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Angry for sure
on December 14, 2012
This book is well-reasoned and interesting. However it seems like what the author is most angry about is that there are so many people out there who don't see things as clearly as she does, and that they consider her to be the crank. In some respects they are right. People do bad things and they justify them. Religion is a common justification, but the culprit is rooted in human nature. If you took away religion, you would wouldn't stop people from doing bad things. You would just eliminate one of the justifications. This book does not come close to proving otherwise.
I doubt that many of the people she's angry with will rethink their views by reading the book, and it could serve to just make them angry right back. Most of them won't identify with her 99 reasons to be angry. There's a difference between being wrong and being responsible. The people she's angry with may well be wrong. It's pretty much guaranteed than most of them are, but that doesn't make them responsible, or even part of the problem.
She makes a point of saying that she shouldn't be respectful of what other people believe and that ridicule is a good tool to use on them. That probably plays well with those who identify with her, but probably not the best strategy for making the ones being disrespected and ridiculed all that receptive. I surely wouldn't send this book to my thoroughly decent, very intelligent, and deeply religious brother. He would not see an argument he hasn't seen or identify with any of the straw men being set up and knocked down.
That being said, I personally liked reading the book. I think it's worthwhile and well-written, but doesn't necessarily do what it sets out to do.