So, started reading The End of Faith by Sam Harris today, and although i agree with him, i think there is a side to this issue that nobody really wants to talk about.
Yes, we all know that fundamentalists, religious extremists, are horrible and dangerous to society, humanity and the world, but what about atheist extremists??
I dont think they should be ruled out just because they are atheist. Here is my example:
Religious extremist: blows up a building because God told him to cure the world of herretics
Atheist/secular extremist: blows up a building to cure the world of religious people
Both are insane, immoral, and horrible. I felt the need to blog this because today is National Humanist Day. Can't we just all get along? and if we can't, Is there any reason why we can't use kindness to get through to the religious? Yes, we all can loose our cool, but ultimately, anger doesn't solve anything. If we are going to be snapping at religious people, then they won't listen to us. Granted, they can drive us pretty nuts, but still. What if that someone is actually curious and questioning? Who would they most likely walk up to? A crabby, millitant person, or a kind, approachable person. Yes, they like to be confrontational, but why stoop to their level and do the same?! I don't think we should be quiet about our atheism, but i don't think we should be chasing people away.
You get more flies with honey than you get with crap.
The way I have tried to keep my cool and have them somewhat hear my point is by ...feel, felt, found.
I understand how you feel, I once felt the same way too, but/and this is what i found.
It is obviously easier to do this if you have a past of being religious. I think its a good idea for us all to remind ourselves, that we are all humans and that we are not perfect, but if would be a better world if we all treated each other with some kindness.