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← Why Are Atheists So Angry?

PrayForMe's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by PrayForMe

We're angry because we're so utterly frustrated.

We live in a world which is shaped by nonsense, and we don't understand why this should be the case.

This nonsense means that our children are taught boring lies, like the world being 6000 years old, when the facts are so much more splendid and glorious. The nonsense means that, in much of the world, gays, non-believers, women and all sorts of other people, live in terror because of their beliefs/sexual orientation/desire for independence/desire for knowledge. The nonsense creates divisions which need not exist, and sometimes, people kill each other because of these differences. The nonsense prevents the widespread use of sensible sexual practices, and causes the proliferation of aids and other diseases. The nonsense kills natural human curiosity and enquiry, so there could be a great many more thinkers and scientists, to learn about the wonderful, awe-inspiring mysteries of the universe, and teach them to the rest of us.

All of this nonsense exists because of irrational, stupid belief. And when we try to argue about how stupid and irrational those beliefs are, we face these problems:

The convention that it is 'disrespectful' and rude to criticize religion.

Ancient, crappy circular arguments - the bible is the word of god, and the bible says god exists etc.

The insane notion that faith is virtuous because it is not based on evidence. That somehow blind faith is better than knowledge, even though there can be no sensible reason for this.

The insane notion that 'god is true to me,' and the presentation of personal 'religious experiences' as usable evidence for the existence of god.

It really can be incredibly hard work, being an atheist, and it feels like we are banging our heads against a brick wall. It really hurts, but without the brick wall, the world would be so much better. That's why we're angry.

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 10:26:07 UTC | #601309