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  •  sure (0+ / 0-)

    I guess what I meant is, it seems 'simpler' in the sense that anti-atheism actions are usually less visceral, less violent and more subtle (after all, if they're buring in hell anyway, no need to waste too much effort on them)

    I'm not completely sure about the premise of your post, that intolerance is entirely taught. I guess it goes to whether people are born cooperative and then are taught anti-social behavior.  I tend to think the opposite though, despite the fact the anti-social behavior is indeed reinforced by upbringing. At one time, life was 'nasty brutish and short'.  More recently we tell our children to go out and beat up fewer and fewer types of people (like the Irish). Some people simply leave certain groups in the 'ones to beat up' category (gays, certain races, etc).

    •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

      I do not know if intolerance is necessarily entirely taught. I'm saying that the negative reaction that people have towards gay people is not something that we are born with. It's not about cooperation or anti-social behavior.

      It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

      by A Citizen on Sun Jul 30, 2006 at 01:14:05 AM PDT

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