Why moderate believers are also dangerous

Moderate believers are harmless, you say? Just the militant fundamentalists we need to worry about?

Perhaps you should reconsider that.


“When religion is weak, it asks ‘Why can’t we just agree to disagree?’ When religion is strong, it slaughters all opposition.” ~ @CrispySea

“It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein

“Organised religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children.” ~ Christopher Hitchens

“Being an atheist feels like being the only sober person in a car full of drunk people, and they refuse to let you drive.” ~ Unknown

“Religion is the refuge of the morally weak and the intellectually lazy.” ~ Craig Smith

“Religion requires no skill what so ever; just credulity, a soft head and the unconscious yearn to know absolutely nothing.” ~ Phiwe Nkonki

“If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits.” ~ Dan Barker

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.” ~ Robert Pirsig

More great quotes here.

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2 Responses to Why moderate believers are also dangerous

  1. Owl Wood says:

    I have always suspected that “moderate” believers are simply too lazy, too comfortable or too uncertain to make the effort to be militant. The same sloppy acceptance of pure nonsense on a basis of “faith” is still in operation inside their minds but they want a quiet life and so avoid anything too confrontational, such as an expressed opinion. Make no mistake, if it were a free and secret ballot then the tea-drinking Church of England et al would slaughter non-theists as quickly as any other group – provided that someone else would have to perform the executions of course, somewhere out of sight.

    • RP says:

      Dear Mr./Ms. Owl Wood,

      An even simpler explanation might be that moderate believers just want to live their lives without any trouble with authorities, and so the path of least resistance is to conform and not question the culture they were born into. If the culture says it’s sometimes ok to deny some people human rights, the safest moral option for the moderate believer is to accepts the group, the norm, and the tradition.

      Also, it might help that non-conforming people are threatened with eternal torture.

      Here we have the central themes in Christianity: we are sheep, fearful of the father-figure. Christianity never offers love without fear and reverence attached.

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