I seem to be hogging the blog lately, but I guess all of the other contributors are busy, sick, or on holiday. It looks like most of you want me to continue posting religious rants, so here goes.
I’m not sure where this video aired, but apparently a lot of Christians are upset that those of us who don’t believe have the balls to speak out in public, something they’ve been doing for two thousand years. I guess they don’t want to share the grandstand.
We (the â€œnew atheists,â€ a group to which I’m quite proud to belong) attack with violence and venom? Iâ€™m sorry, but these people have their head in the sand. If youâ€™ve ever seen Dawkins, Harris, etc. (the authors cited in the video) speak in person, they are polite, mild, and totally in control emotionally. Last time I checked, it was Christians who have been violent and venomous, as many, many recent news stories and videos of Christian preachers confirm (just do a YouTube search if you don’t believe me).
In addition, Iâ€™m glad this discussion has moved from academia to the public and popular spheres. Thatâ€™s where it belongs. Itâ€™s too important for the average person to ignore. And, as Mr. Writerdd often tells me, â€œThey started it.â€ If religious folk had kept religion quiet and in the personal sphere, we would have no reason to be speaking out so loudly in the public sphere. But they are the ones who took their beliefs and threw them in the rest of our faces, even to the point of trying to legislate religious so-called morality. And we should accept this in silence?
What really gets me is that these guys (more whiteys-with-penises, if you take note of these things) have the gall to say that atheists are being intolerant. Last time I looked it was Christians who were saying things like “God hates fags“, claiming that natural disasters are God’s punishment on countries who are tolerant of gays and others who don’t buy into their particular religion’s moral dogma, and fighting against equality and tolerance. I happen to agree with Ayaan Hirsi Ali that “tolerance of intolerance is cowardace.”
The speakers in this video believe those with whom they disagree should shut up, crawl in a hole, and hide. Basically, my response to that is â€œnot a chance.â€ My goal is to find more places to speak out loudly and without shame about atheism, critical thinking, and skepticism, and to do everything I can to stop prejudice against unbelievers and to acheive public acceptance for those who donâ€™t think that faith is a virtue and, yes, to get more people to abandon faith.
Hat tip to Hemant.