In “Why There is No Such Thing as a Good Atheist,” yet another poorly-reasoned attack on atheists, Pastor Rick Henderson writes this in his conclusion: “One sign that your worldview may be a crutch is that it has to appeal to an answer outside itself…”
Here we go again. Does this guy listen to himself talk?
Yeah, you, Rick Henderson, do you realize that in your worldview you appeal to an answer outside yourself? You cannot know right from wrong until you consult your moral shaman; you must ask yourself, WWJD? That’s scary as hell to me.
And the answers you receive?
We are waiting.
Right. It’s not for us to know or understand or blah blah blah. Because this all-knowing, all-powerful god is either fucking with us or is blind, deaf and/or mute.
My patience is wearing thin for people who climb atop their imaginary moral high horse and preach. If you need to believe that there is a super-human being in the sky who wrote The Definitive Book on Human Ethics (nonhumans have a different guide), then perhaps you should be asking that being what he based his sense of decency on, how he came up with his “objective” laws, and why he cannot enforce them.
I know. It’s scary as hell to think we’re all alone here on Planet E. We’re like prisoners without a warden. If all humans thought that no one was in charge, we’d have anarchy, right? People would kill their neighbors, fornicate with farm animals, eat their young. (OMG!) We need god to be good boys and girls.
But wait. Atheists cannot be bad or immoral either, for if we don’t believe in god and his objective good, then we cannot know what is objectively bad or immoral. Following Henderson’s reasoning, because evil exists in the world and in human nature, we now have to say that someone or something placed it there. There is also a Definitive Book of Wickedness. So, according to those who believe as Henderson does, there are no morally bad atheists either because we don’t believe in their god hypothesis.
I suppose then, you and I live in a state of moral limbo, incapable of understanding what is right because we have no super-daddy to tell us these things. One of the problems with this very simplistic worldview is that people like Henderson fail to understand that morality is not that simple. It’s a changing, growing thing. A consensus.
Killing is wrong. We all agree with that. But what if you had a chance to kill a woman who was holding hundreds hostage? You’d kill her, right? Or would you put down your gun, remembering the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” What about our soldiers and police officers who kill to protect the public or our nation’s economic interests? (Freedom is not free!) If you believe in god’s commandments, then there are no exceptions, unless one was specifically stated by The Man himself in a verifiable way. (Hearsay doesn’t count.) If you believe as atheists do, then you understand taking out the woman hostage-taker is not a moral crime.
That’s all I have to say about this. I’m tired of beating religion’s dead horse.