Sunday, May 06, 2012
Should skeptics and atheists be quiet and stop criticizing Christians so as to make Christians feel more comfortable?Yes, atheists have an obligation not to rock the boat or offend Christians in America.
Sometimes, maybe - philosophical criticism can be OK, but no disrespectful satire or mocking.
Not at all - Christians deserves no special privileges or deference over any other belief systems.
Some supposedly rational people even think the poll has been "pharyngulated" because the results are so one-sided. Nothing of the sort. All that's needed is the power of words on pliable minds. Maybe we could recraft the poll:
Should Democrats pay attention to the beliefs of theists of all stripes because, after all, religious tolerance is a basic liberal tenet?Yes, Democrats have an obligation to appeal to the broadest electorate in America that will accept Democratic values, in order to accomplish Democratic political ends.
Sometimes, often - philosophical criticism of the anti-democratic (small "d") tendencies of the Religious Right should be firmly asserted, even with disrespectful satire or mocking.
Not at all - ideological purity is too important to allow theists anything that might even look like special privileges or deference over any other belief systems, even if it means that the Democratic Party becomes a permanent minority party.
As a retired professional university-associated survey researcher with real live research in real live scientific journals.... I endorse this post.
-- pew sitter