The Prophet, the Provoker, the Atheist, the Scholar: A CNN blogger gets fed up with religious verbal abuse and calls out those who seem most addicted to playground insults.
I totally sign onto his complaints, with a single qualifier: Religion may have its own style of insults, but it's certainly not alone. You also can find mud-slinging children on websites about sports, politics, entertainment and other topics.
However, John Black, the writer, goes beyond complaints to a few suggestions for how to discuss religion — and how to respond to people who don't play fair.
One of my favorite sentences: "Most people change religious beliefs 'not because of one argument' but only after long conversations and intimate exposure to another faith."
He might have also quoted Proverbs 15:1: "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."