A Response to the American People…

Posted on January 4, 2008. Filed under: Atheism | Tags: , , , , , , |

…represented by a small sample of letters to the editor from around the country.

Well, this will be a first with two posts in one day, but I really wanted to briefly discuss the following letters that were submitted to various papers across the US. This is certainly not a statistically significant sample, but I feel that these particular mindsets are far too common for a supposedly enlightened and egalitarian society. We’ll start with my favorite one from the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Quote:

Blame atheists

In his Dec. 27 letter, Steven Fehr says he believes President Bush is the worst president he has seen. Whenever I hear someone complain about the president, I ask them, “Do you pray for the president of the United States daily?” Is that too much trouble?

There used to be a custom of praying for our president. Perhaps too many people in the United States believe this would be mixing politics and religion. If the majority of the people are agnostic and atheistic, it may be that they are partly to blame for the problems we have. To think one man is responsible for the war and the problems we face in our nation is about as foolish as to not believe in the power of prayer.

We all share in the burden. We all need to live and teach the truths upon which our country was founded. The world is made up of two types of people: critics who are negative, fearful and have no plan, no vision, no faith, and authors who are positive, visionary builders. Which kind are you?

Vera B. Ivie

Ogden

See what I mean? It is coming out of Utah, but still…if George W. Bush’s performance could be improved by talking to imaginary beings, I’m sure that any reasonable deity would have found it fit to respond sometime within the last 8 years. According to Ms. Ivie, we are not allowed to complain about our incompetent and intellectually-challenged president unless we pray for him every day. It’s not that it’s too much trouble-it’s the fact that it is a useless endeavor to beseech nonexistent gods for anything, much less the improvement of the most idiotic president in history.

She then goes on to blame atheists and agnostics (haha appeasers!! Don’t say we didn’t tell you) for the societal ills that we face, erroneously claiming that we comprise “the majority of the people” in this country. That should be enough right there to prove conclusively that this woman is a brainwashed victim of religious indoctrination and subsequently has the well-worn persecution complex. Ms. Ivie should present some evidence for the power of prayer before she labels us as “foolish”.

It is a perfect example of the kind of lunacy that infects religious people in this country. Her implication that atheists are negative and fearful, possessing no plan or vision, is downright offensive. She is right on one point-we don’t have faith. Rational, reasonable people don’t hold decisions based on faith in high regard. It’s a pity the rest of the lemmings disagree…read more

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