Why is religion not taken seriously?Mikey 23 comments
I'm sorry if the title of the article might sound like a rhetorical question. I've known religious people, but I've never met a fundamentalist Christian or a creationist, but then - and I know I say this at risk of potentially alienating a couple of subscribers of this blog - I keep in the company of people with open minds.
The closest I've come to interacting with a fundamentalist Christian is coincidently through this blog. Some of you might remember a particular subscriber who continually argued his fundamentalist beliefs passionately, even though his logic was extremely flawed. He served as a text book example of the fundamentalist Christian mindset. No reasoning and certainly never entertaining for even a nano-second the notion that he might be wrong.
When your entire argument is based on 'disproving' known scientific facts with (that were scientifically disproved hundreds of years ago), people will not take you seriously.
If you're going to dismiss the life works of scientists who constantly reveal evidence to support evolution, and instead claim the words written by ancient tribesman as all the proof you need of God's existence, then people will not take you seriously.
If you openly state and , people will not take you seriously.
If you believe , people will not take you seriously (and you will get laughed at into oblivion ad nauseam).
If you deny your child who has a life threatening condition medical treatment because you think praying to God will cure her, people will not take you seriously (and you deserve a slap in the face and your parental rights stripped).
And finally, if you're going to believe unproven nonsense and then force the same opinion onto your own children, people will not take you seriously (and you're an ass-hat).
Bobby Henderson said it perfectly with his now famous flying spaghetti monster deity. If I was to openly state with conviction the universe was created by the flying spaghetti monster, you will laugh at me (and rightfully say I'm insane). Because the very notion besides being totally absurd, is not supported by any evidence.
So with that in mind, how is it that certain folks demand we respect their religion? At what time did respect and religion become synonymous with one another? Surely if anything has to be respected, it's the works of people who spend their lives in the pursuit of understanding how the universe works, and how we got here. You see, where I come from respect is earned, it is not inherited. Therefore, if you are a creationist, or fundamentalist Christian for that matter, I have no respect for your opinion on the subject of how we got here. Just as you would, for example, have no respect for the theory of the flying spaghetti monster.
My position on the God subject is no secret. I live my life by the assumption he/she doesn't exist, because when there is no evidence to support the God concept, it would be illogical to believe in it. That makes me an Atheist by default. When there is no evidence, it can not be. And when a belief foundation is established where there is no evidence, well that my dear people, is nothing more than opinion. Not fact.
That said, I have no problem with you if God is your thing. You just won't get me to come around to your way of 'thinking' until you can show me a single scrap of evidence. I won't hold my breath.