In my travels through the blog-o-sphere, I ran across an interesting article. You can find it by following this link.
Basically, the author uses a little over 800 words to harpoon atheists as a group. Predictably, the owner of the blog has disabled comments so people can’t even respond to his posts. This seems to be a trend lately, and one I find distasteful. Of course, in their ‘About’ page, they rationalize their disabling of comments away as being something heroic. I find it cowardly.
But anyways, let’s get down to the meat of the authors argument. He says:
The majority of problems I’ve faced with when it came to antagonistic people tended to be with non-believers. This is not because of the varying belief systems, but merely their perception is that this is a dog eat dog world.
I guess if that’s all you’ve experienced, it must be true. There aren’t loads of atheists out there who don’t care about religion enough to comment or talk about it. All atheists believe in a ‘dog eat dog’ world.
Sorry, but your subjective experiences don’t mean squat when it comes to the larger context. Your post tries to lambaste an entire segment of the population, based on your small sample of experiences.
I could do the same. I’ve been called the ‘anti-Christ’, a ‘fool’ (using scripture), an immoral person etc, all because I don’t believe in a specific deity or God(s). Does that mean all Christians are angry bullies?
Of course not. There are plenty of pleasant, even-tempered Christians out there.
He goes on:
Another atheist said about spiritual religious believers that it will be like clubbing a baby seal to prove that there is nothing else out there. Not only will this put the animal rights groups in an uproar, but it further cements the violent tendencies that come out of an Atheist.
So atheists have violent tendencies? Really? The non-belief in a deity automatically comes with the tendency to be violent?
If this were so, you’d think that atheists would be running the prison system.
However, statistics show that atheists actually make up less than 1% (0.07%) of the prison population. The rest of them are affiliated with one religion or another. A fairly hefty percentage of them identify as Christians of one variety or another.
You can easily locate the tirade of Pro-Atheist blogs which can be equated to those in the Taliban.
I guess I’m no better than the Taliban, even though I don’t use violence. I use words. I attempt to use reason. But I guess blogging and being visible is enough to make me Taliban-ish.
Atheism is so that you can act as monstrous as you like without consequence.
Huh. I didn’t know that.
I’m pretty sure that if I acted ‘monstrous’ to my wife, there would be consequences. Just because I don’t believe in an eternal overlord in the sky who is going to punish me for eternity, doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences for my actions.
In fact, many religious people believe that if you repent, you go to heaven. While if you don’t believe, you go straight to hell, even if you were a nice person during your lifetime.
The consequence being that as long as Hitler repented before blowing his brains out, he’s up there in heaven. While atheist Joe Blow who was a kind, loving husband and parent, is on the fast-track to hell.
Talk about no consequences!
What’s the deal with trying to debate them so that you can prove your right? Prove what exactly? According to Atheists, they don’t believe in anything. Atheists are no different than fundamental extremist Christians.
Yup, just like any other idea, we try to discuss the merits of religious ideas. I know. Crazy, right?
And of course, we do believe in things. Just because we don’t believe in your version of God, doesn’t mean we don’t believe in anything.
For example, do you believe in Odin or flying invisible monkey-men?
Probably not. But does that mean you don’t believe in anything?
Of course not.
Atheists tend to question everything with a bullying mentality and with anger instead of attempting to connect with the other side. They’re so blocked it’s quite sad.
Quite an ironic statement, considering the angry tone of your post and your willingness to block any disagreement by disabling comments.
I do try to question everything, including my atheism. I don’t think I do so with a bullying mentality. I’m starting to think any form of disagreement is enough for the original author to believe they’re being bullied.
If an atheist is hanging out with someone who is connected to the other side, it is doubtful they can be friends.
There would be very few people I could be friends with then, considering something like 80% of people identify with a religion. It’s not doubtful at all. I’m friends with a good many Christians. I also have family members who I love dearly who are religious.
The internet has gave a platform to all of these human souls who don’t deserve a voice.
Everyone deserves a voice. You just sound angry that not all the voices agree with your own.
Too bad. Get used to it. It’s not going to stop anytime soon.
Agnostic’s are way cooler than Atheists, because they’re open minded. They don’t necessarily believe there is a higher power, but they’re not ruling it out either. This isn’t as rigid as being a pointless Atheist who believes in nothing and won’t hear anything about anything that is outside of their body. What is your point for being here then exactly?
I’m now an agnostic, since that makes me ‘way cooler’.
Oh wait, I always was. I’m just an agnostic-atheist. I don’t rule out a God. I’ve just yet to see any convincing evidence that such a God exists, especially if you’re referring to a specific deity as opposed to the deistic or pantheistic version of deities.
My point for being here is probably pretty much the same as your own, minus the supernatural, eternal reward system some religions try to sell. Belief in a deity isn’t needed for meaning. I’m perfectly capable of finding meaning without supernatural deities, thank you very much.