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Thread #150803   Message #3516165
Posted By: John P
17-May-13 - 10:44 AM
Thread Name: BS: 'Militant Atheism' is a propaganda term
Subject: RE: BS: Strident atheism not a religion
I should add that there has been a fair bit of asshole behavior from atheists as well. Calling someone a "god botherer", while sort of funny, is rude. Bringing rapist priests and the history of religious intolerance and violence into every discussion of religion is not only rude but really stupid. People get to believe whatever they like, and the only time the rest of us get to talk negatively about them is when they attack people who don't share their beliefs or when they advocate making of laws that are based on religion. In other words, there's no reason to kick people unless they're stepping on your toes, and then you only get to kick them enough to get them off your toes.

Part of the problem, of course, is that many of the religious people are so smugly self-centered that they don't even realize how rude they are being, so trying to get them to stop looks like an attack to them. By "smugly self-centered" I mean that many people seem to think that being religious is the only normal way to live one's life, and that anyone who doesn't share their beliefs is weird and alien.