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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Atheists and Anger

From Greta Christina's Blog.

I get angry when religious believers make arguments against atheism -- and make accusations against atheists -- without having bothered to talk to any atheists or read any atheist writing. I get angry when they trot out the same old "Atheism is a nihilistic philosophy, with no joy or meaning to life and no basis for morality or ethics"... when if they spent ten minutes in the atheist blogosphere, they would discover countless atheists who experience great joy and meaning in their lives, and are intensely concerned about right and wrong.

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At 10/17/2007 11:27 AM, Blogger Marshall declaimed...

I read this article last night and I've been feeding the link to everybody. I love it--it perfectly sums up all of the anger I've felt building up since my deconversion. This is one of the first articles I've read that doesn't shy away from the fact that we are angry. Most of us have been hesitant to admit it because we view anger as a negative emotion whose expression is counterproductive and makes us look bad. This article put things in perspective--our anger is very deserved and a natural response to the (need I say) atrocities constantly carried out by overzealous religious crazies.

At 10/17/2007 3:15 PM, Blogger Danny Schade declaimed...

So, we're angry that people don't think were happy? hmmm...

I'm kidding. Yes, it's a good point. It's frustrating to hear the anti-atheist sentiments from this society.
I also hear a lot of the more compassionate type theists say things like, "I just feel so sorry for someone who doesn't believe in God. What an empty and hopeless life...tsk, tsk."
Without bothering to ask us what we really think.

At 10/17/2007 8:05 PM, Blogger Intergalactic Hussy declaimed...

That's precisely why I decided I had to start my own atheist blog a couple years ago.

Yes, I'm annoyed with many theists and proponents of religion but angry? Not really. Perhaps, a little at anti-atheism sentiments as opposed to theists in general. I don't have major discrimination where I live but I find it everywhere, nonetheless. (TV, web, books, etc) That's my main "issue", if I have one. I don't plan to deconvert theists; all I want to do is end the discrimination, judgment, hate, and misunderstandings.

Personally, I have never been so happy when I finally admitted to myself that I'm an atheist. I went from a gloomy confused person to a happy person loving every aspect of life. They feel sorry for that? Shame on them!

At 10/18/2007 11:14 AM, Blogger Marshall declaimed...

Intergalactic hussy--I understand it seems offensive to claim that you support the "deconversion" approach. But you also claim that you want to end discrimination, judgment, hate, and misunderstandings--things that are inexorably tied to religion. Try convincing a fundamentalist Christian to treat gays with respect--the only way to do so would be to convince him not to follow God's word (which is essential the same as deconversion).

The point is, these people discriminate, hate, and judge because their religion tells them to do so, and that makes me (and many other people) angry. THAT is why I'm all for deconversion.

At 10/18/2007 7:28 PM, Blogger breakerslion declaimed...

Never have so many taken so much bullshit from so few.

I'm all for deconversion because it takes the money machine away from the control freaks and pathological liars. Until the smoke and mirrors are blown away, the inmates will continue to run the asylum, and we are all doomed to dance to their tune of division, hate and war.

What? Too much hyperbole?



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