24th August 2010

“Don't get me wrong. I have no problem with private belief. But I refuse to legitimise it. Say something ridiculous and I'll call you on it.”


5 Responses to “24th August 2010”

  1. GreatEighthSin Says:

    Yup, that sounds about right with me. I don’t put up with irrational bull; even more so if you’re radical about it.

  2. archaeopteryx Says:

    I don’t mind irrational beliefs in themselves, or even TrueBelievers (TM) talking about them – that can be amusing. For me, the line is crossed is when the adherents try to impose their beliefs – through legislation or social pressure – on those who do not share them. Unfortunately, it happens here in Ireland, but it does seem to be diminishing.

    Having read some of the posts on this forum, I realise that it’s possible that some readers may feel that what I wrote above means that I do not believe there is any basis for ethical behaviour. Not so; and before they post their threats of hell, I’d like them to note that you don’t need religion to understand that society works better for everyone if we all treat each other with respect. What I am talking about are things like forbidding people to work on a ‘holy’ day, banning the use of contraception and other such nonsense. And I’d like to say sorry to everyone else for stating the obvious.

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  4. Atheros Says:

    Well I like the quote! Straight to the point and all.. But….

    It isnt really a private belief when there are millions of others that share it, though!

  5. Atheist MC Says:

    There are as many beliefs as believers. The fallacy of religious belief is that all people who profess a faith believe it in exactly the same way. The differences may be imperceptible enough not to notice but as there is no reality check or objective standard by which to measure what it is they actually believe it is certain there is less agreement than is claimed.
    Schism is a feature of religion for that reason.