I spend entirely too much time debating idiots. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. Be it on forums, on Twitter, on blogs or anywhere else, I debate a lot of theists and they are, entirely without exception, morons, especially when it comes to their religious beliefs. Finding stupid theists is easy.
Where are the ones that aren’t?
Now I’m not trying to be mean, honestly I’m not, but I’m really flummoxed. I have yet to run into any theist who can actually discuss their belief systems or the world around them in anything approaching a rational manner. Oh sure, there are varying degrees of idiocy involved, some people can hold their own a bit longer than others, but boy are there some real doozies out there, people who I’m surprised can manage to dress themselves in the morning. Unfortunately, nobody who takes religion seriously can manage to hold a discussion regarding their beliefs and manage to use big words. This applies across the board, from janitors to college professors, whether they’re novices or experts in their fields, religion seems to be the one area that they just cannot examine rationally.
I’m just getting frustrated with the whole thing. Moron after moron on Twitter, spouting easily demonstrably false claims, yet when you prove them wrong, they just keep saying the same stupid, already-disproven thing. They just don’t care. I don’t know if they’re trolls pretending to be stupid or if they’re just that stupid to begin with, but I’m tired of it.
So I went looking specifically for smart theists, people who could hold their own in a rational discussion, who don’t play the “Hitler was an atheist” card, who actually know what an atheist is, who know how the scientific method works, etc. Yet no matter how hard I look, I keep coming up empty. I see people that seem promising at first, yet fall into the same old tired emotional idiocy. It strikes me as strange that religion seems to be the only belief in humanity that operates this way. Certainly, there are other beliefs where some believers are fanatics, but none where absolutely every believer is a fanatic. Would we accept any other beliefs that operate like religion? I don’t think so.
I’d really like to talk to some rational theists, people who have thought critically about their beliefs and who understand and can articulate why they believe what they believe and can defend their faith intellectually. I know that I’m asking for a lot, anyone who can actually do all of the above almost certainly has rejected irrational religion and moved on to a non-theistic position, but I’m just sick and tired of interacting with morons who are too stupid to realize how moronic they actually are. I see these people by the thousands. Going around and around with them when I know they are incapable of rational, critical thought is pointless. I’m just tired of wasting my time.