And then I read that the Archbishop of Westminster has been encouraging Catholics to make even more of a spectacle of their ridiculous faith than normal.
The Archbishop of Westminster says Catholics should be more ready to make the sign of the cross and say "God bless you" to people.Great. Because more religion is always the answer to...well...pretty much everything.
Promoting superstition is offensive because it degrades reason. But I want Catholics to have the right to cross themselves and utter whatever religious nonsense they so desire. And I defend their right to do so even when they must do it right in my face (assuming I'm in a public place). But where this breaks down is that many of them refuse to extend anything like the same courtesy to me. That's why much of this public religion stuff falls apart.
If the Catholic gets to go around crossing himself and muttering various incantations and if the evangelical Protestant gets to wear her "Adam and Steve" t-shirt and go around threatening everyone with hell, then I need to be allowed to exercise my rights too. If my version of crossing myself looks more like pointing and laughing, if my utterances promote atheism, and if my t-shirt says "Imagine no religion," then the religious can damn well deal with it.
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