Linus Torvalds on religion

Linus Torvalds, original creator of Linux, writes in his blog:

One of them starts to seriously talk about praying demons away, and then after the prayer has driven the demon out of the person, you have to support the person so that the demon doesn’t come back. And nobody laughs at him.

Seriously? What year is it again? I’m pretty sure they didn’t have Costco foodcourts in the middle ages, but maybe there was some time warping going on.

What the hell is wrong with people?

There is a large number of comments (169 to this date). Very few of them are critical of Linus at the beginning, but then a few start voicing a different opinion. And Linus Torvalds answers with gems like:

And yes, it is acceptable to ridicule people for their beliefs. If you meet a grown person who believes in the easter bunny, in santa claus, or in the tooth fairy, they’re damn well fair game.

Seriously, what’s wrong with Linus Torvalds?

If someone doesn’t know something, you educate them. You don’t run back home and cowardly post blog entries mocking your “opponent” to a friendly crowd! This is really not Linus Torvalds’ most glorious moment…

What I find more annoying is just how religiously illiterate Torvalds is, and how that doesn’t stop him from believing he knows everything about everything. He is not alone in his belief that to be religious, you have to be stupid.

4 thoughts on “Linus Torvalds on religion

  1. Who cares ? Grow up, religion is just "opinion". If we can mock the way you dress or the way you walk, why not mock the way you believe. Nothing is sacred. Linux is just trolling and seems pretty good at it.

  2. It has nothing to do with the topic (religion or anything else) and everything to do with attitude. If I tell you you are a moron because X or Y, I'm probably wrong, whatever X or Y is. It is just worse when, like Linus in this case, I happen to know nothing about X or Y.

  3. In order to be religious, you have to be wilfully ignorant. Stupidity in a certain sense?So you condone being willfully ignorant of religion because you think being religious implies being willfully ignorant? I hope you can see the limits of this rationale.You didn't say what you have to ignore to be religious. Science? Computing?If I'm a religious person, does that make me less of a programmer? Or does that mean I may have an experience / knowledge non-religious people do not have?

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