Posted by coventryrm on Thursday, May 22, 2008
Would I be justified to go up to a person that had this sticker on their car and tell them that they are delusional and question their mental health?
To my friends that believe in God would it be okay for me to launch into a personal attack that they must be mentally weak to need or to believe in myths to feel good about their life or give them a sense of purpose?
I had an interesting experience today. In a phone conversation today with a friend my blog came up in a passing comment, I was asked more specifically about the topic, I was hesitant to share, knowing this person considers themselves Christian but they pressed so that I was compelled to try and explain my post titled – Religion Impedes Moral and Human advancement – although this is a controversial question most intellectual believers even though they would disagree at least understand that there is a viable argument for either side.
What followed precisely illustrates how religious thinking, in my opinion unknowingly impacts individuals and how they interact and treat others or what they view as being justifiable. I have to say I was so taken back by the direction this conversation went that I did a very poor job of articulating my position, the feeling was one of basically being forced to defend myself while at the same feeling resistant to doing exactly that at the risk of coming off as being defensive.
I find it amazing that it seems to be perfectly okay to launch into an attack of a non believer that feels what he has to say is important and that his world view is what he believes would have a positive impact on the world and humanity.
Not only was my metal health questioned but my charitable nature as well. I was personally attacked and summarily dismissed and then told what simple basic principle we should ALL follow. (Had something to do with prayer to God)