Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pat Condell on "Respect" for Religion

This is a great video by Pat Condell.  Pat can be caustic with regard to religion, and this video gives some of his reasons for that.  The point he is making is that faith doesn't deserve respect.  Implicit is the notion that when the religious demand non-believers show respect what they usually mean is that we need to fear them. 

They don't really know the difference.  They have no way of earning the former and will happily settle for the latter.  Fear and bullying they understand because that is how their god operates as well.

The best line in the video (and the one that explains why religion can never actually deserve true respect):  "Faith transcends reason the way a criminal transcends the law."

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