In principle, we think that the biggest enemies of extremist Christians should be moderate Christians. Too often, when we bring up examples of Christianity Gone Wild, like Reverend Fred Phelps and Jerry Falwell’s claim that secularism caused 9/11, the response is “Oh, forget those people, they don’t represent most Christians.”
That’s not good enough. Who’s out there denouncing those people? We are. In order to avoid getting a bad name, the Christians who find they are not represented by Phelps and Falwell should be the first ones to publicly criticize those very prominent figures.
But we don’t want to be hypocrites of course, which is why today’s show will focus on atheists with some very weird ideas that we don’t agree with at all. Maybe they’re not as prominent as their Christian counterparts, but they’re out there, and they give atheists a bad name. Here are some of the examples we’ll be using, as time allows:
- There is, of course, the recent spate of messages from Patrick Greene about his anti-free speech lawsuit, which in some way inspired today’s topic.
- Raelians, who say they’re atheists… it’s just that the Bible was inspired by aliens, not gods.
- Communists. Yeah yeah, we hear it all the time, Stalin was an atheist, Russia was a godless state, we’re better than they are precisely because “we” believe in God over here, and they don’t.
- Objectivists. This one may be a little controversial with the listeners, but there is a pretty good case to be made that Ayn Rand had a little bit of a cult of personality going on, and even encouraged it. Worshipping people is bad. As PZ Myers recently said so eloquently, nothing is sacred.