mensbattleplan wrote:I'm curious of everyone's opinion on this thought.
SOME atheist are very intolerant of religious people and called them idiots, bigots, liars, corrupt, etc. (ie. Jake at thegoodatheist dot com). Can one assume that if someone believes this about all religious people this would include all Jews? A jew is a race of people but they are also a religious people by origin.
Is it not a stretch to believe that if someone says all religious people are idiots that the person is antisemite?
People who claim that all religious people are idiots demonstrate their own idiocy by making such a claim.
I personally don't think it is necessarily either bigotry or idiocy to believe, and respectfully express the belief, that it is not totally rational to believe
...all without any verifiable, testable evidence to support beliefs in such beings other than personal 'experiences' or 'feelings' or simply taking believers' word for it....
mitchellmckain wrote:I certainly don't think it matters. Bigotry is bigotry. The lesson of the holocaust is not just about what people might do to the Jews, but about what people might do to any group they despise, whether Jew, Moslem, Atheist or Homosexual. So whether it includes the Jews or not, whether it is technically anti-semitism or not, it is still exactly the SAME thing. The point is to protect both the diversity of human genetics AND the diversity of human thought.
mensbattleplan wrote:What's wrong with believing because of personal experiences? How many beliefs do we sign up for because of personal experiences? I believe if I put my hand on something hot that it will hurt. Some people don't have nerves and can't feel hot. I believe that it's hard to be a parent. Some people don't have children. I believe that 2 +2 = 4 because I experienced someone teaching me math.
It's hard to ignore God when He keeps drawing you closer to Him everyday. I've seen people healed, felt the power of God move through me when a Spirit filled man touched me, and I've encountered miracles in my own life that could not be coincidences.
You can verify that parenting is difficult by carefully defining terms and establishing questions, and then interviewing thousands of parents about their real world experiences in parenting
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