Where do we draw the line? Do we really stand for what WE believe in?

If you had the choice, to have every religious person in the world, and only the dumb religious ones, drop dead in an instant. Would you do it or not? Im not religous so dont worry about being a dick. I just want to know how other people feel about this. You can message me with the answer if you'd rather not post it publicly.

Thank you

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Comment by Alexander Jason Cherry on December 2, 2011 at 8:52am

On one hand, that'd come close to almost instantly solving the over population crisis. But do we have an infrastructure such that it could handle supporting the 10% of the world population or so that would be left? Plus we'd have to clean up all those bodies.

On the other hand, that's mass murder. Which doesn't cotton too well with me. So even without the whole infrastructure argument, I wouldn't do it.Part of what I believe in is the right to life.

Now if I could snap my fingers and remove the inclinations towards faith from 'every religious person in the world' I'd do that. Thatd be a coup, and a great cure for most of them.

Comment by Eoganacht on December 2, 2011 at 9:40am

I would rather live in a world with religion than a world of atheists that was created through an act of unspeakable genocide.

Comment by Cristynfaye on December 2, 2011 at 12:47pm

Of course not.  Just because they are religious or stupid doesn't mean they deserve to die.  There are stupid people of all belief systems, and incredibly intelligent, honest and kind people of all belief systems.  I'm not about to start judging who ought to live or die based on intelligence level, faith, or anything, especially something so flexible and changeable.  It would be an incredibly narrow minded and hateful thing to do.

Comment by Richard Porter on December 2, 2011 at 1:16pm

not in a million years, genocide for any purpose is abhorrent (although I do wonder what responses you would get if that question was turned around and posted on a Xtian forum)

Comment by Cristynfaye on December 2, 2011 at 1:24pm

@ Richard Porter:  You'd probably get a lot of mixed responses.  I'm pretty sure that none of the Christians I know would want all the atheists/Jews/Muslims, etc. to drop dead.  But there might be some people out there who would say yes.  Just as there might be some Atheists who would answer positively to this question.  People are people no matter what they believe in.  Some are horrid, but I believe that most are good.

Comment by Richard Porter on December 2, 2011 at 1:39pm

@ Cristynfaye, as in any population you will of course have vast deviations in response, I just think it would be interesting to see a comparison of responses between atheists and the religious, from previous experience I would expect the religious side to be somewhat more willing to see all atheists wiped out.

@Nelson, I would debate that the beginning of the statement "If you had the choice" would make it a wilful act of ending lives and therefore would actually classify as genocide

Comment by Amy L. Cook on December 2, 2011 at 3:22pm

If by 'dumb' you also mean all the insane, cruel, manipulating, lying, hypocritical, hate-spreading people, I am with you. If I could choose fo all of the people in the world with poison ideas and actions to drop dead, that would be great.

That being said, I am sure that there are people out there that think we atheists are poison to the world, so we have to be careful what we wish for because everyone has the potential of being seen as 'bad' in someone else's eys. In that case, wouldn't we all just drop dead?

Comment by Richard Porter on December 2, 2011 at 3:28pm

Could you really consider someone's IQ as a rationalisation for them deserving to die? I concede that the world would be better off without a lot of people who currently inhabit it but surely eradicating a vast number of people purely due to their beliefs and intelligence? It kind of reminds me slightly of the crusades/holocaust, surely that's not something we should even hypothetically condone.

Comment by Joe g on December 2, 2011 at 5:40pm

In the bigger, (galactic, cosmic, universal?) scheme of things it just wouldn't matter.

The question is more about to what extent you value your beliefs, or more to the point, your lack of belief.

Standing up for, or in this case murdering for, in other cases dying for, your beliefs, or lack thereof, is just another form  religion; silly in concept and dangerous in practice.

Isn't it all a tad megalomaniacal to think in such a way that humanity somehow transcends the realities of our host organism?  Isn't that one of the fundamental problems with religion?

Comment by Jason D. Johnson on December 3, 2011 at 6:17am

No.  Murder is wrong for any reason.  I am an atheist, not an immoral psychopath.  Atheist does not mean evil.


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