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