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  •  How is it not bigoted or hateful... (0+ / 0-), in essence, accuse each and every person in the world who believes in the supernatural of being mentally ill?

    How would you feel if someone were to pronounce that all atheists are mentally ill because they are incapable of believing in God?

    Would you not say that such a statement was indicative of bigotry or hatred on the part of the one making it? I find it hard to believe that you wouldn't.

    Would you be offended by such a statement? I don't believe you can truthfully answer that you wouldn't.

    So why do you believe it acceptable to make such a bigoted statement about others? I will reiterate my first point here: Perhaps you need to take some time pondering one of the central axioms of all good moral and ethical systems, whether religious or not: the Golden Rule.

    If you would find a statement offensive, insulting, bigoted, or hateful if directed at you, you should not direct that statement at others.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 10:07:02 AM PDT

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    •  I did not (0+ / 0-)

      accuse anyone of being "mentally ill".  Thats the way you took it, not what I meant.

      I believe that religious people are good hearted people and mean very well.    I have nothing against anyone who is religious.   However, I believe that the idea of religion does not make sense and metaphorically I called it "delusional".   I believe that religion is a defense mechanism that humans developed to deal with the fear of the unknown.  Nothing hateful from me.  How about you?  

      Do you think atheists and agnostics are horrible people? I hope not.

      •  Given that the definition of "delusion" includes.. (0+ / 0-)
        a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary; also : the abnormal state marked by such beliefs
        ...can you understand why listeners/readers would make the jump from "delusional" to "mentally ill"?

        I'd also point out that "indisputable evidence to the contrary" is an integral aspect of delusion; given that the existence of deity can be neither proven nor disproven by any human standard, I would suggest that the use of "delusion" is inaccurate in this context.

        So, in the interest of both accuracy and the avoidance of misinterpretation, might you use a different (and, perhaps, less inflammatory) term in the future?

        The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

        by wesmorgan1 on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 12:52:59 PM PDT

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