Where is your proof that religious men are more decent men than non religious? It is so naive to believe that blindly following a religion makes one person better than another. Honestly the world would be a far better, less conflicted place without religion.
But yes we will have to agree to disagree, one of us one of us is brainwashed, the other a critical thinker, the discussion is futile.
Brainwashed? I am an agnostic, so I really have no axe to grind, but since you're a "critical thinker", I suppose that you have finally found a way to prove a negative?
The best that any honest, logical, person can do is say that they simply don't know if a God or gods exist. That being as it may, calling someone who has faith "brainwashed" (as a form of mockery, no doubt) seems to prove that you're not as critical as you think you are. Some hold logic in high esteem, but yet, logic cannot explain how they can subscribe to the idea that what they cannot detect with their mere human senses must not exist, that a supreme being who reveals him/her/itself when, where, and to whom it chooses cannot exist if it doesn't reveal itself directly to them. If that were the case, then how many things didn't "exist" even a decade or so ago, only to be "discovered"?
Even so, I believe that atheists have the right to believe what they believe, and will not mock them for believing such things, as I cannot prove them wrong. Neither can they prove the religious wrong. It seems to me foolhardy to call others "brainwashed" especially when one's rule and guide is logic, when the other's guide is freely admitted to as being based on faith.
Even I, with years and years of education, have not yet come to grips with the scientific explanation as to how the universe was formed, which seems to be ever-changing, because after all, they're only theories. "In the beginning, there was nothing, which exploded" (or there was something, but it was infinitely small
, lol!) doesn't seem any more far-fetched than "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth".
When I was growing up, I found that many religious people were pushy, intolerant, and mocked the faithless. Now, it appears that the atheists have claimed the low moral ground. There's something grinding their gears, that's for sure.
Being an agnostic, I don't really know if I have enough faith to believe in a God or gods, but I guess that I don't have enough faith to be an atheist either.
To all of the kind
people here, religious and non-religious, this has been an uplifting discussion!