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Will Potter and the Fallacy of Ecoterrorism

If you don’t know about this guy, here is the TED blurb by way of explanation:

In 2002, investigative journalist and TED Fellow Will Potter took a break from his regular beat, writing about shootings and murders for the Chicago Tribune. He went to help a local group campaigning against animal testing: “I thought it would be a safe way to do something positive,” he says. Instead, he was arrested, and so began his ongoing journey into a world in which peaceful protest is branded as terrorism.

And featuring on the TED blog is an interview with Potter that provides more of an overview. • • •

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Dunning Piles Up the Cowpies

We now turn to one of those rationalists in the secular community who, far from ponder the ethical treatment of nonhuman animals, seems bent on publicly demonstrate his ignorance on both animal rights and skeptical inquiry. There’s a failure of consistency because he allows emotion to get in the way. That’s because Brian Dunning has no interest in examining animal issues and has a distinct grudge against animal activists. He likes to simply label them as extremists that allegedly “don’t really give a flying [censored] about animals, they really just hate people.”[1]Brian Dunning, “Domestic Terrorists Strike Again,” Skepticblog, July 23, 2009, http://www.skepticblog.org/2009/07/23/domestic-terrorists-strike-again. • • •

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Christian Conservatives Tooth & Claw

Christian apologists are renowned for what Stephen Law describes as a “veneer of faux reasonableness.” [1]Stephen Law,Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole (New York: Prometheus Books, 2011), 11, 19, 193. Fake reasonableness is found in most statements religious apologists make about nonhuman animals—-for example, this from Michael J. Murray:

the duty to safeguard the integrity of nature is only a prima facie duty, one which can be overridden in those cases where violations of that integrity are necessary or prudent for securing greater goods.”[2]Michael J.

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