I’ve just got to respond to this spew of ignorance. I’ve had enough. I really have.
When someone tells me that they are “Not religious, but very spiritual,” I want to punch them in the face…
That is what we’re reduced to arguing with. You know what, I’m being asked to take sides, so I will — the last time I saw this crap on the internet it was an ignorant Christian bigot spouting it. I’ve decided I prefer him. Anything but one more tinpot atheist Hitler. Anything. Because the ignorant Christian bigot had one thing left separating him from the level of hell normally reserved for Murdoch journalists — he had manners.
The charge? That I am stupid, because I’ll believe anything. That I am selfish, because I value the ‘inner turn’ and am therefore not fulfilling my duty to actively change the world. And that I am just scared of death.
Now I could argue against this. I had a whole thing laid out — about how evidential I am, how careful, how much I value intellectual integrity, about how there is no evidence for anything the guy is saying, about how long the history of being ‘spiritual but not religious’ is (millennia), about the good it has given the world, about how it can never disappear because it happens to human beings all the time, about the importance of mysticism, about the sheer insolence of trying to cut off rational debate under the guise of advocating it, about bothering to do your research if you’re so damn rational, and above all, about how much I resent be lectured to by just another dickwaving Dawkins on the make.
But you know what? I can’t be bothered. I’ve absolutely had enough. I’m not going to engage with this any more. I would rather be sent to jail or burned at the stake for my beliefs than defend them against such an unworthy opponent.