Pipe Dreams! I think it is safe to ASSume that both sides react strongly because we are dealing with strong beliefs and things that we were always
taught were true, or things we came to realize were not as true as we thought or were taught (Covering both sides here).
This is IMO only, leaves us feeling like we have been personally attacked for our intelligence level, our parent's intelligence level, our critical
thinking skills, or ability to tell fact from fiction, gullibility factor, mental capacity, etc. etc. etc. Whatever you want to call it, pretty much
works and it works for both sides. Nobody is telling us that we are stupid for believing or not believing that The Simpson's is a funny show... They
are calling us stupid for believing or not believing in one of life's most black and white areas, and on a subject that most folks either hold as an
unshakable faith in the truth or a fairy tale. That in itself shows how extreme both sides can be.
So we do take it personally. It's kind of like a "Your Momma" joke, when your mom passed away 2 days ago. It will always incite raw emotion and
equally raw reaction IMO. Debate the color yellow and nobody wants to call you a nut job. Debate religion, and even the most calm folks want to throw
you the stink eye while trying to control a form of "Roid Rage" that would have them coming to your house at 1 am to tell you how much you suck by
spray painting it in hot pink letters on the side of your General Lee kit car.
It's a lovely idea, if it could work.
And BTW, I am a Christian. I believe in being saved by the blood Of Jesus Christ. I believe in Heaven and I believe in Hell. I also believe God loves
loving Athiests maybe a bit more than He does hateful Christians, but I don't know that for a fact.
edit on 7/30/2012 by Kangaruex4Ewe
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