People never seem to want to link me to the evidence for their god when I ask for it in blog comments. Politely. When the subject has already been brought up. I’ve never had anyone delete my request before, though.
Earlier, I was browsing through the atheism tag as I often do, and I found a Christian writing a post about atheists, again. I more or less liked the post, actually. So… I really was quite surprised with the reaction I got when I commented. At first I just posted a comment asking him to clarify what he’d said about everyone having faith in something. It had sounded a bit like that thing that some Christians say, when they insist that everyone worships something. Turns out, that is what he meant. So I responded that I disagree and that I don’t really understand why people even insist upon making that particular claim, at which point he doubled down and smugly called it a fact. And I said that calling it a fact doesn’t make it so, at which point he said we were at a stand-off and told me a rather abrupt “Goodbye”. I responded by saying that disagreeing with someone does not have to end a conversation and suggested that we could discuss our reasons for disagreeing, or he could explain to me why this particular claim is important. He responded by deleting my comment.
Someone else’s conversation with him in the comments went more in the direction of evidence. They asked him to show them the evidence, and he gave some vague references, like Lee Strobel, and the other guy said that claims of evidence aren’t evidence, and after a bit more back and forth, he shut that conversation down with another “Goodbye”. I was curious about this evidence, though, so I posted asking if he could link me to the evidence because I would like to see it. But nope. Instead of a link, I got a deleted comment.
It’s really frustrating trying to start a dialogue with someone, only to get it completely shut down. Even if it is about disagreeing with their blanket statement that does not apply to you. And if even if their shutting down the conversation in the face of dissent strongly implies that they are full of shit.
This claim that everyone worships something also particularly irks me. When you counter it by saying you don’t worship anything, they just claim that you are totally worshipping something, you just don’t realize it. Which is nothing but an excuse to ignore contrary evidence. And it twists the meaning of the word ‘worship’. What annoys me the most, however, is how condescending the claim is, to say that you know more about a person’s experiences that they do, even though you’ve never met them. I still don’t even understand why people think this claim is so important, to defend it with such fervor and silencing tactics. If anyone could explain that to me, I’d be grateful.