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Paula Kirby's Avatar Jump to comment 59 by Paula Kirby

You know, I am getting very weary of the apparent determination of some people to think only the worst of anyone who's religious. There is a lack of generosity about it that I find both disturbing and alienating. A tribalism too. We are quick to spot it when it's the religious who are doing it: we know how divisive religion is, how harmful to any sense of human unity; and we are quick to spot it and mock when the religious interpret everything done by an atheist in the worst possible light and refuse to ever give us the benefit of the doubt. These are some of the characteristics of the religious that I find least attractive and, frankly, they are no more appealing when done by atheists.

Please don't let us fall into the Us and Them trap to the point where anything done by 'Them', no matter how easy we'd find it to understand in one of 'Us', automatically puts 'Them' in the wrong.

I'm not going to comment any more on this thread. I have spent much of the last four-plus years arguing against the religious when they claim that atheists are fundamentalist or dogmatic or unreasonable - but I have to say, too often these days I can see exactly what gives them that impression, even though there is nothing in atheism per se that should lead to that. It worries me deeply.


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