I stick to my opinion.
This subjective point of view of religious people affects everybody else's lives.
Max, as an atheist, you probably have felt the prejudice from a lot of people. I live in a country (Brazil) where 99.95% of people believe in God, and I do feel their pressure and their prejudice!
My whole family is catholic, almost all of my friends are catholic or evangelic... And they frown at my beliefs (and at what I don't believe) and treat me in a different way when they find out that I am an atheist. Sometimes I think the prejudice I get is worse than having a serious disease or homophobia. It really affects my life!
Originally posted by Max Habibi:
I dislike the mocking of people's religious beliefs: I think it's in bad taste, and I think it's unkind. While I'm always willing to discuss the ideas of this or that religion as academic point of debate, it's important to remember that this is the main focal point of life for many people, very much in the same way that love and family are other subjective focal points of life. I would no more mock someone religion that I would mock the love they have for their family.
Theory of evolution is a subject I truly love and I'm often ridiculized by "believing" in it.
Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:
The problem is with the extreme measures of evolution such as man coming from apes or a single celled organizm. Whales growing feet and walking upright out of the water onto the sand. You laugh, but there are people that belive this.
All I'm trying to do is fight back and express myself... I like to think that by being sincere, no matter how harsh my words are, I am encouraging people to use their heads and consider the existence of God, therefore helping them (sometimes being hard and unkind is the best way to draw attention
They ("believers") do have the right to express themselves, but so do I! I think teaching creationism at schools is dangerous. I think that things like the Monkey Trial
are absurds. We should ponder about what we are taught (at home and at school) without restrictions or tabboos. By doing so, we can achieve progress, we can grow as individuals, we can improve our society. We can improve our lives and the lives of those we love.
Getting back to the topic now:
I think that everyone that believes in God, but denies some specific chapter of the holy scriptures in order to believe in the theory of evolution, falls into contradiction. I think that anyone who tries that, is actually trying to build a customized version of a certain religion for themselves, and to me that's weird, because the Bible is the only thing that transmitted these teachings through thousands of years, unchanged, unchallenged, from the people who wrote it, to them.
Some examples of fine reading can be found here: Richard Dawkins Stephen Gould Freud
PS.1: I think that genetic algorithms are a nice way for us geeks to learn more about the theory of evolution.
PS.2: I tried to be more "sensitive" with this post, so it wouldn't be deleted.