November 3, 2003 by Allen George
I wonder sometimes why non-religous people take the liberty of belittling those who’re religious. I wonder what the point of it all is. I get it. You’re enlightened – those of us who haven’t ‘seen the light’ aren’t. It’s hard to know what to do in situations like that. You don’t agree with them, part of you doesn’t want to simply ‘take it’ without replying in return… [sigh] I usually take the cowardly approach of not responding or mumbling something inconsequential. After all, I figure, without a foil against which to pointificate, they stop of their own volition. Certainly the most expeditious and least problematic route – but everytime I do that I feel like a little part of me dies.
The most aggravating (I’m not even sure this word describes the feelings I faced – maybe incredulity is a better choice) remark I had directed to me regarding my religion was “But you’re intelligent, how can you believe in God?!”. As if intelligence and religiousness are mutually exclusive. The worst times can be at university. When someone takes it on themselves to berate Christianity at great length I just stand around head down and pretend I don’t take offense, that I’m unconcerned about what’s going on. Part of me is saddened. I don’t see the need to dwell on them or attack their choices. Why attack what I believe in? Of course, for the sake of social expediency you simply suck it up… The great Canadian way.