If there’s anything about believers that really creeps me out it’s the idea that announcing that the only thing keeping them from going on a rampage is the belief that their god(s) will do something nasty to them if they do is a good thing. Take The Godless Delusion for example. Amidst the familiar “atheists are only good people because my god-based morality rubbed off on them” I found these gems:
Atheism allows me to walk out on my wife and children because I saw something better walking down the road.
Good thing he believes in God, eh? Otherwise, his wife would be left explaining to their children how Daddy could just get up one day and leave them behind over a piece of ass. Of course, if the kids can read themselves, she may have to explain to them (and herself for that matter) how Daddy’s only sticking around because his god may have him spanked for eternity if he doesn’t. Nothing says “I love you” like “I’m only here because I fear being punished for leaving more than I fear causing you pain and sorrow.”, eh?
Atheism allows me to lie because I feel like it.
Now, honestly there are legitimate reasons to lie though what qualifies as a legitimate reason is open to debate. But, implicitly announcing that “I’m honest because my god said I have to be, lest he arranges to have a demon cut my tongue out for fun, for eternity”? I can’t speak for everyone, but where do I sign up? What’s integrity when good ole fashioned fear is a cure all?
And of course, no such bizarre confessional would be complete without this:
Atheism takes away our chains. In atheism, we have no shame in anything that we do. It appears that atheism makes us evil because atheism removes the restraints that contain the evil that is always present within us. With atheism, there is no such thing as evil because there is nobody with the authority to judge actions. Evil is always in the heart and never in the hands.
I call this the “who’s that other shithead in the mirror?!?” syndrome. The shitheads are, of course, merely seeing themselves in the mirror but don’t seem capable of realizing that. The only thing keeping the author of this piece in line is his fear of a supernatural butt-kicking sky daddy ergo, those of us who reject that sky daddy obviously have nothing to keep us in line (besides believers like him beaming their “morality” into our heads).
I, for one, want a tin-foil hat. How about you?