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From my personal perspective, if I didn't see it, I wouldn't feel any compulsion to comment on it.
Religion? Isn't that what churches, temples, and mosques are for? Isn't that where religion should be discussed? Aren't there people in those places to talk about these things with?
I don't pull out my life philosophy and wave it around at people, and in turn, it's a little bit expected that no one else does either.
Wherever religious zealotry attempts to meddle with politics. We can't have that.
... And whenever religious people attempt to declare their opinions to be facts, ignoring the scientific method, armed with a bucket full of fundamental logical fallacies.
Well, there is this thing on ATS that lists all the NEW topics, and recent posts in threads, in one big lump. I use that quite a lot. And often there are a few religious threads, this one included, that list in them.
So if it's entitled "I love god. thanks" I usually ignore it. But if it's "I I love god and you should too, or you're a sinner!" then I come in and have a gander. And often what I see irks me to the back teeth.
And then there are the sort of folk who waltz into unrelated threads with such enticing quips as "Read the bible." as the sole answer to someones dilemma. Yesiree, I do tend to consider that an opportunity to engage the religious folk in some haughty banter.
Otherwise, I tend to mind my own bees wax when it comes to someones personal religious choices.
It's quite striking, how often they get uppity and point fingers at all and sundry who have had a gut full of their superiority and moral snobbery, and question Why oh Why do we go into their sacred dens to pontificate in the negative.
Yet more often than not, they are blind to the fact that they themselves are out and about espousing their religious intolerance in all things non-religious. Striking indeed how it only goes one way.
About to become homeless? Read the bible.
Got cancer? Pray to god.
Want to find spirituality? Get on your knees or you're a sucker.
Like a beer or two? Drugs are for mugs man... jesus is the only way.
Having a spot of bother with the missus? Religion will fix you!! Have a psalm.
Sick of religion? Why are you coming into our religion based forums and having a go, you stupids!!!
I have nothing against people who believe in fantasy. I don't go about hassling people who dress up as elves and goblins or furry little animals. I don't harangue people who dress up as knights and fair maidens and battle with rubber swords for the honor of the kingdom... Because they don't go around walking up to strangers and saying "Hey has anyone ever told you about king arthur? Let me tell yo a story..."
I'd take his sword and plunge it where not even merlin could find it.
Basically, the bottom line is this. Religious folk are bloody annoying. Hopefully if I am as equally annoying, they'll get the point. If not, well I have a giggle, they learn patience, and it's all a learning experience...
edit on 3-11-2013 by winofiend because: (no reason given)
Then why would you, as an atheist, browse threads in religious fora at all?
... Sargon was the illegitimate son of a priestess (older translations describe his mother as lowly). She brought him forth in secret and placed him in a basket of reeds on the river. He was found by Akki the irrigator who raised him as his own son.
I wouldn't trust a one of 'em, myself. But are you saying that religion should not be discussed on ATS, that freedom of speech should be abridged? By the way, a "church" is defined as "two or more people gathered in God's name." There are thousands of Christians gathered together here on ATS; doesn't that make this forum a "church?"
I can't speak for anyone else, but I myself never do that. And it's a bit difficult trying to visualize the circumstances that would lead to you being forced to read religious posts on ATS. There is no one waving them at you. You choose to read them. Why? To be done unto?
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Preaching? Did I do that? I wasn't intending to. I just wanted to know why non-religious people get so concerned about religious matters that they spend time fighting about it in places where it can't possibly make a difference. I understand the phenomenon a little better already, in fact. The question wasn't fake or disingenuous; I would've still wondered about it even if I was a non-religious person. I still wonder about the attitudes, though, the vehemence, the meanness, the outright hostility. Why is that always a part of some people's debate style? Simple immaturity, or something deeper?