Where Would JT Blog?

JT Eberhard has bid a fond farewell to his Freethought Blog and joined us here in the Patheos community. Along with Bob Seidensticker and Melissa at Permission to Live, the atheist channel is shaping up nicely.

Pop over to JT’s place and give him some house-warming love, and maybe a hand with all those boxes.

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  • Mengele Fan

    What Would JT Do?

    That is the question.

    The answer…he would quit! snicker

    • Gordon

      actually what JT would do is “Make a huge difference”

    • vasaroti

      HaHa. I guess you neo-Nazis must feel a bit lonely on a holiday created by labor unions. Good.

      • Great Ape

        dude, what on earth are you on about? Are you saying that atheists are neo-nazis? Hitler was catholic, not an atheist. Also I’m in favor of labor unions, in fact I’m fairly socialist. Lastly, as much as I would hate to share something ideologically with him, Hitler would also have been in favor of labor unions, the Nazi party started off as a labor party.

        • UrsaMinor

          The reference seems pretty obvious, and it’s not about atheists. But apparently you’ve never heard of Josef Mengele?

          • Hermann

            Well, I don´t get it either! And I know about Mengele, being a German…


            • UrsaMinor

              *Sigh*. Where has the ability to associate concepts gone?

              - vasaroti mentioned neo-Nazis in his post, which does not connect with anything in the body of the original post, so:
              - I scanned up the comments thread and saw that there was a commenter with the word “Mengele” in his username.
              - Jozef Mengele was a prominent figure in WWII Nazi Germany.
              - Ding! We have a possible connection to vasaroti’s comment.
              - The other half of the “Mengele” commenter’s username was “Fan”.
              - “Mengele Fan” implies approval of or affection for Mengele or his work or philosophy.
              - It is not completely unreasonable to draw the inference that someone who posts under the name of “Mengele Fan” might be sympathetic to (or even a member of ) the neo-Nazi movement.

              Now, I think vasaroti may have been jumping to his conclusion on circumstantial evidence, but it’s obvious how he got there.

  • vasaroti

    @UrsaMinor “Mengele Fan” implies approval of or affection for Mengele or his work or philosophy.”
    Mengele’s work and philosophy :
    At Auschwitz Josef Mengele did a number of medical experiments, using twins. These twins as young as five years of age were usually murdered after the experiment was over and their bodies dissected. Mengele injected chemicals into the eyes of the children in an attempt to change their eye color. He carried out twin-to-twin transfusions, stitched twins together, castrated or sterilized twins. Many twins had limbs and organs removed in macabre surgical procedures, performed without using an anesthetic.”

    What sort of disturbed person would call himself a fan of these atrocities?

    • UrsaMinor

      I’m not arguing that a fan of Dr. Mengele is not disturbed. It is, however, logically possible that the Mengele referred to in the user name is someone other than the infamous Josef. It could, for instance, refer to Meņģele parish in Latvia, in which case there is nothing sinister or disturbed about it. Ergo, you are jumping to a conclusion that, while very possibly correct, cannot be confirmed without further information.

      • Kodie

        Mengele Fan sounds like a porn name.

      • vasaroti

        I’ll be calling you for my defense if I’m ever caught standing over a body with a bloody knife in my hand.

        • UrsaMinor

          Piece of cake. One’s first instinct when one stumbles over a knife-ridden body is to pull out the knife to relieve the suffering of the victim. Perfectly humane and innocent, I tell you.

  • Kodie

    Our new neighbor JT, whose blog I never heard of before because I don’t get out much must be thrilled how this thread is going so far.

    • UrsaMinor

      True. It started off with a drive-by troll and went downhill from there. OK, how about:

      Hi, JT! Welcome to the neighborhood. Sorry about the mess on this thread. We weren’t expecting company.