Are Atheists Unreasonable Bigots?

Found a video made by a pastor who says that atheists are just unreasonable bigots in the title. He doesn’t do much to back his claim on the ‘bigot’ portion but he did try to provide evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.

Here is my response. I hope you enjoy it.

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Atheists Should Be Whatever They Choose

hqdefaultI read a post earlier called “Atheists Should Be Monks“. I’m not sure whether that author really believes what he’s writing or whether he’s trying to troll.

John starts off with a conversation he had with another atheist and he comes up with this premise:

 

  1. If God doesn’t exist, neither does evil.

Okay…I’m with you here, John.

  1. If evil doesn’t exist then ‘maximally evil’ is incoherent.

Okay…

  1. You’re using incoherence to accuse Christianity of incoherence.

You might believe in evil because of your religion, but several other religions would disagree with you and they have their own set of rules about what is good and what is considered evil. You have no tangible way to prove your religion is right about God and theirs is wrong. Both sets of tribes can simply claim their God said so and that’s the end of the argument.

Most atheists I know don’t use the word ‘evil’ but replace it with the word ‘ethics’. They may use the word ‘evil’ as an expression. Kind of like the way I say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes sometimes.

He continues:

When your philosophy isn’t a philosophy…

When your thesis is ‘content free’…

Why are you blogging?

Because we sometimes have to answer the claims made by religious people who presume to tell us what we think, believe and what we can talk or write about.

Kind of like John is working up to do in a few short paragraphs.

There are many reasons to talk about religion. I may not believe in religion or a specific deity, but the politicians who govern might and that may affect how they operate. Nearly everyone around me believes in a deity of one kind or another, and in some cases, those beliefs shape how they act.

For example, you have people who burn others alive because they think they’re sorcerers:

BANGUI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rebels in Central African Republic have kidnapped, burnt and buried alive “witches” in public ceremonies, exploiting widely held superstitions to control areas in the war-torn country, according to a leaked United Nations report.

And:

The torture took place between December 2014 and early 2015 under instruction from leaders of the mainly Christian “anti-balaka” militia that has been fighting Muslim Seleka rebels across the country for more than two years, said the report.

When more people can talk about the silliness of believing in sorcery, these kinds of incidents may decline or stop altogether.

That is just one example. But regardless, just because you don’t believe in something doesn’t mean you can’t talk about it or share the philosophies or ideas that you DO believe in. The difference is that those philosophies aren’t supposedly handed down by a deity and I can change them as new information becomes available.

You shouldn’t mind since you’ve no point of view of your own.

You blog because you’re smarter than the rest of us.

Smarter than everyone who has lived before!

They obviously have a point of view…that’s what they’re blogging about.

They don’t necessarily believe they are smarter than you or anyone else either. Just like your blogging doesn’t mean you think you’re smarter than everyone else. They are free to share their point of view and you yours.

You’ve got it all figured out.

Ummm…the only ones claiming to ‘have it all figured out’ are the religious.

Atheism is NOT, in fact, ‘content free’.

It’s brimming with arrogance, outrage, and irrationality.

It offers a lush landscape of bitter contradictions and depraved futility.

And evil.

Many of the atheists I’ve met are very concerned with ethics. Not the childish way the bible gives out rules that often don’t make sense or that contradict one another, but really looking at the heart of the matter and figuring out what causes suffering and how do we best combat that suffering.

Also, the very act of calling us evil shows why we need to discuss atheism – to dispell such backward notions.

Why else would you deliberately destroy the glimmer of hope you see in other human beings?

How is atheism destroying hope? Do you now lack belief in God because of what we have said? Is that why you’re so angry?

Are you fit to take God’s place when you’ve convinced us He doesn’t exist?

No, but maybe reasonable and rational discourse can take the place of irrational, contradictory and violent myths.

Will your non-philosophy speak to the soul of a dead child’s mother?

Atheism won’t, but other philosophies or ways of thinking might, such as humanism. I know when I lost my father, I found no comfort in people telling me it was for the best and I’d see him again etc. I’d rather take comfort in the likely truth – I’ll never see him again, which also makes the times I did spend with him more precious. I think we need to find ways to grieve that transcend religious babble and fake platitudes.

He ends with this piece of advice:

…at least do your part to combat wickedness…

…shut up.

Nah. We will keep talking. Reason will eventually rise to the top and religion will die out. Not because we have to burn, rape or torture people to convince them, like religions often resorts to doing. And certainly not because we have to tell the other side to shut up like you just did, but because we make the better arguments.

Calling Out Bigotry Doesn’t Make You Less Christian

It astounds me how people who pronounce that their religion promotes morality, ethics and good behavior are so easily capable of the most unthinking bigotry. They then pretend they’re promoting ‘truth’ instead of poison.

For example, take this blog I read today called, The Biggest Fool.

In this post you have the obligatory back hand slap towards atheists, with that well known quote about being a fool if you don’t believe in God:

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)

Strange that some people in this supposed morally upright culture seem to think it’s okay to call a whole group of people fools.

Then the author goes on (without much of a point as far as I can tell) about times he thought he would die but didn’t.

For the record, I’ve had those times as well. I’ve survived three horrific car accidents – one with a humongous buck and one where I got hit from behind by a five ton truck, which pushed me into oncoming traffic so I could get nailed again by another car.

God didn’t save me. Luck did, and medical science sure didn’t hurt none.

I’ve also been hit by a bus while on foot – no God intervened. Just more medical personnel. I got hit so hard I still don’t remember it happening.

But then this bigot posts a video at the end of his post with this sentence in the description:

God, forgive me. For those times I have lived the lifestyle of the atheist, forgive me.

WTF?

And so I posted a comment calling him out on his bigotry. He tried to say I hadn’t read his post, but I wonder if he bothered to read the description of his own video. It’s not okay to paint an entire group of people as immoral like that. I don’t care what group it is. Change the word ‘atheist’ to any ethnic group, and you will quickly see how bigoted that statement is.

  • God, forgive me. For those times I have lived the lifestyle of the Jew, forgive me.
  • God, forgive me. For those times I have lived the lifestyle of the homosexual, forgive me.
    • God, forgive me. For those times I have lived the lifestyle of the Christian, forgive me.

See how disgusting it sounds?

So here’s the exchange I had with the author.

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There’s more but it hasn’t appeared on his blog yet. I’m not sure if he decided not to publish it or if he just hasn’t approved it yet. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he likely hasn’t approved it yet, although I posted it about six hours ago.

In those comments he tries to deflect me to another blog post but I refuse to take the bait. I don’t care about that blog post because I was commenting on this one.

Not only does this bigotry go unremarked by his fellow bloggers, many of which are clearly Christians, but so far this post has garnered (at the time of this writing) a whopping 59 likes and a few boot-licking comments applauding him for his open bigotry.

For example:

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Blessed devotion? He just smeared a whole group of people and called them fools and said their ‘lifestyle’ was so dirty it required forgiveness.

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It’s not a great post, Ancients. It’s an abhorrent one and one that happens too frequently. It’s also something that could be stopped if even one person speaks up and points out this type of bigotry. You’ll notice that the comments stop after my comments. The likes slowed down, and I don’t know if it had anything to do with me, but if it prevented even one person from condoning this crap, then it was worth my time.

Christians, you can stop this nonsense from spreading as well. Read what you’re liking and think about it before posting a comment or liking the post. Really think about what’s being said.

Don’t be a part of the problem. Be a part of the solution. It won’t make you any less Christian to point out bigotry when it rears its ugly head.

 

Atheism is Bullshit and it’s rooted in satanism: Your Questions Answered

Darwin_sexual_caricatureSo I ran across this little gem of a post today. The author starts off with saying, “I hope a militant atheist reads this some day…..”

Prayer answered. I’m not sure what a ‘militant atheist’ really looks like but if you mean someone who enjoys the topic of religion and doesn’t agree with a good many things religion teaches, I guess I’m a militant atheist. I’ll do my best not to disappoint.

So anyways, the author then goes on a brief tirade (only a paragraph long!) about how atheists are horrible human beings before saying that they have a few questions they want answered.

We’ll skip the hate and get right down to the asking of questions:

Throughout this blog entry I have some questions that some atheists should try to answer, and I have some recommendations as well as basic observations worth sharing with the lot of you.

I’m cracking my knuckles in anticipation. Bring it on!

we have, you. How did you get here? Well, you were born. Cut that in half enough times and you can go back a long time to the days where your own Lord and Savior Charlie Darwin SCRIPTED AND PREACHED in his doctrine that we “evolved” from monkeys.

Before writing about evolution, at least try to understand what it is. It’s not a religious text.

Darwin didn’t script or preach anything. Darwin published his theory of evolution and it was backed by evidence. Since then, scientists have continued to add to that theory and pull together an undeniable amount of evidence to back it up.

Darwin was also a Christian.

Here’s where your atheist doctrine starts to drown in its own sea of bullshit. If the big bang actually happened, what was the material that was the big bang, and more importantly, WHAT DID THAT MATERIAL PHYSICALLY RESIDE IN, IN ORDER FOR YOUR BIG BOOM THEORY TO TAKE PLACE? Cut that in half and we have, what, an empty universe of nothing or somethings that existed forever into the past? Cut that empty universe in half and what is IT residing inside of?

Let’s say you’re right. What created your God?

And if you reply is that it just was, why can’t you say the same thing about the universe?

What if there never was ‘nothing’? What if instead of nothing there has always been something that continually expands and contracts?

But either way, the gap in our knowledge doesn’t mean you get to stick your particular God in there. Or do you believe in Zeus and Odin as well? If not, why is your idea of God more plausible than theirs?

See…that’s really where your hypothesis breaks down, and while there is evidence for evolution and the big bang, there is nothing besides a book full of claims to back your idea that god did it – you know, pretty much the same thing every other religion uses to back their claims.

Lord Darwin and his many cult followers like Richard Dawkins for example, have a frame of mind born out of an animosity or hatred for Mankind itself.

Isn’t it your religion that teaches we’re all filthy sinners in need of a blood sacrifice to become clean enough to enter heaven?

Did I miss something? Because that sure sounds like a hatred for mankind on a grand scale.

Don’t say Christmas in schools now boys and girls, geez, that could be offensive to someone. Don’t say Jesus in the classroom anymore, because that is “offensive” to other religions. These are ideologies that are actually being practiced and instituted in North America. United Nations Agenda 21.

So government employees are allowed to push one religion over another as long as it’s your religion?

They’re being practiced because you live in a secular country. If children attend a public school, their parents should’t have to pay tax money to have their kids preached too. Just like you wouldn’t like it if a Hindu showed up and preached that Krishna was the true god and Jesus was bullshit.

How do you not grasp this basic premise?

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The tiny handful of true “string pullers” still alive today, coming from very long lines of elite, fantastically wealthy satanists (Rothschild, Rockefeller, Clinton, Gates – Bill and Melinda, that is – …..to name a couple families and friends of those families ) who strive to achieve a state of trans-humanism

Do you have even a stitch of evidence that these people are Satanists?

Earlier in the original post the author accuses people of dehumanization and then they go ahead and practice it by calling people satanists because they don’t like them.

.If you are truly an atheist by definition, than don’t ever again convey a thought or idea supporting the paranormal or a deceased relative

I don’t believe in the paranormal either, but that’s not a prerequisite to being an atheist. If I don’t believe in god(s), I’m an atheist. That’s it. I can believe in anything else I want.

Forget Christmas and put your money where your mouths are and never, evercelebrate it again by buying gifts or having a meal or decorating a tree.

Thankfully, you don’t get to tell other people what they can celebrate.

Besides, Christmas has its roots in Paganism. So using your own logic, feel free not to celebrate it, since Christians stole it from them.

I’ll continue to celebrate Christmas. Not because I believe Jesus was a divine being, but because it’s a family tradition, we find joy in it, it’s fun and it’s an excuse to get together as a family.

If your science is so “uber-awesome”, than how is it that it’s still in preschool in terms of understanding how our brains and minds work?

You mean the science you used to type this blog post up with? The science you use to drive your car, heat your house, refrigerate your food, stay healthy with regular doctors visits…that silly science?

Yeah, it’s clearly for quacks. Screw science. It’s never done anything for us anyhow. Let’s go live in the bush.

The day is coming where you will see with your own eyes how non-evolutionary Humanity actually is. It’ll be too late for you by then.

Tada! The obligatory threat.

Too late for what, I wonder?

God be with you and your families. That’s a kindness and sentiment you’d never offer to a Christian, but we offer it to you.

Yes, I felt your kindness throughout your post. It shone from the computer screen and warmed my face.

I also didn’t see too many earnest questions throughout your post. I know you promised them, but sadly they were absent.

I wish you and your family well also.

So now you can never say it’s a sentiment an atheist would never share with you.

My Adventures at a Catholic Graduation

GraduationMy step-daughter graduated from grade 8 last night. The graduation was held in a Catholic Church (yes, she goes to a Catholic school) and I went. It was quite an adventure and my wife kept looking at me side-long to see whether I was going to burst into flame or begin laughing hysterically.

I wasn’t turned into charcoal but I nearly burst into laughter many times over.

However, I can proudly announce that I didn’t laugh. I kept my nose buried in my handy e-book for much of the time instead.

So anyways, the church was very ornate. The priest sat on what I can only describe as a throne. It was raised on a dais; was rather too big and he often sat on it and looked down at us as if he were a king. The priest also wore green and white robes and instead of investing in a book holder, he would have a small child hold a gigantic bible in front of him so that he could read from it.

His first speech was (predictably) about saving up riches in heaven because riches on Earth were meaningless and hollow. I found this amusing since we were all sitting in a church that could feed thousands of people, and there was an offering plate clearly visible.

I guess these riches are only meaningless if regular people partake. Church groups are clearly not held to the same principles.

Don’t get me wrong – I believe that his message (stripped of all its magical talk) is spot on. I don’t think we need to covet huge riches and I do think we should all be helping each other live better lives here on Earth while we can. I just find it hypocritical in the extreme when one of the richest organizations on Earth proclaims that being poor is better than being rich and can do so with a straight face.

He also explained how he became a Christian. Basically, he said he too went to Catholic school and one day while the teacher-priest droned on about Jesus, he realized he believed in what he was saying and that YES he believed in Jesus.

I couldn’t help think how unconvincing this argument (or tale) was and I wondered why he bothered to share it at all. Surely there were better ways to spend the time and more valuable things he could impart than his unconvincing tale of being indoctrinated by his teachers.

Anyways, the mass was full of standing, singing, praying, sermoning (not a real word I know) and kneeling. I stood when people sang. I stood when people prayed. I sat when asked too. I didn’t pray or sing myself and I did not kneel. A few times I felt the priests eyes on me but that’s fine. I don’t believe in what he’s selling and while I won’t embarrass my step-daughter or make a scene, I also won’t condone what he’s selling or partake in it.

About halfway through, they did communion. This is where I had to stifle my laughter.

The priest held a wafer over his head and stared at it intently for about 30 seconds as if this would magically turn the wafer into something more than plain bread. I found myself wondering how a grown man could do such a thing and realized that I was living in a culture that taught this was normal behavior and a valuable thing to be doing.

People shuffled up to drink from his golden chalice and eat his wafer. My butt stayed firmly planted in the pew. My eyes continually roving to my watch.

The mass took an hour. The actual graduation took about 20 minutes. Dump the magical stuff and we could have been in and out in under a half hour.

On the good side, my step-daughter got the academic achievement award. She also dressed in a Tuxedo and looked amazing. I was very proud of her. She went out with her friends afterward, and I was glad that I could be there to support her.

Shine on you crazy diamond.

DO ATHEISTS EXIST?: They Sure Do!

Logic_by_EdibleVegetableDo atheists exist?

Despite over 2% of the American population self-identifying as atheists, I guess some theists still try to pretend we don’t exist.

At least, that’s what one blog post and another ‘scientific’ article take a weak shot at trying to do. Here’s what I’m talking about:

This article begins by stating, “While militant atheists like Richard Dawkins may be convinced God doesn’t exist, God, if he is around, may be amused to find that atheists might not exist.” And it goes on to tell us, “Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged.”

While Vittachi concedes that “this idea may seem outlandish,” he explains that what we believe is not something we decide on our own, but lies somewhere in our “much deeper levels of consciousness.”  He asserts that scientists claim “we are born believers … pattern seekers from birth, with a belief in karma, or cosmic justice, as our default setting.”

First off, you’re assuming that pattern seeking, karma or cosmic justice is the same as God belief. To be an atheist, you merely have to lack belief in God. That has nothing whatsoever to do with karma etc.

Second, even if we took this claim at face value and conceded that we’re born with the default setting of ‘God’, that in no way means you’re right about its existence. Hell, even if you were sure that God exists, you have no real way to distinguish which God is the correct one.

Vittachi continues by presenting evidence involving “invisible friends” – some person or persons with whom we all hold internal conversations – whether these are divine beings, spouses, near relatives or whatever.

There’s a huge difference between self-talk and believing your talking to a supreme, invisible being in the sky. Just because people talk out loud or in their heads doesn’t mean they believe in God. In fact, I’ve even talked to atheists who say they pray because it helps them sort through their thoughts, yet they don’t believe in God and they said they believed their prayers went nowhere.

But again, those things – spouses, relatives or whatever – with the exception of a divine being, doesn’t mean that someone isn’t an atheist. I could talk all day to my dead grandmother and that doesn’t mean I’m not an atheist.

Surprise! I still don’t believe your God claims or any other ones, either.

He relates how in social science studies, even those who claim to be atheist or agnostic, claim belief in some higher power.  Though he comes up with some attempts at evolutionary explanations we are still left with huge percentages of humankind who have some sense of purpose in the universe – even those who claim no religious affiliation.  He speaks of “the notion” of “an invisible moralistic presence” which motivates “religious folk.”

That’s because ‘higher power’ is a nebulous term that could mean almost anything. I could say I believe the universe as a whole is a ‘higher power’. Maybe I think black holes are a higher power. A ‘higher power’ doesn’t default to God.

Just because I’m an atheist, doesn’t mean I think my life or the universe is purposeless. It doesn’t take a magical being outside the realms of reality to make my life or the universe meaningful.

What the hell is an ‘invisible moralistic presence’ and which God is responsible for such a thing? I bet almost every religion claims their God handed down their moral strictures. What makes your God and your claims more credible? And even if (for arguments sake) I believed there was this invisible moralistic presence of which you speak, why would I jump to the conclusion that it was a supernatural entity and not a natural phenomenon?

One interesting argument he gives is that from literature.  There seems to be a “manifestation of cosmic justice in fictional narratives – books, movies and games.”  We’re told that “in almost all fictional worlds, God exists” – no matter what the “beliefs” of the authors.  “In children’s stories … the good guys win, the bad guys lose.”  The same goes for most adult stories.

So what!?

So if I write a fantasy novel that includes Gods, I’m no longer an atheist? Is someone going to drive by and yank my atheist card?

I could write all kinds of fiction that includes Gods, good vs. evil etc. and that wouldn’t mean I believe in God(s).

Atheists can appreciate those kinds of stories just like a theist. Should atheist children stories have bad guys that always slaughter the good guys?

I don’t get this argument. It sounds silly to me.

It would appear then that rather than to seek an explanation for belief in God as many professing atheists demand, we need to answer the question “where does atheism fit in?”

The article continues with much the same argument with similar data and concludes “…it might be wise for religious folks to refrain from teasing atheist friends who accidentally say something about their souls.  And it might be equally smart for the more militant of today’s atheists to stop teasing religious people at all.

Atheism fits in…all around you. We fit into the same places you fit in, you just might not know we’re there.

I don’t mind when religious people ‘tease’ me because I don’t usually get offended by teasing. Besides, if it comes to a debate, I have no problem defending my position. I don’t want to be one of those people that cry offense every time someone says something I don’t agree with or don’t like.

I also like deeper discussions like the ones typically spawned by talking politics or religion. I find them far more stimulating than talking about the weather.

As I implied earlier, these conclusions come close to, and even verify the biblical assertion that everyone is religious in some way or another, or at least has religious predispositions.

No…I beg to differ. They don’t come close to showing anything. At best, they show we’re predisposed to superstition. That in no way means belief in God. It certainly doesn’t mean atheists don’t exist. And it damn sure doesn’t make me religious.

By the way, I hope you look deeper than sites like All Gods People.com. I mean, they might have a vested interest in making it look like atheists don’t exist. I also read through your scientific article, and noticed two things.

  1. Despite making the bold claim that ‘scientists discover that atheists might not exist’, the article doesn’t provide links to these studies or any citations.
  2. The ‘science writer’ that wrote the article doesn’t seem to be an actual scientist or even have much to do with science. At most, he could be described as a science enthusiast.

Look, atheists exist. Just because we might self-talk, use religious language (bless you) while speaking, feel connected to the people, world and universe around us or like the same sorts of stories theists do, that in NO WAY makes us religious or means we believe in God.

We exist just like you do.

Speaking for myself, I won’t stop talking, writing about or examining religious claims or claims made by anyone else.

So you and every other theist might as well get over it and come to grips with the fact that atheists very much do exist.

 

Why atheists CAN’T BE Republicans: I Disagree

Militant_Gay_Atheist_Hugs_Rally_to_Restore_SanityI’m a big fan of the Friendly Atheist and the work he does online.

However, he recently made a video that I have to disagree with. In his video, he argues that atheists (in the U.S) shouldn’t vote for Republicans.

I can partially understand why he’d say something like that. I’m not a fan of Republican politics, but I also think they’re the product of a broken political system and theocratic values. I can see why theocratic leaning politicians might scare atheists into not voting for them, but many Christians also don’t support theocratic right-wing politicians. I think in this case, the Friendly Atheist does a poor job equating atheism with politics.

Let’s see what   has to say in his video:

CJ Werleman just wrote a book called “Atheists Can’t Be Republicans.” His thesis is: Atheists can’t be Republicans.

Horrible start in my opinion. The title of the book makes a false statement. Atheism isn’t a political statement. It’s a lack of belief in God(s). That’s it. There’s no reason why an atheist can’t be a Republican atheist.

His argument is essentially this: We know when it comes to religion, there’s no question. Republican want nothing to do with us. We know that.

Sounds like a blanket statement to me. It’s something many atheists (myself included) tend to challenge when religious people do it to us.

If there are Republican atheists, then there are Republicans who want something to do with you. As a party, their platform may not be seen as super-friendly to atheists, but that doesn’t negate the fact that you can be an atheist and a Republican.

But what about social issues like gay marriage and abortion rights? If you support civil rights and women’s rights, as pretty much all vocal atheists do, then you’re not going to vote Republican either. They almost uniformly reject those things.

Being an atheist doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to support gay marriage or abortion. Atheism doesn’t just include the ‘vocal atheists’ either. There are atheists who don’t bother with religious discussion or who don’t support abortion or gay marriage.

But what about on economic issues? Well, even there, the GOP has been awful. They help the rich get richer with unnecessary tax cuts, they oppose minimum wage hikes, trickle-down economics doesn’t work. So even from a purely numbers-based, rational approach, you shouldn’t support them.

This has nothing to do with atheism. Lots of religious people feel this way about the Republican party. Whether you believe Jesus is the son of God or not has nothing to do with your economic policies or what you believe works in an economy.

I agree with his conclusion that Republican fiscal policies don’t work, but that’s just my opinion and doesn’t represent what every atheist must, should or does feel. If I were a Christian, I would probably feel the same way about Republican economic issues.

What about on gun issues? Yes, they support the Second Amendment, but to what extent? They want virtually no regulations and that’s crazy. Even if you love your guns, surely you support common sense safety laws, no? Not if you’re the GOP.

Again, I’m not sure what this has to do with a non-belief in God. I’m sure there are gun loving atheists out there who would rather not be regulated.

Belief in God doesn’t equal love of guns. Atheism doesn’t equal support of gun regulation.

All that said, we’ve seen Republican atheists. Edwina Rogers, the former leader of the SCA, worked with a number of conservative Christian Republicans. She was a Republican and used that label.

Dave Silverman of American Atheists tried to go to CPAC, the super-conservative convention, because he wanted to reach out to conservative atheists.

S.E. Cupp is a conservative atheist, even if she says she wishes she could believe in God.

So in other words…the evidence shows that you can be an atheist Republican.

So yes, atheists can be Republican… but why would you wanna be? In this political climate? With these Republicans? Even if you support some of their positions, you should be ashamed of yourself if you’re voting them into office. If your atheism means anything to you, it makes no sense. You are hurting Humanism and skepticism and church/state separation and all things good and unholy by voting for a Republican.

Here he assumes atheists are skeptics or humanists. You can be an atheist and support Christian values.

You can also be skeptical of religious claims, be an atheist, but believe in other things such as Bigfoot, ghosts or alien abductions.

I’m also not sure why people should be ‘ashamed’ for voting the way they see fit. That’s basically democracy at work. Just because atheism means something to one person, doesn’t mean it means the same thing or anything at all to someone else.

And I’m not saying you have to vote for a Democrat. Go ahead. Vote for a third party candidate… if you think that’ll help.

But in nearly every instance in today’s political climate, voting for a Republican candidate, whoever it is, means giving more power to a party that is anti-gay, anti-poor, anti-science, anti-women, and anti-YOU if you’re an atheist.

Perhaps, but that’s their choice. Maybe they support Republicans for their own reasons or perhaps they’re not that well informed on political issues. Many people don’t want to vote for a third party candidate because they feel it’s a wasted vote.

Personally, I don’t like it when people start telling me what atheism should mean to me. Atheism isn’t something I am so that others can tell me what I should think, feel or who I should vote for.

Atheism is a lack of belief in God(s). Nothing more and nothing less. It doesn’t mean I can’t vote Republican if that’s who I choose to vote for.

In fact, most of the points he made in his video are good arguments against voting Republican. Period. Religious affiliation or lack thereof is irrelevant.