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You are disrespectful of others' belief systems

from: Greg Smith

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I would be interested in your church if you were not so tongue-in-cheek,  especially as relates to references to other established religions.  I am agnostic and believe that since I do not know if there is a god, I have no right to criticize those who believe they do.  Making light of another person's belief system is about as disrespectful as you can possibly get.

The Patriarch replies:

Greg:

I have made it quite clear that I don't attempt to speak for all agnostics. If you don't agree with what I'm doing, then that's your right. But I am not about to change.

In my view, this site is not tongue-in-cheek enough. I would like to make it more humourous. It's difficult when people continue to take it so seriously.

As to criticizing other religions; as I pointed out in my response to Misc 97 - Too Much Christian Bashing, I have no intention in ceasing to do this. It is certainly not disrespectful to criticize those who are determined to impose their religious beliefs and religious moral views on those who do not hold their beliefs.

If you look through the site, you won't find me criticizing groups such as the Amish or the Hutterites.There is as much, if not more, about their beliefs that I consider wrongheaded as any other Christian denomination. The difference is, they don't seek converts; they don't try to impose their beliefs on others.

I'm not going to engage in some phony charade of political correctness when faced with the ignorance of believers who are trying to impose creationism in children's science curriculums, who froth at the mouth with irrational hatred of gays and lesbians, who oppose rights for women, who actively work to bring on an Apocalypse.

Damn right I'm going to continue criticizing them, and I'm going to continue mocking them! And it's not that I disrespect them. It's that I have the same degree of respect for them as they show for others. And unlike other sites with different religious agendas, I openly publish just about all the criticism and opposing views I receive. That's a respect that others don't demonstrate.

Perhaps you are not going to fight for your right to live openly as an agnostic, but I'm going to fight for mine. That is not disrespecting the beliefs of others; it's standing up proudly for my own.