It does little good to debate someone who is so fiercely loyal to an unsubstantiated line of reasoning that no amount of empirical evidence could ever
sway him from his holy conviction.
With such a person reasoning is not sound, only faith. Faith unto death. Science is foolish for its' inclination to support that which seems most
likely, rather than that which was preached by a man unrecorded outside of a book written on his behalf long after his death, then modified and
revised throughout history to meet the immediate needs of the time, and to whom the cry of faith has been utterred in rage and hate at the behest of
the murder of millions.
Such a person will very often vehemently profess his right to deny others theirs for his own religions sake. Many such people will intentionally
produce false and shallow pseudo-science (actually pseudo-science is not the ideal word to use, because there is real validity in much pseudo-science;
it is a word that has been misused on religious zealots' imitation science) which they hope to use to sucker others into their faith, reminiscent of a
dishonest used car salesman trying to unload a clunker upon an unsuspecting victim.
Such a person is not unlikely to be of low mental capacity for abstract thought or else attempting to cling to a semblance of sanity by embracing
religion. Many would, if pushed, kill others to defend their religions' propriety. Examples of religious zealots' targets include abortion clinics,
infidels, brain washing of children, vehement professed hatred of homosexuals among others ( depending on which fundamentalist sect this might include
democrats, Jews, Muslims, athiests, Wiccans, various races, unmarried women with children, educated women, any person educated in disciplines outside
of the bible/ koran, etc, any person who seeks the aid of modern medicine, any person who does not agree to hate or kill any or all of the
It is good that science and religion have gone their separate ways. Now, it is not suicidal heresy to claim that the preponderance of evidence
suggests that the world is very nearly round, that the Earth orbits the sun, that witches cannot fly to their sabbats where they kiss the devils anus,
and that perhaps the universe is governed by natural physical laws rather than supernatural whims. A person can expect today to not have their eyes
burned out for suggesting that the Earth is infact not 6,000 years old. In this modern world, secular and partly free from the punishments concocted
by a religion professing the virtue of not judging others, I can even suggest that for this species to move on from its' base and carnal shame it must
not allow decisions to be made with the concerns of or deferment to those who puke their superstitions upon empiricism, but must always be made with
the application of the best science and data.
edit on 5-6-2012 by Erectus because: (no reason given)