What are the rules for discussing the religious beliefs of others? It looks like a live question in this political season.
Doug Clark says Amanda Marcotte crossed a line by calling a core tenet of Christianity "mythology." But isn't that what every non-literalist believes about some aspects of his own religion? And what every believer believes about at least some of the beliefs of other faiths? Isn't it what science is telling literalists about their view of creation?
Atrios addresses some of this stuff here.
Does religion get a special pass in the rough and tumble of conversation, on the web and beyond? Courtesy should be extended to the sensitivities of others, but when does questioning a belief system or acknowledging that you don't hold it become an insult?
And how far do you accomodate people who may be looking for reasons to be insulted?