has it ever occurred to anyone that we’re speaking out against what we view as injustice by offering an alternative voice to challenge the status quo?
Certainly religion has been used throughout the centuries in western history as the basis for all sorts of injustices. From the subjugation of blacks and women to the oppression of Jews; and today the unequal treatment of homosexuals and others who don’t conform with the Christian norm.
It would be one thing if this bigotry were based on something real; but the fact that it’s not gives many of us the impetus and feeling of duty to challenge it. Frankly, although I seem to wind up inextricably discussing topics like the merits of theism … that’s really not why I visit this site. I’d much rather talk about why people believe their supposedly loving god advocates discrimination? Why they feel they have the license to deny others (who are good, productive people who do not harm anyone else) the right to something that apparently has deep meaning to them?
Why is it that religious folks are threatened by the mere presence of those who disagree with them, even when those persons number in the small minority? Are religious folks so insecure in their beliefs that they view intellectual opposition as a threat? Certainly there’s no impetus to create threads that directly target atheists (like this one). So I guess the question asked by the OP applies as much to the theists here as it does to me & the few peers I have on this board.
In fact you might take notice of the fact that I haven’t created any threads, which seek to challenge theism; but rather have merely responded and posted in threads that challenge atheism (or agnosticism).
If it weren’t for threads like this I’d be confined to commenting in threads that I view as productive, like threads that discuss gay rights, abortion, stem cell research, etc. I am under no delusion that I will convert theists over to my position; but apparently some of you folks are deluded into thinking you will convert us over to your side (and then act astonished when you’re unsuccessful).
I thought this was supposed to be the forum where non-Catholics can discuss things openly (notice I don’t typically participate in the exclusively Catholic forums). Obviously I’m a person who is accustomed to open intellectual discourse (and I don’t mind being in the minority). I guess not everyone shares that characteristic?