Joe’s Reading Log

January 26, 2006

Morally Outraged Atheists

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joe Martin @ 8:42 pm

Kudos to Ken Pierce for posting this essay on Morally Outraged Atheists:

Now, I tell that story (which, I should say, I made up) because it goes
to the heart of one of atheism’s major problems. An atheist is eager to
tell you that there ain’t no transcendent moral laws – and then he’ll
just as eagerly jump all over your butt when you do something he thinks
is “wrong.? But if atheism is true, then an atheist telling you that,
say, people ought not to be “racist? (by whatever definition he’s
attached to that extremely fluid loaded word) is like Sherriff L. C.
sayin’ he don’t like red cars. If the atheist can hurt you (because, e. g.,
he’s running the government) then maybe you say to yourself, “That’s
total b.s.,? but you still lower your head and play along so you won’t
get hurt. Otherwise, when the atheist tells you that he finds your
“racism? outrageous and it honks him off, you just cheerfully and
rationally respond, “Well, homie, I guess it sucks to be you, huh??

If you’re wondering what’s up with Sherriff L.C. not liking red cars, well, go read the full essay.

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