If you go take a look at Why Creationists Say There’s No Proof, which is a cartoon I found elsewhere, there is a comment from someone calling himself Genius835. He is apparently a moderate Christian, and he somehow thinks that this anti-creationist cartoon is an attack on all Christians.
Genius835’s first problem is that he doesn’t know what a creationist is. Aside from that, he says “I can’t understand why atheists are so quick in insulting religion without any understanding of the religion.” This is followed by my comment educating Genius835 on creationism.
What I want to call your attention to is the comment after that, by Brian. It is brilliant. It answers Genius835’s charge that atheists “are so quick in insulting religion”. In just 334 words, he sums up the situation beautifully. I’m reprinting that comment here:
More than half of this country, 150 million people, living in 21st century America, think the universe is only 6,000 years old. They think that people rode dinosaurs in saddles. They think that the light we see from distant stars was created en route so as to only give the appearance of the universe being billions of years old. It took the Vatican how many centuries to acknowledge that Galileo was right?
I hope what I am about to say will help you to understand atheists better: I insult religion because it insults my intelligence. I insult and ridicule religion because that seems to be the only language believers recognize. Rational discourse is not something creationists are skilled at. Critical thinking is beyond their capacity. Polite, courteous discourse is impossible. These people refuse to open their eyes, and if they harmed only themselves, I could live with it.
These people are actively attempting to undermine my children’s education with their Bronze Age nonsense. They want their mythology codified and enshrined in all our schools, and as an added bonus, they also want to run our personal sex lives for us. They want women to stop being so gosh-darned uppity. They want gays to go away. They want every single one of us to live in a state of fear and anger, all in the service of their imaginary god.
Perhaps you don’t believe that I understand religion, that perhaps not all believers behave this way. Surely a few bad apples can’t ruin the whole basket, can they? But it is people, perhaps like yourself, warm and fuzzy in the thick blanket of religious moderation, that excuse people like Falwell, Dobson, and any other extremist you can mention. I understand the claims made by these religions. I understand the arguments. I reject them wholly and completely.
Atheists don’t attack religion for the hell of it. We do it because religious belief has infested human society, and caused too much misery, for long enough.
Do they hand out Pulitzers for blog comments?