The Distressed Theist

Apr 26, 2013

Mednurse wrote:

There are a lot of atheists blaming the Boston attack on religion. But you, ATR, you make me worried now. You rant and rave about our religion and about our God. You disagree with us on the Bible and its preachings. And now you tell us that there are more of you (atheists) than we think. That you are embedded in our everyday life. What would you (atheists) do to stop our religion? Would you (atheists) walk around w backpacks w bombs too in order to prove your point??? You (atheists) say you will not quit until this world is "free of religion." Does that mean you will use whatever force you deem appropriate? Please tell me at what expense you choose to change people’s views and open their eyes to your non-religion? Isn’t that what those brothers did in Boston? They killed and injured many people for their religion? Would you (atheists) do the same for your "non-religion?"

The Boston attack WAS a result of religious fervor, the Islamic sort.  So let’s get that fact out of the way first.

Ranting involves writing in an angry or violent manner, I do not do that; and raving is talking or behaving irrationally, and I abhor that.  Either you’re taking a cheap shot or do not know the meaning of the words, either way I wanted to sort that out.

Correct, I do disagree with you.

Yes, there are more non-believers than you think.

Embedded is a odd word choice, it gives the impression that non-believers are trying to infiltrate something for nefarious reasons.  That is not the case at all, we just want to live our lives free of religious interference in government or persecution for not accepting religious claims as reality.  You need not worry about anything.

I can’t speak for every non-believer, we’re not some collective hive mind but to set your mind at ease I would not wish to stop religion even if I had that power.  First, that would violate my own principles of free-thought and make me morally no better then your god in that I would be punishing people for not believing what I require.  Second, I realize that religion will exist as long as people are afraid of the dark, their own death, and things otherwise unknown.

Would I bomb people to prove my point? Tell me, exactly what point would be proven via the infliction of death and grievous bodily injury on innocent people?  What possible thing would that accomplish?  Nothing, that is the answer.

"You atheist"? Is that like "you black people" or "you Muslims" or "you Jews"?  That is the phrasing of a bigot.  If history tells us anything it is that the Abrahamic religions are the ones who are willing to employ whatever force they deem appropriate to spread belief in their god.

What expense will I go to change people’s views?  Well, if by expense you mean force then none whatsoever. Attempting to equate atheism with what the brothers did in Boston is absurd.  They were Muslims, upset over the US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.  They acted out of a sense of revenge.

As far as atheist are concerned. "Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely soley upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, open-mindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake." – CH

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