Thursday, December 31, 2009

The right to laugh at the ridiculous

Writing in Werewolf this month, James Robinson decries the "prejudice" against christians. As usual with these sorts of exercises, he conflates the right to believe with a right not to be laughed at - and that's the problem right there. There is simply no such right. People are free to believe what they want, and to express those beliefs - but if others find those beliefs laughable, then they can express that too.

In the past, Christianity was powerful enough to suppress such expressions, either legally or socially. Now its not. As a result, Christians are having to face the fact that many in society find their beliefs backward, ridiculous, or just plan silly, on the same level as those of the flat-earthers or those who believe in ghosts and faeries. They'd better get used to it. We don't have to pretend respect anymore, and we won't. And if their beliefs can't withstand such ridicule, then so much the worse for them.