How to Talk to an Atheist Mar 5, 2013 22:12:13 GMT -5
Post by rational on Mar 5, 2013 22:12:13 GMT -5
I see this happening when data is presented that demonstrates that there is an error logic but rather than actually stopping to evaluate the issues and the data the issue is avoided.
How comfortable would people be if the leaders of government visited an oracle to make decisions? Of read tea leaves? Or consulted a palm reader? .......Or prayed and asked a paranormal being for guidance?
Until it can be demonstrated that any of these are at all effective should public funds be spent?
This is a broad brush!
Don't forget the oft-stated purpose of the New Atheist movement: To totally eradicate the world of religion. Atheists have very strong anti-religious beliefs about the harmfulness of believing, and are not shy about it.
However, I am not keen on unsupported theories like "intelligent design" being taught in public schools. I think parents that harm their children by withholding medical treatment because of their beliefs are dangerous and should be treated as child abusers. People are vocal about some of the beliefs people hold because they have the potential for negative impact on the lives of others.
You see faith based medical treatment but not many faith based air planes.
Why would you want to participate?
You cannot have a reasonable conversation on some atheist forums until you first confess (in colorful language, of course) that all Christians are deluded idiots.