>Holy what?

>OK, please explain this to me like I’m a 3 year old:

A group of people who identify with various religions (I know this because I read their Facebook Info) were criticizing Scientologists on Facebook this morning as having crazy beliefs and practices. The “discussion” ended with this comment:

“To each their own…except for loony toons like these.”


How does someone say that any one set of religious beliefs, practices, or gods is any more or less ridiculous, silly, bad or wrong (or more sane, believable, true or real, if you prefer) than any other?

How? On what basis and criteria?

I mean, we do all understand that religious and deist beliefs are an accident of our birth and geographical location, right?

We do know that we would probably believe something completely different had we been born into another family, society or area of the world, right?

We can all admit that the sole “proof” of any of our beliefs is that it’s what we were told and taught, we choose to believe, and/or we feel to be true, without a single shred of empirical or scientific evidence, right?

So, if we accept that, how does someone argue against someone else’s deist and/or religious beliefs while arguing FOR their own?

I just don’t understand. I really don’t and I want to. I really do.

It reminds me of the argument the boys have in “Stand By Me” about who would win in a fight, Mighty Mouse or Superman.

Vern: Do you think Mighty Mouse could beat up Superman?
Teddy: What are you, cracked?
Vern: Why not? I saw the other day. He was carrying five elephants in one hand!
Teddy: Boy, you don’t know nothing! Mighty Mouse is a cartoon. Superman’s a real guy. There’s no way a cartoon could beat up a real guy.

Please, someone explain this to me because my head is about to explode. Yeah, I’m an atheist, so I don’t believe any of it, but don’t you either have to accept all beliefs are possible or none are? If not, what make some any more or less believable than the other?

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8 Responses to >Holy what?

  1. >Criticizing others belief is plain wrong. Who we are to judge them?

  2. Breenlantern says:

    >BQ: I'm afraid that doesn't distinguish them for me because I think religion very much does want to separate from the world and each other. All religion is to me is a legitimized cult.RG: because I don't believe in gods or higher powers….

  3. RG says:

    >I'm an atheist because….

  4. >Religion is the belief that only your chosen belief is the correct and true belief. All other beliefs are therefore untrue, and loony.

  5. BentonQuest says:

    >Breenlantern, I would hope that a religion would being you into contact with the world. A cult wants to separate you from the world. I know we could get into a discussion of monastic orders, but I don't quite understand them.

  6. Breenlantern says:

    >Next question, then, Sean:What is the difference between a cult and a religion?

  7. Sean says:

    >First, I so agree with you about religious beliefs being an accident of birth. I think the problem with Scientology is that people view it more like a cult then a religion – Jim Jones, Waco, the Moonies, etc.

  8. raindog469 says:

    >The Flying Spaghetti Monster could beat all of them up. So could the Invisible Pink Unicorn, and they wouldn't even see her coming.

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