This topic threatened to become a Pit Thread, but I prefer to keep things on a higher plane (she says, wrapping her emeralds warmly about her).
It started with two posts of mine, objecting to these two quotes in news stories today: " . . . investigators and neighbors are still trying to make sense of two sharply contrasting realities: four adopted youngsters starving in plain sight and a family that was widely seen as loving and deeply religious." and this, from the husband of one of the DC-area sniper victims: “Cruz described how he met his wife, the mother of their 8-year-old son, when they were neighbors in El Salvador. ‘She was a very religious lady,’ Cruz said through an interpreter. 'She had good morals.’”
I thought both quotes implied that atheists are not moral and are more likely to abuse their children. The dog-piling began: “I’m not sure where you are drawing the corelation here” and “THAT remark (not a description by a reporter, but by the fucking HUSBAND of the victim) is insulting to you? The mind boggles.”
Note that I do not “insult religious people.” I insult insulting religious people. Have I ever said anything unpleasant to Polycarp or Isabelle or Vanilla? No, because they are in no way obnoxious. I find it annoying enough I have your God on my money, in my Pledge of Allegiance, in my laws (as to whom I can or cannot marry)—but I am getting tired of being told by politicians and the media that I am not patriotic or moral or even deserving of citizenship if I don’t believe in your God. And, if you’ll remember, I also started a thread on what a vicious old hag Madalyn Murray O’Hair was. I’d call that pretty damned even-handed.
What is your take? Is it still open season to imply in this country that people who do not believe in various gods are less worthy?