[quote author=“Iisbliss”]I prefer to think of the religious as culturaly and and educationaly disadvantaged, this is because I am a politically correct liberal raised in the 60s by some rocket scientist parents.
It goes against my childhood teaching to call people stupid.
I don’t think preference is relevant, and in this case I think it goes against observation, not just politically correct (or otherwise) teaching.
I’m not sure why some people choose to consider believers (or “the others”) stupid, but it almost always seems to be much more about the observer than the observed.
The capacity for religious belief/faith seems to be an issue of intellectual integrity to me—not necessarily ethical integrity (though that’s very often part of it), but functional or structural. The normal forms and structures the mind uses to interpret reality get all twisted and turned and shaken up when it comes to religious faith. The faithful may be brilliant, but faith acts like a virus on the mind (nod to Richard Dawkins), corrupting its functional integrity, most often in a highly selective manner.
I don’t think the notion that believers are stupid has much merit at all, though—it seems more likely an emotionally rather than critically based perspective, IMO.