Saturday, July 01, 2006

I am not religious. I have never been to a church service. I have never believed in a god/goddess/other higher being. I doubt that I will change my mind on this. I don't try to convert people to my views. I thanked the Jehovah Witness woman nicely this morning for handing me a brochure while I was doing yardwork. I've never tried to convert religious people to my beliefs. I have protested outside a Baptist Church when it was holding an Ex-Gay seminar, but that is the only time I have done something like that. I take offense when religious people try to impose their beliefs on other people through legislation. I think religious people often do good things. A very close friend of mine attends church every Sunday and I'm glad that it brings him happiness.

One aspect of my personal beliefs is the understanding that you only live once. As a result, I make an effort to not harm others through my actions. Once in a while I fail at this, even minor infractions to my personal moral code typically make me guilt-ridden.

Recently, a certain Christian gay blogger has taken offense at general statements I have made on my blog or in comments on other blogs- 1). that Christians like to feel superior to other people and 2). that the 2000-year-old Bible may not be the best tool for organizing one's life today, and 3). that Christians/Muslims ignore the fact that other past peoples (Greeks, Romans, Egyptians) believed as strongly in their gods as modern folks do.

I realize that these are, in fact, my opinions. Feel free to disagree with them.

However, I have never personally attacked This Certain Christian Gay Blogger. In contrast, he has repeatedly attacked me in quite a personal fashion. TCCGB feels free to suggest "[my] beliefs come from unenlightened prejudice," that "Why should your belief in the superiority of atheism get a pass while my confidence in my beliefs gets mocked," or, as written on his blog "My, don't we feel superior."

So there you have it, I'm unenlightened, prejudiced, superior, mocking.

Please note that I have never stated that I believe atheism is superior to any religion. I have never personally mocked TCCGB's religious beliefs. TCCGB never bothered to email me personally to discuss these points. Instead, he has used his blog or the comment section in another blog to suggest things about me that are, at least as far as I can tell, not true. I am not unenlightened, I am not prejudiced, I don't feel superior to others. Okay, once in a while I mock politicans, but that's about all the public mocking I do.

So anyways, I guess these personal attacks bother me because they seem particularly venomous, as if TCCGB would like others to dislike me as much as he apparently dislikes me. I don't know what to say. He's never met me, he doesn't know what kind of person I am. I understand well the feelings another blogger recently had when he was attacked in someone's blog.

So there you have it.

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