Jeff Allen, one of the editors of Matt Barber’s new site BarbWire, phones in this column, which is little more than the movie God’s Not Dead turned into a sad attempt at writing about politics. It’s full of the usual strawmen and false assumptions we’ve come to expect.
As an effective training exercise, shadow-boxing involves a single participant throwing punches at an imaginary sparring partner. An amateur or professional boxer will often use this technique as a way to prepare their muscles and perfect their moves. However, the ultimate purpose is to eventually employ such skills in the ring against an actual contender.
It seems, though, that the atheists are engaged in a futile ‘shadow-boxing’ effort against a God they claim doesn’t exist. They keep swinging and swinging, but are not prepared to admit to the presence of a real opponent. Why then do they expend so much effort and energy fighting that which they believe is not real? Despite this confusing conundrum, in just the last month alone, the atheists, skeptics, and humanists have taken quite a few swipes at God.
He then goes on to list four recent political and legal controversies involving church and state issues, falsely claiming that these battles have to do with atheists attacking God. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Fighting for separation of church and state is not an attack on God, for crying out loud. Lots and lots of Christians favor strict separation as well. This is almost certainly a deliberate attempt to conflate entirely different issues.
Truth be told, it’s not so much an actual matter of disbelief in God; it’s that they hate Him. They despise the idea of a God who has authority over their lives or who stands in opposition to their hedonistic pursuits. Others are bitter towards God due to some personal pain or tragedy.
Same old presumptuous bullshit. This mirrors the idiotic narrative of God’s Not Dead when the professor breaks down when the student yells “Why do you hate God?” at him several times.