God ‘Less’ America?

11 Jul

Its a pretty clever Ad.

Obviously, if it hasn’t hit yet, its an attack on the phrase “God bless America” – a phrase borne out of military bunkers, revived during the tyranny of Adolf Hitler, and has become a staple in American Patriotism.

The American Atheists have come up with this clever tag to, I guess, promote Atheism in America? I know they have an answer to this, but, what is the point of promoting a followership for Atheism? At what point does, “I choose not to believe in God,” turn into, “Everybody else has to know that I don’t believe”.

Christians proselyte because they’ve been commissioned to. Atheists proselyte because, maybe they’re pissed at Christians and its a way to “stick it to them”?

In my opinion, an angry atheist just begs the question, Who are they angry at? Because they can’t be angry at God, he doesn’t exist. So, they must be angry at Christians or believers. But are they angry at Muslims too? What about  Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs? It sure doesn’t seem that way. It seems that they are only angry at Evangelicals, and those who believe in the God of the Bible. If they feel the same way towards Muslims, it sure doesn’t come out to the public. I’ve never met an atheist speak against Allah or Vishnu. Why is that?

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4 Responses to “God ‘Less’ America?”

  1. NotAScientist July 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    “In my opinion, an angry atheist just begs the question, Who are they angry at?”

    An angry atheist probably doesn’t join a group and collect funds to place an ad. Anger runs out too quickly, and isn’t very good at organizing.

    We’re being more vocal than we have in the past. And we’re passionate about keeping the separation of church and state from being torn away. But that doesn’t necessarily make us ‘angry atheists’.

    “I’ve never met an atheist speak against Allah or Vishnu. Why is that?”

    Because you haven’t looked?

    Atheists speak against the horrible things done in the name of Islam all the time.

    And while I haven’t heard anyone specifically ‘speak against’ Vishnu, I’m relatively certain no atheist thinks that Vishnu exists. And if we lived in a country where a large majority believed in Vishnu and a vocal minority of those believers tried to change laws based on their belief in Vishnu, you’d probably hear us speak out against the Vishnu believers more often.

    • Vancouver Juls July 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

      Thank you. And you are right, I can definitely educate myself more on the view point of Atheists. We are judged by our worst specimen, and I guess that goes both ways. But I’m still a little mystified as to why there is a need to be “more vocal”. Is there a religious re-awakening happening in America that’s going to take over business and politics? Is it not enough just to say, “I don’t believe”? Are atheists facing persecution in social circles or work places? Is it, in some ways, a method of gaining acceptance? I hope this doesn’t come across as demeaning, I’m just very curious. I, myself, have never, nor will ever try to convert an atheist, simply because its a waste of time, for both parties involved. But I’d like to understand why and how people get to this point – hopefully a better understanding will help me as a person.

      Thanks.

      • NotAScientist July 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

        Well, first of all, there’s no reason to capitalize the word ‘atheist’. Purely a nitpick of mine.

        “But I’m still a little mystified as to why there is a need to be “more vocal””

        Does there necessarily need to be a reason? We have the freedom of speech, for one, and many are choosing to exercise it. Also, there’s a history of atheists being quiet, cowed and scared to raise their voice. If polls are to be believed, those of us with no religion are a larger minority than the Jews. With that many of us, why not be heard?

        “Is there a religious re-awakening happening in America that’s going to take over business and politics?”

        Kinda, yeah. Just look at the republicans currently running for president as an example of extreme religion and the desire to impose religion on everyone.

      • Vancouver Juls July 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

        “Well, first of all, there’s no reason to capitalize the word ‘atheist’. Purely a nitpick of mine.” — Ha! sorry, you can blame my English Teacher.

        Honestly, Thank you for this discussion. It is HARD to discuss these matters with people at times.

        You have an interesting blog (one with purpose unlike mine. I’m trying to lock down consistency first, then hopefully direction will come after). I will definitely be checking on future posts.

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