A comment I left on someone’s site (which I got no response to by the way, big shock there):
If someone told me that say love was communicated to me by aliens in another galaxy, I would have no way to disprove that hypothesis. But I would also have no way to prove it, and so no reason to believe it.
The only reason I mention this is because there are people in the KKK who feel god’s right there on the same page with them. Their sense of being in communion with god tells them god’s just fine with killing people based on skin color. What people who believe god talks to them get from that “relationship” seems to me to be random at best. What bothers me isn’t that they believe something different from what I do, I’m fine with people being different and diverse and I’m fine with you not agreeing with me about anything. The harm comes though when somebody’s wrong about something (as religious people sometimes are) and they refuse to entertain the notion because the voice in their head told them they’re right. This kind of thinking makes people unreasonable and paralyzed by fear. It lets evil men do terrible harm and makes it easy to censor others – after all how dare they question god?
A christian person just wrote a blog about them being skeptical of a church that promotes speaking in tongues – I congratulated them on their skepticism and talked about how important I think critical thinking is. I was attacked as an evildoer and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The only reason we have a civilization at all is because we stop and think about things. And it’s hard to not see religion in some social circumstance as the brain’s off switch.