Stop that! June 25, 2007Posted by Joe in agnosticism, atheism, belief, Christianity, church state separation, creationism, fallacy, freethought, god, morality, religion, theism.
To my fellow atheists/agnostics etc…:
Stop blaming all, the majority of, or any tragedies of the past on religion!
It’s a distraction!
War, genocide, terrorism, brussel sprouts; None of these are caused by or promoted by religion! All good people oppose these things. Since the person you are arguing with will not admit to being a bad person they will either oppose them or pretend to. As a result any discussion that ventures to this territory immediately puts the theist on the defensive. It will turn a civil discussion into a heated argument faster than anything.
I offer proof in the form of every review I have read of The God Delusion written by a theist, and now I read that The End of Faith contains the same points. That’s enough for me to not bother with those books.
In reality these things are human foibles. They will always exist to one extreme or another as long as humans do.