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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

Stephen288 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 1:05 PM
That is quite simply nonsense, and offensive nonsense. Many atheists are deeply moral, compassionate people, whose morality comes from an internalized set of values. Many Christians with the same internalized values attribute them to their faith. ReligiousJews, Hindus and Buddhists may be every bit as moral, caring, and compassionate as any Christian. And, of course, there are any number of self-professed Christians who are hideous, murderous people. Christianity is indeed one great source of compassion and morality, but hardly the exclusive source.
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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