It’s difficult for a non-believer to understand the mind of the believer. We are so often accused of attempting to turn the state, the country, the world and all its people into atheists. The truth is, none of us really gives a hoot what believers believe. You will never see one of us going door to door peddling a book about atheism. We don’t stand on street corners ringing bells or preaching or singing praise to an invisible something in the sky.  You will never find us in the halls of the believers-their churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, what have you-extorting those seated or kneeling, rumps in the air, to non-convert. We have issues with the idea of god and religions-all of them- we feel we have a right to express, but we don’t  push them.

You will never find one who knows the sun rises in the east running off to kill or harangue someone who ‘believes’  the sun rises in the west. We would never condemn  those who do not believe as we do not believe to a hell our god created. We’ve never burned witches. Witches are make believe creatures in fairy tale books written to frighten little children.  You will never meet a scientist who proposes the theory of  global warming threatening one who doesn’t. Our reasoning minds won’t allow us to do that.

So, out of  a bottomless pit of base, ruthless, wretched, dangerous insecurity, you shriek and scream and carry on to still the voice of reason. Accuse us of  that which you are guilty.

The devout believer is he who believe the most ridiculous absurdities and absurdities are hard to sell. Strap a bomb to a kid’s back, ship him off to blow up a busload of  infidels, and  he and his entire family will ascend into paradise with virgins and other whatnots. But don’t be smug Christians and Jews, you also play the game. You quote a book you insist your god wrote that gives you the right to commit atrocities no moral human being would even consider. Further, you assume the more people who believe the absurdities you believe the more likely these absurdities will be true. if everyone but thee and me believed the moon was made of green cheese, it would still not be made of green cheese.

Most believers have found it necessary to declare war on reason. Martin Luther called reason “the devil’s bride,” a ‘beautiful whore” and “god’s worst enemy.” “There is on earth among all dangers,” writes Luther, “no more dangerous thing than a richly endowed and adroit reason, especially if she enters into spiritual matters which concern the soul and god. For it is more possible to teach an ass to read than to blind such a reason and lead it right: for reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed.”

If there were a reasoning god a reasoning mind could pray to all of us non-believers would pray this madness would peacefully go away. There isn’t. The best we can do is hope.


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