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    ...an arrogant, condescending bigot?

    There are exceptions of course, but in my experience most atheists believe they are more intellectually enlightened than people of faith and are stronger and more secure in their being because they don't need the "crutch" of faith to help them deal with life's demands. No matter how you slice it, that's a decidedly arrogant, condescending and bigoted point of view. Is it particularly difficult to resign oneself to atheistic convictions without harboring such a disposition towards those of faith?
     
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    I've found the converse to be true, to be honest. I'm not an atheist, but rather a deist, but I've known quite a few atheists and with a couple of exceptions they don't look down on people who are religious. Religious people on the other hand have a heavy tendency to be self-righteous in my experience, and they look down not only on non-believers but on those who believe other faiths. Your two posts about atheists, for example, belie a certain degree of condescension or at least prejudice against atheists.
     
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    No.
     
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    Only during full moons.
     
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    ...an arrogant, condescending bigot?

    There are exceptions of course, but in my experience most superstitious people believe they are more intellectually enlightened than people of reason and are stronger and more secure in their being because they have an all-powerful, all-knowing, infallible, and unquestionable friend to help them deal with life's demands. No matter how you slice it, that's a decidedly arrogant, condescending and bigoted point of view. Is it particularly difficult to resign oneself to superstitious convictions without harboring such a disposition towards those of reason?


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    Same can be said of the far right religious.

    It isn't about a belief, it's about some people of faith or faithlessness being arrogant assholes.
     
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    Why is it that everyone's immediate response is to turn the question around rather than simply answer what was asked?

    Anyone who isn't a religious bigot themselves knows how bigoted the uber religious can be. But I'm not sure that many people are aware of how often the reverse is also true.
     
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    I never said, nor implied, anything about how people of faith view others. Any inference you've taken is purely of your own doing.
     

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