There was an an interesting letter to the editor in a local newspaper recently wherein the writer claimed that as a group, atheists were strongly opposed to ANYONE believing in a deity. The letter stated: “I don’t believe in Allah, but I don’t protest Muslims’ beliefs; I just feel sorry for them. Likewise, I don’t protest that atheists do not believe in God; I just feel very sorry for them”
The very act of writing this unsolicited letter to the editor is the first proof that this writer is clearly protesting what he feels is a offensive non-belief system.
He also shows incredible arrogance by stating he feels sorry for Muslims because they believe in Allah (which is their word for the one universal God), the same God of Abraham whom Mohammad (Islam’s founder) believed in. So ignorance joins arrogance as part of this writers characteristics that are clearly demonstrated as well.
But perhaps more importantly is this writer’s belief that there is something wrong and to be pitied in people who do not share his personal belief system. Based upon how sorry he says he feels for atheists and Muslims, it logically follows that he (and people like him) feel sorry ANYONE whom does not embrace his belief system, such as Jewish people who don’t include Christ in their religious beliefs; or Hindi or Buddhists folks who do not believe in the western religions’ version of a supreme deity.
That is just plain “holier-than-thou” arrogance. And yet, as heinous as this truly is, this writer is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to the arrogance of the religious right. These folks truly lust for their personal religious belief system to be forcibly implanted into the daily lives of EVERYONE, by writing laws and controlling government.
Besides the obvious similarity to the single-minded, brutally intolerant and inhuman arrogance that fuels the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL) and its supporters and fighters, is that every major religion has had its share of brutal attempts at conquering free human thought.
For instance, the middle ages saw the crusades, which were little more than an excuse for the Holy Roman Catholic Church to rape, murder, pillage and steal land on their way to “liberate” the “Holy Land” from its Islamic residents.
And even in more modern times, there have been brutal acts of genocide in the name of some initially-religious-turned-political cause, such as the Nazis in World War 2 and most recently in Africa by fundamentalist Islamists in multiple African countries and multiple religious extremists.
It all starts with the arrogance displayed by the author of the letter to the editor mentioned above. One group of people with strong unprovable beliefs wants to control the belief system of those around them, because the freedom the non-believers enjoy as they eat, drink and do Mary with impunity bothers them; They have to follow weird restrictions in the name of some religious dogma.
Clearly, but for the nation’s strong law enforcement systems, these folks right here might be engaging in their own “jihad”, if they thought for a minute they could get away with it. The fact that they CAN’T get away with it is quite probably the ONLY reason we don’t see more of such activity in the USA or other advanced western industrialized (and educated) nations.
By the way, the responses (so far) to the letter to the editor mentioned above are as follows:
“I was intrigued by the letter to the editor in the October 1st edition of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, in which the author asked: “If atheists do not believe in God, then why are they so against anyone else believing in God?”
“The author also espouses a belief in God, but not in Allah, and claims to feel sorry for Muslims as a result of their belief in Allah. But I was always taught, at multiple times in multiple venues by multiple teachers, that there is only one God and that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all believe in that same one God, regardless of what name is used in reference. Additionally, the author’s statements begs the question: “Do you also feel sorry for Jewish people because their religion does not mention Christ? And how about Hindu and Buddhist folks whose religions do not include the same form of deity as the “western religions?”
“Atheists as a group in any free country are NOT “so against anyone else believing in God” or any other deity. They are against the arrogant imposition of religion and religious beliefs by the religious right on government and other public entities. To this end, I would respectfully submit that the problem atheists have with the those folks is their denial of clear, data-, evidence-, and proof-based science, as well as their endless attempts to influence government and other non-religious entities with their personal brand of religious “belief”.
Kill for peace, eh? 🙂