Actually, that is not at all what he stated. Not to be redundant, here is the quote
how can any rational person with the slightest grasp of the state of the world reproduce biologically instead of adopting?
If you consider yourself to be rational and to have a grasp of the state of the world, then he is asking you how you made the choice to bear your own children instead of adopting. His word choice or tone may not be polite but how could he ask that and not offend people?
no, i don't see the difference, other than that that phrasing fails to convey the reasons for my view or the feeling behind it. the best phrasing was dawn's "not only irrational, but down right irresponsible", but i would have rejected that as too judgemental and not very open to feedback, and i was trying to ask a question after all.
let me tell you what i do to try and maintain my objectivity in interpreting my or someone else's words. i use a control, i switch the subject matter to a neutral subject which all parties might agree upon, and see if the phrasing still stands up. like this:
"how can any educated physician with the slightest grasp of his field of study smoke tobacco or marijuana?"
Great post Ida.
you should reevaluate your definition of "better". everything you just said is used as a defence for believing in gods. it's just an excuse.
as for genetics, if a rationalist can be born to religious parents, then genetics are simply not the issue. self-discipline can overcome almost every aspect of behaviour, as can habits acquired from a community.