Creationist Wisdom #645: Atheism Is Evil

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Idaho Press-Tribune of Nampa, Idaho, and it’s titled World full of atheists would have more evil. The newspaper has a comments feature.

Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Sandra. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Judy Smith’s Dec. 23 letter has some good points about Middle East terrorists. Her railings against three religions that developed in the Middle East being poisonous while agnostics and atheists are comparatively peaceful folks is a bit on the naive side.

This is the “naive” letter that got Sandra so upset: Close borders until circumstances change, in which Judy said:

Once upon a time, three religion developed in the Middle East. Over centuries, these people felt a compulsion to spread their poison throughout the world, mostly by conquering and forcing their beliefs on everyone they encountered.

Their beliefs were based on old legends and superstitions, with not one shred of concrete evidence of their “imaginary being in the sky” that was guiding their lives. Their religious fervor has caused countless unrest, wars and unnecessary deaths and destruction. Aren’t we better than that?

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How much more poison are we going to let in from the Middle East? It’s not agnostics and atheists doing these bombings!

Sandra disagrees. She says:

There are plenty of agnostics and atheists who are drug dealers, human traffickers and illegal arms dealers. Without these criminals, major terrorist groups in the Middle East would shrivel up.

Yes, atheists are behind all that bad stuff, and our jails are full of them. Let’s read on:

Catholicism was born in Rome, not the Middle East. Protestantism was a revolt against Catholicism. It was also born in Europe.

Oh — they’re not from the Middle East. They’re European, and that makes them okay. Sandra continues:

The Bible is used by both of these religions to a certain extent. Much is added from other sources.

Huh? What’s been added? Sandra doesn’t explain that. Switching subjects, she tells us:

I believe that both seek, as Islamic and Jewish religions do, to rule the Earth someday.

Yeah, every religion is trying to rule the world. That’s because they’re good — especially the ones from Europe. Here’s more:

In Germany, atheism reached its peak in world domination through Hitler and the Nazi party. This party is still alive and doing well in our country.

Hitler was an atheist? There’s no trace of it in his writings. We discussed that a bit in Hitler and Darwin. If Hitler and his National Socialists were atheists, then what explains the slogan, Gott mit uns, on their military uniforms? Moving along:

Russia for the most part is politically and religiously atheist. Look at what its government does to people. Look at its dreams of world supremacy. Look at how much it is contributing to problems in the Middle East.

The Soviet Union was officially atheist, but that’s no longer true of Russia. Besides, the Middle East was making a mess of itself well before the Russians got involved. Sandra isn’t doing very well. Another excerpt:

Many scientists are atheists. Their religion is science. They want their religion to be supported and enforced by every government in the world. Their hands are not free from human blood.

Scientists are monsters, all of them! And now we come to the end:

A world where every person was an atheist would have a great deal more evil in it. There would be nothing for anyone to fear after death — nothing to look forward to.

Sandra makes a lot of sense. We’ll be much better off if everyone embraced a religion. Then, as she predicts, they’ll all battle for world domination.

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17 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #645: Atheism Is Evil

  1. Sandra gets a perfect score! Wrong on every statement! Consistency is it’s own reward no?

  2. It would simplify things immensely if believers would just supply even a whit of empirical evidence for the reality of their gods.

  3. michaelfugate

    So the only reason for doing something is for fear of external punishment or reward. Thinking is hard.

  4. True Dean most xtians get a perfect score when speaking about stuff…they always get everything wrong. But they can’t help it as they always start from the same place of wrong…their ideas of what is in their religion.

  5. How much of Sandra’s blathering is due to being lied to her whole life and how much is willful ignorance?

  6. “Many scientists are atheists. Their religion is science. They want their religion to be supported and enforced by every government in the world. Their hands are not free from human blood.”

    This is a known fact! Just watch the Saturday morning cartoons or those evil movies about “mad” scientists. They’re everywhere!

  7. DavidK says: ” Just watch the Saturday morning cartoons or those evil movies about “mad” scientists. They’re everywhere!”

    Would-ya-believe it? Wikipedia has an article on Mad scientist.

  8. Dear Curmudgeon, do you have a logo for the “Most Confused Person” award? I nominate Sandra.

  9. abeastwood asks:

    do you have a logo for the “Most Confused Person” award?

    All creationists are confused. It’s difficult to decide who should win such an award, so I don’t make an award like that.

  10. There are plenty of agnostics and atheists who are drug dealers, human traffickers and illegal arms dealers. Without these criminals, major terrorist groups in the Middle East would shrivel up.

    Snicker. As though the best-known terror groups in the Mideast weren’t driven by religion.

    Many scientists are atheists. Their religion is science. They want their religion to be supported and enforced by every government in the world. Their hands are not free from human blood.

    Where to begin?
    • There are plenty of religious zealots who are “drug dealers, human traffickers and illegal arms dealers.” But Sandra, of course, would say that’s because they don’t have the right religion.
    • There is, by definition, no such thing as a religion of atheism.
    • And pardon me, but the hands of the religious—even the Christian religious; yea, verily, even fundamentalist Protestants—are far from clean, as history from the purges of the first millennium through the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Reformation, and, in more modern times, the Ku Klux Klan (which insists it is defending Christianity as well as white supremacy).
    I could go on, but what’s the point?

  11. michaelfugate

    What about scientists who are theists? What is their religion, science? Christianity? Islam? Are they serving two masters? Sounds bad.

  12. Ceteris Paribus

    Ooops. Appears that letter-writer Sandra missed the update in the Idaho Press-Tribune:

    “Tomorrow’s scheduled witch burning at city hall has been postponed for lack of witches.”

  13. abeastwood nominates Sandra for the “Most Confused Person” award.

    I second her nomination. And Curmie, your excuse for not granting such an award doesn’t hold water. (“All creationists are confused. It’s difficult to decide who should win such an award, so I don’t make an award like that.”) All creationists are also buffoons, and yet — you grant the world-famous Buffoon Award. It would seem if you can differentiate degrees of buffoonery, you would also be able to determine degrees of confusion.

    At any rate, it will be many moons before we see a letter as mixed-up as Sandra’s.

  14. retiredsciguy complains: “All creationists are also buffoons, and yet — you grant the world-famous Buffoon Award. It would seem if you can differentiate degrees of buffoonery, you would also be able to determine degrees of confusion.”

    The Buffoon Award isn’t given to the most buffoon-ish buffoon, because that — like confusion — is impossible to quantify. It’s given to buffoons who are: (1) persistent in their buffoonery; and (2) have also achieved a degree of prominence.

  15. Sandra does a fine job making a stupid discussion look even more stupid.
    So let me make her case for her – but isn’t it said that a hardcore atheist like me has to do her job?
    Martin Bormann was an atheist. Pol Pot was one.
    Atheists can be evil. So can religious folks.
    The world won’t become a better place if religion disappears. People will find justifications and rationalizations just as fine, exactly like Martin Bormann and Pol Pot. However when the world lacked atheists – like between 1000 and 1500 CE – it wasn’t exactly a rosegarden either.

  16. “The Buffoon Award isn’t given to the most buffoon-ish buffoon, because that — like confusion — is impossible to quantify. It’s given to buffoons who are: (1) persistent in their buffoonery; and (2) have also achieved a degree of prominence.”

    I see your point. We can only guess at Sandra’s persistence, and she certainly has not achieved any degree of prominence.

    But — she is a very confused woman.

  17. Pete Moulton

    michaelfugate says, “So the only reason for doing something is for fear of external punishment or reward.”

    Quite so, and because of this theists are no more moral than housebroken puppies.