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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

layopinions Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 11:28 AM
As soon as you realize that your actions and your life affects others around you and theirs affects you, it does not take "spiritual benefit" to motivate you to be a good person. If someone could prove to you that there is no God or afterlife, would that make it ok to murder your neighbor and eat the food from his pantry? Of course not. Actions still have consequinces even if there is no final judgement and most people would rather live in a world where we help each other than one where it's every man for himself.
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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