Atheist propaganda in schools
The Colorado Coalition of Reason has made a 35-minute video, grandiosely entitled The Last Presentation, that they are sending to schools in order to talk to students about atheism and not to discriminate against atheist classmates.
This may seem like a laudable goal, but I'm afraid that, from my perspective, there are a few rather dramatically questionable things. Making a video about atheism is a ridiculous propositions, as atheists don't agree about anything. As such, this video tries to impose ONE particular worldview and propose it as "atheism." Here are some examples:
Good and evil? It’s all in your point of view. People can do things that by any definition are terrible antisocial acts, things that are harmful to others and I would call those evil acts. Ask an antelope what he thinks about being eaten and he’ll tell you the lion is evil. The lion will say he’s simply having dinner. By the way, being philosophical about it doesn't stop the pain or the death of the antelope. Nations go to war against each other. Our side is fighting for god, country, and apple pie. The folks on the other side are evil. The folks on the other side think the same think only reversed. Now that doesn't mean that people don't commit evil acts in war because they certainly do. It means that the definition of good and evil can change with your point of view.
The atheists I know act ethically. To us, that means don’t hurt other people, don’t take their possessions, and don’t lie.
If good and evil change depending on your point of view, then they are personal opinion, not fact, and it makes no sense to say that "atheists act ethically." This statement, which supposedly represents ALL ATHEISTS, basically tells schoolchildren that atheists don't believe in morality, and that anything that is good from your perspective, is good. "To us," it means to not hurt others, to not steal or lie, but to you it might be... say, killing atheists. But that's okay!
Religion gives many people much-needed support. It provides the floorboards of their lives and gives them something to hang onto. Lots of religious people do good things in charity. They tend to their flocks and they help those less fortunate.
What does people's charity work has to do with religion? Absolutely nothing. This is a completely irrelevant point in discussing whether religion does or does not "give many people much-needed support." How does religion provide support? Mumbling a few words about floorboards and supports doesn't make an argument. Do ALL atheists agree that religion does this? Not me!
Well, thank you, but sometimes I feel more angry than brave. Here’s an example. A religious leader wants to force-feed hospital patients over the objections not only of the family but of the patients legally expressed wishes. Tim, we’re talking about tax-supported public hospitals forcing their religious beliefs on others. I hope that explains why I support the separation of church and state.
Is the Church forcing this poor woman to stay alive? No! The State is. What power would "religious leaders" have to force people not to kill themselves, if the State was not there to effect it? "Religious leaders" in North America do not kill people, or steal their money, or force them to stay alive despite their pain. Only the State does that.
Please help by sending an email to the COCORE at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them that, while you think their project is well-intentioned, that they should refrain from speaking for you or any other atheist. The minute they start saying that "atheists think this," they are lying about us, they are slandering us, and we should not stand for it.