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Old 01 May 2013, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by hambubba View Post
We also aren't religious nutjobs. Also, there is no intent to deceive.
I didn't say that all religious people are nutjobs. But we all know of a few that are. And we know that (most of) the bible isn't real. Why do people perpetuate that which they know not to be real?

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If you find this is true in g/your own life, maybe you have a serious problem with yourself, labelling "religious" as nutjobs, and their reading material as lies. some of us find that offensive; not just publicly, but personally.
(g)You have the right to be offended if you like. But the rest of us don't have to respect your beliefs if we find them silly. The Westboro Baptist Church, the Ku Klux Klan and al Qaeda all believe in a version of God. We have a duty to take the piss out of these groups, as we should with any person that would use his beliefs to control the rest of us.

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But to mock a person's personal beliefs is, at best, in very poor taste.
Even when those beliefs are patently silly?

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So you feel that a religious text is a work of fiction. Fine. But it's a lot more than that as well. In addition to its social relevance, it is a collection of philosophical and ethical treatises that was compiled over centuries, whose contents have been constantly discussed, debated, and reinterpreted even up to today.
How much better would the world be if it was never written, and instead, we just learned to be excellent to each other?

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Even if you hold that literally nothing in the Bible actually occurred in any way, shape or form (which would be a very simplistic, even naive, thing to contend), it still shows us how people acted, how they thought, and how they believed they should act and think.
It tells a story that the writers want you to hear.

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It's not just the muttered ramblings of some crazy guy in a cave.
Wasn't Revelation exactly that?

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And if you still choose to believe that the Bible is nothing but a work of fiction, with no importance or relevance beyond that, I'll just say this: so is Star Wars, but it still "matters" whether Han shot first.
You don't think an adult that believed Star Wars was true would be mocked?

As everyone has a right to hold an opinion or belief, everyone has a right to mock those beliefs.
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