Why not break the cycle?
I have seen discrimination all around. Rather it be in real life, or on internet forums.
There will always be discrimination in the world. Rather it be discrimination based on religion, race or nationality. I see it all the time. Some Christians claim atheists are immoral, some atheists claim Christian are bigots, this only leads to more bigotry on both sides, each side claiming persecution. Of course, some Christians are bigots, and some atheists are immoral, but for either side to generalize the other is nothing less than group think and only contributes to the problem.
In highschool, I was discriminated against because I was a Theist. I was riducled and mocked among other things, for believing in 'fairy tales' and 'a magic sky daddy' (Ironically I went to a catholic school). Luckily I actually had friends at school (who were also Theist and were also mocked). However, guess what? This could have easily made me a bigot against atheists, but no, I refused to generalize all atheists as such. Would you like to know why? Because if I did, then I would be just like them. I would be no better than the ones who mocked me, it is easy to generalize people based on their religious beliefs, however I have learned judge people on a case to case basis. Most of the lessons I learned was from a priest at my church. He taught me to rise above the intolerance and lead by example and he was truely a great man and I'm sure people wouldn't be so bad if there were more people like him. By teaching tolerance, he didn't contribute to the cycle he broke it.
Quote:Utopias dont exist and I am against any attempt via goverment to opress the views of people who dont like me. They dont have to like me and the laws are already in place that say they cant have me arrested or kill me merely because they dont like me.
I made no reference to laws, thought police, violence or any such thing. My point was simple.
To tell those that are anti-theism that they should just tolerate theism and live and let live is no different than telling those that are anti-racism that they should just tolerate racism and live and let live.
I wouldn't kill a KKK memeber or try and legislate away his right to be racist (without harming others in the process), but I do not have to tolerate hi ideology and speaking against his ideology, even with ridicule, is not being intolerant. I can speak out against it to the best of my ability and attempt to disuade others from becoming a part of his societally detrimental system.
I am sorry if I missunderstood.
My fear is putting individual's thoughts in the hands of government.
There was a letter from Jefferson to Adams where Jefferson scoffed at Adam's complaints in a previous letter that people didn't "respect" their ellected officials and that they shouldnt be allowed to say such "offensive" things.
Jefferson basically said to Adams, "Listen you moron(he put it more politely) Listen, the King was saying the same thing about us when we criticised and ridiculed him, now you want to do the same thing to our citizens that he did to us in demanding our silence and obediance?"
Jefferson said that he herd it all aimed at him too, but it is far better to let people vent than to put their thoughts in the hands of a goverment that may not always agree with an individual.
So if your issue is merely improving relationships through the free market of ideas and free speech thats great. My issue has never been the "intent" of the "get allong" people. My issue has always been tactic used and it is a bad idea to make laws that attempt to become the repacement for an individual's thoughts.
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