For some reason, our local FOX affiliate decided to cover a blog post by Sanjay Gupta:
Technically they were covering some study by Julie Exline, but considering the fact no one has linked to it, and I cant find it anywhere online, lets be honest. It was opinions on second hand opinions using third hand opinions.
High-five there, traditional media!
Anyway, the gist of it is that atheists are ‘mad’ at a god-like creature Christians imagine as their choice of deity. OKC Atheist president Nick Singer rightly noted that that is stupid. Atheists cant be ‘mad’ at the Christian god any more than they can be ‘mad’ at the Tooth Fairy or Santa Clause. Those entities dont exist. Being ‘mad’ at them doesnt make any sense.
I would have used different examples, though. If we grant the premise that the Christian deity exists, then yes. I would have to say that I would be ‘mad’ or ‘angry’ with that entity. I find it to be a repulsive creature unworthy of worship. If the Christian god were real, I would be against it. Likewise, if Darth Vader were real, I would ‘hate’ him. He is clearly a villain to non-dipshits, and I would happily join the Rebel Alliance. If that didnt exist, I would start it. But I highly doubt Sanjay Gupta would write an article about an airheaded study by Julie Exline on how atheists hate Darth Vader (I repeat, I cant find the article anywhere, but I will bet you a shiny nickel its airheaded).
I mean, there is nothing particularly difficult about this. Its basic logic.
But just in case you are wondering about the intellectual depth of the religious studies department of the University of Oklahoma, Barbara Boyd stepped up to the plate to make a goddamn fool of herself. She totally believes atheists are angry at God. See, atheists hate God because of bad stuff that happens in their lives. And atheists are just atheists because they are rebelling against their parents.
You are an idiot. If your choice of profession wasnt a dead giveaway to that fact, you made it clear when you voiced those tired, bigoted claims about atheists. Basic fucking logic, woman. Basic fucking logic. Im not ‘angry’ with your personal choice of deity, any other deities, or any other fictional characters. Furthermore, I am cognizant enough to recognize that ‘good things’ and ‘bad things’ happen in my life because of my actions and the actions of those around me, and our respective environment, and my personal interpretations of said actions. No fictional characters required. Furthermore, my parents kick fucking ass. They raised me in a household where I was free to explore any and all intellectual pursuits, including religion. There was no position to ‘rebel’ against, because my parents respect my intelligence, opinions, and choices. Unlike yours, apparently, as the concept seems so foreign to you. I would be more offended at your stereotype of atheists if your position didnt say more about your own tragically pathetic life and the vacuity of your religion than it actually effected me.