I’m always impressed by the enlightening I can get from the comments section of news stories. I mean, I never knew that as an atheist I am afraid,angry, and offended; observations made regularly and accompanying some story about us contending over a coach praying at a high school football game or the ten commandments being removed from a courtroom or a cross going up somewhere on public land.
The answer is that we atheists aren’t afraid and neither are we offended. But we are passionate. We are fervent. We are dedicated to having a nation free from religious manacles of any kind, whether they be christian, muslim, hindu, or pastafarian, and to that end we will tirelessly address any line-crossing behavior. We stand on the assurance that our constitution mandates a separation of church and state and passionately invoke it for the sake of our democracy. I would ask my brothers and sisters not to confuse such passion with offense or fear, and consider that the resistance you meet from us is only as strong as your desire to cross the constitutional boundaries. We would quietly sit in our homes and binge on Parks and Recreation if given the choice.
Angry, yes, we are angry. I will strongly contend that our anger is justified however, and even by christian standards, righteous anger is permissible. It’s okay to be angry when you pass a law against one religion yet you push and shove your own religion onto the national stage. It’s okay to be angry when you promote asinine propaganda that is meant to instill fear. It’s okay to be angry when you slow down our progress as a nation by insisting on antiquated, edited, fallible texts as a foundation from which to work. It’s okay to be angry when preachers ask for a six million dollar jet while the homeless children population is steadily increasing in our own nation. It’s okay to be angry when pedophiles are allowed back into ‘the fold’ or when abuse is systematically covered up. You are correct about our anger, but misinterpret the direction and source of it. We aren’t angry at a god whose probability for existing decreases with each new scientific discovery. We are angry at your invocation of that omnipotent being in the face of greed, lies, selfishness, and ignorance; and the overall negative affect that has on our society.
We atheists will be passionate about maintaining the clearly drawn lines between personal belief and public interactions. But do not mistake that for fear or offense. I’ll agree that we are angry, but do not mistake its origins; righteous anger is permissible when injustice is blatant.
Now you have my comments on the comments section, here’s to enlightenment for us all. 😉
In peace, as always,