I couldn't just let my fundamentalist gnomist competitor
provide all the hard photographic evidence
for belief in gnomes. I have to get to everyone before everyone believes in gnomism because they have proof! Fortunately, Da__Vinci pointed me to a PZ Myers
post not too long ago...
It was only a matter of time before Christians took the gloves off and started making derogatory and ignorant remarks about those idiosyncratic little people who made the universe as it is near the beginning of this year
. People so often fear what they don't understand: "There is no such thing as a real gnome so why should we have such unnatural creatures in churchyards?"
That's a mighty arrogant
claim. Does this person have complete knowledge of all that exists? From the gnome point of view this Christian is the "unnatural" one. I also find it terribly ironic
how to even begin to persecute gnomes, they always have to presuppose they exist!
"Things such as gnomes and plastic flowers are not permitted because they are aesthetically unattractive and they make it harder to maintain the grounds. The historic churchyards are part of Somerset and we want to keep them tidy and safe. If people want their loved ones to be buried in one of our churchyards then they have to stick to the rules which are clearly displayed at all churchyards."
People should really think twice before getting rid of the garden gnomes. They may seem
like an eyesore (and boy do I get tired of hearing that one), but as I've pointed out
numerous times, the fate of the ugnomeverse depends on mass quantities of those little "statues." I guess they don't know the deep satisfaction that comes from being able to believe tacky lawn ornaments have a critical role to play in preserving life as we know it.
Thankfully, not everyone is so narrow minded:
"People should be free to put what they want around the gravestones as it is down to personal preference. It helps the grieving process as you can surround the grave of the person you love with possessions that were important to them. I am lucky I live so near as I can take fresh flowers, but what about the people who live far away? They will have to leave knowing the flowers will deteriorate and will look unsightly after a few days."
That's more like it! Flowers didn't parade around my bed that morning. It was gnomes!
Evidence alone is not the only standard of justification for beliefs. There is an especially important part of coherent theories (or reliabilism) where subjectivism needs to be considered (but it is not just for coherentism). One of the philosophers I'm following a number of works on to expand my understanding of coherentism is Kvanvig. He brings up these important issues in Kvanvig "Subjective Justification," mind, n.s., 93, no. 369 (1984):71-84.