posted on Dec, 27 2007 @ 12:02 PM
Sam Harris, in The End of Faith, makes a very good point that religious tolerance allows fundamentalist extremists the space they need to
create terror and havoc.
I tend to agree with him. Why should we be tolerant of people's beliefs in invisible friends? Every single sky fairy cult on earth is holding back
the advancement of science and knowledge, from stem cell research to true world peace. If we have to be tolerant of one sect, then it is a given we
have to be tolerant of all. I prefer to be tolerant of none. I see no use for religion in the real world, and think we'd all be better off without
it. Its time has passed. We don't need god to explain how things work anymore, we have actual knowledge.
I'd actually like to see a day when religion is completely private, much like people's other questionable activities. If someone wants to practice,
let them do it in their own homes behind closed doors, like medical cannabis people and kinky sex enthusiasts have to do now.
If people can't handle having their beliefs questioned, they need to stay off the forum, IMO.