It does? Feel free to look at my profile, but I miss the part which says I am religious. Oh wait, I know: I live in Georgia. I must be a Southern Baptist, right? WRONG!
(While I do believe in God, I don't espouse any particular religion. I believe that truth is universal.)
I tried to continue the discussion, although I did add, "And what exactly is wrong with religion, or religious views? Maybe I am reading too much into your comment, but you sound like a KKK member responding to a black man."
That set her off:
"There are many things wrong with being religious and religious views. If I thought otherwise, I would not be an atheist; it would make me more than just a bit of a hypocrit.
Now, as to whether YOU having those beliefs has any effect on ME, that's another story. In a free society, you can believe whatever you like and I truly cannot rouse myself to care. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, what does it matter to me whether my neighbor believes there are twenty gods or no god? It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
It has been my experience in the past that no one argues so strenuously over such a small semantic issue unless they have an agenda to promote. If you have garnered from the severity of my reply that I am about to cease humoring your promotion of same on my blog, well then I've successfully conveyed my point. Until now I have refrained from not publishing your further comments on this entry because that would be rude. However, since you've now found it necessary to make aspersions as to my moral character, I will not consider it rude any longer."
Aspersions to your "moral character" Jennifer? You proved your religious bigotry with your first comment: "There are many things wrong with being religious and religious views."
Consider this: The overwhelming majority of the people in the world ARE religious and have religious views.
Or perhaps it was the snobby comment you made earlier about the presumed religious nature of my arguments, even though I mentioned God nowhere? In fact, the reference I made earlier in the argument was to "What is Man?", by Mark Twain, which is one of the most atheistic writings ever made.
At no point was I ever proselytizing. I have no agenda. I was merely arguing my beliefs, just as you were arguing your beliefs. I was enjoying the discussion, until you dismissed my beliefs because you assumed they were coming from a religious person.
By the way, thank you for allowing me to believe what I want. Although I suspect, in your mind, you are simply allowing me to wallow in my ignorance.
The truth is that you put a label on me. That label, in your mind, lowers your opinion of me, and my beliefs. I don't mind being told that I am wrong because someone believes differently. I do mind being told I am wrong because of a label. That is the nature of bigotry.