I have again allowed my sense of hurt to overcome better judgment. I allowed the wounds inflicted by know nothings to cause me to gernalize against all atheists. I want to talk about the "other atheists," the one's who represent the rational end of their community.
There is a guy named Fleetmouse, he's very bright I've known him on CARM for years. I once Googled "Metacock" just to see what was out there. I found him on Meatfilter taking on a dozen other atheists in defending my cosmological argument as 'pretty good and better than most." He continued to argue agisnt my God arguments, but in a way I have no problem with: giving them the respect they deserve as serous well thought out argumets with which he disagrees. Fleet a fine person, he's very thoughtful and intellegent.
"you Wish" who posts on Doxa (my forums) as "Quantum Troll." At first I thought he was one of those Dawkamentalist creeps who knew nothing and just wanted to ridicule. Somehow he got over on my boards and in that atmosphere where trolls are not tolerated and we do not have pissing contests, he turned out to be one of the most intelligent people I know, and a totally nice guy. He's from Sweden, and he has a strong background in science, and he's willing to consider my arguments without mockery.
La Canuck posts on Doxa but I met him on CARM. He is like a dog with a bone. He wont let go of an argument. At first I found his tenassity infuriating because I thought he was just being picky. Then I began to realize he is tenacious and willing to discuss an argument all the way. I realized that's what I wanted from message board debate. He also turned out to be a very nice person and not a mocker, not filled with animocity.
Mike Welsh. He's one of the nicest people I know. I know the post I did yesterday wounded him. I know he feels bad because of my sweeping generalizations. I feel bad about it too. He's a great friend, he called me on election night to tell me his state went for Obama. He has been a claiming influence and has gotten me to aim above the pettiness of it all. I wish I had thought about him before I made that post.
This is the nature of the kind of game the Dawkamentalists are playing. When you trade in mockery and ridicule there's no end of hurt you cause all kinds of people. I should be more wise.I should be more moderate with my balcklash. But they need to try consider what they are doing. They are not doing good for anyone.
A Dawkie on a message board told me "I don't give any religious person any kind of respect." So you get no respect from me. Once you start that ball rolling it's not gonna stop. That's what happened to the middle east. It's a very foolish game.I'm not going to play it any more. I am just not going to even try to dialogue with anyone who is not amiable.
I am truly for that I offended some good freinds with that post.