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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

sjh58 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 5:24 PM
Wrong. For many atheists, because their lives are not consumed with worshiping a mythical god and worring about getting into heaven and avoiding hell, everything matters. An atheist knows it is absurd to think that he can lead an evil, immoral life, then, on his deathbed, accept Jesus as his savior and thereby gain admittance to heaven. The atheist knows that everything in the here and now matters more because this is the only chance we get to live. Morality existed long before man invented religion, otherwise mankind would never have survived. The Bible is hardly a reliable source of moral conduct when it condones slavery and genocide.
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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