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Why Everybody Hates Atheists

Posted on | December 4, 2013 | 112 Comments

It’s not just because atheists kill babies, because not all atheists do. But let’s admit that, in a universe of accidental randomness, there is nothing particularly special about a little clump of cells.

Or a bigger clump of cells, for that matter. So if the atheists who don’t kill babies have a good argument against raping babies . . .

Look, I’m not saying all atheists are like Mark Newton and Peter Truong, and probably, some atheists are against raping babies.

But that’s not the reason everybody hates atheists, anyway.

It’s the pushy, arrogant self-righteousness. And I’m not even talking about atheists like Kim Jong-un. Not all atheists are brutal communist dictators. Some atheists are against communism, dictatorship and brutality. On the other hand, 70 percent of those who stated their religion as “none” voted for Obama. Just sayin’ . . .

Tuesday evening, I noticed Gabriella Hoffman was under attack by Twitter trolls. Gabby complained about “militant atheists who thrive on souring the holiday season while behaving like tyrants.”

Ah, the War on Christmas — and the same obnoxious atheists who have spent years waging the War on Christmas now claim that this is something that Fox News and Bill O’Reilly are just making up. In fact, it was Peter Brimelow who first described the “War on Christmas” in 1999 — four years before the Southern Poverty Law Center branded him a “white supremacist.” Probably just a coincidence.

Anyway, atheists trolls were attacking Gabby Hoffman, because they hate women. That’s not merely cheap sarcasm, because the atheist movement’s problem with women is rather notorious:

[Karen] Stollznow says that, when she told friends about her situation, many were unsurprised, regarding [Benjamin] Radford as “creepy … a weirdo … sexist … perverted.” Her accusation was made in the context of a general complaint among women in the atheist movement that they are victims of sexism, discrimination and harassment. These complaints caused a stir a couple years ago when a young atheist, Rebecca Watson, got into an Internet dispute with Richard Dawkins, a famed Darwinian opponent of Christianity.
Watson told how women didn’t want to attend atheist conferences because “they felt uncomfortable in a room full of men” and “were hit on constantly” by seemingly desperate atheist men who “try to get in the pants of every woman who walks through the door.”

It’s not me saying this, you see.

As I say, however, it’s the pushy arrogance of atheists that makes everybody hate them, because the atheist cherishes the notion that his disbelief makes him intellectually superior to those whom he disdains as being in the thrall of ignorant superstition.

Atheists therefore cannot keep silent, but must constantly mock and scoff, publicly disparaging Christianity and the Bible, supporting every measure to marginalize and stigmatize Christian belief, so that no Christian can ever enjoy a moment’s peace.

Because . . . Science!

Ace of Spades has commented on this tendency:

If atheists are so logical and rational and sensible — which is the key point of atheistic evangelism, of course — why are they behaving in counterproductive, emotional, cult-like ways? . . .
What it seems like is a lot of teenager-ish acting up, a lot of anger over hurts in the formative years, a seething need to get payback against faceless oppressors. . . .
If freeing yourselves from religion has really made you more rational and all-around better thinkers, why do I see not only no evidence of such increased rationality and overall brainpower, but what I’d mark as a net decline?

Indeed, it’s like people who aren’t intellectuals, but use a lot of fancy jargon because they want to seem intellectual — a narcissistic desire to see oneself as superior to others, to be regarded as belonging to The Intellectual Club, from which inferiors are excluded.

This craving for a sense of superiority is a central focus of Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, and is closely related to the phenomena described by Christopher Lasch in The Culture of Narcisissm: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations. (These are books, by the way, which a lot of soi-disant “intellectuals” can’t be bothered to read.) Religion is an obstacle to self-worship, and the honest confession of ignorance — to say that we are mere mortals who don’t know all the answers — is a humiliation that the atheist arrogantly refuses to accept.

Barrett Brown promotes atheism on Fox News, January 2009

Pride goeth before a fall, and the first thing I ever knew about Barrett Brown was that he had been the communication director of the atheist group Enlighten the Vote, also known as the Godless Americans Political Action Committee, as I have remarked:

Brown’s atheism and his insuperable arrogance were hand and glove: Assuming that religious people are ignorant bigots, to whom he was infinitely superior, Barrett then proceeded to a series of assumptions that seemed to him equally plausible, ultimately including the erroneous assumption that he could get away with threatening to “destroy” an FBI agent’s life.

Barrett was a “Special Snowflake” to whom the rules did not apply, so that dropping out of college and “doing . . . a ‘heroic’ amount of Ecstasy and acid” was entirely acceptable, as was heroin, to which he became addicted. None of these failures was enough to convince Barrett Brown that he was less superior than he imagined; the belief in your own superiority is an article of faith in the Cult of the Self.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

Barrett Brown ranting on YouTube, September 2012

Well, not every atheist has a paranoid meltdown that lands him in federal custody facing more than 100 years in prison, but Barrett Brown’s fate seems rather symbolic of what Ace described as ”teenager-ish acting up, a lot of anger over hurts in the formative years, a seething need to get payback against faceless oppressors.”

Not every militant atheist is a raving lunatic or a baby-raper, nor do all atheists vote Democrat. But all atheists deny God, and are contemptuous of Christians, whom they regard as ignorant bigots.

It is this arrogant attitude that makes atheists so obnoxious in their behavior, so that everybody hates them — except Christians, whom Jesus commanded to pray for their enemies.

That Jesus — always spoiling the fun!

 

 


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  • RS
  • Dave Mears

    there is a sphere of thought dedicated to the mortal, and one to the divine.. we accept leadership in either of those spheres, as much for atheists as anyone. Atheists don’t have a religion, but they DO contemplate the divide, the realm of ‘morality which does not benefit me.’ The problem is that the atheist thought leaders for the divide sphere are more or less self important jerks. It is true that an adult pig is far more developed intellectually than a human child many months from birth, but the potential of the pig is only a pig, where as the potential of the child is, well, he could grow up to be Richard Dawkins. He was NEVER a pig, but always a clump of human cells with the potential to be many things, that ended up being who he is.
    The moral is important; being a benefit to others, not causing uncompensated harm, taking responsibility for your actions. You can dismiss them personally as stale traditions from times long past, but they were selected for a reason. As with animals, society is also evolving, finding the best way to fit within it’s nitch with the greatest level of success. Our moral framework does not exist without purpose. Discount it only when you’ve fully considered why it came to be, what would be lost by giving it up, and still make an argument that we’re better off.

  • Dawgeard

    You’re missing my basic point. I follow no particular philosophy. All other discussion is just lace.

  • Rick Caird

    If an atheist ever sat down and thought about it, he would realize that he belongs a loosely organized faith based organization. An atheist can no more prove God does not exist than I can prove he exists. It really is kind if ironic.

    On the other hand, I have met atheists who respect theists and simply mention their atheism (or agnosticism) and move on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kruszer Kristine Kruszelnicki

    That may be true of the ones you know, but http://Www.prolifehumanists.org takes an entirely secular approach to our prolife positions. Many of us are ex-Christian and very much non believers.

    Recognizing the unborn as biological members of our species doesn’t take faith. Just a science text book.