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For the most part I have a great deal of respect for religion of all types - when one has faith. This does include atheism - which under some conditions could be considered a religion (when it's a formalized set of beliefs with a specific structure).
There's so many shades of atheism though and ... since I'm not - it's not really up to me to know the differences ;)

Every group (pretty much) has it's wackos. these nasties (*yay* for penalty!) for instance are the kind who shriek "help help - I'm being oppressed" when they're not allowed to server their homegrown hatred and bile. My own people has their own nasties (such as parodied on "The Wall")... we don't talk about them much.

Even though the wackos exist - there's no call for attacking someone else's religion.

People are fine targets though - as are individual groups of wackos. I'm sorry - but being rude makes one fair game.
Corollary: do not assume something that targets an individual or small subgroup is an attack on everyone. There's been too much sadness already by people being too sensitive.
Second corollary: I'll happily make silly posts about my own beliefs. My beliefs are solid and can handle it - and besides, what is said in good play can in its own way help make a people stronger.

Date: 2007-11-06 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] svinfylking.livejournal.com
I would agree that being rude makes one fair game at least for snark. There's limits, though. As much of an a-hole as Fred Phelps is, I wouldn't go protesting his funeral because I have this thing about letting the dead rest no matter what kind of worthless pricks they are.

I also agree that something that targets an individual or subgroup does not attack the entire group.

I admit I do not understand atheism at all, but then Welcome to My World. People are of course entitled to their beliefs or lack thereof but I've found certain atheists (not all) to be especially vile when dealing with anyone of any faith, not just Christians.

Date: 2007-11-06 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlion.livejournal.com
Just 'cause someone else is a freak-boy with horrible manners - doesn't mean that we need to be too :)

Some atheists are fanatics. The louder ones definitely are.... and fanatics aren't reasonable and cannot be reasoned with.

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