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Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Florida, Oosa
On a personal level, I do not like to ridicule religion unless that religion is being used in a manner to justify cruelty to others. Even then, I don't like to do so because there are a lot of cool people who identify with that religion and they get caught in the crossfire.
It is hard not to, when you are in a discussion with someone who uses their religion as the context for their entire argument, and they are absolutely right on with regards to their religion. If their religion were the absolute basis of reality, there would be no argument. That is when their religion is called into question by me, if I decide to take it that far. I am the sort of individual who likes to get right down to the point, to bypass everything else and drive to the fundamentals of any one particular subject. Which in the past, resulted in many arguments trying to show the validity of the Bible is flawed. Doing so is just a pursuit of frustration usually, as the religious person will often resort to conspiracy theory, and claim an agenda is in place to discredit the validity of their religion.
The thing is, I always come out feeling bad. A lot of people need their religion to find purpose in their lives, they think they are going to be reunited with loved ones, that all of the struggle they go through in life will eventually come to an end and they will live in an eternity of happiness. I don't like to feel I am taking that away from them.
I don't have anything to offer them in place, that would bring them the same comfort so I tend to shy away from religious topics now, or I try to be as open minded as possible even though I do not believe in the things religious people do. I don't want to hurt them, I would rather they remain happy. When the religious use their texts to justify cruelty, is when I sometimes slip up. I just don't like to do it, there are a lot of religious people that I respect out there, and I don't like hurting them in the process.
Should religion be ridiculed? I think cruelty to others should be, if it comes down to religion being used to be cruel then yes, in certain circumstances there is no other way than to go after the religion and show that their cruel behavior is not necessary, that they are hurting others based upon a false premise.
Live and let live
"Whoever fights monsters should
see to it that in the process he does not become a
monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss,
the abyss will gaze back into you."