I can’t stand atheists — but it’s not because they don’t believe in God. It’s because they’re crashing bores.

Liberal L. A. Times knows how idiotic the New Atheists are!

I love this article:

boringAtheists: No God, no reason, just whining
Superstar atheists are motivated by anger — and boohoo victimhood.
By Charlotte Allen
May 17, 2009

I can’t stand atheists — but it’s not because they don’t believe in God. It’s because they’re crashing bores.

Other people, most recently the British cultural critic Terry Eagleton in his new book, “Faith, Reason, and Revolution,” take to task such superstar nonbelievers as Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins (“The God Delusion”) and political journalist Christopher Hitchens (“God Is Not Great”) for indulging in a philosophically primitive opposition of faith and reason that assumes that if science can’t prove something, it doesn’t exist.

My problem with atheists is their tiresome — and way old — insistence that they are being oppressed and their fixation with the fine points of Christianity. What — did their Sunday school teachers flog their behinds with a Bible when they were kids?

Read Dawkins, or Hitchens, or the works of fellow atheists Sam Harris (“The End of Faith”) and Daniel Dennett (“Breaking the Spell”), or visit an atheist website or blog (there are zillions of them, bearing such titles as “God Is for Suckers,” “God Is Imaginary” and “God Is Pretend”), and your eyes will glaze over as you peruse — again and again — the obsessively tiny range of topics around which atheists circle like water in a drain.

First off, there’s atheist victimology: Boohoo, everybody hates us ‘cuz we don’t believe in God. Although a recent Pew Forum survey on religion found that 16% of Americans describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated, only 1.6% call themselves atheists, with another 2.4% weighing in as agnostics (a group despised as wishy-washy by atheists). You or I might attribute the low numbers to atheists’ failure to win converts to their unbelief, but atheists say the problem is persecution so relentless that it drives tens of millions of God-deniers into a closet of feigned faith, like gays before Stonewall.

In his online “Atheist Manifesto,” Harris writes that “no person, whatever his or her qualifications, can seek public office in the United States without pretending to be certain that … God exists.” The evidence? Antique clauses in the constitutions of six — count ’em — states barring atheists from office.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled such provisions unenforceable nearly 50 years ago, but that doesn’t stop atheists from bewailing that they have to hide their Godlessness from friends, relatives, employers and potential dates. One representative of the pity-poor-me school of atheism, Kathleen Goodman, writing in January for the Chronicle of Higher Education, went so far as to promote affirmative action for atheists on college campuses: specially designated, college-subsidized “safe spaces” for them to express their views.

Maybe atheists wouldn’t be so unpopular if they stopped beating the drum until the hide splits on their second-favorite topic: How stupid people are who believe in God. This is a favorite Dawkins theme. In a recent interview with Trina Hoaks, the atheist blogger for the Examiner.com website, Dawkins described religious believers as follows: “They feel uneducated, which they are; often rather stupid, which they are; inferior, which they are; and paranoid about pointy-headed intellectuals from the East Coast looking down on them, which, with some justification, they do.” Thanks, Richard!

Dennett likes to call atheists “the Brights,” in contrast to everybody else, who obviously aren’t so bright. In a 2006 essay describing his brush with death after a heart operation, Dennett wrote these thoughts about his religious friends who told him they were praying for his recovery: “Thanks, I appreciate it, but did you also sacrifice a goat?” With friends like Daniel Dennett, you don’t need enemies.

Then there’s P.Z. Myers, biology professor at the University of Minnesota’s Morris campus, whose blog, Pharyngula, is supposedly about Myers’ field, evolutionary biology, but is actually about his fanatical propensity to label religious believers as “idiots,” “morons,” “loony” or “imbecilic” in nearly every post. The university deactivated its link to Myers’ blog in July after he posted a photo of a consecrated host from a Mass that he had pierced with a rusty nail and thrown into the garbage (“I hope Jesus’ tetanus shots are up to date”) in an effort to prove that Catholicism is bunk — or something.

Myers’ blog exemplifies atheists’ frenzied fascination with Christianity and the Bible. Atheist website after atheist website insists that Jesus either didn’t exist or “was a jerk” (in the words of one blogger) because he didn’t eliminate smallpox or world poverty. At the American Atheists website, a writer complains that God “set up” Adam and Eve, knowing in advance that they would eat the forbidden fruit. A blogger on A Is for Atheist has been going through the Bible chapter by chapter and verse by verse in order to prove its “insanity” (he or she had gotten up to the Book of Joshua when I last looked).

Another topic that atheists beat like the hammer on the anvil in the old Anacin commercials is Darwinism versus creationism. Maybe Darwin-o-mania stems from the fact that this year marks the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth in 1809, but haven’t atheists heard that many religious people (including the late Pope John Paul II) don’t have a problem with evolution but, rather, regard it as God’s way of letting his living creation unfold? Furthermore, even if human nature as we know it is a matter of lucky adaptations, how exactly does that disprove the existence of God?

And then there’s the question of why atheists are so intent on trying to prove that God not only doesn’t exist but is evil to boot. Dawkins, writing in “The God Delusion,” accuses the deity of being a “petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak” as well as a “misogynistic, homophobic, racist … bully.” If there is no God — and you’d be way beyond stupid to think differently — why does it matter whether he’s good or evil?

The problem with atheists — and what makes them such excruciating snoozes — is that few of them are interested in making serious metaphysical or epistemological arguments against God’s existence, or in taking on the serious arguments that theologians have made attempting to reconcile, say, God’s omniscience with free will or God’s goodness with human suffering. Atheists seem to assume that the whole idea of God is a ridiculous absurdity, the “flying spaghetti monster” of atheists’ typically lame jokes. They think that lobbing a few Gaza-style rockets accusing God of failing to create a world more to their liking (“If there’s a God, why aren’t I rich?” “If there’s a God, why didn’t he give me two heads so I could sleep with one head while I get some work done with the other?”) will suffice to knock down the entire edifice of belief.

What primarily seems to motivate atheists isn’t rationalism but anger — anger that the world isn’t perfect, that someone forced them to go to church as children, that the Bible contains apparent contradictions, that human beings can be hypocrites and commit crimes in the name of faith. The vitriol is extraordinary. Hitchens thinks that “religion spoils everything.” Dawkins contends that raising one’s offspring in one’s religion constitutes child abuse. Harris argues that it “may be ethical to kill people” on the basis of their beliefs. The perennial atheist litigant Michael Newdow sued (unsuccessfully) to bar President Obama from uttering the words “so help me God” when he took his oath of office.

What atheists don’t seem to realize is that even for believers, faith is never easy in this world of injustice, pain and delusion. Even for believers, God exists just beyond the scrim of the senses. So, atheists, how about losing the tired sarcasm and boring self-pity and engaging believers seriously?

Charlotte Allen is the author of “The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus” and a contributing editor to the Minding the Campus website of the Manhattan Institute.

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11 Comments on “I can’t stand atheists — but it’s not because they don’t believe in God. It’s because they’re crashing bores.”

  1. Spencer Says:

    The reason atheists cant run for office is because your country is run by christians who think were all a bunch of hedonistic nhilists bent on the destruction of god, and that since we’re somehow evil because we disagree of a few things as to whats considered moral. the prejudiced ingrained in the american publics minds about atheists (you posted on this yourself about how atheists are the least trusted people in america) will keep them out of office. I’ts no different than being afraid of blacks because you think theyre all criminals.

    Incorrect,
    Atheists have no moral compass to guide them by, hence they cannot distinquish between wrong and right outside of what the law says.These facts explain why atheists interpret the Bible as they do — as a volume of “babble” and full of nonexistent contradictions. Atheism is not elevated enough to allow even its most educated subjects to understand the Bible. Therefore the Bible puzzles them as calculus puzzles the dimwitted.
    Atheism make dimwits of all its subjects and makes the most “learned” or “educated” more dimwitted than the ignorant. Not only does atheism prevent atheists from properly understanding the TEN COMMANDMENTS and the Bible, but it prevents their minds from being elevated enough to understand the simplest common sense facts.
    For example: It is the educated atheist who get the roles of males and females mixed up, and who think homosexuality and lesbianism are normal. It is the atheist who can’t tell whether a human is human while he or she is yet in the womb. It is the atheist who gets justice mixed up and who thinks the innocent human embryo and fetus should get the penalty of death and the criminal murderer ought to get life for his death worthy crime. It is the atheist who thinks the terminally ill ought to receive the sentence of death for their noncriminal sicknesses. It is the atheists who condemns the righteous and exonerates the wicked. The list of examples can go on and on.

  2. Spencer Says:

    Erase the past minitrue! WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH!

    and atheism id deliberate ignorance.

  3. HaydeS Says:

    That was a pathetic argument. It’s obvious why atheists ask these questions “over and over,” they aren’t getting any kind of legitamite answer from theists. Why aren’t they getting any answers? Because there are none.
    So get of your high horse and take a nice tall glass of shut the hell up.


    • Atheists want answers.
      You (The God-Hater) do not.

      • Calypso Says:

        I agree, that was an incredibly pathetic ‘argument’. What I find the most funny is that all throughout his so-called ‘article’, he is complaining that atheists are complaining. Well, first of all, that is an incredibly stupid and arrogant argument if there ever was one, seeing as how all throughout the idiot is COMPLAINING about atheist who COMPLAIN.

        We (atheists) don’t write papers about why we don’t like Christians. For us, it’s not persona, at least not most of the time. We do, however, write articles and posts about why we think that there is no god, and we challenge theists to answer. However, so far, the only answer that we have gotten is ‘you’ve got to have faith’.

        Theist believe that lack of evidence constitutes the supernatural- atheists believe that lack of evidence constitutes absence.

        Which is the more logical?

        Also, @atheiststooges , you make no sense. At all.

  4. Ben Says:

    An interesting perspective. I suppose that after having people try to convert us or save us from ourselves so many times, we generalize you almost as much as you generalize us. Perhaps it would do both parties good to step back and/or shut up.

  5. Jakes Says:

    Actually Ben it would be better if you’d shut up. I’m quite enjoying atheiststooges and hope the blog continues!

  6. Jakes Says:

    PS and for the most part I couldn’t care less about converting you Ben. Most of the time among the people I work its ALWAYS the atheists jumping on some perceived injustice (“oh my did you see what the new receptionist put on her desk!–its a picture of her new baby in communion clothes! I’m phoning the manager!!”)

  7. Calypso Says:

    Also, I love the line that says ‘no god, no reason’. If that is not a load of s***, then I don’t know what is. God is faith, and faith (blind faith) has NOTHING to do with reason, because the whole concept and definition of faith is ‘without/despite of reason’. Way to go, Christianity, you’ve made fools out of yourselves yet again.

    And also, ‘Jakes’? Don’t touch the keyboard if you don’t have anything substantial to say.

    [“oh my did you see what the new receptionist put on her desk!–its a picture of her new baby in communion clothes! I’m phoning the manager!!”]

    Point One: A mature, working adult would not speak in such a manner. Therefore, you are a child, or are illiterate.

    Point Two: How is that an offense? Now, you are just drawing for straws in thin air. Get some actual logic.

  8. Phil Says:

    I’m tired of this BS. At the end of the day, atheism is right, because gods are all completely fiction. Deal.

  9. sue Says:

    The ongoing (and ongoing…) theme of ex-christians (who obviously were so not) is they regarded our Lord as if He is a vending machine and they’re mad because they got Twinkies and not the donuts
    Pushing the wrong button does that. Love your blog.


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