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Old 03-17-2014, 11:14 AM
 
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I've never really understood why religious ideas are supposed to be immune from criticism, while secular ideas aren't.

I don't see any reasons religious ideas should get any special protection from ridicule. They should be given equal footing to any other idea, subject to all the normal criticisms other ideas face.

Yet it is seen as rude, and in some cases not allowed, to attack a religious idea in instances where similar non-religious ideas would have met a quick death.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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I've never really understood why religious ideas are supposed to be immune from criticism, while secular ideas aren't.

I don't see any reasons religious ideas should get any special protection from ridicule. They should be given equal footing to any other idea, subject to all the normal criticisms other ideas face.

Yet it is seen as rude, and in some cases not allowed, to attack a religious idea in instances where similar non-religious ideas would have met a quick death.
Religion has traded in unearned respect for centuries, and it has built up a strong taboo against criticism with special loaded words like "sacrilege" and "blasphemy", "idolatrous", "unholy", etc. Only recently has it become relatively "safe" to treat unsupported religious assertions and claims with the same skepticism and even ridicule that would be heaped on them, were they not about god and religion. Or as I think Dawkins or Hitchens or someone like that said, "that which is ridiculous is deserving of ridicule".

I tend to think of theism as rife with special pleading ... god is always in a separate compartment from everything else. In god's world, anything is possible and anything can and does happen -- no evidence or logical consistency required or wanted.
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