Do you care if other people are religious?
Do I care if other people
are religious? Yeah, in a sense I do,
because I want people to– to live their lives and have reasoning that’s based
on evidence. And I don’t think belief in God is based
on evidence. But more realistically, it doesn’t really concern me
whether or not someone believes in God. What I’m interested in is
what they do with that belief. So, if they believe in God
and that leads them to vote for people who want to abolish,
you know, rights for certain classes of people,
certain groups of people; if it makes them, you know, not care for their child who’s sick,
because they think God is going to heal them; if it makes them into a jerk, because they think Jesus is going to
take care of them in the afterlife, then yeah, I do. I do care if that person’s religious,
because it’s making them a bad person. But at the same time, we all
know religious people who do– who are inspired by their faith
and their belief in God to do a lot of wonderful things.
And that’s great. I think they could probably do all
those good things without a belief in God, but hey, you know what? If their religion
makes them do good things, okay, I don’t really
have a problem with that. So, you know, as it plays out in the real world,
I don’t really care if people believe in God
as long as they’re doing good with that. And on another level, I wish they didn’t,
because there’s just no reason–
no good reasons to believe in God. But as it plays out, you know,
I’m surrounded at work, in my social life, I’m surrounded
by people who do believe in God. And it’s not like, “Oh, they believe in God.
Then they’re on my blacklist and we can’t be friends.” No, I don’t do that,
and I hope you watching this
don’t do that either. It’s totally– you can interact with people,
you could be friends with people who are religious. It’s just a matter of how
they live their life that matters. My name is Hemant Mehta.
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