Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Biased Atheist

Hemant, you've done it again.

In the Friendly Atheist August 30th blog post, you claimed that atheist Dan Nerren's secular invocation at the Tulsa City Council meeting was "hardly offensive." But did you actually read it? Here, let me highlight the two segments that some people may have had an "offense" problem with:

Rather than bowing our heads and closing our eyes in deference, we should open our eyes widely to face the reality that confronts us, without losing sight of our ideals of what we could achieve.
Lastly, we must remember that in the face of adversity we need not look above for answers, but instead recognize the proven potential within ourselves and in each other to overcome any challenges we face.

It's plain as day to me that Nerren clearly crossed the line into unnecessary, divisive speech at those two points. If there was anyone at that meeting who wanted to give atheists the benefit of the doubt, they likely went away shaking their heads. I would have too.

You pulled this same trick when you told me several years ago that, in a video showing a confrontation between atheists and Knights of Columbus, the atheists were being "polite." That wasn't true either. Seems to me that a truly "friendly" atheist would be a little less biased. The truth is, you're not so friendly. The truth is, you hate and despise religion, and you're helping to promote unnecessary division between human beings who legitimately want to make a better world. Your bias has my condemnation, and you have my pity.

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