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Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Tue Jul 27 15:55:33 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 02:06:17PM -0700, David Brodbeck wrote:

> On Mon, July 26, 2010 11:24 am, Paul Schmehl wrote:
> > When this is the way one answers a simple question, I tend to believe
> > there's no genuine interest in dialog.
> Well, I hate to break it to you, but people who are trying to make a
> religious point aren't interested in dialog, anyway.  In fact, it's pretty
> well impossible to have a dialog with them that gets anywhere.  You can't
> have a sensible debate when the other person's fallback response is always
> "it's god's will, so it's beyond our understanding and we can't question
> it, and you're an evil person for not agreeing with me."  These people
> have been taught from a young age that logic is evil and will lead them
> down the road to hell, so logical arguments are lost on them.

Careful about making rash generalizations.  I replied to the OP with some
info on the background of BSDie and how he was drawn.  He sent me a nice
thank you and sounded more interested in the information than in promoting
a cause.  Although I have know those who seem to function in the way
you describe, but I know as many or more religious people to think about
what they say and are willing to let people of other persuasions to 
think and say what they want - and take responsibility for their own

Don't let a few weirdos on TV and radio determine the total of your
learning about religions.


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