What follows is a post about atheists and their reluctance to shed their cloak of invisibility that I wrote quite a few Sundays ago. It was worth a rewrite and a rerun.
Have you ever watched Bill Maher’s film “Religulous?” I have and it coincided with a comment from The Byronic Man. He posted a reply to my reply to his original comment on the post: Glenn “the deal whisperer” Beck…I suppose God sent you this idea in a vision.
You should really read that post before proceeding but, hey, it’s only a suggestion. His comment struck a chord and since it followed so closely my watching the movie, it prompted a response. Here’s what he had to say:
I think the thing that pushes it over the edge into a feeling of madness is that people fall for it over and over. A lot of people. Like, Beck says he’s a small business man, you think ‘what a jackass.’ But when legions of people believe it, and you get the horrifying feeling that HE might believe it, too… that’s when it feels like the Earth is going to crack in half.
And, this was my response:
I don’t think he believes it…I KNOW he does.
I just watched Bill Maher’s film “Religulous” tonight for the first time and what really stuck me was the inability of the people he interviewed to coherently and rationally explain their beliefs. Yes, I know, belief is based on unquestioning faith. But please…most rational, sane people don’t defend an argument without study and at least some level of investigation of the facts. If someone told you that you should put all your money into ABC Inc. you don’t immediately go and deposit your life savings. You do some checking…at the very least you try to search out the “google” truth. At least, that’s what I do. Perhaps mistakenly I assume others do the same.
But I guess that’s the thing…they don’t. People don’t question anymore. They accept too many things at face value…especially if it somehow benefits them. Rather than holding to the line “if it’s too good to be true, it usually is” they go for the quick buck or the fast fix or the easy answer.
Bill Maher made an excellent point in the film.
He said that it’s funny how often God/Mohammed/Allah speak to their “prophets” one-on-one. In private. Where no one else can see or overhear.
If God is all-knowing and all-seeing and all-powerful as the believers insist then why doesn’t he just save everyone a lot of time and pick up a mic. It’s funny how many people say “God spoke to me” and use that as an excuse to do…well, pretty much whatever the hell they want.
Personally, I call all this “God spoke to me” business schizophrenia. I think there’s medication for that and I’d gladly help offset the cost of the prescription if only someone could assure me they would take the pills.
End of sermon.
I wish now that I had seen this movie when it first came out. However, it’s better late than never. But there’s late and then there’s…oops…too late.
I think it’s time atheists got up off their easy-going, rational, non judgemental, self-effacing, patient, and live and let live backsides and kicked some fundamental ass. For too long you’ve accepted things as they are and let religious leaders and their followers dictate the terms of your existence.
Did you know that atheists have a greater minority in America than African-Americans, Jews and gays?
In a Pew Forum Study, 16.1 per cent of Americans consider themselves to be atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular. That’s compared to 12.3 per cent African-American, around 5 percent for gays over the age of 18 and approximately 2.2 per cent of the population are Jewish.
Jews, gays and African-Americans all have “defenders of the faith” so to speak. They lobby, they motivate and they defend their rights as part of living free in America. Why is it that atheists sit quietly by and do nothing in defense of their belief that there is no God? Why do they not speak out and demand equal consideration to live their lives free of religious interference?
I don’t know the answer to that. What I do believe is that someone or something needs to move this great minority to action.
You have every right to voice your objection to the god-driven policies that are quickly becoming the focus of America’s future.
To do nothing is no longer an option. It’s time to take off your pacifist cloak of invisibility and do something that does not come naturally to most athiests…just say no.