February 17, 2011

How Worried Should We Be About Offending Christians?

choose civilityFirst there was the "don't be a dick" debate and then we heard a lot about civility following the attempted assassination in Arizona. Many atheists are reflecting on these issues and asking themselves whether civility is a goal to which they should aspire. Assuming that we decide that civility is indeed a positive goal, it makes sense that we would consider the nature of our interactions with the religious.

So, how concerned should we atheists be about whether we are offending Christians, and should we seek to minimize this?

Here is what I would like to interject into this discussion:
As long as Christians continue to insist that a book commanding them to kill me is "holy," I am going to have a difficult time worrying too much about whether I offend them.
I am fully aware that many modern Christians will ignore these passages from their bible or attempt to reinterpret them. Perhaps they will suggest that this instruction referred to a specific place and time and that it is not intended to apply today. Fine. But that still doesn't explain how they could worship this particular god.

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