Originally Posted by BR
With regard to deities, yes, that many people are stupid.
The arrogance is really extraordinary.
Though, your 96% figure is way way off.
I don't know the exact number, but it's not "way off." This 2008 article shows that 92% do. Pretty close, I'd say.
And preemptively disproving your argument with argumentum ad populum doesn't suddenly validate your argument, especially when you use an argument from incredulity and ad hominem simultaneously in the next sentence.
I'm simply saying that I find your claim that an overwhelming majority of Americans are stupid based on the fact they believe in God to be arrogant in the extreme...almost laughably so. How can one honestly think he's more far more intelligent than that many people? How can one be so closed-minded that he simply cannot accept that people come to different conclusions about the nature and existence of God?
You are playing the worst of semantics games with your "I believe in god" not being the same as "god exists" rhetoric. The meaning is identical.
"I believe in god" means that "there is a thing that exists, which is called god, and I believe in it." Unless you actually admit to believing in something that you do not think exists, you are damn well making an assertion.
No, it's not identical. One is a statement of personal belief. The other is an assertion. I believe lots of things (both religious and otherwise) that you or another person might agree or disagree with. That doesn't mean I'm going to assert them. Typically, when I assert something you'll know it, because I'll label it as a fact. Given that we're dealing with a forum where people express their opinions, we don't always post "I believe" in front of belief statements, but that doesn't make beliefs and assertions the same.
Let's use another example.
I am typing on a Dell laptop right now.
This is an assertion. It also happens to be a fact, though as with many assertions, proof is not readily provided.
I don't think this Dell is as good as my Mac.
This is a statement of opinion, of belief. It's a conclusion I've reached.
What you're doing is running around screaming that I'm an idiot for thinking my Macbook is better (as are all others who think similarly). The only reason is that you don't think there is sufficient "evidence" for my belief, as if you have any right to judge others.