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Evangelicals Against God

HoovervilleFollies Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 3:21 PM
After visiting this site regularly for several years in an effort to understand conservative thinking, one of the things I still haven't figured out is the seeming obsession with atheists. Despite the fact that a pretty modest percentage of the population falls into that category, atheists are portrayed at this site as if they are a pervasive threat, and many visitors here seem to assume that atheism is practically a synonym for liberalism -- despite the many liberals who are religious. All in all, it's pretty screwy.
texaslib Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 4:16 PM
I don't think most theists actually believe that atheists like me are "pervasive threats" to their political beliefs and objectives. After all many of us are economically very conservative if often "socially liberal" and can agree on many things, including morality. Somehow, I think the perceived "pervasive threat" is to their need to have agreement from every one that they personally will somehow survive death as a "spirit" or "soul" whatever these concepts mean. Disagreement with their personal immortality means that there is a possibility that they may in fact really die and that truth is very hard to come to terms with.
MikefromDE Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 3:53 PM
Hoover: First you have to understand that the folks here don’t represent conservatives at large. In general, they represent the faction that has an axe to grind. As such, these people need victimization and victimizers. Another aspect for many that factors in is the weakness of their faith. It must be shored up as much as possible because it shakes at the smallest of winds. Thus, atheists hold a special interest for the columnists and commenters. But you have to realize that no one would read columns about luke-warm problems. Here like everywhere else: if it bleeds, it leads.

I was driving near the Washington Beltway recently behind an evangelistic atheist. It was not the Obama-Biden bumper sticker that gave this driver away, but the one just below it: "You don't need God — to hope, to care, to love, to live."

That seemed an oddly defensive bit of secular scripture, and since the bumper sticker also promoted a website (livingwithoutreligion.org), I decided to see what the Godless were preaching.

"We who are nonreligious lead meaningful lives without reliance on the supernatural," said the website.

"Moreover, we who are nonreligious don't believe our lives lack meaning because there is no...