I’ve been thinking about how myself and others on the Left treat our fellows who believe in God since the issue came to the fore last week (see Patrick Nielsen Hayden here and here, The Right Christians, and The Blogger formerly known as Calpundit.)
I’m agnostic. From what I understand from biology, physics and math, I don’t see a compelling argument for God as a how. [note]
However what I learned from the exchanges, to paraphrase Teresa Nielsen Hayden, was:
I deeply regret how the Conservative movement has made me react to any person of faith as if they were a nutbar.
Everytime I read or hear someone on the Right invoke God to justify behaving heiniously, I’m going to have to count to ten and remember that my friends such as Bernie or Teresa wouldn’t categorize what was said as Christian. Even my brother, who is a Conservative and a Christian, would probably dismiss the remarks made on The Corner.
[note] As for Intelligent Design. I don’t think it’s a religious reaction to science, it strikes me as a reactionary response to modern science in religious drag. It’s George Lakoff’s strict father ethical model at work.
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