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How is it fair to judge one group by the actions of a few, but not others?


For example, there have been Christian people here who paint all atheists the same. they point to the few who put up hateful billboards and say that is an example of how atheists are. We aren't and I find those signs hateful and ignorant myself. if I were to (wrongly) say that all Christians are spiteful bullies because of what the Westboro Baptist Church does; they would be rightfully offended. Why can we not judge individuals by their character instead? Is it really that threatening for us (on either side) to respect each other as equals? Humans with different understanding?

 

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    I completely agree, what else can I say. I wish I knew how we go about re-branding the image though, because this vilified image has become quite commonplace.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    all good points. I am a firm believer in separation of church and state for precisely those reasons. Many Christians I know however also believe in the same separations thankfully, but yes it's a dangerous slippery slope for sure.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    I agree. Some of the best people I know are very devout and I don't begrudge them that, but I wish more would speak out. I would call out a militant atheist if I knew one because I find it horribly disrespectful.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    Paula, you and I think alike on much. I agree it is important to address who you are commenting to and to not edit comments when you have made them and confuse the conversation. Also, why concern oneself with "isms" and get to know individuals.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    Absolutely! I completely agree and it seems the "do nothing" is as problematic as the troublemakers themselves in many ways.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    Exactly my point - I have diverse friends and I love that. The world would be boring were we all the same. It's never been part of my mindset to judge a whole group based on a few. I just don't understand that way of thinking.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    Yes, your question is true for HP and good points :) but I was speaking more about the world in general. I guess I live in an area that sees a lot of generalizations (not just religious related) and I wonder why people feel a need to do that.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    Religion is not required for a sense of morality or a standard of conduct. Human psychology and development will tell you a lot more about why we have evolving standards and innate sense of right and wrong. I don't see fit to marginalize any group

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    I can see how some might take comfort in more rigid rules. I have a hard time as a free spirit type wrapping my head around that after being raised in the church, but I can see it to some degree. I think being unsure is great - it means openness :)

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    Good people in general make for a good society.

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    twayneking 2 years ago

    Interesting that in your world view, only clergy are forbidden to offer a choice of belief systems. Christin was complaining because all atheists were being bad-mouthed because of the actions of a few (Joe Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, et al).


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    All very good points; I agree. Isn't it ironic how the internet connects everyone, could be an amazing educational tool, but seems to isolate and divide people instead? interesting.


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