In times of grief and tragedy
Of injury and loss
Let’s never miss this chance to show
The atheists who’s boss
Infuriation, after the jump:
A blog calling itself simply “Viewpoint” has commented on one of the emerging stories of the Aurora shootings.
In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado massacre one of the things we’ve learned is how a number of young men shielded their girlfriends from the bullets with their own bodies, some of them dying in the process.
These wonderful and amazing acts of altruistic heroism raise a question. On naturalism (atheism) what sense does it make to give up your life to save someone else’s, particularly someone to whom you bear no genetic kinship? If the whole purpose in life is to produce offspring and pass one’s genes into future generations then it seems that, on atheism, the morally correct thing would have been for these men to have hidden behind their girlfriends and let them take the bullets.
I must have missed the atheist blogs (are there any atheist blogs? Do atheists ever blog, to speak for themselves, or must we rely on various believers to put words in their mouths?) that have been making this point. “Viewpoint” must have forgotten to link to the countless examples, thinking I had perhaps already seen so many it wasn’t worth doing.
In other words, the atheist has no basis for saying that what these men did was “good” or admirable. The atheist, of course, can be glad there are altruistic heroes in society since he may one day benefit from another’s selflessness, but if someone were to have acted selfishly in that situation by hiding behind his girlfriend, the atheist would have no basis for saying that that would be in any way a bad or wrong thing to do.
What most people consider noble, the atheist has no grounds for thinking noble at all and considerable grounds for thinking foolish, yet I’m sure most atheists do think the actions of these men in that theater were noble. That’s why it’s so difficult to live consistently as an atheist.
I really do want this person to link to these horrible atheists. Seriously, an example ought to be made of them! What horrible people!
I have come to find that most of the horrible people in such posts are one of two types of people. Hypothetical people, and straw people. I don’t think I’ve ever seen real people act that horribly.
Well, that’s not true. I did see this today: Boston priest arrested on child porn charges.
A South Boston priest has been placed on administrative leave after his arrest on child pornography charges, which allegedly involved the use of a parish rectory computer.
Rev. Andrew Urbaniak, pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa, is barred from functioning as a priest and was arraigned Wednesday after detectives uncovered pornographic images of young girls on his computer.
The children are thought to be between the ages of 8 and 10, police said.
This is a real person (and, importantly, not generalized to all members of his faith). Doing real harm. Guided, one would think, by an objective morality far superior to what atheists possess.
I think I figured out why “Viewpoint” attacks strawmen. It’s too depressing to look at the real examples.
Oh, and once again this blog–let’s say it together–does not allow comments.
But mine does.