Saturday, May 3, 2014

Silly Argument: "Atheism Is The Default Position"

I got hit with that one a short while back. A Village Atheist in an internet forum was spouting off the tired "All babies are born Atheists" meme, and then he tried to defend the meme with that comment.

Non-belief isn't a default, ignorance is. Belief or lack of it is a conscious decision.

For millennia, belief in an eternal universe was the "default position". In the early 20th Century, it was discovered that the Universe was finite. The "default position" was wrong, proving that it isn't inherently true.

In fact, the default position is often "ignorance".

The fact that God may be outside of our ability to prove His existence doesn't validate the "default position".

For Atheists, their "default position" is faith-based.

Ouch. I know how much Atheists hate to hear that.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Atheists and the Tyranny of the Minority

Here we go, again. It's business as usual for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Their 2 latest "victories":

1. Threatening city of Pismo Beach, California with a civil suit unless they ended their practice of beginning city council meetings with an invocation, and

2. Filing a suit against Clemson College for leading their football team in prayer before games.

I'm personally tired of Atheists forcing their unhappiness on others simply because as a group they appear to be intolerant of anybody that believes in God.

If the FFRF wanted to make a real difference in our world, they'd take that money they waste on petty lawsuits and donate it to food banks instead.

It would make a much better impression on kid to fill his belly than to tell him he can't pray on a public schoolground.

Atheists, in their self-interest, fail to get the bigger picture.

It's all about tolerance.

Why can't Atheists be the example by displaying some?

'Nuff said.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Atheists STILL don't get it!

I have proposed many times online that Atheism is in fact a faith-based, non-religious belief system.

And, all too often, an Atheist will try to correct me by pointing out that Atheism is a lack of belief.

What the Atheist doesn't get is this:

How does one know for sure there is no God? If you have no way of proving there are no gods, or  that the very existence of gods isn't even possible, than all you have is a belief that gods don't exist.

To simply claim Atheism is a mere "lack of belief" isn't intellectually honest. If I chose not to believe in gravity, would that eliminate gravity's existence?

"But there is evidence for gravity", the Atheist would say, "and none for gods."

How does the Atheist know there is no evidence? What about the undiscovered?

The fact is, evidence and truth are 2 different things. Evidence can only lead to the truth, which is there whether or not evidence points to it.

LACK of belief in the existence of gods exist is simply a consensus by some that there are no gods. A consensus is simply accepted upon faith, based on what some have observed or not observed. A consensus is arrived at when absolute proof can't be determined, such as with the controversy over man-made climate change.

It's simple logic, but Atheists don't like admitting that they could be wrong. Instead, they play the Condescension Card and treat me like an amiable dolt without thinking of the implications of what I'm saying.

That's what happens when you approach their comfort zones and kick over a beehive.

"Nuff said.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Another Hollow "Victory" For Atheists

The American (In)Humanist Association threatens to sue schools for participating in the "operation Christmas Child" program:

 http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/11/15/school-cancels-operation-christmas-child-over-lawsuit-threats/?&co=f000000013912s-1248979084

Operation Christmas Child is a program that collects shoe boxes filled with treats, small toys, school supplies, and even articles of clothing to needy children in 3rd World countries.

Some charter Schools had been participating in this program for years, until one disgruntled Atheist parent got wind of it and complained to the AHA. His letter to the AHA contained this gem:

“The boxes of toys are essentially a bribe, expressly used to pressure desperately poor children living in developing countries to convert to Christianity, and are delivered with prayers, sermons, evangelical tracts and pressure to convert,” read a letter the AHA sent to Mathews.

"Pressure to convert?" Really? What does this guy think? Does he think the workers wave the shoebox in front of the kid and say:

"Sorry, kid, you have to recite the Sinner's Prayer before you get the surprise!"

Well pardon me, but I don't see any atheists collecting boxes of gifts to some of the worst places on earth, so that a desperately poor kid can have a few things. I do see a number of Atheists sitting on their ample bottoms, making sure that Christians have a more difficult time taking boxes of gifts to some of the worst places on earth, so that a desperately poor kid can have a few things.

The AHA sent a spokesperson to Fox News to explain their excuse for threatening the schools with lawsuits, which of course, was the usual distortion of the First Amendment of the Constitution.

The Fox anchorwoman asked the AHA spokesman if the AHA had an answer for all those kids who may not get gifts, now that some of the Operation Christmas Child participants were shut down. The AHA spokesperson replied that the AHA supports secular programs like Toys For Tots.

Last time I checked, Toys For Tots didn't deliver gifts in Brazilian ghettos or war-torn southern Africa.

But that's not AHA's problem, is it?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Evidently, Atheism IS Lacking....

..as evidenced by the advent of Sunday morning Atheist fellowships in the US, Great Britain, and Australia:

Atheist 'mega-churches' take root across US, world

http://news.yahoo.com/atheist-mega-churches-root-across-us-world-214619648.html

From the article:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.

Sorry, folks but God wasn't missing, He just wasn't invited. He was ignored.

They don't bash believers but want to find a new way to meet like-minded people, engage in the community and make their presence more visible in a landscape dominated by faith.

Basically, Atheists are admitting that they are missing out on some of the most wonderful aspects of religious faith: fellowship and a sense of purpose.

As far as "not bashing believers" goes, check out these handouts:


"Born Again Humanist? "God-Less is more?" "I believe in life before death?" Nope, no jabs there.

Sunday Assembly — whose motto is Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More — taps into that universe of people who left their faith but now miss the community church provided, said Phil Zuckerman, a professor of secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont.

Sunday Assembly... sure has that "churchy" feel, doesn't it?

Wonder more... as long as you don't wander in the direction of the existence of God.

Not all atheists are excited about this movement. here's what one godless person had to say about it:

"The idea that you're building an entire organization based on what you don't believe, to me, sounds like an offense against sensibility," said Michael Luciano, a self-described atheist who was raised Roman Catholic but left when he became disillusioned.

"There's something not OK with appropriating all of this religious language, imagery and ritual for atheism," said Luciano, who blogged about the movement at the site policymic.com.

Really, Mr. Luciano? Then, how do you feel about political activist organizations like American Atheists? I guess it's OK for non-believers to join in frivolous lawsuits propagated by groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, but fellowshipping on a Sunday? Bad, bad!

Personally, I'm all for Atheists gathering on  Sunday mornings. If they take the idea of "wonder more" seriously, perhaps they'll begin to wonder why people desire this kind of activity. They may even take a greater leap of faith and discover that they are part of a weak imitation of something that is plainly spelled out in the Word of God:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God."
 --Matthew 5:3 (The Sermon on the Mount)

God reaches out to those who understand their inborn need for Him.

Michael Luciano, Atheist blogger, wouldn't like to see an Atheist "church" open somebody's eyes to why they seek out "church" in the first place.

Keep wondering more, atheists! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Atheists, Where's The Outrage?

A stone monument depicting the 10 commandments, located on private property across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court, was pushed over onto its face.

http://www.wistv.com/story/23507275/10-commandment-monument-vandalized-near-supreme-court

This was no mean feat. It weighs 850 pounds. It took several thugs and some hardware to do this.


This totally offensive piece of rock denounces lying, murder theft, enviousness and adultery.

And then there's the part about honoring God and your parents, which is just too over the top for today's enlightened society.  

So, I'm pretty confident it wasn't a bunch of wacko, right wing, sky-daddy worshiping theocrats who did this.

So, Atheists, is it now coming to this?

And why aren't more of you denouncing this destruction of private property?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Atheists and Bragging Online

In internet forums, it is common for the local Atheist to claim, "We Atheists don't need a god to tell us to good things, we just do good things on our own."

I might respond with something like: "Okay, what good deed have you done?"

Most of the time, the response is " I do good things" or else nothing, followed by the sound of chirping crickets (Ok, I'm being a smarty pants).

Atheists, it's time to come through. If you have hours on end to hunt down blogs like mine, and leave snarky comments behind, then you have 5 minutes to log into a website like UNICEF site and make a 5 dollar donation through Paypal.

Or, go to a park or beach during a planned cleanup, give the community an hour of your precious time and pick up trash.

Or donate some school supplies at your nearest Office Depot store.

Or mow your senior citizen neighbor's lawn.

Get the picture?

But don't sit there on your ample booty, log into my blog, dump a half page retort loaded with links you spent hours hunting down all over the web, and then tell me how much better you are than I am.

Talk is cheap. If you're better than I, prove it through positive action.