posted on Dec, 10 2012 @ 10:12 AM
Being of a religion/philosophy/thought system/discipline (whatever you want to call it) that is generally not targeted by antitheists for attack
(Dawkins had only good things to say about Eastern systems like the Hindu and Buddhist traditions), I'm going to throw my two cents into this anyways
because I -have- noticed curious things over the past few years in regards to the religion-vs-antireligion dichotomy.
First of all, to Christians: Atheism isn't your enemy. In fact, if you read your Bible, you have no enemies and shouldn't be fighting to defend your
religion anyways. It's completely contradictory to what the "good book" says. There's no massive conspiracy of atheists to destroy religion,
though there is an element within atheist (antitheism) that wants to eradicate religion and, in their words, "bring us into an age of logic and
But that's the thing. There is no logic and reasoning in destroying religion. Why do these atheists feel the desire to be destructive? In wishing the
destruction of religion, you have become no better than fundamentalist Christians who, say, want to revoke a woman's right to her body, or ban gay
Look at it this way: Religion has been richly and deeply intertwined within societies, and history, all over the world for as long as we have recorded
history. Religion has brought us a lot of great things. Tremendous art and science are the result of religion throughout history, religious
individuals have created groups and strive to help those less fortunate, and even some of the greatest critical thinkers in history were religious.
Now, you could, I suppose, make the argument that "Nazi Germany and Stalin's Russia also brought us a lot of good things" but that they were evil
people who did evil things. To me, that's an absurd argument. They were inherently wicked and corrupt, and prone to doing bad things. Religion, on
the other hand, is inherently pure but has the tendency to be used for wicked and corrupt purposes.
I can easily make the argument that the world needs more religion, not less, and certainly not a complete absence of it. Diversity and freedom of
choice, to choose whatever you want to believe, and having an assortment of options that fit with your personal philosophy, your world view, is one of
the greatest powers we as humans have. Or, if you don't want something to believe in, you can do that as well. Guess what? The very power that allows
you to choose to become an atheist, is the same power that lets others choose to become Christian, or Jewish, or Muslim, or Buddhist, or Satanist, or
So where does this destructive mentality come from?
The same mentality that makes them tell us, "When you die, you go to sleep and never wake up again." It's the same mentality that makes them tell
us, "There is no God. Jesus is a lie, Mohammed was evil, Buddha was a nutjob." This mentality comes from one all pervasive want: Somebody who tells
you these things, is the same kind of person who would love to dictate to you what you can do, say, think, and what you can't in your life. They
would be very happy in a high position of power, ruling the world.
Why are some atheists angry at religion? From their arguments, one may wrongly deduce that they hate, say, Christianity, because Christians believe in
God, Jesus, the Bible, Creationism, and that these are "illogical" or "mythology". In my heart, I can't accept that reason. It seems to me the
reason those atheists are angry at religion, and want to destroy it, is because of how they perceive the way religious people act.
Christians: Is it any wonder they hate your religion? You go around, screaming on street corners, banging people over the head with Bibles, force
feeding your religious beliefs down their throats, and even worse, protesting and pressuring politicians and others into designing laws that are
purposely favorable to you and nobody else.
Don't believe me? How many states allow gay marriage right now?
So, the conclusion I have to come to is a simple one: Stop complaining about one side of the other, and if you firmly believe in what you fight for,
then do it, otherwise you should get out of the game. We need both sides, it's vital we have both sides pushing against one another, because who can
imagine a world where Christianity or Islam controls all of society? Or, if atheists control society?
Neither one seems like a viable option, and they both seem like they would degenerate into an absurd nightmare. We've seen it before. Religious
controlled societies, atheist controlled societies, have the tendency to do terrible things to innocent people. The Crusades killed Muslims, Stalin
killed his own people, Hitler killed six million Jews.
Would you want to live in a world like that, in either case? No.
So it's important we have both polar opposites conflicting. When they do, we all win. (Unless it starts getting violent.)