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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

Cambermeister Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 10:38 AM
TacitusX, you and I have different experieces with atheists. I've known quite a few that never engage in discussions about religion or God since they actually have nothing to contribute. They just politely go get another beer and privately wonder how so many folks have been so deceived. Now we've experienced a new flavor of Atheist unsure of (but needing) their Atheism. Without their Atheism, their friendships and relationships will be strained or ended. These are the childish types (ACLU) running around fearful of seeing or hearing religiousness. They fear that last cranial tumbler will click over and they'll be speaking in tongues in a tent down south.
Cambermeister Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 10:39 AM
I use a gauge...a question to categorize these Atheists so I may avoid a subject causing their evening to end quickley.
Ask them if they believe DNA came from lightning hitting a muddy muddle or if Peter Parker was really bit by a radioactive spider or if the Big Bang theory confims God or if THE HULK really was soaked in gamma rays or ask them to explain gravity.
Normal Atheists will answer these questions with either a yes or no. The new/immature class will get their feelings hurt, say something snotty and run away. This leaves more beer for the grown ups.
Donjindra Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 11:18 AM
"Ask them if they believe DNA came from lightning hitting a muddy muddle or if Peter Parker was really bit by a radioactive spider or if the Big Bang theory confims God or if THE HULK really was soaked in gamma rays or ask them to explain gravity."

None of the above,
Last week the New York Times published an opinion piece that offered atheism's response to the evil/tragedy in which 20 children and six adults were murdered at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut.

What prompted Susan Jacoby to write her piece was a colleague telling her that atheism "has nothing to offer when people are suffering."

She wrote the piece, "The Blessings of Atheism" ("It is Here and It is Now!" screams the subhead) to prove her colleague wrong by offering a consoling atheist alternative to religion's consoling belief in an afterlife. Atheists cannot believe that there is any...

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