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musingmodel asked: I am honestly really sick of hearing that I should be tolerant of religion.... What obligation do I have to be TOLERANT to a religion or a people, which stole 12 years of my childhood, trying to teach me to believe in fairytales and anti-science logic? I'm also tired of having to nicely explain, in any discussion, that you CANNOT believe in science and in religion/God at the same time. That is a contradiction.
I agree with where you are coming from. I really think that the paradox of tolerance is an interesting idea. Can anyone be tolerant of intolerance? For the vast majority of its history religion has been entirely intolerant of the dissenters and often gone to extreme measures to silence them. Now that they no longer enjoy the place of great power they once had they want to extend their blood soaked hand and talk about “Why can’t we all just get along?” We should not be so quick to forget history and we should not turn a blind eye to the continual abuse that still happens on a daily basis.
If someone tells you that you need to be tolerant keep in mind what they are asking you to tolerate. They are asking you to tolerate the mental abuse of children, the subjugation of women, the purposeful misinforming of people, a solipsistic servility to an imaginary force, and so much more. We can not forget, and we should not be scared of our own language. It is not wrong to hate what is hateful, it is not wrong to not tolerate what should not be tolerable.
There is a base conflict between religion and science. Even though there are many intelligent people that believe in god they are living in contradiction. They are accepting a delusional side of life but still attempting to be based in reality. There are certainly some things within science and religion that are entirely incompatible. Although when these conflicts are brought up the religion will slink away to a faith argument.