Something I saw in a @harryshearer tweet that was retweeted by @lawrence (wait, why am I following Lawrence O’Donnell and not Harry Shearer?), were the proported results of a CBS poll “Believers find athiests as un-trustworthy as rapists”.
Nice. Well, aside my suspicion that the percentage of rapists who are also “believers” probably far outweighs the percentage of people in general who are “believers”… I must complain this is a most egregious display of intentional ignorance. The kind of blunt and unthinking ignorance that leads to hatred and intolerence which, in turn leads to a substantial portion of the world’s woes.
Honestly though, as I’ve said before, this thoughtless distrust of the unfaith stems from the fact that those of faith do not truely believe that which they have faith in yet, sadly, they firmly believe that people are terrible inside and without the “guidance” (aka threats rules and fear) that people get from religion, civilization would collapse! That being the case, for centuries they have felt the need to force people to claim belief and to shun, torture and kill those who won’t go along with it. All just to save civilization!
So hey… Thanks guys for your faith in humanity!