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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 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlion.livejournal.com
May I suggest looking at religions as a perceptual and conceptual map?
Some religions self-identify as describing physical and/or literal truths and existence when they could be closer described as providing a perceptual and/or conceptual map to interpret physical/literal reality.

Look one direction - one can see the God of Abraham. Look another - see the wonderous spirits of air, water, wood and sea. Look another - and see the glorious beauty of trees, mountains, ocean, bird and cloud.

so I really don't believe there's One True Way. I do however see almost unsurmountable communication differences based on some of the most basic and almost subconscious levels of understanding between different people.

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