Hmmmmm. I like the general idea, but it's bordering too close to Things wot make u mad for no reason currently. Also, I'm not a big fan of the religious ones.
Some reworking, and yeah, I could upvote this, but for now, meh.
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Gaaaaah it does read like that doesn't it. I mean for the religious status and personality traits to be separate factors. Fixed now.
I like this one, although I have a feeling its going to be downvoted into oblivion because people are going to get all uppity about it in the same vein as Leicontis appears to be. On the internet, it's the atheists and agnostics are the Jack Chicks, so its not unexpected, but still a shame.
To avoid having the non-religious people on this site turn into Red Lanterns over it, I recommend that the descriptions be altered to be similar to the ones for the final one, with a Rational Route of Infection and a Spiritual Route Of Infection. Leicontis misread it; because it doesn't say that highly religious people are very smart. It's an Or Gate; either you're really smart or a devout believer that causes that facet of infection.
For example, I'd write out the first infection route as something like this:
Subjects described by others as self-centered or cowardly, or self-identified as religious agnostics…
I don't know why I bother making these suggestions because, like I said, never doubt the ability for someone who isn't spiritual to get really miffed when people talk about them in a less-than-pleasant fashion.
You see, this is why some of us non-believers aren't particularly fond of Richard Dawkins and his ilk - they're as irritating, loudmouthed, smug, and elitist as some of the worst of the very believers they're so fond of criticizing. Such over-the-top "evangelical atheists" give other atheists a bad name.
As to why we might tend to get snippy on the 'net (though I suspect no more so than any other religious/spiritual category), many of us (particularly in the US) have to deal with a lot of shit IRL from a small but extremely vocal and annoying slice of the religious population.
I hope this doesn't come across as a flame - I just wanted you to know that most of us aren't pretentious assholes, just like most Christians aren't like Fred Phelps.
Yeesh, this one's Flame Bait, isn't it?
Okay, looking over it objectively… I don't care for its tone as a SCP. The idea might be sound, but there's a lot of confusion arising from it, and I still have trouble making sense of it. So my downvote is for being poorly worded and constructed. This does not read like a clinical SCP.
Now, the inherent assumptions in the article are a different kettle of fish, which make it rather polarizing. Religion does not equate to spirituality, as a for instance. Atheism *is* a spiritual belief and as such people can be greatly devoted to it.
So, my opinion is that this needs a serious rewrite for tone. It needs to be more dry, to say the least. If you're afraid of spreading the effects, well that's what [DATA EXPUNGED] is for. The O5 warning on the top… yeah, not a good place. O5's have other things to do than comment on such things. Again, that falls under tone.
Sorry, dude… I don't know if it's salvageable, but I wish you luck.
Being agnostic, I'm not a fan, but that's not why I'm downvoting.
I'm downvoting because I think we already have too many religion-based scps around. I like the idea, yeah, but I would rather it react solely on personality traits or something else. Or maybe a religion that isn't abrahamic, yanno, mix it up.
Alright, upon consideration I decided that the direct references to religion were doing nothing for the article and just removed them.
Except for the reference to Satanism near the end. We need that one.
I don't like this, and not because it has any religious elements (I have no issue with that) but the narative logic feels rather bizare. Knowing about the SCP spreads the effects, that I can deal with, but I honestly have no idea how, given the current data, the recovery situation came about, because anyone who knew about the SCP, including the doctor found as an actual corpse, would have not made it safe in that manner. Also, it feels TOO infectious, too hard to keep pinned down. How did this thing get into the foundation's hands when everyone even slightly aware of it gets infected? If there where an immune personality type then it might make more sense, but so far that is flipping all the switches that The Squidface Mythos and WH40K do. Too much doom stops being horrific and starts being DULL.
Hmm, I think you're right, actually. Just did a re-write for tone, next thing I'll add is some kind of recovered personal log from the guy who managed to contain this.