The Truth About “Atheist Tolerance” and Other Self-Delusion
Tolerance of intolerance is a diminution of our humanity, our ability to empathise with those whose opinions and ideas differ from our own.
I spend a significant portion of my time debating and exchanging views with fellow primates on Twitter. I make a rule of never being abusive, hostile or assuming to know what someone else believes. I frequently pose my responses as questions, in order to avoid being presumptuous.
I also never tell anyone they haven’t the right to believe what they want to believe, as this would clearly be wrong. I think the most I am guilty of is sarcasm, mockery and ridicule. I’m perfectly comfortable with this.
I make sure I deal with the actual statements put forward, whether they are made to me specifically or to the “Twitterverse” in general. I aim to do this as calmly as possible and in a civil manner, often pointing out logical fallacies, or citing sources to address failures to understand established scientific concepts or terminology.
I’ve sent more than 11,000 tweets, and…
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