Atheists can be fun. They can be geniuses, morons, but are, just like believers, mostly in-between those two extremes. One species of atheist appears to be those who so firmly believe that God can’t possibly exist that they become, how do we say this gently, hysterical about it. Screeming meemies about it.
Sigh. Where to begin? Perhaps it was that Newdow fellah who wants to eliminate “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Perhaps it is all those lawsuits to prohibit the showing of Christian symbols. Perhaps it is all those lawsuits to prohibit the posting of the Ten Commandments.
The biggest problem is that atheists don’t like Christians who actually believe in what they claim to believe in. They’d much rather have watered-down, vaguely Christian members of the Church of the Fluffy Bunny™. In fairness, they also jump, sometimes gleefully (hey! caught ya!) on unchristian “Christians” like Pat Robertson and a whole bunch of other wingnuts who seem to want to establish a theocracy. Well, neither do I, but that does not make us all Nazis just waiting for our chance.
As many thoughtful atheists know and freely admit, Christians come in all flavors, some tasty, some like Bertie Bott’s vomit flavored beans (ooh — devil worship reference to Harry Potter). Here’s the bottom line for me: our nation was founded by Christians, who also were strongly against any one sect being the established church. Who therefore, especially thanks to James Madison, ensured that we would never force anyone to become a Christian.
There’s no irony in my saying, Thank God for that. Thank God, also, that America has matured, and, in one sense, come around to the Baptist way of thinking (hey, got to get a plug in…): freedom of conscience (This is not an apology for Baptist sins, which have been mighty. We all sin; it is in our nature). It is merely a statement that Baptists have, by being the victim of real persecution in early America, come to value freedom of conscience in matters of faith.
Which is kind of what America, the idea, is all about — freedom of conscience, to believe, or not believe. Many atheists seem discontented with this state of affairs, and would have us be loosed from the Judeo-Christian moorings of the American Founders.
That’s my principal beef with atheists.
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