I just read an article about racial discrimination on an American flight.
It truly sickens me. The last few months have brought waves of this type of shit; Christian Americans who hate others and treat them as if they are subhuman. On some level it is part and parcel of religion to hate the rest – all religions do it and most theists have their blinkers on. After all, if you are not my religion, you don’t believe in the one true god and therefore your life is worthless. That’s what it comes down to, but most theists don’t shove it in your face quite so brazenly. Most are devoted to their own religion and hide their prejudice in public, presenting themselves as good people even if they in reality are smug and believe themselves superior.
But this last few months, Christian extremists have been coming out of the woodwork everywhere online, like a vile infestation. Hatred against Muslims, gays and women, the blaming of victims (Josh Duggar)… To be fair Islam has homophobia built right into it too but that’s not my main point for today.
Why all the hatred from the faithful? Can’t they see that their true religion is just as true for all believers in all other religions? (Of course not.)
Check out this cleverly done video that I hadn’t seen before, entitled “Dear believer, Why do you believe?”
Actually whatever I read online, regardless of the subject matter, there are always stupid Christian Americans arguing in the comments, trolling each other and breaking everything down in terms of their political parties, as if there is no other country in the world, and no view that can’t be reduced to one that backs one of two political parties. Everywhere I read the same ignorant false dichotomy argued by yet more dumb Americans. (Why is it a false dichotomy? Because following those two political parties is not only irrelevant to most of your arguments; they also exclude most views and in any case you are caricaturing the opposing party view. i.e. You’re attacking an irrelevant straw man.)
(To be clear, I’m not dissing Americans in general. Some of my favourite writers, scientists and skeptics are American. It’s mostly the idiot bigot comment warriors that piss me off.)