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If you can't say something nice . . .


Gene Weingarten is a humor columnist, and often a very humorous one indeed. However, despite his own expressed desire to have fun with the topic, I found his comments about religion in this weekend's column more vindictive than funny.

But what's downright depressing is what inspired his attitude: letters from Christians who tell him that, as a nonbeliever, he "must be deviant, a criminal, and/or a general louse." Why do people do this? Whatever happened to "let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt?"

Comments:

Perhaps everyone, before they write a scathing letter, should just take a sip of soda, let the bubbles tickle their nose, and let the glucose activate their "reasonable mind".

(On that note: did you know that people do worse on the intuitive math question right before lunch as opposed to right after?)
Then to a lot of the things people sincerely think about each other are kind of hard to say nicely.
No Lee, it's those darned, Papists!

Seriously you may be right. I suppose it comes from denominations that started by, well, "protesting". But I've heard plenty of name-calling from everyone.
I'm relatively certain that your questions are rhetorical, Gina, but this is a hot topic for me. I observe name-calling like that any time people are split into groups because they disagree over an issue. Protestants are the masters of this, of course, but we're not the only ones by any means. In fact, we're less likely to dehumanize our opponents than non-Christians are. But we should be breaking down barriers, not merely creating them less often.
Ok, now I've figured out the math. I am waiting for Mr Weingarten to figure out the philosophy.
Because that is a misinterpretation of the proper formulation. The proper formulation is not "atheists cannot be moral(that's as may be) the proper formulation is that "materialism gives no proper account of morality"(or indeed of anything else immaterial which observably exists). It is a common mistake of many to misinterpret that, at least as common as misinterpreting a trick math problem which I didn't get either and which wasn't explained to me.