As much as I liked Herb Silverman’s post about 10 things he wishes everyone knew about atheism, I couldn’t resist seeing if I could come up with 10 more.
Why Promote Atheism?
Every time you bring in faith into any equation, it makes problems more difficult to solve. It’s just removing one trenchant variable, one variable, that will lead us to make decisions that are based upon reason.
- Dr. Peter Boghossian
H/T to Friendly Atheist
I’m Not Mad at Your God
I am not an atheist because I am mad at your preferred god. I’m not sure how to be mad at something I don’t believe is real.
Is the reason you do not believe in Zeus, Odin, or Baal that you are angry with each of them? I doubt that very much.
Here’s how you can tell what any Evangelical REALLY believes. Just look at how they live their life from day-to-day. Do they live like a person who is expecting the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to show up at any moment? Does their life reflect their belief that this is the generation that will see the return of Jesus? Of course not. Like the rest of us, they are busy going to work, making money, mowing the grass, painting the kitchen, washing the car, and taking a vacation. Outside of what they do on Sunday and maybe on Wednesday, they live lives that are not any different from those who are not an Evangelical. How they live their lives betrays what they really believe.
In an earlier piece, I wrote that the primary reason for abject child poverty in these Southern states is that more than a third of children have parents who lack secure employment, decent wages and healthcare. But thanks to religion, these poor saps vote for the party that rejects Medicaid expansion, opposes early education expansion, legislates larger cuts to education, and slashes food stamps to make room for oil and agriculture subsidies on top of tax cuts and loopholes for corporations and the wealthy. Essentially, the Republican Party has convinced tens of millions of Southerners that a vote for a public display of the Ten Commandments is more important to a Christians’ needs than a vote against cuts in education spending, food stamp reductions, the elimination of school lunches and the abolition of healthcare programs.