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They'll use it to dismiss everything else.
They are circular in their argument and have NO intention of a true discourse.
Going all the way through the thread- they ignore what proves them ignorant and wrong, fear based. They pat each other on the back for their use of mythology and fear-
The are not going to get past the fear BECAUSE they would have to give up their own self definition of who they are, risk losing their churches, their friends- probably their families as well.
As the director who left scientology said- The hardest part was realizing he spent so many years being wrong. Imagine being wrong AND a bigoted asshole? They have to face that behavior and cruelty. Not going to.
Scott Peck wrote a great book (until the last part in which he lost his focus) called "People of the Lie." It was about how most people will do anything to keep their self image and imagine up to their friends. When they are mean, cruel they have to justify it somehow so they can still feel like they are good people instead of fearful and mean-spirited.
So they shed the accountability of their actions and erroneous beliefs by attacking others and finger pointing to keep distraction going so they can "clean up their image" from potential tarnish.