asks: In reference to the question you just posted, about Atheist being attacked for being Atheist, how would you explain it when Atheist make fun of religions? I ask this mostly because of my father, who is always constantly saying Atheist are ruining our nations moral fabric (yeah, he's a special man, whatever lol) and have no respect for other religions. But he has a point, Atheists sometimes have a bad reputation for being just as intolerant as the religions they don't believe in.
I hope you don't take this as a jab or anything because I love your tumblr. It's just something I wanted to say.
I agree in the sense that there are many eager and passionate atheists out there. Even a few nasty ones. But the label of “fundamentalist” for atheists does not apply, by far.
“No, please, do not mistake passion, which can change its mind, for fundamentalism, which never will. Passion for passion, an evangelical Christian and I may be evenly matched. But we are not equally fundamentalist. The true scientist, however passionately he may “believe”, in evolution for example, knows exactly what would change his mind: evidence! The fundamentalist knows that nothing will.”
I don’t know of any concerted atheist movement to deny rights to other human beings (like the religious fundamentalist do with gays), to prevent reproductive rights or to spread lies about AIDS (like Catholics with women and condom use in Africa).
To compare fundamentalists with atheists minimizes the damage the religious do while at the same time slanders those that have nothing to do with such despicable things.
“A politician may attack an opponent scathingly across the floor of the House and earn plaudits for his robust pugnacity. But let a soberly reasoning critic of religion employ what would, in other contexts, sound merely direct or forthright, and it will be described as a shrill rant…Restaurant critics are notoriously scathing, but are seldom dismissed as shrill or intolerant. A restaurant might seem a trivial target compared to God. But restaurateurs and chefs have feelings to hurt and livelihoods to lose, whereas “blasphemy is a victimless crime”.
I agree. Don’t you?
I don’t take it as a jab at all. I appreciate the comment. Thanks for following. :-)