lead us to new discoveries in other fields!  
The time has come. Let’s admit it: Belief in Abraham Lincoln is the most malevolent of all mind viruses. So it is critical that all reason-loving skeptics finally acknowledge that Abraham Lincoln never existed.  
Here are some of the arguments that have been carefully developed and are now being shared around the world (continue reading here...)

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