i ate my lunch in the break room today (unusual, but i gotta’ save money somewhere), and sat amidst a conversation i chose only to observe. the partakers of the conversation were coworkers, most with whom i don’t associate myself with the only exception being my sifu.
seemingly out of nowhere, the guy sitting next to me commented that the leader of FDLS, Warren Jeffs, should be “tortured for the things he’s done.” that lead to a conversation about religion (one of the topics that shouldn’t be discussed with coworkers IMO). most of the comments were centered around “i think this sect is a cult” or “that sect is a cult.”
do you see why i refrained from participating?
most of you know i’m not religious, and you know the reasons (can you say smothered?). while my perspective is not unique in this world, i seemed to be the only one at the table who saw a lack of respect for people who believe something different (sometimes vastly). at one point, the guy sitting next to me commented that the mormon faith seemed to originate from drug-induced experiences (the phrase “the guy licked toads” was used).
soon, the conversation led to comments saying, “i don’t know how people could believe something without any other basis.” this is where i laughed inside. what do you think non-Christians think of Christians who believe in a God with very little (solid) evidence? that’s what faith is about. i’m not here to argue about what religion or teaching is right. what i do want to point out is that trying to discount a belief system just because you don’t “get it” is stupid. it’s simply an appeal to ridicule (thanks, charlie, for the deductive logic lesson!).