I think it is obvious that Christianity has become mostly benign and secularized for the most part and I don't see Christians subjugating their women and executing gays in the ways that take place in the Islamic world due to the quran and Hadith (the Hadith is the so-called writings of the prophet and his followers in which Islamic Shariah law is based from); but I see too many atheists tending to bash Christianity and giving excuses for Islam. Why is this so when according to the Islamic faith, we atheists are "kafar" should be the first ones killed before the Christians and Jews (especially me, since I am an apostate since I was "born" a Muslim); therefore, why do atheists tend to give excuses for the true evils of the Islamic faith??
Jesus Christ as a symbol (whether he was a real person or not) is a much better role model than the child molesting, murderous, and evil "prophet" called Muhammad. The Bible doesn't demand governments to be Christian but the Quran demands that all governments be Islamic by nature and the punishments are much more bizarre. In Islam, you can not even ask any questions about Muhammad or Allah but Christians and Jews are able to debate within themselves and ask questions. When a cartoon is drawn or a quran is burnt you see how savagely Muslims act throughout the world and those who are "moderate" instead of condemning the barbaric acts blame the "Salman Rushdie's" or the "Pastor" instead of placing blame on the perpetrators and culture of violence in the Islamic world. So why is it, that Christianity is often (in my opinion) overly criticized and Islam is not criticized enough when the gravest threat to the existence of the human race is surely an Islamic regime with nuclear weapons?? I'd like to get your opinions..
I find many UK atheists spend far too much of their time bashing Islam since 9/11. I find in many of their writings what could best be described as wartime propaganda
Anyway, its like they told ume in Sunday school: "Bloom where you are planted."
I think, in a sense, there is such a thing as a Christian Atheist or Islamic Atheist or Jewish Atheist. The predominant teaching you receive while you are far too young to make a rational decision of whether you want this religion or some other or none at all?
I don't believe in the same God you don't believe in.
I disagree. Those in the U.K. have the problem with homegrown Islamic radicals and terrorists. Forget 7/7?? The way the Muslims in the U.K. segregate themselves and are fundamentalist is not a way that we can even imagine back home here in the U.S.
The only thing that exists (with what you are mentioning) are Jewish Atheists since being Jewish is first and foremost a race before a religion. In Israel, there is a high % of Jewish atheists (estimated 10-20%) and the founder of Zionism Theodor Herzl is believed to have been a Jewish atheist.
I haven't been able to read the whole thread, but I have not personally seen ANY atheist make excuses for Islam. I'm sure you've provided some examples by now, and I'll have to try to look at them later. Anyway, most of us Atheists in the US tend to focus on criticizing Christianity, but only because it's the more prominent religion here. It's the one we're more likely to encounter in our daily lives. It's not like we give Islam a pass.
Every prominent atheist I can think of views Christianity and Islam as at least equally absurd, or, if anything else, even criticize Islam MORE due to recent extremist terrorism, oppression of women, etc. For example, I know Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris both cite 9/11 as the catalyst for their outspokenness on Atheism.