Rise of the Atheists
I apologize for these long blogs. I’ve just been in a writing mood lately. You know how it goes. Phases.
A former skinhead on an episode of “City Confidential” (the killing of an Ethiopian grad student by a group of skinheads) said that the hatred, the anarchy, the nihilism of skinheads was a rebellion against the peace, love and tolerance of Portland, Oregon’s hippy-ish culture. I think it’s the same way with this pop culture atheism. People are fed up with the sheer, utter hypocrisy of western and American religion. How can you see that and not feel jaded? People say and do the dumbest crap in the name of God.
They claim the moral high ground and then pre-emptively kill people, have meth-addled sex with gay prostitutes, claim to be imbued with the spirit of Jesus Christ and God and then say:
“God hates fags” and hurricanes, tornados and 9-11 are in part caused by gays and feminists. What?!
Talk about Jesus’ heart for the poor and yet we are the wealthiest country in the world with an extraordinary number of homeless people.
Use a disproportionately large amount of the worlds’ resources and then claim it’s our American, God-given “way of life”.
You can’t help but notice how many obese Christians there are. Where’s the physical discipline? Not that overweight people are bad but it’s a sign of the cultural excess that has become our way of life. (Well, it’s also a result of our great post-modern industrial food experimention — refined sugars and hydrogenated oils.)
Now, this is not a fair portrayal. For every bullcrap politician, whack job (“when the race war comes I’ll have a Bible in one hand and a .45 in the other”), and charlatan getting air time there are a lot of sincere, upright, big-hearted people out there trying to live good, full lives and make the world a better place in the process while being a pillar of their professed faith (including Atheism and Agnosticism).
To this I say, don’t forget the millions of people killed by Hitler in the name of Nationalism, Stalin in the name of Communism, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in the name of Socialism, Rwandan Tutsis in the name of ethnic pride/political power(?). Between them, you’re up around 15 to 20 million in the 20th century alone. Political oppression, imprisonment and torture by certain countries to minimize or exterminate religion, whether that practice is Christianity or Qi Gong. And there’s much more that I’m too lazy to research at the moment. Hey, it’s Saturday morning. Cut me some slack, huh.
City building and technological marvels on one hand. Mob mentality and ethnic cleansing on the other. Two sides of the same coin that are evident in every human gathering.
A NEW CHURCH
When atheists fight their legal battles to remove religion from the public spectrum, they fight to eliminate even the traces that acknowledge the prominence that religion has played in the morays of Democracy and our democratic republic.
Make no mistake. Atheism is not anti-religion, it is a religion. I think it will become clear as atheists become more mainstream and gain political clout. Then they’ll flex their power, become organized, gather members, raise money, and set out to change the world for the better. Then they will make the same mistakes and abuses as every institution before them.
Today I will do that in the form of writing, eating a tuna melt and Indian restaurant leftovers, picking up a knitting pattern for a cousin, a Wacom pen tablet for the computer, wishing I had an ace to hang out with, picking up my dog and hanging out with the family.