Saturday, July 30, 2011

And atheists wonder why they're so disliked

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Psalms 14:1a; Psalms 53:1a

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Romans 1:22

Blogger and columnist Vox Day, author of the recent book The Irrational Atheist, likes to use the phrase "socially autistic" to describe atheists. They're so wrapped up in a world of fantasy that they can't understand why their words and actions might be regarded as offensive by outsiders. Mr. Day has referred to atheism as a juvenile psychological disorder, remarking on how many of the "New Atheists" (Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are excellent examples) adopted their beliefs in late childhood or early adolescence. They've carefully avoided acknowledging any evidence that might upset these childhood beliefs, so anyone wanting to debate against them should keep in mind that the debate will be against a petulant child or adolescent.

An example of this is a comment I just received (from a courageous atheist who chose to remain anonymous) regarding my post on atheists in Manitoba. On reading it, I couldn't help but be reminded of Letter to the Boss, one of my favourite Honeymooners' episodes from The Jackie Gleason Show (click the links to see Parts 1, 2, and 3). As Ralph Kramden's boss, Mr. Marshall, says, "Can you imagine the mentality of a man who'd write a letter like this?":

Believe that 2,000 year old, desert nomad guidelines are the inerrant word of a magical, invisible sky-fairy. Just don't think I'm stupid enough to grovel in the same dirt in which you proclaim your own worthlessness to your sky-fairy. I'll bathe, and not grovel in the first place, you emotionally weak, illogical, astoundingly stupid religious-bum-fuck. 30 July, 2011 2:52 AM

August 2, 2011 update: For more evidence of the childishness of atheists' beliefs, go to Vox Popoli and the August 2, 2011 post titled Mailvox: A Poem by Little Dick. Note that the author of the poem admits that he became an atheist in childhood--a stage of life which he apparently has yet to outgrow.

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