In my previous post about Newtown, I noted that some people were pointing to an absence or rejection of god as a reason for this horrible thing happening. I said I would not give it credence, and I mean that. I will not even link to examples of it here. You can do a quick google search and find many examples. Here I will detail why I think that attitude has no place in any dialogue and an explanation of why I think people need to start really pushing back against that attitude and those bigoted behaviors.
Let’s begin with an absence of proof. There is no proof of any god actually existing. Widespread belief =/= proof. We can not compile data, employ the empirical method, or gather statistics because there is no measurable or real and observable data. I fail to see how pointing a finger at something that can not be measured, observed, or changed in quantifiable ways is helpful or productive. Beyond that, since the dominant religion in America is Christianity and since the people speaking most loudly about this are Christians, what does that mean?
It means they are bigoted assholes. That’s what it means.
The idea being put forth here is that it is the rejection of the Christian God that has brought this upon us. Why do we tolerate that nonsense? Atheists, Jews, Muslims, everybody that isn’t Christian…are you ok with this attitude? They aren’t talking about your God, they are only talking about theirs. They do not think you all believe in the same god and they do believe that your god is the wrong one. Atheist or humanist? Forget about it. To them, you are instigators of this phenomenon. The types of statements being made by some Christians that an absence of god is at the forefront of this occurring insinuates that:
1. Absence of Christian God results in mass shootings.
2. Presence of other faiths, atheism and humanism are responsible for shootings
3. Their god kills children in schools to illustrate that he belongs in schools.
This is so stupid, bigoted and offensive. More people need to start getting offended by these statements on the basis of their bigotry and prejudice and to push back against it than to even criticize it for the lack of sense that it makes. Yes, it’s illogical. Also, it’s really bigoted agaisnt non-christians and non-believers. There needs to be push back and opposition to the statements, not just on the basis of these statments being illogical and unproveable, but on the very discriminatory bigoted, and prejudicial nature of them. They scapegoat all other belief systems as ‘other’ and cast them in a deviant light. I am appalled that this shit gets said and the general outcry seems to be one of ‘NUH UH! GOD IS LOVING!’ and not more of ‘Your bigoted bullshit will not stand’. This Christian privilege should not go unchecked.
It won’t stand. Speak up, push back, let it be known. This shit is idotic and we will not put up with it.
And if your god is so weak and pitiful that he can’t stop massacres in schools unless we pray to him in schools…he’s not really much of a god, is he? If his way of showing displeasure at abortion (yes, that’s been said) is to allow somebody or inspire somebody to shoot up a school, your god might be an asshole.