Athiest Hate Speech
February 3, 2010
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I don’t generally talk about my religious beliefs, either here or amongst friends. I am however, an Athiest. Which is to say I have a non-belief in religion as a whole. My reasons are many, and as is my general intent, I won’t go into any of them here or now. I merely mention this because I want to reply to a news article as an Atheist because we can engage in hate speech as easily as any religious people.
A sign was posted by a nativity scene. I assume it was placed there out of an attempt to make everyone happy. Sort of an, “If you are letting the Christians express themselves here you should let us express ourselves here too.” Which I whole-heartedly support. If the Government is going to have any religious symbol, let them have them all. Here’s the problem. Instead of a nice Athiest sign or picture talking about how good humanistic ideas or wishing everyone a happy and healthy year free of religious overtones, they resorted to simple and clear hate speech.
At the time of the winter solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is just a myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.
I believe that sign is accurate. Then again, Christians believe I’ll go to Hell for not going to confession. If a Christian sets up a sign next to a Mosque saying they’re all idiots who are going to hell, that’s also hate speech. I fully support people’s rights to say that stuff if they want to, freedom of speech includes hate speech. That said,allowing hate speech in a Government building that is being used by various religions to talk about hope and redemption is unnecessary. Would they have let the KKK hang a sign denouncing Black people if the KKK insisted it was a religious belief? Of course not.
So the government was wrong to allow the sign to be hung and the Athiests were wrong for being hateful. One of the best things about being an Athiest (personal opinion here) is that we don’t have any moral obligation to convince people we’re right. We shouldn’t get into a pattern of intimidation, hate speech and proseltyzing about our beliefs.
Atheists can hate too.