Over the last several weeks, I have been trying to finish up the new site design (trust me it’s almost done), when I started to question the purpose of it in the first place. I wasn’t just questioning the new site design, but rather the site as a whole. I asked myself… what’s the point?

What started off as just a little side-project has evolved in to quite an en devour over the last few years. But I do ask myself, often when I am feeling down and overwhelmed with life… what is the point? Is it to merely entertain people with kookie religious stories at the expense of “religious freaks”? Is to serve a slightly more worthful purpose such as enlightening people to the dangers of religious extremism and blind faith? Sometimes I honestly wonder.

Yesterday I received a timely email from a random reader named Frank that brought those questions to light and more. To be honest it got me thinking a little bit and I’m still mulling it over in my head. But in the meantime I’d like you all to have a look and share your thoughts. All I ask is that you read the email in its entirety and respond in a civil manner please.

Frank writes:

feedbackI would just like to e-mail you and let you know my personal opinion. I’ve read through a few of the posts that you have here on your site and I find it to have a certain amount of idiocy in and of itself.

In my opinion, I believe that the ignorance that most religious people have today is on the same level as people like you who run sites like this. In your quest to find the truth behind “religious idiocy”, you create your own lens/veil of ignorance to the beauty and life that religious people of all faiths hold.

I agree that there are a certain amount of crazy people who live in this world that use religion as a podium to spew out lies and deceit, but there’s also just as many people who are agnostic and atheist who do the same thing. As a person of religious faith, I believe that we all share a certain amount of sin or sinful behavior, religious or not. And just the same, there are a certain amount of “freaks” that live in this world, whether they’re religious or not.

Frankly, I see you as exactly the same type of person that you’re trying to fight against, a “freak” surrounded by his own extremist beliefs, only yours happen to not be religious. Therefore, somehow, you think that you’re better than those who are religious, because, in your mind, they believe in some type of moral code, which you see as hypocritical.

It’s no secret that the agnostic/atheist community of the United States has a certain amount of contempt for Christian communities that support war, as it is seen as one of the most hypocritical statements that a Christian can make. The, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” t-shirts tend to be a great example of this school of thought. But the truth is that there are no rules for Christianity. Anyone can be anything and claim to be a Christian. Anyone can take whatever distorted view of a text written thousands of years ago and shape it into whatever they want it to be. “Freaks” can be cannibals and Christians in their own minds, as long as they find some way to justify their claims to others.

My point is that, in my opinion, I don’t think that your website does much good. It just seems to spread an already growing hatred for religious people. While I appreciate that there are people who are critical of people who are “Religious Freaks”, myself being one of them, I think that sites like yours don’t get “Religious Freaks” to change at all. They just get people who already hate “Religious Freaks” to hate them even more.

As an administer of change, I would have to say that sites like this are a complete failure. As I’m one who’s certainly not going to “boycott” sites like yours, because I believe in peoples’ right to have an opinion and their right to criticize freely (as criticism can be a great administer of change), I just think that having a site called “religiousfreaks.com” is complete bigotry. And isn’t that what you’re trying to fight against? I don’t know, maybe it’s not. Maybe you, like others, just want to hate someone, whoever they happen to be, and religious people seem like a good target to you.

I would suggest that if you haven’t already, you should read all of these texts that you are supposedly against and really understand that what you’re trying to fight against. At least try to speak the language of the people you’re trying to change. Then, maybe you wouldn’t have to have a site like “religiousfreaks.com” and you could actually do some good for the community that you, as am I, are both apart of.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this as I appreciate being read/heard just as much as you do.

Thanks,
Frank

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