“Atheists ‘Prove’ Existence of God With Worship of Nothing ”
This was the title of an essay that I was going to write a post about (thanks Kathy!). Yeah, just by the title, you can probably tell this was neither well-written nor well-thought out. In fact, it would just confirm your suspicions about some Christians. And I don’t want to waste my time or yours on pointless, inflammatory, juvenile, attention-seeking drivel. (Whew. I feel a little better now, at least!) You must surely be tired of me addressing these asinine antics from believers who just want to provoke us.
Instead, I’m going to list the things that are worthy of our time and attention, and I hope you’ll add to this list , too, so we can move forward instead of just spinning our wheels arguing with half-wits (sorry, I cringe to use that word, but some folks just are).
1. Work to keep god and religion out of public school classrooms and books, unless it’s for educational purposes (see #2).
2. Teach comparative religion courses in high schools so that our kids understand where all religions came from and why. This will help improve tolerance for kids of all beliefs.
3. Stop religious agendas from seeping into policy making.
4. Help vote into office more atheists, agnostics, naturalists and secular humanists.
5 . Get old laws off the books that discriminate against nonbelievers, such as this one here in the state of Texas: “”No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.”
6. Expect churches to be held to the same taxation standards as other businesses.
7. Enlighten people (as gently as possible) who believe we 1. have no hope; 2. have no morals or 3. can’t be meaning-seeking creatures without a mythological god(s).
8. Strive to be a great example for our kids by not pushing our views on others while also expecting appropriate boundaries. (No, it’s not okay to insist that Intelligent Design be part of our biology texts. And, it’s not okay to recruit our kids when our backs are turned. That sort of stuff….)
What else have I forgotten or overlooked?