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  •  I'm going to say this one more time: (0+ / 0-)

    Talking about how religious people react to challenges to their beliefs is completely irrelevant here.  "You're all stupid" is not a rational challenge to anyone's beliefs.  It's a schoolyard insult.

    I can appreciate how frustration with intransigent fundamentalists can make one want to resort to insults; if everybody reacts to your every rational comment with something like OMG UR BEIN MEAN STOP ATTACKIN MEEE, there isn't much benefit in staying rational instead of going on the direct attack.  And when you're talking to somebody else instead of those flailing fundamentalists, it's even more tempting to just vent about how stupid you think they are.

    Here's what you need to remember: when you talk here at DK about Christians in particular or religious people in general, you are not talking about some nebulous not-here Them.  You are talking about some of your fellow progressives who are reading this, and I guarantee none of us want to burn you.

    •  Yes, religious belief is pervasive (0+ / 0-)

      What is a better term for people that believe in magic?
      Born of a virgin = magic!
      Rising from the dead = magic!
      Sin = magic!
      An eternal god = magic!
      Turning water into wine = magic!
      Parting the Red Sea = magic!
      Creating the Earth in six days = magic!
      Souls = magic! (ghosts?)
      The Tower of Babel = magic!
      Talking serpent = magic!

      People that believe magic is real = ?

      +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

      by cybersaur on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 10:38:30 AM PDT

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      •  ... nope, still not interested in burning you (0+ / 0-)

        although I am developing an unaccountable urge to knock briskly on your head to get your attention.

        People that believe in any or all of those things = PEOPLE.  You do not actually need to call them anything.


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