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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Ranting on holidays and porn…two completely unrelated topics

Posted on January 3, 2008. Filed under: Atheism | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Hereby it is manifest that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man. For war consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting, but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known: and therefore the notion of time is to be considered in the nature of war, as it is in the nature of weather. For as the nature of foul weather lieth not in a shower or two of rain, but in an inclination thereto of many days together: so the nature of war consisteth not in actual fighting, but in the known disposition thereto during all the time there is no assurance to the contrary. All other time is peace.

Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of war, where every man is enemy to every man, the same consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapter 13

Well, happy New Year…I guess. Sorry if that seems slightly pessimistic, but I can hardly stand the gratuitous platitudes that are seemingly necessary in our society. So, I’m going to do something a little unusual in a belated celebration of this one day turning into another that just happens to have a different number at the end of the date. I’m not going to be responding to the D’Souza’s of the world. It’s not for lack of material-if anything, it’s the overwhelming abundance of drivel that I have to sift through that has caused me to feel completely overwhelmed by this task. There is so much mindless nonsense that gets foisted onto a dumbed-down and apathetic populace that I rue my ability to see that we’re all just knee-deep in shit. Sometimes it seems that ignorance truly is bliss.

I don’t find it surprising at all that so many of the visionaries of our past and present were so prone to melancholy and drug abuse. It seems that the ability to comprehend the sometimes harsh reality of existence on this rock is both wondrous and terrifying. Having to interact with the other members of your species is just the icing on the cake. The senseless violence that we inflict upon each other, knowingly or not, the careless insensitivity with which we disregard those whom we, or those before us, have determined are enemies, is evidence of the solitary existence of which Hobbes spoke. We can only see things from inside our own experience, and it seems that the gap between two people will never truly be reconciled. For those of us who desire more than the typical diet of fast food, shitty news, and reality shows, how shall we numb ourselves?

Maybe it’s just the season. I never could stand the “holidays”. Endless days of forced interaction with people who share some percentage of your genetic makeup and nothing more. Why do we have to invent excuses to do the things that we should be doing every day? Anybody who talks about “Christmas spirit” has obviously never been to a mall during the month of December. Not only is their mythical savior a bunch of mythologized bullshit, but even they cannot help but succumb to total misanthropy while trying to find a parking space at Wal-Mart. At any rate, I’m in a rut right now.

Whatever. People will, I’m sure, find some excuse to attack me (and likely every atheist on the planet, so I apologize in advance) for my honesty here, and this is pretty uncharacteristic of me, but for once, I don’t fucking care. I have something that I want to address here, and maybe I’ll feel better after I just lay it on the table for everybody to see.

Ever since the Radar magazine article, the most popular way to attempt to discredit me is to refer to my “other job”. I can’t look at my Google alerts without seeing something about “lap-dancing Kelly” or some other lame attempt to influence people’s opinions of me and my intellect. Well, guess what? I like my job. I see through your façade of propriety and know that you probably get a hard-on thinking about me giving anybody a lap dance. I’m not going to go into details, but as far as I’m concerned, any woman with the assets and attitude to do this job is stupid for not doing it. All the Christophiliacs (that’s what I’m naming your disorder and if you don’t like it you can fuck off) just can’t stand the fact that anybody enjoys and maybe even revels in their sexuality. I’m sorry that you have such a complex about it. Do you pray for forgiveness before or after you masturbate?  …read more

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Pot…Meet Kettle.

Posted on December 11, 2007. Filed under: Atheism | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Response to Bruce Walker’s “The Godless Delusion”

Kelly O’Connor
12/11/07

Bruce Walker’s anti-atheist diatribe, printed in a magazine that touts itself as The American Thinker, is the ultimate in irony. This story is the clear byproduct of one who appears to be incapable of rational thought and instead chooses to regurgitate rhetoric that was likely force-fed to him in those weekly indoctrination camps known as churches.

Mr. Walker starts out his vitriolic falsehoods with the contention that all people instinctively know right from wrong and that people choose evil. If that is so, then why the heavy Christian emphasis on child-rearing? If we are all born instinctively knowing right from wrong, then any kind of instruction or discipline would be completely unnecessary. This is a shining example of Christian compartmentalization. It is clear from their behavior that even they don’t believe their own nonsense.

He continues with the classic argument (if it can be called that) that “evil” is more alluring and easier than “good”. Apparently, he has never studied Euthyphro’s Dilemma. Before we can start assigning qualities to “good” and “evil”, we need to understand what it means for something to be good or evil. How can he claim that it is easier to do evil deeds than good deeds? If that were true, and assuming that humans generally follow the path of least resistance, we would not have survived as a species, much less prospered as we have. Reciprocal altruism and social cohesion are based on treating others well—at least as well as they treat you.

The Christian definition of evil, of course, equates to sinning against god. The inclusion of the repression of human sexuality and the subsequent guilt for things as trivial as thoughts would be what Mr. Walker calls “alluring”. It is alluring because our biology is geared to operate in that fashion. Our ultimate purpose in life is to procreate and ensure the continuation of our genetic lineage. Sex is just as necessary for our survival as eating, breathing, or sleeping. Imagine a world in which monolithic establishments make you feel guilty for thinking about food. The Christian proscriptions regarding sex are just as ludicrous as that hypothetical circumstance…read more

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