This happened a few weeks ago, but I thought I'd write about it here.

To preface, my father is Catholic and doesn't know that I'm Atheist, but does know that my oppinions differ from his on several topics influenced by religion (gay marriage comes specifically to mind).

Anyway, a few weeks ago I was over at his house for a barbeque and he and I were standing around the BBQ having a beer and chatting. The subject of terrorism, Islam, etc. came up. He's normally not one to talk politics, but is given to the occasional off-handed, ill-thought-out remark like "I think we should just bomb them all and turn the whole place into a parking lot" or the only slightly less hostile "we need to come up with a viable alternative so we can just get all of our people out of there, give them the finger and say 'you can drink your damned oil'."

Anyway, in one of those moments he made the comment regarding Islam, "I just can't stand any religion who's main philosophy is 'believe our way or we'll kill you.'" At which point I stopped what I was doing and just looked at him.

He gave me an odd look as if he wasn't sure why I was looking at him like that, and then, slowly, realization dawned on his face and he said, "Oh... I guess that's kinda every religion at some point in history, huh?"

I just smiled and nodded and counted it as a small victory for actually thinking about how similar all religions are in how they spread.

Just thought I'd share that with you folks.

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Comment by Objection on March 17, 2010 at 3:18pm
lol. Nice one.

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