I despise fanatics.
Yes, I’ll admit, I am a fanatic about it.
I think this is the only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable and I think everyone should jump on that wagon: HATE THE HATERS.
If you can’t be bothered to be tolerant enough to accept different people have a right to exist, just as you do, then you should be stripped from that right first. Like now. Immediately. This instant. Your presence is no longer appreciated or even tolerated. Disappear.
How nice to be spoken to that way, right? And I haven’t even used the word “Die” yet.
But don’t be fooled. This loathing doesn’t apply to religious fanatics only although, admittedly, they are the worst of them all. They give an entirely other meaning to God complex. Ironically, they are the most blasphemous of all as they actually believe they own God. God is theirs. Only them. All other people know nothing and we’re all going to Hell. There is only one God and that God is their property. No sharing. Either you join them, or prepare for eternal damnation.
Eternal stupidity too, clearly.
But fanatics come in all shapes and forms. Racists, sexists, misogynists, childists (no no, not making up words), homophobes, islamophobes, all sorts of ‘ists and ‘phobes, really.
Now if you hate religious fanatics, like me, that is great. But that should be it. Anything beyond that is just wrong. The second your hatred expands to comprise religious people in general, then we’re in troubled territory once again. (Please note how I said “religious people” and not “religions” as I believe you are free to like or dislike any doctrine or philosophy you want and keep that to your own self or debate about it with grace and civility).
As much as I applaud abhorring religious fanatics, hating religious people is not OK, and no, just because you are an atheist does not entitle you to hate on others for their different believes. That just makes you exactly like them. A fanatic (non)religious bigot that is.
I personally am not what you would call a religious person. I am not an atheist either. I just feel I don’t have enough information to make up my mind and as much as you want to scream science this and science that, bottom line is, science cannot explain (yet) how that very first molecule came to happen. You want to call it Divine Creation (in which case, how did this divine come to be?), you want to call it God, you can give it whatever name you want, it remains a mystery. Anyway, that is my own personal view and I digress.
The subject of this post is RESPECT.
You want others to respect you, as a believer or as an atheist, you need to give them room to breathe and exist. If they don’t exist, they can’t respect you.
It’s OK for people to believe in things you find silly or blasphemous as long as they don’t impose their silliness or blasphemy on you. Or harm you.
It’s NOT OK to force conversion on anyone, whether to turn them to God or away from religion.
Really, if you are believer, you know deep down inside you are on the path of righteousness, follow that path and leave it up to God to handle the other people. Religious or not. God can be the judge. I think you’ll agree He knows best and will know what to do better than anyone else.
And similarly, if you are an atheist and cannot comprehend how people would believe in anything other than scientific knowledge and empirical evidence, keep educating yourself, on your own. And let those who want to believe, believe in whatever they want. No matter how silly they may seem to you. Silliness is not illegal or lethal.
BUT WE MUST ALL DRAW THE LINE ON VIOLENCE.
If any of your thoughts, believes, actions result in other people being harmed whether emotionally, psychologically (yes, bullying is a big no-no) or physically then you are out of line. And you must be stopped. You have no right whatsoever to ever, ever, inflict any sort of suffering on anyone else, let alone end a life. NEVER.
If you believe in God, you’ll agree death is HIS business, not yours. He really doesn’t need “agents” on the ground to do his work for Him, you’ll agree He is powerful enough to be able to handle it all by Himself.
If you’re an atheist, you’ll agree that nature has a magnificent way of ensuring only the most deserving survive so why don’t you leave it up to natural selection, eh?
Alright then. Group hug everyone?
Yes, that’s more like it!