California pastor outraged to find Bible filed under ‘fiction’ at Costco | The Raw Story

I posted the above article on my facebook page, and a reply mentioned how Atheists are so hypocritical because they have beliefs, too. This was my reply:

I think it’s more like Atheists are able to see the oppression caused by religion (any religion) and we are willing to call them out on it. As for Atheists “beliefs”, they are as varied socio-politically as you can imagine. And, the atheists like myself, who are science-geeks, or scientists, are fully able to accept that we may be wrong, but the more science discovers, the less “unknown” there is for any god to exist.

If there comes a time that science is able to prove that a supernatural entity does exist, we will review that proof and accept it as we have accepted gravity. We seek verifiable proof, not just some ancient texts written when man still believed the earth was flat and we all came from Adam & Eve, instead of Lucy the Austrolopithicus afferensis.

Besides, creationists think the earth is younger than our domestication of the dog, which did just get another nudge further back in time to about 30,000 years ago. (Or was it 300,000?)

Either way, it is further back than Fundie Christians seem to believe, even when incontrovertible evidence proves otherwise. It is in the fossil record, it is in your DNA and mine.  

It isn’t that we are slamming religion just to be hypocritical,  it is that we see it for what it really is, a mental security blanket, started by someone having to explain to the members of their family/tribe why some tragedy happened, so that they could all sleep better at night. The stories grew and evolved over time, then they were written down and became locked into that point of the story’s evolution.


4 thoughts on “California pastor outraged to find Bible filed under ‘fiction’ at Costco | The Raw Story

  1. Atomic Mutant

    Honestly, I don’t give a rat’s ass about other people’s belief. If someone wants to throw cheese into the volcano to appease Tiki-Toka the volcano god, I really don’t care. Whatever someone wants to belief is their problem, not mine. Perhaps we might discuss t, but the discussion would be pretty academic and not very important.

    But as soon as someone tries to limit other people’s freedom, just because his religion tells him to, I start to care.

    For most atheists, the fact the religion is probably wrong, wouldn’t be very important. It only starts to become important as soon as religion tries to dominate other people’s freedom.

    1. katshumanisticmusings Post author

      That is a very good point and I agree. I think the Evangelicals are the worst, they are so conditioned to automatically go into “recruitment mode” as soon as they uear someone is an Atheist, or doesn’t attend any religious services. It is practically Pavlovian.

      The J.W. & L.D.S. people going door to door are also bothersome. I li ve in an area where there is almost always a “Mormon Patrol” riding on their bikes.

      1. Atomic Mutant

        I also really don’t care about those. People can annoy me all the time and I still would fight for their right to do so. If they want to try to spread their word, that’s totally ok for me, as long as they stay within the law. There is no basic human right of being not annoyed or offended. The problem starts when the same people try to limit MY right to say what I want.

      2. katshumanisticmusings Post author

        We seem to be on the same page, maybe just a different paragraph. I have many friends and family from many different faiths and no faith. I cannot tell them that they are fools for their belief, because then I am inflicting their individual right to believe whatever helps them sleep at night, and I categorically refuse to let anyone tell me that they must preach their gospel to convert me. I also refuse to not weigh in when one religions followers are inflicting their beliefs upon someone of another religion. I was outraged at the veracity of NY Christians trying to block a Muslim group from building a community center (somewhat) near the WTC towers. The building was a vacant eyesore, the property was already rated as Business, not residential, and there was no legal reason why it shouldn’t be there, other than the “moral outrage” of the Christians who saw EVERY Muslim as a terrorist, instead of just the individuals who committed the attack.

        The Christian theocrats in government legislative offices are also inflicting their religion upon every woman in the nation when they pass restrictive laws regarding family planning, abortions and contraception. Each woman must have the right to determine her own choice based on her beliefs and her own life history. I had to make my choice with an unexpected pregnancy, and it was the right choice for me, but NOT the right choice for every woman facing the same decision.

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