The above is one reason why I have zero respect — or even interest — in the religious “beliefs” of approximately 99% of humanity.
In an early post, I highlighted a statistic which should terrify anyone proclaiming a religious ‘belief” of any kind: The vast majority of those who bother to be actively involved with religion MERELY end up aping/parroting whatever their PARENTS (or some equivalent) claimed to “believe”.
Only about 1% actively choose their religious “beliefs”. It is a safe bet that those who convert from whatever religion was perpetrated on them (if any) during childhood have actually expended some fairly serious thought about what they actually ‘believe’, and the “practices’ to which those beliefs “should” lead.
I’m willing to entertain the theoretical possibility that some specific subset of those who merely end up “embracing” the “faith tradition” perpetrated on them during childhood/endemic to their specific demographic ‘community” have also done so after investing serious effort into examining the merits of such ‘beliefs” and “practices” — but realistically, there is no way, whatsoever to even begin to distinguish those folks from those who merely ape/parrot for more distinctly ‘social” reasons, such as:
- “social” pressure (IE: emotional blackmail)
- simple passivity/anti-effort
- Too thoughtless to have ever even thought such questions
That is why, in the vast majority of cases, I simply cannot bring myself to have any “respect” for the professed religious “beliefs” of others: aping/parroting/having succumbed to “emotional blackmail” do not strike me as as worthy of “respect”
That’s the bottom line: one of the reasons that religion tends to be such a “sensitive” issue for many (most?) is: since they are MERELY aping/parroting — as opposed to even ATTEMPTING to understand — that which they claim to ‘believe’, it follows that they are INCAPABLE of rationally defending — or in most cases, even explaining — those ‘beliefs”.
That’s where shit like “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” comes in:
It allows them to “frame” their INABILITY to explain/defend the various claims made by their “faith”, as A MARK OF VIRTUE.
Now don’t get me wrong: the fact that I have no respect whatsoever either for what you claim to ‘believe”, or for your motives for such pretense does not mean that I will (necessarily) go out of my way to make fun of you/your beliefs — to your face.
Then again, I wouldn’t go out of my way to imitate/make fun of someone suffering from Tourette Syndrome, either.
In both cases, the afflicted individual CANNOT HELP IT.