So until they start harming others because of their beliefs, we should just understand the psychology behind it, and let them live their life as they see fit. However, when they start harming people, like the Mormons did with Prop 8, and like the Pope does in Africa, and like the church policies do with regard to birth control, and when religion is a part of the decisions of war and politics, we should not hesitate to tell them to shut the fuck up and take a more reasoned, secular view of things.
Except the moderate religious folks give a context for the extremists to thrive. It gives the extremists validity. It prevents us from attributing clearly religiously motivated acts to the religion that actually motivated the acts. You get everyone shouting a No True Scotsman fallacy...
The moderate Catholics still give money to the church that covers up child molestation. The moderate Catholics are just as much of a problem as the Pope himself.
The "moderate" evangelicals fill the pews and give credence to the anti-abortion tirades spewed by the pastors...so when an abortion doctor is murdered by an extremist, we know why he got the urge to do so. The "moderate" evangelicals are part of the problem.
The moderate Mormons still tithe to the church who brought up Prop 8. The moderate Mormons are still part of the fucking problem.
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