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The New Target of Bigoted Hate Speech – People of Faith

The life action that is often the most difficult to discuss, and the most controversial, is seeking. Seeking is about finding a greater importance in life than mere existence. For many, the answer is found in believing in a more powerful being who plays some role in our lives.

For all of existence, man has sought to understand life beyond his day to day existence. Christianity, Judism, Islam and other faiths are the result of this seeking. Yet, in the last few decades, religion has come under attack by those who consider people of religious faith to be immature, uneducated or even worse. There is a growing minority of individuals who spew hatred and ridicule toward anyone who professes a belief in a higher power. And despite the attacks I expect to hear from this post, I feel it is important to talk about this growing hatred.

DiggConsider this comment from digger rtarar that got 62 thumbs up on” ‘Religion is an insult to human dignity. Without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.’ – Steven Weinberg, Nobel Prize winning physicist.” This quote from Mr. Weinberg was taken from a NY Times interview in 1999 and reflects the thinking of many people today.

Anti-religion bumperstickerHere are just some of the other comments left on the same article titled “Americans Change Faiths at Rising Rate, Report Finds“:

“I hope someday the headline will say ‘Americans say ‘fuck you’ to organized religion, Report finds.'” – Digger usrlocalbin.

“first santa and the easter bunny and now god? we are running out of imaginary characters to lie to our children about.” – Digger sigg14

Anti-religion sticker“Step One: Realize YOUR organized religion is bogus. Step Two: Realize ALL organized religion is bogus.” – Digger GREEDOnvrFIRED

“So sad that many people either switch religions, stay with their father’s religion or live on to believe a fairy tale without religious affiliation. Can’t they see that atheism is the only RATIONAL path and everything else is a man created myth with no factual basis? Without any evidence, God is the same as a pink unicorn. Why are people so stupid?” – Digger jm4847

The message to people of faith is you’re liars, you’re stupid, and your religion is bogus. The odd thing is that my research for this post took me less than a minute on Digg. I checked out the top stories on lifestyle and quickly found this article with the hateful comments.

Sticker saying people of faith are stupidI know, some readers will find my use of the word hate to be too strong. We are told that hate is something that is reserved for racists and the religious right. I agree that you can find hate in both groups, but the words of the new anti-religious are just as filled with hate and intolerance as any religious fanatic or klan member. The growing hate speech directed at those of faith is like a feeding frenzy. When did society decide that the one last group we can attack with words like evil, stupid and liars was Christians or Jews? And why? Because we don’t agree with what they believe. Yes, it’s that simple, and it’s called bigotry.

Here is one more comment from the article that helps you to understand the thinking of the seemingly very angry non-religious.

“At least some people get it. ‘The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous. Is it, perchance, cherished by persons who should know better? Then their folly should be brought out into the light of day, and exhibited there in all its hideousness until they flee from it, hiding their heads in shame.’ H.L. Menckin” – Digger sos84

That’s is in a nutshell. Since non-believers are the superior thinkers, those of faith must be tackled, crippled and ridiculed. Believers should hide their heads in shame for their belief in a power greater than themselves.

I have just a couple other thoughts on this issue. First, I understand that the individuals who openly share their hatred for those of faith are few. By far, the majority of atheist and non-religious do not attack those who think differently. But society is seldom tolerant of any bigoted hatred expressed toward any group of people. Given how vocal this minority has become, I think it is time that we call this speech what it is and share our concern for the lack of tolerance.

Button harshly stereotyping ChristiansSecond, please do not start telling me the stories of how so many have done evil in the name of religion. It is like saying that so many crimes are committed in the name of money…so money is bad. Simplistic thinking says that we can color an entire group by the actions of some. Sorry, I simply can’t buy that one. Just as I pointed out above, it is the minority of atheists and non-believers who are attacking people of faith. We can not label all Christians, religions or atheists.

Finally, I do believe there is room for educated, respectful debate about whether or not there is a God or why Christians do not accept some tenets of science. All I am proposing is that we leave the harsh words and bigoted speech for the truly ignorant, while we have a reasonable discussion of the differences in our beliefs.

By the way, the images in this post are used as examples of some of the rhetoric printed on buttons and stickers to promote this anti-religious, anti-Christian speech. The words are harsh and meant to ridicule. That is the message of the intolerant.

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