It is difficult as someone who believes in such a “factless” theory as Creation, that non believers are equally as offended. I get the “Have a Blessed Day”s can get annoying when you subscribe to science only. Or, in the case of loved ones who are truly sick and someone thinks the best thing to say to you is “She’ll be in a better place”.
One difference, at least among genuine Christians would be the sentiment with which it is delivered. Of course, there are a large number of times “Christians” use it cynically or damn others joyfully to hell – I’m not defending them. Ironman specifically, I read your comments about religion (or those who would believe such a “looney fantasy” ) and it comes off as mean spirited. Being told over and over again there is no rational reason (except some “innate need for comfort for those too weak to deal with life”) seems insulting, ya? If I kept posting statistics on the percentage of crimes committed by non-whites, wouldn’t I look racist? Saying what you believe to be the truth can still be hurtful.
Finally, you quite often assert that what you say “is truth”. Of course we’re all big boys and girls and know the internet posting implies “imo”; but using the phrasing does add some bitterness to your assertions. And surely you see the difference in tone between say you and many other atheist on this board?
ETA: All quotes are mine, not actual things Ironman said, but may have and at least provide how it sounds to me when he posts.
Your paraphrasing of me are all things that are in some cases a little harsher, and in other cases MUCH harsher than anything I would say....well about religion anyway. So I think this shows how sensitive you are, and that you are seeing implications that aren't there, and taking comments much worse than face value, or how they were intended. At least now I think I have a better understanding of where you are coming from, and why this is coming out in this way.
Finally, you quite often assert that what you say “is truth”.
I never assert, unless I think I am saying something that is pretty well established. If you notice, I usually provide a logical argument, for WHY it is true, and/or empirical evidence. It's not an opinion, if it's an objective fact that can be proven with logic or evidence. If you don't agree you can offer a rebuttal, or if it's something I thought was not in question by anyone, and you don't agree, you can always ask for an explanation.
If I kept posting statistics on the percentage of crimes committed by non-whites, wouldn’t I look racist? Saying what you believe to be the truth can still be hurtful.
In this instance you would have to rely on logical fallacies to make it look like that. Statistics can lie when applied in deceptive ways. I have actually debated people who tried to assert that sort of thing. Their arguments are full of holes and easily defeated. Believing something is the truth, and having a basis for knowing it's true are two different things.
and know the internet posting implies “imo”
It's not. I actually have a basis in logical deduction and/or empirical evidence. Unless of course it's a subjective thing. If I'm not sure, or I'm speculating, I usually say so. I can make a mistake, but I don't believe anything without reason. It's part of being a skeptic/rationalist. I know most people don't do things that way, so it's hard to understand.
Evolution/natural selection is as rock solid as science gets. There is even more evidence for it than gravity. I know you may have learned differently, but I can assure you it's not actually true. Evolution is a proven thing. There are transitional fossils and even better cellular evidence. Epigenetics in particular is very strong conclusive evidence. Now that I understand where you are coming from, I want to try to communicate this in the nicest way possible.
And surely you see the difference in tone between say you and many other atheist on this board
You mean Jebus? All 1 of them. That's the only other outspoken atheist here. He was pretty hardline at one time. He seems to avoid the topic lately though, unless someone else is already talking about it.