Eminently damned sensible…

I’m about as areligious as a person can get, in spite of the fact that I’ve got some pretty religiously passionate folks in my family and that I attended a Catholic college for the bulk of my undergraduate studies. I tend to regard belief in deities about the same way as I regard belief in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny – as long as it results in more holidays from work I’m fine with it.

That having been said, I have absolutely no problem with religious people. I take a page out of Carl Sagan’s book and feel that whatever helps someone to be happy in this fundamentally unhappy world we live in is fine by me just so long as they don’t try and force me to either listen to them preach or restrict my liberty based upon their religious beliefs. One of my dearest friends is a devout Catholic and we rarely find anything to argue about. Actually, ever since college I’ve been fascinated with religious mythology and I genuinely believe that you cannot truly appreciate western literature without knowing your way around the Bible.

So I was pretty pleased to run across today’s post on Harry’s Place. Harry’s responding to a survey he ran across on another site. This particular question and response was, I thought, flat out brilliant and something we’d all do well to keep in mind:

Why should we balance our belief in human rights with our tolerance for Christians?

The two goals are entirely compatible and do not need to be balanced. Christian and other religious beliefs are simply political beliefs which appeal to the supernatural for authority. The things that religious people say or do should be evaluated according to exactly the same standards as those which apply to non-religious people.

Way to go Harry. Another way of putting it is, as Nick Hornby wrote in “High Fidelity” it’s not important what people like. What really counts is what they are like.

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