I have a good friend who has turned from the church so I have a somewhat personal interest in this. Knowing and talking with him I became curious as to what others with his view are saying so I started watching and looking at shows and web-sites dedicated to the “left” side, as it were.
What I discovered is that a common strategy used by these folks seems to be to potray believers as ignorant, against science (or at least unknowledgeable in science), & uneducated. I for one take offense to this as a Catholic as I happen to work in a science field, but I digress.
For example, I was watching a show on MSNBC and the discussion was about congress and how the republicans are in trouble and such. The host made the point that part of the problem is that their followers don’t even believe in evolution…the insinuation being that evolution is so well proven that only a boob would not know this? My point here is not to argue about evolution (or politics…that was just an example) but that Christians are made to look like simpletons holding onto outdated superstitions (a phrase my friend often uses). This is but one example but there are many more and I have seen this over and over again now where atheists hold themselves to be intellectually superior while believers are potrayed as not well educated or as “right-wing kooks” and are “silly” in the eyes of the world. (Wasn’t that the point of Maher’s film Religiousosity?) It all sounds so familiar when I speak with my friend that I now know where he gets his information.
So my question to you all is what is the best way for us to combat this or answer when we are potrayed as fools. Do you see this trend as I do to potray Christians as fools?
PS…Will you please pray with me for my friend. He had a series of financial setbacks and he lost his faith.