Originally Posted by asydhouse
Here come the strawmen ...
Yes, so have I. What do you know about them? Were they mostly wealthy immigrants in posh neighborhoods?
And where exactly do you see the alleged thesis? Quotation, please! I know a couple of very wealthy woos, so, no, I wouldn't claim that all
rich people are secularized and all poor people are woos. Apparently you never read Zuckerberg - or even listen to his eight minutes on youtube.
More complicated than what? As you can see in the case of Denmark and Sweden, religion & superstition tend to die out with improved standards of living.
In the USA, based as that society is on the market economy, free enterprise and the right to become piss poor, even the relatively wealthy appear to be more afraid of losing their affluence than people in countries with, among other things, free education and health care. Your argument seem to be that because you know examples of rich people who are religious, the argument does not hold true that to overcome religion and superstition people need to have access to good housing, food and health care.
I gues that you probably also know a poor atheist guy, which would furter disprove my alleged thesis that every single religious nut ball would be secularized if he became a millionaire - which it would, of course, but only because it's your own strawman.
Why don't you simply stop fabricating the assumption, then?
And it makes me very happy that you present such a compelling case for your belief that belief in witchcraft is rife all over.
Who's advocating aid without education? You seem to suffer from the misapprehension that when I point out that, for instance, access to health care is required for somebody to give up his or her belief in witchdoctors, i.e. it requires a viable alternative to treatments based on superstition for people to give up their superstitions in this field, I somehow imply that people shouldn't be educated.
By the way, I greatly admire your firm belief in the impact that a "forthright statement that superstition is plain wrong"
would have! :-)
didn't attribute it to the guy who didn't
write it, you
did, and I assumed that everybody was familiar with the opium-of-the-people phrase. My bad. It might have been a good idea for you to take a look at the link in the quotation box instead of assuming that the quotation was related to a completely different link.
Poverty fuelling witchcraft hysteria
Poverty and Witch Killing
Witchcraft claims against children in Congo DRC reflect curse of poverty