Thursday, May 19, 2011

Some Days You Shouldn't get out of Bed

I could be feeling a little over sensitive and over thinking this. Maybe I just really need to stop reading the comments on webpages where religion is a subject.
Someone wrote a book. This book is called How we know what reality is or something to that effect. Its about the wonders of the universe and how amazing science is. As far as I know. But the comments. All of them were about converting people who believe in God and how foolish those who believe are. I honestly don't give a fuck what anyone believes. Are you a good person? Do you hurt people? These are all I really care about. That's not true. "Do you respect people who's opinion is not your own?" should be on the list too.
And the people who jump down these idiots thoughts are just as idiotic, only in the oposite direction. Extremism in any form is terrible. It doesn't matter if your god is Science or Jesus. If you see a sunrise and explain it as the turn of the earth or Eos, it doesn't matter. You should respect what someone else believes. It makes the world a richer place. People aren't killed in the name of God anymore really. Those who do participate in religious based killing are not only stupid, but also would find any excuse, be it skin color, political affiliation, or language. People are really good at finding the things that divide them. Not so good at recognizing the similarities. Look at Islam and Judaism. Both trace their religion back to abraham. Both have a set of dietary rules that are quite similar. Both think Jerusalem is a holy city. Both fucking worship the same god. So why are they wishing death upon each other? How the other prays. Land. Blind hatred. Who the fuck knows. If they actually knew then they could resolve the issue and peace would reign in the middle east.
Then you add in self-righteous atheists. They add a lovely sheen of venom to the discussion. You don't believe in god. Fine. Just be nice to those of us who aren't as evolved as you.
Maybe it's because of the people I hang out with lately, who are by and large atheist and strongly opinionated on the subject that I'm getting over sensitive. But I also wonder if people who hold this opinion that all people who believe in a higher power are back woods hicks because the people they've met who are vocal about their believes are back woods hicks. Those that aren't aren't.
That's what this country needs. A moderate, sane, evolution believing Christian (or Jew or Muslim Maybe all three!) to promote positive images of the religious to the evangelical atheists. I just don't know anyone who could do it. None of them really give a damn what others believe.


Josh said...

Yeah, I try (and fail miserably at times) to avoid reading on-line comments. It is amazing what people will say under the cloak of anonymity. I have yet to have an atheist (or anyone of any other religion) attack my beliefs in person the way comments do on the Internet.

And if the people you are spending time with attack your beliefs, remember that science cannot prove or disprove the existence of God. Brian Greene makes this points in one of his books about string theory; he uses a Matrix analogy. Anyone who claims otherwise doesn't really know how science works (which is another problem in our society).

In any case, this is a really good piece. It could serve as a nice starting-off point for a sermon.

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