March 26, 2006

Taking Offense - The atheist and the moderate Muslim

I've been meaning to post this forever, but each time I start to do so, I end up re-reading the article instead. It was written in response to the cartoon violence absurdity, but it is still quite relevant.

Each time I hear someone discuss their religious beliefs, I feel like asking, "How can you possibly believe something so absurd?" I hold my tongue (usually) because I don't want to offend the speaker by questioning his/her beliefs. And yet, I'd have no problem criticizing other sorts of false beliefs. Maybe I am part of the problem. Maybe my reluctance to offend is helping to maintain the belief system. Then again, maybe such criticism would do nothing except create conflict.
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