[quote="Andrewc"]That brings me to another issue. What's up with monotheists who staunchly defend their God yet find it acceptable to laugh off indigenous and polytheistic religions without a second thought? Pot-Kettle-Black.
I've never understood that, either. Just like I've never been able to grasp the mindset of the legions of vegans who proudly bash Christianity, yet they tiptoe around every other religion as if nothing else is quite so bad to them. They'll gladly mock the image of Jesus [held quite sacred by devout Christians, who are not all bad people], but I don't see any pictures of Mohammed playing tonsil hockey with a pig to go along with it. Or Kali using all available arms to wank Ganesh. Or whatever you have, there's plenty of potential to be fair if one wants to criticize religion evenly. I know, I know, in this day it's 'hip' to be anti-Christian, but if you're going to be that way, at least have the stones to bash EVERY religion if you're proud of your atheism. Anything less is silly - all or nothing, otherwise it's one big mega-fail.
And I am agnostic also. Nothing has ever been proven, and conversely, nothing has been disproven, so I remain open to the fact that we're all in the dark about how we really got here. To me, the rantings of athiests who claim that they're somehow more intelligent [or less gullible] because they "know" there's no god doesn't impress me. That's just mental masturbation to create an aire of self-superiority as far as I'm concerned. No offense intended to those who feel that way - I just don't believe it creates such an awakening to choose to ignore everything that doesn't fit with your ideology. Everyone's entitled to their beliefs, but as soon as the yap opens to tell me that my feelings of not really knowing the answer make me any less sensible, and your argument is done for as far as I'm concerned. I also don't particularly care for it when someone claims their god is the only one and the rest of us are sinners bound for hellfire and damnation. I'm equal-opportunity for thinking that both ends of the spectrum have some things to learn about being open-minded to that which doesn't have an obvious answer.
We could always get into the discussion where people also think that you need a particularly political affiliation to be vegan. There are FAR too many vegans in the USA who think that a conservative mindset cannot work within veganism, which is laughable at best. I'm sure other countries have the same issues as well, but it's particularly bad over here. I've even heard some vegans proclaim 'I don't believe that there could be such a thing as a Republican vegan, and if there is, I wouldn't want to know them.' Such a great attitude to have, immediately relegating someone to less-than-respectable status because of opposing political views, eh?
There's no single type of vegan. We come in all races, religions, sizes and shapes. That's what's so fucking wonderful about it, the fact that we should ALL be coming together for the greater good of the animals while putting petty differences aside. The day that we start believing we need to fit a mold to be a 'real vegan' is the day I never call myself one again out of pure shame for the movement.