The Unapologetic Non-Believer

 

    I was watching television the other day when my intelligence was once again assaulted by a vocal and unabashed member of the flat earth society. A Republican member of the Texas school board responsible or deciding that evolution should not be allowed in textbooks because it has “no scientific justification” and a concept espoused by those ”Godless left wingers“.

   I really don’t know just where to start with this not only is there an enormous amount of fossil evidence to support the conclusion that evolution is indeed a fact unlike any “religious” justification. Evolution is only called “the theory of evolution” because science, unlike religion, always requires open-mindedness and peer-review before drawing a conclusion. But also, in my mind at least, it is the “God fearing” people that are the problem.

   When I interact with people who have a strong “religious” belief of any kind I find that there is an idea socialized into most of us which assumes automatically that the “believer” is somehow on a better moral footing than I am. while they are, usually, simply a part of the belief system that they grew up with. On my part, it comes from a lifetime of first having to overcome the years of childhood brainwashing. Having struggled to overcome that, I was then subjected to several years of living in a population of mostly religious people who all had a similar attitude of “my God is the only one that will get me into heaven but, those who believe in other gods are good people to; they just won’t make it into heaven”. The word atheist or agnostic is treated only in the most negative of ways.

   Well, I’ve got news for them. I am a moral person to even though I don’t believe in any magical beings. After years of questioning and being open-minded to the possibilities I have come to understand a neatly logical concept of how the universe works. It makes perfect sense to me (unlike religion) and also gives me a firm set of principles about how to treat other human beings with kindness and love. I don’t need to have it written in stone by a God.

 

Rev. Roger C. Everaert

Church of Spiritual Humanism

 

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Tags: Believer, Non, Spiritual

Comment by Ray R. on February 26, 2013 at 11:12pm
Whenever I hear someone deride evolutionary theory , I immediately classify them as either Chaucerian frauds or astoundingly, deeply , mind numbingly , stupid . That's it . There is no middle ground .
Comment by SteveInCO on February 27, 2013 at 9:19am

Well it's possible they are somewhat intelligent but sheltered from knowledge, either by circumstance or deliberate self-"protection" against losing their faith.  Which is yet a different failing on their part, in today's world.  I know a lot of the antis--the truly dishonest frauds you are talking about--go to a lot of effort to sound like they are qualified scientists, using a lot of the terminology, etc. (And sometimes they almost get it right--but you need to remember your last biology class in detail to be able to call them on it.)  Between confirmation bias, and our tendency to trust experts, they can run even the smarter members of their flocks around in circles.

If you think about it there were plenty of intelligent people running around who did not accept evolution before 1859.  In fact, pretty much all of them didn't.  Today of course we have the knowledge and it's readily available, so the failing of people like that today would be trusting the fake experts too much.

Comment by Ed on February 27, 2013 at 9:46am

"A Republican member of the Texas school board responsible or deciding that evolution should not be allowed in textbooks because it has “no scientific justification” and a concept espoused by those ”Godless left wingers“."

Unfortunately Texas is one of the two main states where public school textbooks are approved, written, and published for distribution throughout the country. They have recently been trying to drop references in history texts to a little known deist, and there is speculation that being a deist even is probably not correct, by the name of T. Jefferson.

“I don’t know that atheists should be regarded as citizens, nor should they be regarded as patriotic.  This is one nation under God.” -George Bush (Texan)

Christian dominionism is a real threat, folks.

 

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on February 27, 2013 at 10:46am

Really? Some braying jackass actually wants to upend the biology curriculum for the entire state of Texas while citing an equivocation fallacy between scientific theory and vernacular theory? Really?

- - - -

Texas Crackpot: You want to teach WHAT in the schools?
Me: Music Theory.
Texas Crackpot: (Snort!) Music doesn't exist. It's only a theory, hippie! 

- - - -

Crackpot: Okay, the beach is open! Dive right in!
Woman: Are you sure it's safe to swim here?
Crackpot: Of course it is!
Woman: But what about all those giant crocodiles?
Crackpot: Relax! Those are man-eating crocodiles. You're a woman, so it's perfectly safe!

Comment by David Whatley on February 27, 2013 at 1:16pm

The solution is simple:
Do away with organized religion. 
We are not as ignorant in science or life as we once were. Religion has no place in government anyways. 
If you hold a belief, then keep it to yourself. No more gatherings... No more churc
hes .... No more collective violence. 
All religion requires faith ...so then why continue, as a world population, to tolerate violence in the name of something that no one can prove exists? Its ridiculous. 
The world needs to wake up and stop drawing lines between people based on imagination. 
Follow the old testament... Dont follow the old testament. Who can prove it was truly inspired by god? No one! 
Besides... No one follows it to the letter. If it was inspired by god...who un-inspired the parts we dont follow? Again ...it ridiculous.
Humanity has sacrificed a lot on behalf of religion ...isn't it about time religion sacrifices for humanity?
NO MORE ORGANIZED RELIGION!!
The only real answer to stop the violence.

Comment by mary bottoms on February 27, 2013 at 2:55pm

As I have been unemployed for two years, in order to seek work through the Department of Labor and other subcontractors, I've been inundated by programs run by those with a Christian fundamentalist bent. One woman begin raising her arms and pleading to save me. She did this after I told her I am an atheist. Although she was not in charge, she and others stopped speaking to me. Fortunately, I was able to quit that particular program.

 

Comment by _Robert_ on February 27, 2013 at 11:01pm

those Christians make me batty

Comment by Morgan Matthew on February 28, 2013 at 12:26am

haha +1 RobertPiano

Comment by Diane on February 28, 2013 at 6:54am

I like it, RobertPiano.  What else is there to say?  Of course, looking at the bat pic, I started thinking of the way their hands are modified for flight, and how they, like the platypuses and the star-nose mole, have evolved an almost unbelievable, sophisticated method of perceiving their environments.  I read about evolution because it is fascinating and there is never enough I can know about it. I am so grateful for my atheist upbringing and my education, both of which taught me to learn for myself and to respect the scientific method and the solid information it gives us.  Where a believer might see a bat as a "bird" that shall not be eaten, I see a fellow mammal and I understand how we humans are related to it.  A bat was just the thing I needed this morning!  Thanks!

Comment by Val Wuthrich on February 28, 2013 at 3:28pm
The more we allow the Christian creationist delusion to thrive the more impoverished our evolutionary lives will be. So many fundamentalist Christians can not tolerate anything that brings their faith in to question. If they say that evolution is just a theory and then say God created us, I say to them... WRONG!

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