Today i watched these two video’s as they showed up on my Google Reader:
For those who missed it, it’s about Atheism etc. nothing very special as we could anticipate that in those parts of the world where they are very religious, beiing an atheist is not the most popular. And this is regardless of the religion mind you!! I haven’t been aware of any religion that does not oppress religious minorities. Its something that comes along with the package I think. As there is no atheist country I know of I cannot comment whether a country full of atheists would do the same, but my gut feeling says it will be so as well. (primarily if the population is large enough its amount of people which tend to be narrow minded will increase as well)
Generally I tend to watch these kind of discussion as on CNN with a smile on my face, because in most cases these discussions always go along the same route with both sides having their arguments etc. etc. especially because these arguments surround around belief. Discussion can be fun to wathc, but I’ve never seen somebdy get converted to the other side unless force is used.
But this time i got somewhat upset, not because there where only believers having a discussion, but I got upset because of what Debbie Schlussel said. She was using the following reasoning “Because there are so many atheists in Europe, it’s becoming islamistic” and the same reasoning she uses on her blog post pointing out two occurences of atheists turning into muslim extremists.
What debbie seems to miss is that a true atheist would hardly fall for any of the God constructs whether they are jewish, christian or islamistic. Just like there are christians turning to other religions (and in most cases these converts are fanatics) so have some of the atheists turned into religious people. The underlying problem is the fanatics, whether they are christian, islamic, jewish, atheist or any other belief.
I’m glad I live in Europe where we tend to be a lot more moderate about religion, though we have a lot of trouble keeping the fanatics in pandorra’s box…… The item that was shown on CNN including the discussion was imho only polarizing and will only increase the stance of the fanatics and the people that will get hurt in the end will be the moderate people who just want to be a constructive part of society.