Question: What do you think the right way is to combat religious idiocy? Should there be confrontation? Is it ok to use emotional appeals, fear, etc (fighting fire with fire) to get people to listen? –Bones
Answer: First off, I do not believe in fear mongering. Fear mongering is a tool used by desperate people who lack a valid platform from which to speak. Just look at the last election and the types of commercials that ran… "Vote republican or terrorists will kill your family." So for me to say that people should question their religion for fear of something worse means that I don’t really have a good reason.
One has to have a good understanding of why they disapprove of religious idiocy in order to explain to people why it is bad. Using emotional appeals, fear, confrontation, etc is what religious people use to expand their ranks. That’s why we have this problem of religious idiocy in the first place. I would combat it with compassion, reason and a good dose of self-confidence. So many people flock to religion because they were either infected by their parents or had some life-altering event. Now the people that were infected can be dealt with by using reason and compassion. But those who have hit rock bottom need more. They usually lack the skills to cope with life’s surprises and need something or someone to help them. They can’t do it on their own. The prospect of "God" solving all your problems is very tempting because its easy… too easy.
What we need to do is reach out to those people and give them a little self-confidence and the tools to cope with life. I know quite a few people that ran to God because life dealt them such difficult problems and they lacked the ability to cope. It was sad.