My atheism has recently evolved to an opinion that compels me to be more openly confrontational when I hear fundamentalist comments. While I'm reluctant to speak out against the faithful who's devotion is based exclusively on either personal revelation or their professed personal relationship, I have mixed emotions about confronting those who express adherence to the Bible or doubts about conventionally established science for religious reasons. On the one hand, I don't wish to abuse the devout, unless perhaps their provocative statements are intended to delude children, but on the other hand I've concluded that allowing casual statements supporting religious delusions to go uncontested is equivalent with granting credence to those who openly believe in fairies, gnomes or pixies.
While the value of such confrontations may be situational, is it even advisable to publicly confront the devout when their comments may be casual, incidental or made largely out of some cultural ignorance?
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