Thursday, August 28, 2008

Atheist Brigade?

I ran across this article today.
The Whiny Democratic Atheist Brigade
With a title like that, how could any rational person take him seriously?

If you are a Democratic convention planner, you've got to be pulling your hair out trying to deal with something like this: the party's bend-over-backwards attempt to show that it's friendly to religious people is making left-out atheists boo-hoo-hoo.
Let me get this straight...we, as atheists, are not entitled to ask a potential president to elaborate on comments which effect us? And, while I've seen a few posts regarding Obama's comments, it's not as if this was the biggest issue in the atheist blogosphere. Don't we have an obligation to question the thoughts and words of our potential leaders? If Obama had said that religion should be checked at the door, then you can bet your ass the evangelical, fundamental Christians would be burning crosses on his lawn.

Never mind that the Democratic Party is already strongly secularist. This extremely petty complaint reminds me of the time seven-year-old Your Working Boy complained to his parents that there was a Mother's Day and a Father's Day, but not Children's Day. You know exactly what Mama said: "Every day is Children's Day."
If they are "strongly secularist", then why would they be pulling their hair out? His analogy sucks, too. How many theists have we read about, or seen, who believe that their religious beliefs justify the inclusion of religion in all aspects of life? How many have complained and whined when a secularist (or moderate Chritsian) suggested that they already have an entire day a week set aside to their bullshit in some states. What the hell are the Blue Laws if not a "Christian Day"? Every Sunday is "Christian Day" in those states!

Just so. In the Democratic Party, every day is secularist day! Cut Obama and the DNC some slack -- they're right to do this kind of outreach.
Thereby negating his original premise for the article.

This guy also proves his bigotry by assuming every atheist in the United States would be democrat. I'm sure that there's a higher number of democrats than republicans in secular America, but there's no atheist dogma that says you can't be politically conservative. This guy's just too stupid to realize that.

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Yes. I know they deleted their blog. I received an e-mail that I would love to post, but I'm afraid the subject is getting old.

4 comments:

Milo Johnson said...

Their greatest curse is simply being themselves. Hopefully, at least the aftershocks of all of this might awaken their children to the possibility that life can be far more fulfilling than what they've been permitted.

Enshoku said...

Every time you see the word democrat, make it republican, and every time you see atheist, change it to christian. It reads quite well after doing that.

Possummomma said...

Every time you see the word democrat, make it republican, and every time you see atheist, change it to christian. It reads quite well after doing that.
LOL!!

Their greatest curse is simply being themselves. Hopefully, at least the aftershocks of all of this might awaken their children to the possibility that life can be far more fulfilling than what they've been permitted.

I agree. The weird aspect to all of this was yesterday's re-emergence of my "old friend" (Nancy's sister). She sent me a blistering e-mail and all I coud reply with was, "Who started this?" She defended Thomas' decision to abuse his wife and kids. It was totally creepy!!! Because, as I should've expected, she's married to a guy just like him.

This is precisely why we need to stop respecting religion. Sure. Some people have no problem with having faith and remaining sane. But, when your faith allows less sane people to flourish in their absurdity, it's a bad thing. When everyone "respects" the abusive man who is "just following the Bible", it's time to get real. I'm having this argument right now with a friend of mine who said that thought was unfair. I think it's perfectly fair. Thomas, no matter how nuts we think he is, was following the mandates of the Bible. Wrong or right, the Bible justifies most of his delusions. So, if you defend the Bible, then you're defending him. The Bible says "spare the rod, spoil the child" (and about ten other justifying verses). If you see the problem with following those verses, then how can you defend the work as a whole?

corsair the rational pirate said...

As a conservative atheist who can't stand some of the more odious comments and backward thinking (or what that amounts to) of my fellow conservative blowhards, I have come to terms with it. We are never going to have (at least in the short run) candidates of any level coming out and declaring their ungodliness to the great unwashed. I have to see what they do once they get in office. Some of the fundie types actually do believe in separation of church and state and act that way at work while acting completely different once they hit the church.

Whatever. You can't always get what you want. I try not to vote for complete bible-heads on either side (and they both have them) and then live with my decision.

Oh, and as for the almost universal left leanings of my atheist friends. That can get a little annoying as well. Bush does not in fact equal Hitler and we are not living in a totalitarian theocracy despite what some on digg.com and fark say.