One day I was standing in front of a classroom of elementary school children. I held up a card with the number 14 on it, but hid that number from the children. I asked them to tell me what number was on the card. Little Sarah raised her hand and told me her mother told her it was a 9. She turned to the rest of the class and said that someone important told her mother it was a 9, and so therefor it is a 9. All the children nod in agreement. I ask the rest of the class what number it was and they all said it's a 9. I then told them it's not a 9. Then I asked them what number it was. They again said it was a 9 because Sarah's mother said it was so it was. I told them again I'm looking right at the number and it's definatly not a 9. This time I told them it was a 14 but the children called me a liar and said I was trying to make Sarah's mother out to be a liar. I explained over and over that I could see the number so I knew the number. The children said they new the number and it was a 9. When I said I knew for sure it's a 14 one child asked me to prove it. I said ok and turned the card around. As soon as I did, all the children quickly covered their eyes and said i was trying to trick them, that the number was a 9 and they know that as a fact. I pleaded with the children to please look at the card and see the number for themselves. One child finally looked, but claimed it was a trick, I was twisting the card to make it look like a 14. A few other children looked but they too said it wasn't really a 14. Little Johnny got up, came over to look at the card. I handed it to him, he looked very closely at the card, examining every inch of the card. He finally looked up and said it was definatly a 14. Sarah asked him if he was calling her mother a liar and Johnny said no, that she was mistaken. Sarah became very upset and screamed how dare he call her mother a liar. She cried and threw a pencil at Johnny. The other children soon joined in yelling that Johnny and I were nothing but horrible liars and it was all our fault that Sarah was crying and that they'll never believe our trickery. Johnny and I left the room, both of us looking at each other in stunned silence.
Now of course the story above isn't true, yet it is true. It's true in the sense that this is what atheists go thru with religious people. You can show factual evidence to them time and again and they either won't look at it, or claim we're faking or twisting the evidence. People are just too comfortable in their delusions. And if you don't think religion is a delusion, then maybe you should read the definition of delusion.
1. false belief: a persistent false belief held in the face of strong contradictory evidence
2. mistaken notion: a false or mistaken belief or idea about something
As you can see, religion would clearly fall under this catagory. I believe that would put the religious in the mentally handicap sector of the community.