Christians are gullible.

Some Christian on the internet is upset that I called believers gullible yesterday.

He doesn’t seem to get that shame is often like pain: it alerts us to problems we need to fix.  It’s what keeps keeps people like white supremacists from interacting with civilized society.  Sure, often people attempt to shame people like sufferers of mental illness or gay people, but this shame is manufactured and without support.  There is no good reason to believe people with mental health problems should be ashamed.  Ditto for gay people.

But being gullible when we have the capacity to do better is something for which we should feel ashamed.  For those who think someone rose from the dead, you’re damn right you should be ashamed of that belief.  It’s ridiculous.  It cannot be defended.  I want to create a world where every single believer double-thinks before opening their mouth to proselytize for fear that their target will be well-informed and will make a public fool out of them for believing something so outlandish.

If there are good reasons to believe in Christianity, trot them out.  Otherwise, don’t get all pissy when I say that you’re gullible.

And as for the argument of “how would you like it if people went around saying that you’re gullible, huh atheist?”  Try it.  Say that I’m gullible.  You know what I’ll do?  I’ll defend my position.  I’ll also weep for humanity that someone who believes a guy rose from the dead 2,000 years ago can say, with a straight face, that the guy who doesn’t believe that is the gullible one.

Christians are being gullible.  They might be nice people, but the very definition of being gullible is to exhibit a lack of checks against being taken advantage of, which is exactly what it takes to believe the claims of Christianity.  If you don’t like the affects of being gullible, stop being gullible; don’t ask others to stop noting it.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.