I've noticed that since atheists have become a bit more vocal, religious folks have become exceedingly nasty about their faith. Their tactics are those of a cornered injured animal - vicious, unfair, ruthless. It doesn't make sense to me. You'd think, considering their beliefs, they'd be indifferent at most to people who are atheists. Why are they so threatened?
Have you ever listened to a pseudoscientist hyping their product? They do the same thing. They tell you they have a secret that only they know. They say everyone is against them, that THEY are holding back information that you can purchase for only $49.95, or 3 easy payments. They make themselves out to be the victims when in fact they are victimizing every poor fool that buys their stupid crap.
The religious do the same. They claim they're oppressed, downtrodden, victimized. When in fact they are the oppressors, the victimizers, the ones with jackboots on the necks of sheeple. Hypocrisy is vile and repugnant, and they use it like it's gold.Why is it so offensive to people of faith that some people come to realize there are no gods? Why do they feel the need to use so much energy to lash out at atheists and freethinkers?
Are we really a threat? And if so, why? For instance, this blog is really for people who have a believing problem, who are atheists or agnostics. This blog is for Freethinkers. It's to help people who already question religious dogma. I don't try to change anyone's belief system. Occasionally a religious person comes along and leaves a nasty comment.
This site isn't for the religious. That's pretty clear. So why do they feel the need to attack when they aren't even being addressed? Why do they go all over the place, on tv or wherever, and spout forth lies about atheists? Why don't they just leave well enough alone?
If there's a war on religion, or a war on christmas, it wasn't started by the atheists. It was clearly started by the religious as a preemptive strike against people who think for themselves.
Is it a numbers game? Are they afraid we're so clearly right that they worry we'll empty their pews with simple logic and common sense? And empty pews mean less free money to the church. That might be part of it.
I have no idea. To me it's a complete mystery. As an atheist, I basically believe in the idea of live and let live. Do your thing, believe whatever you like. Even feel free to share your beliefs with others. Go to church, if you like. I don't care. But give everyone else the same courtesy. And if anything you do is harmful to others, then it's not acceptable.
This is where I get really upset about parents indoctrinating their kids into religion. It's so cruel to teach a child she will burn in hell if she thinks an impure thought. (I was so terrified of burning in hell when I was young, I went to 3 different churches and got baptized in each of them.)
Anyway, if you try to impede society with your limiting and crazy beliefs, that's unacceptable. So creationists, if you're so worried that your precious children might learn real science and actually open their minds to evolution and (gasp) reality and common sense, homeschool your kid. I don't like it, but that's your right. But trying to get the government to teach your kids creationism or intelligent design (which is the opposite of intelligent and we all know it), that's insidious to society and weak and lazy on your part.
I still haven't answered my question. Mainly because I'm not a religious nut who feels the need to proselytize and bend others to my will and put their heads under the same jackboot I'm under. I'm a simple atheist with simple ethics, one of which is to NOT be a hypocrite. So I don't have the answer. If you do, please feel free to comment.