Recently, I've been noticing a lot more hostility and intolerance in the Pit. It's interesting, because much of it is coming from well-known UGers who I used to actually like and respect.
And I've noticed that a lot of the personal attacks are religion-related.
I don't mind Atheists. Atheism is fine. I have no problem with Atheists. What I do have a problem with, is anti-religion Atheists. Anti-Christian, usually. Seriously, why is it so hard to just respect others' beliefs and way of life? As long as they are not trying to force them on you, why can't people of religion just be left alone? I don't see why people feel the need to go out of their way to mock others who have done nothing to them personally, simply because the others live differently to them.
Another thing that irks me is the way people interact in arguments. It can be a little difficult to stay calm while debating something that you feel strongly about, but there is never any need to call people names or say they're "stupid" for disagreeing with you.
To me, it's a real display of arrogance and lack of respect.
"I'm the best and I know everything. There is no WAY I can be wrong, and anybody who doesn't agree with me is a fucking stupid idiot who should leave this thread unless they have something intelligent to say."
Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way. But it is disappointing for me when I see people who I thought were intelligent, respectable individuals reduced to carrying on like children who have never heard the words "self control" before.
I'm sorry if this has offended anybody. That wasn't the intention. I just needed to let it out.
right, i agree and all but quick little story. next time some one like comes to your house and is trying to get you to join there church and all and you say no then they dont leave, they just keep trying to get you to join and its realy annoying cause they just cant understand why you dont think god is the greatest most super asum thing ever, when they ask why you wont join, tell them that its not because you dont belive in god but that your gay, and god dosent belive in you. works every time
A Christian friend of mine did ask me if I think there is a problem with being religious.
I answered her honestly. No. And the majority of non believers who are asked this question should say the same thing.
There is only one thing I don't like about religion and when I will express outwardly (ie, not in defense) and that is religion trying to have a say in Government and society. A Government being free from religion is for the protection of everyone, including the religious (from other religions). I also get a bit sketchy when children are exposed to religion heavily (I'd like to emphasis the adjective heavily here).
However, I will speak out in defense of not believing. If someone wants to question me, I think this is a good enough invite to question them. If someone wants to make a religious claim I'm not happy about (ie, a lot of science attacks religion because it doesn't like it, was one I had an argument about in real life).
I don't always do so, as sometimes avoiding conflict is a much better decision than squaring up.
Criticising religion should be legitimate in a response, and then it should not be criticising religion, it should be criticising whatever it is bringing forward. If a Christian brings forth that homosexuality is not okay, I will argue in defense homosexuality as opposed to criticising Christianity.
It should be fine to criticise religion and people should be allowed to so, however, the manner of the response shouldn't be about criticising religion, it should be about criticising whatever is being brought to the table inside that context. It would be arrogant and single minded to not allow someone to do that, but, it would be arrogant and condescending to put forward criticisms of religion without due context.
I have a feeling I personally and partially inspired you to write this blog. I think I did leave you an angry comment a few months back (and this blog occurred the next day). It was my bad, and looking back I wouldn't have done it. Being a person who suffers from panic and anxiety, there are certain points in my life where I tend to be very angry at friends for disproportionate reasons and I take it out on others. Again, I'm sorry.
So I was snooping around on your profile, and I was immediately attracted to this blog post. I for one love a good 'ol Angry Rant. It gets stuff out in the open where it can possibly be fixed. But anyway I agree with everything Abundai