Why is it that people would like Gates or Buffet (or any non god believer) less if they started Every interview with the phrase "First I'd like to say, I'd never have been able to have done what I did had I believed in a god." Yet those who criticize Tebow for doing the same are somehow anti religious.
Wayne, I think Penn Jillette does a good job of answering the agnostic/atheist question in this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGw_IY-5dsA at right around the 1 minute mark. In the true sense of the word the vast majority of Atheists are really Agnostic Atheists.
But I really would be curious to get your answer on the empathy question.
Wayne, neither man has ever made any indication they believed in a god. By your definition of agnostic, a vast majority of people who identify as Atheist would be Agnostic. Take a look at the '08 Aris survey.
But both men clearly do not believe in the existence of a personal god. No man who does not think there is evidence for a god is going to live their life as if that god exists.
I find it odd that you did everything in your power to avoid the empathy question. For sake of argument, agree that they could say that quote. Would you not agree that they were rude if they said that? Why should Tebow get a pass saying what he does?
I said this on facebook, but the analogy I've been using is:
Take for example Bill Gates and Warren Buffet (both Atheists). If everytime they answered a question about anything, they started their answer with "First, I'd like to say that I never would have been able to have been as successful as I've been, if I'd believed in a god", they would be as mocked as much as Tim Tebow is currently.
All it does is emboldens those who agree with them. It's just a form of chest thumping. If Bill Gates or Warren Buffet did it, it would be rude. And on the same hand when Tebow does it, it is equally rude.
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