I have made an effort to curb my religious ranting over this semester to try to focus on the details of building video games, and it has been torturous. It seems like when I was ranting the number of topics was dwindling, so I felt like I was beating all the dead horses in the world and pissing in their eyes or some such nonsense. Just as I put my pen down though, or at least removed the shortcut to Live Writer, I began to trip over fools, idiots and their ilk…
- Obama is a muslim because his grandmother says he is, father was and he has pictures of himself in their garb.
- The USA was founded on Christian fundamental teachings, in spite of the fact that there is a ton of evidence to the contrary (Oh, but In God We Trust is on our money!)
- Faith is a positive virtue.
Seemingly intelligent and influential people from my life have made such claims so why would they be irritating at this point?
To be sure, I have argued about these and many other claims over the last decade of being public, but why on earth are they still coming up? We don’t argue (much) about the shape of the earth, the composition of the core of the sun, or whether Thor was an actual person… Why is Jesus considered more than an idea? Why would faith be considered a virtue that the president of the most industrialized nation to be created? Why does the religious nature of the founding fathers matter?
Why can’t I provide reasonable answers to these questions?
Oh, and … I’m back – Bring on the questions.