So, thanks for those couple of posts, guys. Nice to know there are folks around making people feel able to share their personal beliefs in a topic where people are invited to share them and not feel like they're going to be ridiculed.
I think we used to call that 'trolling' and I didn't think that was welcome on TTF. It's not as if I go in AT general and start ridiculing you for sharing your personal thoughts on something that's important to you, is it?
I find it more amusing then anything that you could take exception to me posting an accurate summarised account of an unspecified religion. If you attribute my comment to any popular religious belief systems then that is your doing, and you can blame yourself for 'trolling'.
I would like to point out that this is a public forum where the public can exercise their right to free speech, so feel free to take issue with the content of my post and point out your disagreements, but please don't try to censor, that is not your jurisdiction.
Now, back onto the actual issue: I will treat cosmic Jewish zombie theories with as much respect as I will treat the leprechaun theories, the unicorn theories or indeed the flat-earth theories.
And as for deterring people from sharing their religious views, that is a good thing! I consider religion an enemy of humanity. The people who believe in white bearded men in the sky are often the same people who are in control countries, armies and weaponry which they have consistently used to kill and discriminate in the name of the beardy sky men. If I can do anything to make people see just how stupid they are to have a religious belief, or even just shame them so they don't feel comfortable in spreading their message like a cancerous virus, then I feel vindicated and that I have done the right thing in stopping this madness.
Believe that you can walk on water or you are the son of god? Off to the asylum for you! But if you believe that an ancient man called Jesus was... well then you are allowed to go round scaring children in schools with stories of hell. Heck, you can even create your own state and actually be listened to for advice by millions of people!
Religion poisons everything. It left a significant impact on my childhood and I have often been met with hate from religious people who think that I deserve to go to hell purely for not accepting the insanity as truth. So I'm sorry if I forget to be tolerant, but I have been oppressed and made to feel isolated by the religious for long enough. It is time to fight fire with fire, and if your feelings get hurt, I'm not going to even pretend to care because you shouldn’t have been in the kitchen in the first place.
And to conclude, what have me and blaze REALLY done? We used words to criticize something?! I mean what awful extremists we must be?! Using words and reason to make a point?! The very cheek of it?!
If 'disrespectful' words are enough to shake someone’s confidence then maybe those people should start reconsidering whether religion is really for them. If you REALLY believe this stuff is ACTUALLY real, then it shouldn't be so easy to ridicule.
EDIT: I didn't read the entire topic but I have just now seen that some of the TTF team have asked for this particular discussion dealing with ridicule and respect to stop, so I leave it to the Moderators to make the decision on whether to remove this post or not as I can see it could reignite that issue. However I do ask for it to stay purely for fairness, as I had not been able to reply to Simon but I'm sure you guys know best whichever way you choose.