On the tolerance side:
- I feel religion is a natural phenomenon and will always exist.
- There are people of high intelligence (and less so) on both sides of the theistic fence.
- I am ultimately tolerant of an individual’s right to believe whatever they care to believe.
- I will vigorously defend an individual’s right to believe whatever they want.
- It is not my intent to deny no one the emotional comfort of their faith.
On the intolerant side:
- I am NOT tolerant of public policy being driven by religious doctrine.
- I am NOT tolerant of statements that give religion credit where none is due (i.e. religion is the sole source of morality)
- I am NOT tolerant of social divides created by religious differences
- I am NOT tolerant of societal ills promoted and enforced by religion
- I am NOT tolerant of the denigration of non-theists (as a whole) when it can be shown that non-theists are every bit as (or more) tolerant and ethical than theists.
- I am NOT tolerant of public funds (taxes) going to religious organizations that proselytize.
Most of my writings stem from my vocalizing the points from the ‘intolerant’ list. I feel that ALL decisions, big and small, should be based on facts and the best knowledge available. The truth of the following statement should be self-evident to believers and non-believers alike:
- It is ALWAYS better to make decisions based on real knowledge rather than mythology or superstition.
Often, the unstated message of my writings challenges the faithful to demonstrate that religion is, indeed, something more than mythology. I have yet to see anyone do that in a rigorous or intellectually sound way. In my research, I have not found one scintilla of compelling evidence to support the validity of any supernatural belief. I have, however, found vast amounts of empirical evidence that conflicts with much religious dogmatic teaching. I have had the faithful throw this, that, and the other ‘fact’ at me in support of their faith, but they were trivially easy to refute. You can get a taste of some of this in one of my other essays [here].
As soon as it clearly demonstrated that their religion is more than mythology, I (along with many vocal non-theists) will likely become a believer.