The story in the previous column about the nice Jewish lady unknowing eating ham and then projectile vomiting right on the spot at a gala party may be unusual, but it is not unknown.
As pointed out, it could happen with other Jews, or with the appropriate food, with Muslims (pork and alcohol), Mormons (caffeine), Catholics of the past (meat on Friday), Hindus (beef), etc.
But it also happens all the time with mental rejection or “vomiting” by a number of Christians and religionists, mostly of fundamentalist thinking. Get into a conversation – if you can – with a fundamentalist. Often they will be quite willing to loan you writings or books by G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Joel Osteen, Charles Stanley, Jerry Falwell, Dinesh D’Souza and others.
Ask them if they would be interested in reading your books by say, Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Bart Ehrman, Elaine Pagels, and others, and they will hold up their hands in horror.
“I am not going to read anything that is against my Jesus!” they say with equal parts of conviction and contempt for you offering them such “trash.”
“I don’t want to know anything that is going to blaspheme or diminish my Savoir, my Lord, my Jesus,” they continue. More comments often follow, but they all spell and mean ”NO”. In other words, they are going to stay willfully ignorant.
Their minds would commit mental projectile vomiting if they read anything that is counter intuitive to their current level of “knowledge”, be it right or wrong, sensible or senseless. And is it is almost always the wrong and the senseless.
They are rejecting even the idea that something might be different than their thinking, that thinking fostered by their parents when they were brainwashed as a child
This of course was continued as misinformation by their Sunday School classes and solidified into concrete conjecture and condemnation of other thinking by their equally mindless ministers.
In essence, Christians can dish it out, but they can’t take it. They are “right” they think, and nothing – not even hard facts, truth, science or second opinions – will dissuade them from that belief.
They can dish it out by desperately wanting you to read all about their beliefs and religious views. In fact, they expect you to do this, because they are “right”. Sure.
But they can’t stand to have you even suggest a different thought, translation, Biblical mistake, alternative view or explanation of their fairy tales, even if or when your idea bears serious consideration.
Skeptics like to view, examine and consider the world around them. Religionists, it seems, are like a one-way street.