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Tolerate This!

Posted by Realist on December 19, 2007 – 1:46 pm

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From: Ten Things Christians and Atheist Can – and Must – Agree On

“Ten Things” is an interesting article with very funny graphics – worth a look. But I guess I don’t like anyone telling me what I MUST do. About the only thing I do agree with Christians on is that Coors is crap beer and should be boycotted. I wrote to inquire which beer a good Christian should serve with communion, but haven’t heard back yet.

In truth, I really don’t like tolerant people. They seems wishy washy to me, conciliators – like Neville Chamberlain and Diane Feinstein. They want to appear more reasonable than thou, craving approval and admiration, when in truth they’re too cowardly to stand up for their beliefs.

Rather than tolerance, I would argue for manners – good old fashioned manners – as in, please, thank you, excuse me and you’re welcome. If you come to me at Adult Christianity and you don’t like what I write, tough tittie. Put your big girl panties on or stay away. But if I invite you to my home, or accept an invitation to yours, I will never do or say anything to make you feel uncomfortable. I might not come back to your home, especially if you ask me to admire the red satin on your grand dragon costume or the pointiness of your hood, but I’m not going to say anything stronger than, “that’s just not my cup of tea.”

If, however, in the marketplace of ideas, you offer your heartfelt belief in Jesus and how it changed your life, and you lobby to have the ten commandments in every schoolroom, I’ll skewer your ass AND sleep like a baby.

I have dozens of relatives, whom I dearly love, who have been through hell and back, and survived because they placed all their trust in Jesus. I would never dream, for one moment, of telling them they’re wrong or deficient in any way. I’ll even tell them I’ll pray for them, and I will – in the same way that once in awhile I’ll toss a coin in a fountain. It comforts them, and does me no harm. That’s not tolerance. That’s manners.

Maybe there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Maybe the world needs a few tolerant atheists to hold the wringing hands of skittish, persecuted Christians, AND it needs people like me to laugh them back under the rocks from which they slithered. I’d like to think the world is big enough to accommodate us all. If it’s not, the tolerant atheists will just have to tolerate me.


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  1. 1. T&A Said:

    I’m with you, I don’t like being told what to do!
    I would never in a million years tell someone they are foolish for believing in whatever their deity of choice is. (I might think it) But, if they start telling me I HAVE TO believe as they do, then it’s game on bitch!

  2. 2. SeattleTammy Said:

    Thank you Miss Poppy!
    As a life-long sales person, I’ve learned the art of manners. you need to know when to be sugar, and when to be righteous. And remember that person’s name. If you can call them by name on your second meeting, they’re yours forever.

    But damn, I got a couple that make me grind my last remaining molars.

  3. 3. Anntichrist S. Coulter Said:

    Mebbe that’s why my resume’ looks like buckshot. Sure, sure, that Sutheren thing is ingrained in us from birth, but I’ve somehow managed to overcome it on several hundred occasions.

    Since I live surrounded by sheeple on all sides, people who think nothing of fucking someone out of a job (illegally as it is) for not following their CULT, people who think nothing of destroying other people’s private property because it makes THEM uncomfortable or forces them to THINK, people who think that their alleged affiliation with JEEBUS gives them the right to verbally and physically ASSAULT someone who’s DIFFERENT — y’know, I got over that whole “politeness” thing a long fucking time ago.

    I used to bend over backwards to be tolerant of all of my friends’ “beliefs,” but y’know, 99.99% of them are no longer IN my life, because THEY couldn’t be tolerant of my LACK of “beliefs.” I even figured out how to cook for dinner parties consisting of jews, muslims, catholics, wiccans, agnostics and vegans. And for what? So that they could label me “the devil” for not wanting to become THEM?!??!? Fuck that shit.

    I try to use good manners whenever I am forced to interact with these cretins, I honestly do, but y’know, until I get back to something resembling civilization, they can all kiss my wide, white, gelatinous, tattooed fanny. I get verbally assaulted on a daily fucking basis just for my bumperstickers, and yet THEY call themselves “christians,” the pompous, bloviating, bloated republicunt, penile-challenged MOW-RAHNS. Fuck that noise.

    And fuck their fake-ass fucking holidays.

  4. 4. Frogspond Said:

    anntichrist – I so want to know how the hell you pulled that cooking thing off… I am in utter awe! – Seriously…

    and

    Other thing I would like to know is how did you keep the catholics from burning the wiccas? – Bad Froggie (who is a recovering southern baptist but is now pagan)

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