Re: Tolerant and rational people who challenge superstition.
- You make a valid point. And yes, I (or any other atheist) would probably be be asked to be quiet or end up being promptly "escorted" from the services, if that were the case. However, I feel one element that separates an atheist from a theist is that sort of rhetorical intolerance. By the nature of their beliefs (in general) I perceive theist to be closed-minded (they have to be to accept precepts based on absolute 'faith'), but I, as an atheist feel that being tolerant of such beliefs is a significant and symbolic distinction. Now it is an entirely different story if such a person is belligerent or overly aggressive citing the same points of view ad nauseum, then it becomes counter-productive...at this point I tend to find most debates with theist to be fruitless. I do acknowledge your perspective, and to that I say a post that you feel is nonsensical shouldn't be validated with a response.
From: "lord_damien2002" lord_damien2002@...
Date: Thu May 11, 2006 6:39pm(PDT)
Subject: Re: Tolerant and rational people who challenge superstition.
----- KEN ----- thanks for your post dude. Just one thought -
there are plenty of internet groups and other mediums where people get
together to discuss the merits of religion. Don't you think atheists
deserve a place where they can get together and discuss the
furtherance of their cause without constant interferance from theist
activists like mark. If you went into a church and started to disrupt
the procedings with atheist outbursts, you would rapidly be removed.
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> > > >LD2: It is very amusing that you claim to be a rational
> > who wishes to challenge superstition - when you so blatantlyappear
> > to me to be an irrational person who wishes to promotecollective?
> > sorry to "whup" you so much by the way.
> > > -M: Where is my irrationality?
> > >LD3 - irational people are too irrational to realise how
> > they are.
> > -M: This is often the case.
> > I still asked where my irrationality was.
> > >LD3: just take our word for it eh Mark
> > -M:'our' - you are now a collective? Who is a part of your
> > collective? Can you name names here? Dan, is LD in your
> > Do you claim him?LD4 - sorry for being presumptuous. i concede atheists are not a
> D: No, I don't claim him. Kick his presumptuous butt, amigo.
collective due to tremendously differing views