If one were to type in the phrase “christian statistics” into Google you would find none other than this very site as the number 4 result. That phrase is responsible for the most visits to this site each day. A lot of people have said to me, “Mitchell – why do you hate the Christians?” So let’s clear some things up right now.
First – I do not, in fact, hate the Christians (well, at least no more than I hate everyone else). What upsets me is the place that religious beliefs have taken in today’s society. Religious beliefs are too respected to be put under intellectual scrutiny. Logic, reason, and intellectualism occupy one place in our society, and they reign over everything else. They dictate everything from how we make laws to why we put our socks on before we put on our shoes. But today religious beliefs are on the same level as logic, reason, and intellectualism.
Putting faith on this level means that a person can believe or do anything and have absolutely no accountability. Accountability is a result of logic, reason, and intellectualism. Imagine what would happen if people could believe logically irrational things and use those beliefs to say, run a country. Think of the consequences. Very large parts of our population might be, say, denied the right to marry. We might sign a virtual death certificate for thousands of Americans by denying research on stem cells because of an irrational belief that an embryo is a living human being. Sounds like a pretty screwed up society right?
My point is that people have the right to believe whatever they want to believe. But when a person starts using those beliefs as the basis for action then it becomes the concern for all of us. If something you do or believe affects the society your actions and beliefs should be held under the same scrutiny as would those of an atheist.