Pat Condell tells it like it is
Ok, I think I’ve plagiarized (from Pharyngula) how to properly link a youtube vid — as well as the youtube vid in question, one Pat Condell, telling it like it is.
I’m with Pat on this. Faith, believing things to a degree of certainty which exceeds what is warranted by the available evidence, does not deserve respect, does not deserve polite debate — it deserves only scorn and mockery.
Edit: I should clarify, I do think that people have the right to believe (or disbelieve) whatever it is that they believe or disbelieve. However, they do not have the right to deprive other private citizens of the right to challenge or mock those beliefs, as I see it.. I think people should generally be allowed to say what they think, except under very very extreme circumstances (yelling “fire” in a crowded theater as the classic extreme example), and if some people want to say that other people’s cherished beliefs are nonsense, then that is, I think, their right. The fools (or wise men, as the case might be) are free to go on believing in the face of this mockery, or mount counter arguments, or what have you, but are not free to suppress the opposition by force.