Friday, January 14, 2011

Knowing the mind of God--and living up to it?

Here's a prime example of what makes some atheists so vividly anti-Christian, as a response against the antagonism and hypocrisy of the right wing.

From The Washington Monthly:
Following up on an earlier item, President Obama led a moment of silence yesterday for the victims of the massacre in Tucson...

CNN's Erick Erickson disapproved -- he wanted the president to mention "prayer," but not "reflection," because the latter "accommodates atheists."…

Erickson [says] "Atheists are upset with me. But God is upset with them."

Two things. First, one need not be an atheist to be offended by Erickson smear of the president, and to assume that only non-believers would be bothered is strikingly narrow-minded.

Second, Erickson believes "God is upset" with atheists. I'm curious: how does he know?

No, seriously. I'm fascinated by those who are so arrogant, they're comfortable claiming to know what God thinks and how God feels….
Mr Erickson thus manages to make atheists "the other", some sort of civil enemy, who should not be "accommodated". I wonder where he puts the atheists in comparison to the homos.

And it seems that Mr Erickson has a little problem living up to the Christian Values he purports to uphold.
I can't help but wonder if Erickson was wearing his WWJD? bracelet when he published an item wondering when voters might "get off the couch, march down to their state legislator's house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot." Or when he called retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter a "goat f--king child molester." Or when he referred to two sitting U.S. senators as "healthcare suicide bombers." Or when he praised protesters for "tell[ing] Nancy Pelosi and the Congress to send Obama to a death panel."


Something like 16% of American describe themselves as unaffiliated in religion. No representative in Congress will admit to that. Sometimes I think that my being an atheist makes me more despised than being a lesbian. Of course, if you add being a woman, a scientist, and a liberal in there, and you have a perfect storm of loathing of me!

7 comments:

Evan said...

I'm a male Christian, and I can't help but think how much public discourse would be improved if it were run by atheist liberal scientist lesbians instead of people like Erickson...

PseudoPiskie said...

I'm always amused by folks who claim to be Christian yet reject/ignore the teachings of Christ. I guess life is easier when you create your god in your own image.

JCF said...

"Not everyone who cries 'Lord, Lord'..."

textjunkie said...

Scientist and liberal tend to go together (unless you're hanging out with engineers, apparently), and atheist isn't far behind. Christian liberal can be a much more tricky combo to find--certainly in some liberal circles my hubby's been told he can't be a Christian and a liberal at the same time. (SIGH.) And obviously there are Christian circles that say the same thing, to our deep disgust. It's a problem everywhere.

But yeah, jeepers. If you know the mind of God, then live up to it already.

Fred Schwartz said...

Let me see if I understand this correctly --
President Obama asks for a moment of reflection for those who were gunned down by a seemingly intolerant, physcologically pushed over the edge gun-toter and now Mr. Erickson has decided to calm the raging waters by more divisonal hatred? Wow! I am sure glad the deaths of those six in Tuscon had such an immediate and lasting impact on our friends on the Christian right.

it's margaret said...

A storm of loathing....

that's why we love you so!

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

What the others said!