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TheReligiousLeft Donating Member (647 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-31-03 07:12 PM
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3. tolerance
I would think the "fairy-tale" comment breeches another part of this social contract. Just as Fundies shouldn't go out there and devolve public discourse over evolution people who think religion is a "fairy-tale" should not devolve public discourse over religion.
So I think beyond feeling insulted people of faith feel this sacred-secular contract has been broken, which feels about the same as a fundie saying evolution is a "fairy-tale."
Another thought just came to mind, if religion has been brought up in a conversation and it wasn't the religious person who initiated the conversation the religious person has every right to be a bit pissed off if someone attacks their faith. It would be like a "creationist" turning a conversation with an Anthropologist to evolution and then proceding to bash evolution, it just isn't polite.
So in total I do not think the adverse reaction of a person of faith to having their faith called a "fairytale" is caused by their belief crumbling it is more like they feel the secularsacred contract has been broken
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