What should atheists do with Islamic State?
Islamic State poses many problems to our world. It is described as a barbaric ‘death cult’ and it is criticised as being fundamentally irrational. Now this accepting this appraisal – what should we do about them?
It is often asserted that it’s impossible to reason with unreasonable people. This is the topic for many Internet memes, for example,
To argue with a person who has renounced reason is like administering medicine to the dead (Thomas Paine)
If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people. (House)
Hence it seems impossible to even begin reasoning with Islamic State. Yet they still pose a threat to the world. They still behead innocent civilians and murder innocent people. Hence when reasoning is not possible, what should we do?
I’m intrigued to know what atheists think we should do about Islamic State?