I just had an experience that I have a strong need to share with whomever feels like reading it. I manage a small business in a very small town. During the average day I deal with all sorts of people. Just a while ago, an older gentleman came in and obviously needed someone to talk to. He stood in my store and had a very normal conversation about his time in the Marine Corp and how different things are with the military today.
The conversation was going on just as any average small-town conversation would until he told me that there was something he needed to tell me. First he asked whether I had seen the movie The Legend of Boggy Creek. I told him that I had seen it, and I knew it supposedly happened in a small town near here. He then leaned closer and told me that he and a friend had seen a bigfoot last week. I responded as politely as I could muster, "OH REALLY?!?" I had to ask, "Did your friend think it was a bigfoot?"
He looked at me completely serious and said, "No, he thinks it was a deer and that I was just too drunk." After he said that came the highlight of my entire day. He looked at me and said, "It was a bigfoot. It was as real as Jesus Christ." I could only respond with well-hidden sarcasm, "WOW!" He then went on to tell me how they have to be real because they are seen around the world. Then came a statement I loved nearly as much as the comment about the reality of Jesus Christ. He said, "They even seen em in the Andes over there around Kilimanjaro." I'm pretty sure he was referring to the Himalayas and Mount Everest, but who knows.
After he left my store, I just had to crack up laughing. But it's sad, this is the type of person religion takes the biggest hold of. Religion is the most dangerous when it comes to the lowest common denominator or our society. There are a lot of people that are not intelligent to differentiate between a metaphor and when he should stone someone. If I had told him I was an atheist, I think this man could've stoned me to death