Imagine living in a world where you had absolutely no insight into good and evil, a world where you were completely incapable of seeing anything inherently wrong with assault, torture, rape, mutilation, and murder. Imagine being taught a morality so twisted and perverse that the only way you could be persuaded not to do such things is if you imagined some immensely powerful, magical being threatening to hurt you for a very long time if you did them.
Imagine living in Phil Robertson’s world(view) — WARNING: Graphic rape/torture/murder fantasy, compliments of Christian hero Robertson, at the other end of that link.
As reported by Raw Story, Robertson entertained folks at the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast with this charming tale of atheists getting what he presumably thinks they deserve.
“I’ll make a bet with you,” Robertson told the religious gathering. “Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him.”
“Then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them, and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him,” Robertson continued, “and then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now, is it dude?’”
Fortunately, I’m an atheist, so I do know that assault and rape and murder and torture and so on are all wrong. And what’s more, I can give you real-world reasons why these things are wrong. And if it weren’t for religious superstition, I bet even Ol’ Phil could think of some reasons, quite apart from any magical friend in the sky, why these things are wrong in and of themselves. Which means, in fact, that we don’t need any gods in order to know the difference between right and wrong.
Because here’s the thing: if murder and mutilation and rape are wrong in and of themselves, then they’re wrong whether you believe or not, and Phil’s violent fantasy is just exposing the unreasoning hatred that fills his own heart. Shame on you, Phil, for giving in to such brutal fantasies, and reveling in them to the point that you felt you had to share them with your fellow Christians.
But here’s the other thing: if murder and mutilation and rape are not wrong in and of themselves, if God’s say-so is the only reason (in your mind, Phil) why we should refrain from such practices, then there would be nothing wrong with God saying, “Ok, go ahead, I approve.” If they’re not evil in and of themselves, apart from God’s say-so, then there’s no reason God has to say they’re evil. You, Phil, are just one whisper in your head away from being one of those two guys, and living out that fantasy.
That’s why you, Phil, and all your torture-loving fellow Christians (oh, excuse me, I mean “enhanced-interrogation-loving, ” right?) are sick in the head. Your religion gives you a convenient way to sanitize crimes like torture and murder, in the name of giving God the glory as the ultimate authority for right and wrong. It lets you conclude that God’s will is the only basis for judging right from wrong, just as it lets you deny that there’s any atheistic, real-world basis for acknowledging that murder and torture are wrong. It cripples your understanding of morality, and makes you capable of doing anything you’re willing to believe God wants you to do—including murder, torture, and all the other things you fantasize about.
Stay away from religion folks. Atheists are the only people who know the real-world reasons why bad things are genuinely bad. Christianity only screws up your head.