Thursday, September 15, 2011

Random Thoughts on the Double Sided Nature of Myth Busting

Random thoughts that will probably get me in trouble one day. In refereeing a particularly heated religious debate where a staunch supporter of some unspecified branch of Christian faith was proclaiming the literal nature of the bible only to be refuted by examples from a staunch atheists using experts from Leviticus and Deuteronomy on the “correct” methods to discipline an unruly child. A few things occurred to me.

1.)It seems like atheists tend to know more about religion then most “religious” people.

2.)These books of harsh standards of religious practice in the old testament make a up books 3 and 5 of the Torah as well. Yet you never see someone openly criticize the Jewish faith in the same manner.

3.) The Jewish tradition plagued by it oppressive suffering past has somehow made it a sacred cow when it comes to ridiculing it’s silly beliefs. (The same core beliefs that people openly ridicule Christians for)

4.)If you ridicule or mock these beliefs you will be called an anti-Semite. Taken to a extreme this can actually be considered a hate crime and be prosecutable.

5.)This has some interesting consequences. Such as government support for Zionism (the creation of a Jewish national sovereign nation) or the creation and backing of Israel.

6.)Why is it so unacceptable to challenge the Jewish belief system or seen as so taboo?

7.)Should suffering exempt your claims of faith from examination?

Just an interesting observation that I would open to receiving feedback on.

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