So said the humanisthousewife, in a comment here.
Anyone who has had a brush with Steiner people will agree with her. She was speaking as a former long term employee, and certainly knows them well. They feel threatened by atheists, and react badly to them.
Atheist bloggers have been killed for their views in some countries, as has been reported in the news several times this year.
Sam Harris, the author and neuroscientist has been targeted continually by critics, mostly religious people, who try to discredit him by misrepresenting his views, and labeling him a racist. Reading his blog reveals the way he has to restate his views, in reply to the grotesquely distorted opinions of which he is accused.
Harris repeatedly states that a rejection and criticism of religion is not a racist characteristic. Religion is not race. Some people have difficulty understanding that.
Ridiculously, this is a hazard of publicly criticising religion. Anthroposophy is frequently criticised as a racist belief system, perhaps that explains why Steiner people try to affix the racist label to their critics.
Sam Harris has been expressing antitheist views for years, with the most accomplished criticisms of religion; his little book, “Letter to a Christian nation” is one of my favourites. We donated a copy to our child’s school on leaving day; I only wish I could afford to donate a copy to every school library in the country, since it may go some way to counteracting the way religion is promoted in RE lessons and the compulsory religious worship that takes place daily in British schools.
I have made no secret of the fact that I regard religion in general as a malign influence. This does not stop me having friends who are religious – they were brought up with Christianity; sometimes it is hard for people to throw out beliefs they have always held, and some people rely on those beliefs. I have been pitied for my unbelief by a Christian friend, and in return I have sympathy for her.
Someone I know has recently begun to train for ordination, and that I do not find easy to understand; it is one thing to continue the habits of a lifetime, but another to dive in voluntarily.
Unsurprisingly Steiner people are pretty angry with me for criticising the way they secretly use their beliefs on unsuspecting innocent people and their children. But I have been surprised by the lengths they have gone to; threats, nasty comments, attempts to blacken names.
Some Steiner followers can’t handle criticism of any sort and instinctively lash out at critics. Some of the backlash is carefully orchestrated outside the country by people with cool heads.
Nothing is out of bounds when it comes to defending the creed of anthroposophy, it seems.
Some Steiner followers think their livelihood is potentially under threat; for example, if people start finding out about eurythmy or rhythmic massage and no-one wants to pay for it any more, their business will suffer. If everyone decides biodynamics is a ridiculous part of a nasty belief system and won’t buy the veg, those who do biodynamics for a living will suffer. If fewer parents decide to send their child to a Steiner school because they did some research on anthroposophy and don’t want their child educated by people who belief humans evolve spiritually to be aryan, the schools will lose money and close.
Some people must think this blog is influential enough to be having an effect on Steiner businesses.
The threats and accusations won’t stop Steiner critics who feel strongly about this matter. I’ll live with it.
But just so everyone knows, though I’m not in his league, in this way I consider myself in good company with Sam Harris, and long may he continue his struggle for the rational approach in preference to the religious one, where criticism is often met with flailing arms and vicious hatred.