Saturday, February 16, 2008

This One's For Chuck

I thought this was good for a laugh:

Ask a deeply religious Christian if he’d rather live next to a bearded Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don’t seem so bad lately.
- Scott Adams


 

3 comments:

Chuck said...

Snort. Since I know how to install my own wireless network, I'll not be picky about neighbors.

I find it interesting that many people have such a visceral reaction to atheism – that they'd rather vote for a gay president than an athiest. They tolerate any other religion, even if it completely contradicts their own, more than they tolerate atheism. "But you must believe in something" is the classic protest, "some higher power." Pointing out that many religions have no concept of a "higher power" doesn't help – the response is usually just an angry shake of the head. There is something about atheism that threatens people in a way I don't really understand.

Scott said...

If I'm being perfectly honest, I always found the Hari Krishna a bit threatening.

gaz said...

chuck - They tolerate any other religion, even if it completely contradicts their own, more than they tolerate atheism.
because at least they are looking for and believe that there's more to life than just this. (even if they are wrong).
the 'belief' of an atheist is that there is nothing more than what they can see, hear and touch. that to me is a more destructive and narrow-minded view of the meaning of life.
funny quote though scott...

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