Every once in awhile I see a comment that I feel deserves some sort of response. I usually hold back from commenting on comments, as my intentions are not to get into Internet arguments, but to simply run this blog and provide content interesting to the Atheist community. However, this one is a doozy!
The following comment is from our Gullible Is Not In The Dictionary post:
The one thing I’ve hated the most out people is lack of respect. Why can’t people respect the decision of one person to believe in something? I respect others beliefs or the fact that some have none.
I have respect for most people in general. What I don’t respect are actions that I don’t agree with, especially if said actions are dictated by religion. Christians have a saying “hate the sin, not the sinner.” It’s like that. I am not tolerant of close-minds. I understand that “faith” in definition is a blind sort of belief that doesn’t require seeking out evidence, and so “having faith” isn’t something that I particularly value. Which brings us to the next part!
As anyone should know, religion is a belief. The dictionary doesn’t say anything about it having to be proven. Why is science solely embraced? Science can’t prove everything. I have no problem with science, it assists us as human beings to understand many of the things around us. I am not gullable. Neither do I have to explain how I feel about whatever I believe in.
SPOILER ALERT: REGARDING SANTA, EASTER BUNNY, TOOTH FAIRY, HOLY SPIRIT:
Yes, religion is a belief. It’s no different that a belief in Santa and the Easter Bunny — or perhaps the monster that lives under your bed. For some reason, however, this belief is acceptable to be believed by adults through their lives. And while our empirical minds learn to question the Easter Bunny and Santa around the age of 7 or 8, the idea of religion isn’t given the same scrutiny. One could argue, “As anyone should know, Santa is a belief. The dictionary doesn’t say anything about it having to be proven.” Parents go out of their way to put out half eaten cookies and empty milk glasses to “prove” the existence of Santa. These are seen as jovial — but the equally unprovable belief that a ghost sees when you masturbate and makes it ok — that’s taken very seriously.
Also in this paragraph, the commenter immediately contradicts him/herself. If you have “no problem with science,” then why belittle it by asking why it needs to be “solely embraced?” Science doesn’t only “assist us as human beings to understand many of the things around us.” It is the only method of understanding the world. Many people do not understand what science is. They treat it as a religion. It is not “one way” of looking at things. It’s the method we use to explain everything. If you look at something and recognize it as an object that you know and have a name for, guess what? That’s science.
Also, regarding religion not needing to be proven: Isn’t religion often referred to as “the truth?”
I also hate the notion that just because I’m a Christian that I want to impose my beliefs on anyone else, people should be glad they know where I hold myself accountably on issues as a human being. I’m not talking about the issues of morality: abortion, gay marriage, and etc. I’m talking about real life.
In real life, you just don’t realize how your beliefs are imposed upon those without religion because you don’t have the ability to look at the situation from outside. I don’t have any problem with people practicing religion on their own. Some of my best friends “in real life” are deeply religious people. Where I begin to have a problem is when my government — the same government as your government and the same government as a muslim or jewish or hindu American’s government — supports one religion over another. In a country that was designed to be a “melting pot” of cultures, this country must be accepting to all beliefs and or non-beliefs.
Also – to paraphrase: “you’re not talking about the issues morality, you’re talking about real life.” What a ridiculous statement. Morality is real life. Maybe you haven’t taken the time to think about those issues you listed and that’s why you aren’t talking about them. But they’re closely tied with real life and are issues important to this society.
You say “should be glad they know where I hold myself accountably on issues as a human being.” But you don’t hold yourself accountable. If you’re a Christian, you look to a third party to be accountable for your sins. Psss…That’s kinda what Christianity is.
Not everyone, especially politicians, are who they say they are. Those posing as Christians and fall into scandals and lies are not what they truly say they are. They simply say what people want to hear, tell them they’re for God and so on, and aren’t. So I hate when people judge me as a Christian based off someone else. We all have individuality, we are not all the same, no matter what faith or no faith.
Yes, politicians posing as Christians for political gain is pretty despicable. We hate it too. I would have never judged you as a Christian based on someone else. That, in my opinion, would be no less despicable than any other judgement based on a stereotype, be it racial, ethnic, or whatever. I did judge you, however, as soon as you started posting idiotic comments on my web site.
So share my respect. Please. I cherish everyone’s differences, I love that. I love Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists, Jews, and whoever else.
That’s great. I hope you do.
After you kill off religion, what will be next? Nationalism, Individualism, Free Speech, Idealism, etc? That’s where this will lead. Nazism started with the idea that turned into blind anger for those who they felt were less than them. Germanic superiority>higher intelligence>they forcibly imposed their views on Jews in Europe.
Okay, this is where the comment gets a little weird. The commenter makes a list here, including “free speech,” of things that would be really bad if the country is led there? What? Really? What’s next? The first amendment? Oh NO!!!
The mood of this video, basically implies she is too intelligent to fall for the so-called ‘gimmick/lie’ of religion. As if she really wanted to say, “Everyone else doesn’t have enough intelligence to understand. So we must help them, by any means necessary, to get rid of their non-sense and learn the new way. The true way.”
Hrmmm. This almost kinda sorta sounds like Christianity. “The true way?” hrmmm. Sounds like something I would read on a letterboard in front of a church. The video is posted by a very astute girl asking people to question what they are spoon fed. Just like you questioned Santa when you were little.
Tell me who. Really, tell me who runs this page? Neo-Cons and their New World Order agenda. To kill off any religion, which would lead to any resistance to their new world govt. If you’re part of this movement and are against globalization , you’re apart of it.
Hahaha. This is where the comment gets REALLY weird at the end. First of all I RUN THIS PAGE. If you don’t like it, don’t come back. You can read about who I am at “What is The Great Realization?” Yes, I mistakenly voted for Bush in the last two elections, and if I could take back my vote, I would. I simply hadn’t learned enough I suppose. But that’s about as close as I’ve ever gotten to being a “neo-con.” Yuck, I have to go take a shower after being called that. This comment makes you seem a little crazy paranoid and made me laugh. It made you deserve the Idiotic Comment Award!