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Hemant Mehta is arguing with Christians, but he’s making cogent points we could all benefit from. The essence of his litany is that Christians (he could have addressed Muslims as well) are driven by a need to spread their faith around the globe, whether through persuasion or, should the occasion call for it, by applying a little pressure.

Jews, for the most part, don’t believe the whole world should become Jewish. The opposite is true. While we feel that the whole world would do well to live according to the rules of the Torah intended for them, as interpreted by our sages, it’s OK if they stay Christian, Muslim or even pagan and atheist with a strong sense of right and wrong and a passion for fairness.

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For Jews, faith is a personal choice, taken through an intellectual process. We don’t trust religious impulses and emotional appeals. Give us a good book to figure out.

Which is why I enjoyed immensely Mehta’s entertaining clip. He would make a great Jew.


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38 COMMENTS

  1. I find your sense of denial fascinating. He's not talking only to "Christians" he's talking to all religious people of any faith. Do you seriously believe that orthodox Jews don't say these idiotic things to Jewish atheists? I know for a fact they do. Orthodox Jews freak out just as much as anyone else when one of "theirs" becomes an atheist. And you're correct that often, but very far from always, Jewish faith is "intellectual". The flip side of course is that when these "intellectual" Jews become atheists it's often very well thought out. So yes the video is great and important, but it's not just for "them".

  2. All babies are born atheists. No child is born with an innate knowledge of any religion, or belief in any god. Our job as I see it is to make people understand that, and encourage them to apply critical thinking to their beliefs instead of swallowing whole doctrines from their parents without question. So it really doesn't matter if religious people outbreed atheists. If given access to enough knowledge (which is plentiful nowadays), they'll all revert to atheism eventually.

  3. Also tying into,”Do you worship the devil?” In an abstract manner (and equally infuriating when directed against me, personally) I hate hearing:
    – Aren’t you worried about going to hell?
    -you’re gonna go to hell if you don’t believe in Jesus
    Or any permutation of the above.

  4. Really? Moron. You do realize that a vast majority of atheists were at one point religious themselves. So you keep popping out kids and we will sit back and watch them come to the realization that there is probably no god(s) and even if there is he/she/it is most likely not petty enough to give a shit if you worship him or not.

  5. Well that's certainly interesting, that you're looking forward to "erasing" entire groups of people based on their views. Where have I heard that kind of talk before? Hmmm… Well, in any case, fortunately you are mistaken. Many atheists grow up in religious homes where they are indoctrinated into the family's religion, but then as they grow older and learn more they realize that a belief in a deity isn't for them. So there's no guarantee that having lots of children will produce more copycat thinkers.

  6. hahaha the younger generation are growing up and separating from the delusion of their parents…in one or two generations…the old idiot christians will be dying off and the world will become mostly secular

  7. Not listening to ignorance-have been through it all, an innate belief in G-d (or whatever you might call Him) as a very small child, observing His creation, faith as taught by Christian relatves (mostly grandparents) a brief stab at outrght atheism when running away from G-d (convicted but denying my own sin that distanced me from Him) a return to G-d realizing I, as all of us, could not live without His protection and love, but not really sure about that Jesus fellow (a guy who dies then comes back to life- really?!) and finally, really do believe, being shown in a truly miraculous way just who He is, so-understand the running away, but will PRAY that this guy in the video, like all who try to run from G-d and are ultimately unsuccessful, will finally acknowledge he, too, needs that hope. IF this life were really all there is, I'd be OUTTA HERE in a heartbeat… Let me also say this, too, fully understand why most of the Jewish people do not believe Jesus is their Messiah-but hope and pray for one day soon when all humanity will know there not only is a G-d, but One who loves us so very much!

  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run_on_sentence

    Also, regarding "IF this life were really all there is, I'd be OUTTA HERE in a heartbeat…": Saying there would be no point in living if you knew it was going to end ahead of time is like saying all terminally ill patients should just kill themselves as opposed to spending their remaining time enjoying life and (in most cases) trying to make a positive impact on the people around them.

    Having a definite end date is (to me at least) a relief, because the idea of living for an eternity under the rule of a thought-policing, self-absorbed, violent and childish dictator like the deity prescribed in the three major holy books is absolutely frightening.

  9. Some hyper-christian recently asked me (upon learning I "am" "Buddhist (because he couldn't have handled it, had I said I was atheist). "WHAT do you DO when you have overwhelming adversity?" And I said, I think inward, because "I" am responsible for "Me". He vapor-locked. (BTW, Buddhism is not a religion, but more, a belief system. No praying to a vindictive dude in the sky, no retribution from a spook.. it's just holding yourSELF accountable and doing right by Everyone. So, Don't ask an atheist how they handle stress, or (we) might just explain it to you, in a non-stoning/non-raping/non-daughter killing/non-violent manner. I do not need a story book Jewish guy Or his story book, to help me tell right from wrong. I don't follow religion because I love all people, all plants and animals, and would rather do the right thing by Mother Nature, "whom" I Can substantiate <3.

  10. I agree. Christians tried REAL HARD to erase doubters and free thinkers by torturing and/or killing anyone who dared challenge their self-righteous authority for over a thousand years! How did that turn out? Christianity is losing ground as never before as more and more people are thinking for themselves.

  11. Stuart Wragg ". Four countries have experienced a drop in religiosity in their populations that is greater than 20 percent between 2005 and 2012. France and Switzerland saw decreases of 21 percent, while Ireland's number of faithful declined by 22 percent and Vietnam's by 23 percent."

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