Asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan what he would do if his own daughter approached him, begging for an abortion after having been raped, Santorum explained that he would counsel her to “accept this horribly created” baby, because it was still a gift from God, even if given in a “broken” way.

vieuxparis-deactivated20101113 asked:

Wouldn't belief in God be good for some people though? I mean, generally, it might be bad because it creates wars, but some people I know actually find 'peace' in believing that there's someone 'up there' who can like guide them through life or something. I'm not sure how to explain it. I'm an atheist, but personally, I wouldn't call God an asshole...?

1) Since there is no evidence that a god actually exists any attributions we might give it (be it holy, good or just plain asshole) have no real meaning. That being said, a superficial read of the bible makes it obvious that the god described in those pages is one of the most unpleasant characters in the history of fiction.

2) Have you seen people study hard for a test, pass it and then give credit to god for their good score? Do you really think that belief in god was responsible for their success? Of course not. I don’t feel inclined to give religion, or belief in gods, any credit for such human actions and thoughts.

3) Just as there are peaceful Christians there are Christian nerve wrecks. It is obvious then that god belief is not the actual deciding factor.

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
-Steven Weinberg

4) Believers either misattribute their efforts to god or use god as an excuse to not take responsibility for their own decisions (have you ever heard the expression “I will leave it in god’s hands?”).

5) The supposed peace these believers feel from god actually originates from themselves. That peace I felt as a Christian is still there even though I have since realized that a god as nothing to do with it.

There is peace in knowing that you are responsible for your own life. That you can take care of yourself. That one is actually an adult who has no need for a sky daddy. That life is precious and that one should live it to the fullest everyday.

Why would we be so condescending to those that believe in a heavenly care taker by giving undue deference to their myths? Why would ignorance be a positive state for them to be in if we are not willing (or not even possible) to be in such a state ourselves?

Part of what motivates me to critique or expose such evidence lacking beliefs is plain and simple respect. Respect for people, respect of their intellect. The realization that all are capable of understanding if they give themselves a chance. That, I think, is actual respect.

Take care. Thanks for the question.
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