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Thread #109167   Message #2285772
Posted By: Bee
11-Mar-08 - 07:01 PM
Thread Name: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Subject: RE: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Generally speaking, though, Little Hawk, those of us who don't believe in one of the standard set of deities are unlikely to tell those we disagree with that they will be hideously tortured for eternity, and that such a fate is well deserved. Believers do this all the time and are often surprised that we think it a deeply repugnant concept, and that it is even more repugnant to threaten anyone in such a manner, regardless of their being convinced of its factuality.

Now, I know not all believers are caught up in the Hell ideology, but most are, in some form or another.

Also, this question remains: why is it more insulting/agressive to tell a believer that you don't believe than for a believer to tell you that they do? Because that is certainly the impression I am getting, anywhere the subject comes up. I have been actively pressured not to discuss religion from the POV of an atheist on this very board. No one ever complains about any spiritual group conducting, essentially, prayer rituals, on this board and everywhere else, nor would I ever wish them to stop doing so, as I am aware many find it comforting. Are my thoughts about the universe of lesser value? Do I have less right to speak on the subject as I see it, or understand it, or speculate about it?