12th May 2008

“Historically, as a class, atheists cannot claim that the public's prejudice against them is as widespread, harsh or blatant as that experienced by racial minorities and women, but the distorted and irrational prejudice against atheists nonetheless runs deep and has a price. By exalting religiosity and scorning nonbelief, the public and the media help to validate the religious right and its agenda.”

David A. Niose

3 Responses to “12th May 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    It seems churlish to attack believers with scorn just because so many of them are scornful of non-believers—and yet they merit no less . . . because they are so wrong.
    Many of them will never know it. Until they die they will go on ignobly prostrating themselves to non-existent super-beings that ‘live’ only in their heads.
    These pitiful people have never provided proper proof for any of their fantasy beliefs. They just follow others—like unquestioning sheep—who have set themselves up as leaders.
    Religion is a fraud, and that is that.
    Non-theists should stand up and be more effective in shouting it out loud in public—as I do.
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    (I regret that I am still so short of time at present that I am not answering all the points raised with the depth of explanation that they deserve).

  2. Chris Says:

    I’m afraid I have to partially disagree with the quote. Time was, an accusation of atheism was enough to get you burned at the stake. It was legal to be black or female (though this relegated you to an underclass) but unforgivable not to believe in the most recent incarnation of god or his bastard progeny. And you can see it in their eyes when they talk about the dangerous secularists – how todays preachers look back on those times, yearing for the good old days. They’d do it again if they could. Niose is right that the posture of the media with its assumption of the goodness of faith provides protection for these embers. Todays taliban are yesterdays inquisition: poison fruit off the same wretched tree.

  3. Critic Says:

    the most recent incarnation of god or his bastard progeny

    Nice turn of phrase.