I wrote some letters today, and I thought I’d share them here. The first is to Tom Sears and his shit-eating grin in response to his opinion piece entitled ‘What are the atheists afraid of?’:
I find it comical that you ask what atheists may be afraid of yet your column is a fear induced rant full of unsubstantiated claims about atheists’ characters and intents. I suggest you ask your so-called atheist friends if they’re simply lazy, or if they’ve in fact failed to “give religion a serious chance”. Isn’t it quite “ego-centric” to make generalizations about people simply because you believe them so and not by actually doing any research? Maybe you should give talking to your friends a chance.
I also invite you to “fill many columns” to support your claim that “our nation was founded on Christian/Judean principles”. Good luck with that.
Since you’ve invoked statistics, I would have to ask why you’re afraid of a mere 3% of Americans? You charge that atheists fear what their children may think if they see a nativity scene and further charge that we won’t allow our children to make an informed decision on their own concerning gods and religion. This begs the question, would you allow for YOUR children to make such an informed decision? Have you?
You also may be very surprised to hear that as a federal holiday, Christmas does not solely belong to Christians anymore. By being federally recognized, it is a holiday for ALL Americans; therefore, your assertion that atheists should get their own holiday is not just ignorant but hateful and exclusionary. Christmas now is a holiday celebrated in a variety of different ways, many without any religious affiliation at all (ie – Santa, Rudolph, mistletoe, lighted trees, gift-giving, big meals with friends and family, etc).
Christmas, unfortunately for you and Mr. Tabor, is quite something for many without Christ just as it is for you with Christ. Rather than fear that, begrudge that, and attack the characters of those for whom that holds true, perhaps you could open your heart to simply accept that and realize it is no threat to how you choose to celebrate the holiday. Failure to do so merely reinforces the charge of the FFRF’s display, that religion “hardens hearts and enslaves minds”.
The second is to a Frederick Meekins who recently wrote ‘Have Yourself A Theistic (Not Atheistic) Little Christmas’:
I think you’ve put the cart before the horse here:
“If anything, what atheists exhibit when they manifest goodness is remaining Judeo-Christian moral capital. These individuals professing godlessness remain largely good because they have been acculturated in a milieu largely Biblical in its underlying ethical orientation.”
If anything what the religious exhibit when they manifest their holy morality is the prevailing moral capital of their times and locale. It’s social morality that dictates the selective choosing, interpretation and discarding of the moral law of their holy books. From rationalizing ham sandwiches and shrimp cocktails to rejecting slavery and stoning adulterers and unruly children, society’s morals dictate “Judeo-Christian moral capital”, not the other way around.
Nazi Germany was not godless, so scratch that off your list. Also, Stalin prohibited abortions. How do you explain that? Furthermore, had the church not conspired to overthrow the Communists in a vain attempt to restore their lost power and place of wealthy privilege that they had grown so accustomed to, there very well could have been a much different relationship between church and state in Soviet Russia.
As history has shown, societies professing faith in a god, even a “Judeo-Christian” one, are far from immune from atrocities. I know, the religious like to point to how long ago (comparatively) such atrocities took place as some sort of justification that their moral system works. Ironically, that justifies just the opposite, and justifies my initial point. Social morality dictates religious morality, and as social morals in the West have generally progressed, so too have “Judeo-Christian” morals for the most part. Since the holy books haven’t changed yet “Judeo-Christian” morals have over time, how can you argue that society needs “Judeo-Christian” morals? It’s very clear which one is dependent upon the other.