Finally LN has broken my "just let it pass" thoughts when it comes to the letters to the Independent but this time I just have to chime in. First, his statement, "In my view, every human being has a duty to try to obliterate all forms of superstition." Geez. How's that for tolerant. And by whose standards of "superstition" should this obliteration take place. Only against anyone who believes in an unseen God or a Higher Power? However, the clincher is his comment: "Supernatural religions are hideously dangerous." Trust me I'd rather stumble into a dark alleyway at night and find out the gang of burly teens headed toward me are just coming from a Bible study than the local who-knows-what meeting. So anyway, accordingly to LN we're all horribly dangerous. Yeah, so we Christians goofed back in the Crusades but give us a break. In the Springs alone we have the second amount of nonprofits following DC. Of those nonprofits-- who help anyone, skeptics included--most of them are faith-based. Our two hospitals Penrose/St. Francis (Catholic) and Memorial (Methodist). Of the work being done for the homeless: Springs Rescue Mission, Marion House, Salvation Army--again all faith-based. How about medical issues: Mission Medical, TLC Pharmacy. And for those nonprofits who are not faith-based you'll often still find "deluded" Christians, Jews and other faiths working to help our community. The issue here isn't so much delusion, the issue is apathy. A person can't speak to faith unless a person has had the experience of faith. Faith is all about believing without seeing. I'm just waiting for the first Atheist Communist Help center or Hospital.
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