What would it be like if religious belief were to become utterly socially unacceptable? Imagine a time when believing in God would be as contemptible and as shameful as racism is today. That’s what Irish actor Chris O’Dowd is calling for. He says that he used to be tolerant around religion, but that he has become “less liberal.” Now he thinks that religion should become as unacceptable as racism. And that people shouldn’t be “allowed” to say religious words.
There are so many more religious people than atheists that this is unlikely for the foreseeable future. But, still, note the trajectory. Being unbigoted used to mean “not discriminating according to race, color, or creed.” Then other categories were introduced: sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical handicap, etc. But there are attempts now to start excluding “creed.” But hating people because of their religion and hating people because of their race are both bigotry. [Read more...]