Originally Posted by falconbrother
Hopefully this wont degrade into a poop throwing contest.
I found it interesting that there was a religion poll on this forum. That suggest several things.
1). Religion, in general, is important to the people here.
2). The results clearly show the people who don't eat meat tend to reject religious belief (Lots of arguments as to what constitutes a religious belief).
I find that a fascinating fact. Especially since I read somewhere that the ancient Hebrews were vegetarians. The argument I read said that they didn't start eating meat until after the Babylonian captivity. Granted, the truth of that statement can be argued till dooms day. But, the article made a good argument that early humans didn't eat meat.
I really want to hear from the Atheist and agnostic group since you folks are by far the largest group. Does your world view, you thoughts on religion, influence your decision not to eat meat?
I disagree with your first conclusion. The fact that there's a religion poll only proves that religion is important to one person here - the person who started the poll. It really doesn't imply that religion is important to anyone else. In fact, only 125 people have answered the poll so far. There are currently over 50,000 registered VB
members, and over 500 browsing VB
as I write this. In the grand scheme of things, it's a pretty small number of VBers who answered the poll, though I suppose that's a pretty good response for a VB
poll. And of those who did respond, I'm sure I'm not the only one who really doesn't care about religion, but is enough of a VB
addict to respond to just about any poll that's posted, without sticking around to read the whole thread that comes with it.
I've never heard of any historical sources claiming that the ancient Hebrews were veg. I know about the Pythagoreans, but those are the only ancient veggies I know about. Of course, Adam and Eve were vegan in Genesis, but I don't consider that any sort of reliable historic source.
As for the correlation between atheism and veg*nism, I don't think it's a coincidence, but I also don't think it's a cause-effect relationship. Like others who have answered in this thread already, my reasons for becoming an atheist and a vegetarian were unrelated to each other. But I think that having an open mind to the possibility of rejecting societal norms played a part in both decisions. I think that's the shared personality trait of most atheists and veg*ns that led them down those paths, and why there's so much overlap between the two groups.