Yea, good idea.
But no, I don't think it's an 'excuse' per say, I'll leave that to those who like to proclaim they know why others believe what they do. I think that in some cases, a god-mindset could
spur judgmentalism, but it'd be unfair to say it does
What I do think is vastly-interesting, is the 'tone' and 'nature' of the judgmentalism I do encounter. Generally, and it's not that often, the kind of dripping hate I catch as an atheist seems very personalized, as if by my existence I've insulted someone deeply. To be sure, such mean-spiritness exhibits a lack of compassion. It also - and I see this as most likely - speaks to a limited breadth of experience with atheists (which are people too, and as such, are just as likely to be charming as monstrous).
If I had to say where I
thought this came from (and this is only at first-blush), I'd say it's likely a result of those atheists that are rude, narrow and argumentative
. They do atheism a deep disservice when they berate or even engage unnecessarily. I think its great to debate (or even tell someone you think they're wrong, but this is a very thin wire we walk where we run the risk of alienating the very people we need so much
). Theists are people; our brothers and sisters, we ought treat them this way. I can't profess to being sinless, but I can lay a solid claim to always working at it.
Where does this judgmentalism come from? Any other thoughts? I'd be curious to hear