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    Re: Are People Of Religious Faith Typically Bigots?

    My theory is that religion exploits a vulnerability within the mind that can be used to stir up innate bigotry, but not necessarily so. Once religion enters your mind, it is very difficult to separate your genuine, rational beliefs from religious dogma. Like a virus in a computer, it can spread and overwrite otherwise benign data, infecting it. Eventually you're left with a thought process that is full of religious pop-up windows that chugs along at half the speed of a regular person's intellect.

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    Re: Are People Of Religious Faith Typically Bigots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pozessed View Post
    big·ot
    ˈbiɡət/
    noun
    noun: bigot; plural noun: bigots

    a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

    My experiences tell me yes, all people who strictly try to follow ancient religions are bigots. I'm curious of other peoples opinions on this.
    You sound very intolerant of religion. Hmmmm.

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    Re: Are People Of Religious Faith Typically Bigots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    My theory is that religion exploits a vulnerability within the mind that can be used to stir up innate bigotry, but not necessarily so. Once religion enters your mind, it is very difficult to separate your genuine, rational beliefs from religious dogma. Like a virus in a computer, it can spread and overwrite otherwise benign data, infecting it. Eventually you're left with a thought process that is full of religious pop-up windows that chugs along at half the speed of a regular person's intellect.
    Depends on how you define “vulnerability.” You seem to see this as a weakness rather than as an openness. Some would call this a narrow, rigid view.

    Why would anyone necessarily need to separate “genuine” and “rational” beliefs from “religious dogma”? Why can’t one’s faith be affirmed by the genuine and rational?

    That you see faith as an infected thought-process says much. You aren’t going to find much empirical evidence, however, that a “regular person’s intellect” is any “faster” than the intellect of a person of faith.

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    Re: Are People Of Religious Faith Typically Bigots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    My theory is that religion exploits a vulnerability within the mind that can be used to stir up innate bigotry, but not necessarily so. Once religion enters your mind, it is very difficult to separate your genuine, rational beliefs from religious dogma. Like a virus in a computer, it can spread and overwrite otherwise benign data, infecting it. Eventually you're left with a thought process that is full of religious pop-up windows that chugs along at half the speed of a regular person's intellect.
    So, according to you, many liberal gay Christians have infected minds.
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    Re: Are People Of Religious Faith Typically Bigots?

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    Depends on how you define “vulnerability.” You seem to see this as a weakness rather than as an openness.
    It's a vulnerability. It allows for the infiltration of beliefs and ideas that are not evidence-based.

    Why would anyone necessarily need to separate “genuine” and “rational” beliefs from “religious dogma”?
    Because religious dogma was written hundreds or thousands of years ago in an era where there was little understanding of the human condition, where magical thinking was common, and which is at odds with empirical reality.

    That you see faith as an infected thought-process says much.
    Indeed it does.

    You aren’t going to find much empirical evidence, however, that a “regular person’s intellect” is any “faster” than the intellect of a person of faith.
    Religious belief impedes rational thought. You have to contend with and overcome the hurdle of scripture (or, conversely, surrender to it and thus forego thought). That seems to be an obstacle to me.

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    Re: Are People Of Religious Faith Typically Bigots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Logicman View Post
    So, according to you, many liberal gay Christians have infected minds.
    By your reckoning, they are not Christians. So are you asking me to explain something that you outright reject to begin with?

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    Re: Are People Of Religious Faith Typically Bigots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    By your reckoning, they are not Christians. So are you asking me to explain something that you outright reject to begin with?
    So you're questioning their Christianity as well as their minds.

    According to YOU, are there gay Christians? And if so, are their minds infected with religion / Christianity?
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    Re: Are People Of Religious Faith Typically Bigots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    My theory is that religion exploits a vulnerability within the mind that can be used to stir up innate bigotry, but not necessarily so. Once religion enters your mind, it is very difficult to separate your genuine, rational beliefs from religious dogma. Like a virus in a computer, it can spread and overwrite otherwise benign data, infecting it. Eventually you're left with a thought process that is full of religious pop-up windows that chugs along at half the speed of a regular person's intellect.
    This theory is it based upon your being on the outside looking into another’s beliefs – opinions- thought processes? Your personal observations?
    If my post offends you, I deeply Apple-O-Jize.

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    Re: Are People Of Religious Faith Typically Bigots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Logicman View Post
    So you're questioning their Christianity as well as their minds.

    According to YOU, are there gay Christians? And if so, are their minds infected with religion / Christianity?
    If someone says they are Christian, I have no choice but to believe them. And yes, people who genuinely believe in magic, that angels and demons are real, and that scripture is literally true are infected.

    90% of the time, Christians don't literally believe in magical nonsense, and only use the Bible as moral guide. Which seems fine with me.

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    Re: Are People Of Religious Faith Typically Bigots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    If someone says they are Christian, I have no choice but to believe them. And yes, people who genuinely believe in magic, that angels and demons are real, and that scripture is literally true are infected.
    Thus, gay Christians have infected minds, according to you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    90% of the time, Christians don't literally believe in magical nonsense, and only use the Bible as moral guide. Which seems fine with me.
    I don't know anybody like that except for some posing as Christians.

    As for magic, you have your own magical beliefs - that the universe suddenly appeared out of nothing as if it were a magician's trick, and that the first incredibly complex living cell suddenly appeared out of primordial swamp slime, etc.

    Personally,

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