Re: Promoting atheism
Jeffrey Goldberg wrote:
> Roy S Schestowitz wrote:
>> Can somebody explain to me why people want to _promote_ atheism?
> Because, on the whole, religion is dangerous. Religion opposes
> scientific and rational thought. Religion is the primary hook on which
> people hang ancient vendettas. Selling religion is tax-exempt.
> Think of it is promoting rationality.
> Now given our cultural taboos, attacking religion is just impossible.
> Douglas Adams made a speech in which he said something like,
> If you say taxes are too high and should be lowered, I can argue with
> you if I disagree. If you say taxes should be raised, I can argue
> with you if I disagree. But if you say that you can't turn on a light
> switch on Saturday, all I'm allowed to say is "I respect that."
> Most ideas that people hold are subject to scrutiny. We can argue about
> them if we wish. We can criticise them and even ridicule them. But
> there is one class of ideas that we are forbidden to publicly attack.
> I can argue politics with the parents of my daughter's best friend; I
> can argue economics with them. But God forbid that I do anything other
> than respect their religious beliefs.
> I admire the people who have the courage to break this taboo. Richard
> Dawkins is a prime example. I do not share his courage, and so I
> acquiesce to our norms, and remain respectful except in the case where
> debate is specifically invited.