How would you respond?
In my Livejournal, I posted the link to the 'Jesus Camp trailer. I threw in some verbosity.
Scary shit.. now we got christians using the tactics of radical islam. The battlelines are being drawn. Religion is gonna kill us all. The moderates will look at this and say 'We're not crazy like that'. And yer prolly right. But the crazy ones ARE out there. And much like with Islam, it only takes 19 people who are fanatical to kill thousands. Or one. If their God tells them to kill.
Wanna try to save the world?
We can help.
I got a response on the journal post thusly..
Being anti-theist isn't the answer though either. As much as you scoff at people with faith; they will scoff at you for not having any. That just leads to a cyclical battle of a logical argument about a thing which isn't logical.
Atheist rationalism won't counter fundamental Christianity. Many of them are well educated, super-logical people who get everything wrong because they take the Bible as the first and most unequivocable piece of the argument. When they are doing that the best tool to use against them is the Bible itself, not atheist rationalism. They just try to convert you if you tell them you aren't Christian.
You can't prove to them (or me for that matter) that there isn't a deity anymore than they can prove it to you.
All of that said, yes that is a scary video. It wasn't like that when I went to church, and because that was all I could find when I moved to Chicago, I stopped going to church.
It's been out there for as long as we've been alive, and that fanaticism is growing. If it is any consolation, a lot of the people I know who were that kind of Christian as kids have lost their faith entirely because it became obvious that the message was a load of ....
I'm trying to word a proper response without being too rude.. Any assistance would be appreciated.
"Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell.... Kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change.