Alas in these times mocking is a daily form of attack on peopel of faith...
You must admit though that its hard to dialogue normally (without mocking) with people who because of faith claim to be saved from the destiny of eternal damnation for those who don't share the faith. Sort of puts the non-believer a bit on the back foot so that mockery is employed to shake the pedestal a bit.
My sympathies all the same for those who have to endure mockery day in and day out - must be terrible!
Thats right yeah. The person going through life pyschologically dependent on a mythological being is the 'strong' one. Religion in Ireland and its most common symptoms was always more of a pathology.
Look back on the thread featuring comments about the 'Venerable Matt Talbot' for an insight into religion as a pathology. A poor dry drunk who went off his head and started self-harming to the point of wrapping chains around himself under his clothes and the pathology crew in Ireland decide to walk past the obvious and regard that as somehow to be admired.
Religion in Ireland and in particular extreme catholicism went way past theology for some and ended up being a pathology. There is no way that sort of pandering to self-harming is an example of psychological strength or even remotely healthy or normal and the pathology is there too in no small measure among the barefoot Croagh Patrickers and those loons strapping cilices to themselves.
Psychologically healthy, alright. Well off the spectrum.
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