12th April 2008

“It is time to reverse the prevailing notion that religious commitment is intrinsically deserving of respect, and that it should be handled with kid gloves and protected by custom and in some cases law against criticism and ridicule.”

A.C. Grayling

5 Responses to “12th April 2008”

  1. Chris Says:

    Hear hear! “I believe in God” makes you an upstanding and moral citizen. “I believe in a small invisible gnome that lives behind my ear and whispers about good and evil” makes you nuts. “I don’t believe in God because there’s not a scrap of scientifically demonstrable proof” makes you a member of one of the most hated minorities in this country. I’m still waiting for my member card.

  2. Critic Says:

    I’m still waiting for my member card.

    Sorry. It must have been lost in the mail. We’ll send you a new one!

    As for the QOTD, the fact that those who have ‘great’ faith and believe in god in spite of the lack of evidence places them in high esteem has always amazed me. Religious faith is not a behavior that should be condoned. Rather, it should be treated as a pathology – and, based on the evidence, it appears to be a highly contagious disease.

  3. Renshia Says:

    Membership cards are being sent out at the end of next week.. they are currently being coated with anthrax.. please be patient.

    “and, based on the evidence, it appears to be a highly contagious disease.”

    It is a prime example of mob mentality. When enough people believe it no matter how absurd it is, it is true.
    Now, I think we should all grab a torch, we have witches to burn. harahhhh!!

    (Tzuriel).. i don’t know if you look back, but I just found your question to me from the tenth. I responded, if you care to see.

  4. Alex Says:

    I quote from the Jaycee creed: “That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life.” I’ve always understood faith to be believing in something that I have absolutely no evidence in believing, or believing in something just because I want it to be so. (Among Toronto Maple Leaf fans believing that they’ll win the Stanley Cup is certainly an article of faith, at best.) I think that the idea that religious commitment is intrinsically deserving of respect is itself an article of faith as there doesn’t seem to be any evidence for it. Not that religious people don’t sometimes do good things, but non-religious people sometimes do as well. I think the prevalence of this sentiment is best expressed by Aldous Huxley: “Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth. Idiots!” I think the idea that religious commitment is intrinsically deserving of respect is inculcated in us, like the idea of god itself, along with our toilet training. The only reason people become upset when one challenges the idea of god is that they have trained themselves not to have that though, and being reminded of that makes them afraid and hence angry.

  5. Tzuriel Says:

    lol. God and toilet training.

    I agree and disagree. Certainly it is true that a man shouldn’t be deserving of respect because he is religious. But a man shouldn’t be undeserving of respect because he is religious either. All men, atheists or Christians, should be judged by their actions and words.