A Nice Letter to a Religious Person for a Change

jonathanromain

http://www.maidenheadsynagogue.org.uk/

FAO: Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, MBE – Your appearance on Premier Christian Radio’s Unbelievable?9 May 2009

Dear Rabbi Romain

I recently heard you on the above radio show and I just wanted to write and commend you on a brilliant display against a couple of, frankly, rather deluded, borderline fundamentalist Christians!

I am an atheist and a strong opponent of faith-based religion.  I have appeared on Unbelievable? three times in the last year.  I also have my own webblog where I regularly rant against the parties of God and deliver literary tongue-lashings to apologists who have ticked me off:

https://edthemanicstreetpreacher.wordpress.com

However, your understated, rational and above all witty demeanour on the show was a breath of fresh air:

“So that’s two billion people who have accepted that this man was the Messiah?  Out of a global population of six billion?  That’s pretty small potatoes really isn’t it?”

Genius!

I wish all religious people were so reasonable, tolerant and modest about their faith, as opposed to ramming down everyone else’s throats in attempting to convince them that their way is the right way.

Alas, I fear that there is not enough of your kind out there and I am therefore destined to continue my polemical mission until religion is something that is done privately and in the home.  Rather like knitting.

Drat.

With best wishes

manic street preacher

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5 Responses to “A Nice Letter to a Religious Person for a Change”

  1. Steven Carr Says:

    The following exchange is fascinating,

    http://www.nizkor.org/ftp.py?people/e/eichmann.adolf//eichmanns-priest

    Adolf Eichmann (!) shows himself to be a better human person than the Christian reverend talking to him, who thinks that Jews are going to burn alive in Hell for all eternity.

    If you think what happened to the Jews in the Holocaust was bad, see how even Nazis blanch at the thought of what Jesus is going to do the Jews.

  2. Rob R Says:

    Alas, I fear that there is not enough of your kind out there and I am therefore destined to continue my polemical mission until religion is something that is done privately and in the home.

    It’s rather odd that for someone who thinks that religion in general is false, that there should be a proper way to practice it. This whole “religion is a private matter” thing is an unfounded claim and contrary to most religions which were started by people who were doing very public things.

  3. manicstreetpreacher Says:

    I can’t ban people from believing in God any more than I can prevent them from believing that the Holocaust didn’t happen. I just wish they were happy and content with the idea that not everyone believes what they believe…

  4. Rob R Says:

    I just wish they were happy and content with the idea that not everyone believes what they believe…

    You can wish it but you wouldn’t be dealing with the reality of essentially eschatological religions.

  5. Wilson R. MacLeod Says:

    If “Rob R.” would read a history book, or even a newspaper, he’d understand why thinking and informed people want to keep religion out of the public sphere. We don’t care that each religion’s alleged “scripture” tells the believers to be public about their religion, but rather we look at all the damage and suffering that they’ve caused by doing so. Things like the U.S. Constitution came about in an intellectual environment that was acutely aware of horrific religiously-inspired events like the Wars of Religion. These days, most Christians could NOT tell you one thing about the Wars of Religion…and most have probably never even heard of them. Please keep your imaginary friends and fairy tails to yourself. Society has had enough of them…

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