A friend of mine posted on facebook:
I find the argument that people generally belong to a given religion based on the place where they were born or the family into which they were born to be one of atheism’s weakest arguments and I also find it to be personally insulting, and you should too. How many atheists here were born in “Christian countries” or had Christian parents (or otherwise depending on the religion in question)? Could I not have had the same opportunities and circumstances in my life that would have lead me to become an atheist? And yet, I am still a believer. Why is that? Is it because I failed to get educated on the matter or that I have not thought it through? No. Try again. Is it because my neurons are connected differently than yours and they fire differently? Well that holds for everyone doesn’t…
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This post assumes people have religious mobility, i.e. freedom of religion. But that’s just not the case in many parts of the world. Conversion to Christianity comes with a high price- social/economic pressure and even death. People are locked into their socio-economic-religious status for life. There is very little mobility at any level of their society.
Very true, Art. A person born in, say, Saudi Arabia won’t have much of an opportunity to learn or exercise any religion other than Islam. So, the counter argument only goes so far and holds for those places in the world where people enjoy full freedom of religion.