Here are some of the caveats to keep in mind when reading posts on I’m sure I’ll be adding more over time. Please read them before giving me a reply like “How can you say ‘God did this’ if you’re not a believer?” or “That’s not in the Bible!” or “Not all Muslims believe that!” or, “You just hate [group X]!”

(1) It may be necessary to write things herein like, “God said this” or, “God did that.” This is my shorthand for, “The Bible says God said this” or “The Koran says God did that.” Writing such things does not mean I believe in the characters and events in the Bible or other holy scriptures. I do not. I’m discussing what they did and why as I discuss the actions and motivations of literary characters, much like if I were to write, “The Lady of the Lake gave Excalibur to King Arthur” or “Frodo journeyed to Mordor.

(2) Different denominations and sects have different views about exactly what materials belong in various holy scriptures. For example, some denominations of Christians include the Book of Revelations in the Bible, and some exclude it. Some of the passages I quote and / or link in Holy Scriptures may not be in every version and may not represent the views of every believer — but all of the passages I quote are in some versions of holy scriptures, and are believed by many.

(3) Some parts of some holy scriptures have different names in different versions. For example, the book which is called Ecclesiasticus in some Bibles is called Sira or Sirach in other Bibles.

(4) Disrespecting beliefs does not mean disrespecting the people who harbor those beliefs, and attacking beliefs does not mean attacking people with those beliefs. You are not your beliefs.

(5) Criticizing religious beliefs does not equate to saying all followers have those beliefs. It just means the criticism is aimed at those who do. Likewise, criticizing issues related to a religion does not equate to saying that all followers manifest these issues. There’s no need for you to tell me, “Not all Christians reject science due to biblical literalism,” or, “Not all Muslims think apostates should be executed.” I know “not all.” I’m not saying “all.”

(6) Antipathy for religion does not mean antipathy for religious people. I don’t dislike people who believe religions. I’m quite fond of some devout believers.

(7) Despite practical reasons for an emphasis on Christianity and other Abrahamic religions, my distaste applies just as much to Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and all others. Most of my criticism will also be equally applicable across all of the world’s major religions.