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Atheists Get The MOST Angry At The God They Claim Not To Even Believe Exists

January 5, 2011

Every day I have my screaming session with this big purple unicorn that keeps harassing me.

Oh, and the leprechauns.  You don’t want to hear me yelling at them, either.

And don’t even get me started about that damn tooth fairy, and the vile Easter Bunny, and that rat bastard Santa Claus.

Obviously, I’m being facetious.  None of these fictitious entities have ever made my blood pressure rise.

Atheists, however, continue to put “the fool” in “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God'” (Psalm 14:1):

Anger at God common, even among atheists

If you’re angry at your doctor, your boss, your relative or your spouse, you can probably sit down and have a productive conversation about it. God, on the other hand, is probably not available to chat.

And yet people get angry at God all the time, especially about everyday disappointments, finds a new set of studies in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

It’s not just religious folks, either. People unaffiliated with organized religion, atheists and agnostics also report anger toward God either in the past, or anger focused on a hypothetical image – that is, what they imagined God might be like – said lead study author Julie Exline, Case Western Reserve University psychologist.

In studies on college students, atheists and agnostics reported more anger at God during their lifetimes than believers. A separate study also found this pattern among bereaved individuals. This phenomenon is something Exline and colleagues will explore more in future research, which is open to more participants.

The CNN article title falsely implies, “Even atheists” get mad at God.”  When the article itself clearly states that the article SHOULD be titled, “Atheists get the MOST mad at God.”

Because that damn nonexistent being who isn’t even real just pisses them off to no end.

You’ve got to love how science and research just keeps demonstrating the truth of Scripture.  Take this one from the book of Romans, for instance:

“For God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and wickedness of those who in their wickedness suppress the truth, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them” – Romans 1:18-19

Deep down, atheists know the same thing the rest of us do.  They’re just too dishonest – even with themselves – and too bitter to admit what they know.  And so they just keep suppressing and suppressing the truth.  They force it down, and try to loudly claim what is true is false.  But this is a reality that just has a way of coming out even in THEIR nasty attitudes.

Here are a few other passages of Scripture that apply to these pathetic, deluded, and, yes – angry and bitter –  souls:

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools – Romans 1:22

You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. — Psalm 52:3

But he who sins against Me injures himself; all those who hate Me love death — Proverbs 8:36

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! — Isaiah 5:20

You who hate good and love evil, Who tear off their skin from them And their flesh from their bones — Micah 3:2

In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe to keep them from seeing the light of the glorious gospel of the Messiah, who is the image of God. — 2 Corinthians 4:4

Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron — 1 Timothy 4:2

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. — 2 Tim 4:3-4

If you want to believe in elves, or in gnomes, or in unicorns, or in reincarnation, or in little green men, or that Elvis lives, whatever – fine.  I could care less.  Believe whatever you want.

But that isn’t your garden-variety atheist, I can tell you.

Well, of course, what I KNOW is that atheists are fools.

Dinesh D’Souza makes a fantastic point in his book What’s So Great About Christianity:

“It seems that atheists are not content with committing cultural suicide – they want to take your children with them.  The atheist strategy can be described in this way: let the religious people breed them, and we will educate them to despise their parents’ beliefs.  So the secularization of the minds of our young people is not, as many think, the inevitable consequence of learning and maturing.  Rather, it is to a large degree orchestrated by teachers and professors to promote anti-religious agendas.

Consider a timely example of how this works.  In recent years some parents and school boards have asked that public schools teach alternatives to Darwinian evolution.  These efforts sparked a powerful outcry from the scientific and non-believing community.  Defenders of evolution accuse the offending parents and school boards of retarding the acquisition of scientific knowledge in the name of religion.  The Economist editorialized that “Darwinism has enemies mostly because it is not compatible with a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis.”

This may be so, but doesn’t Darwinism have friends and supporters mostly for the same reason?  Consider the alternative: the Darwinists are merely standing up for science.  But surveys show the vast majority of young people in America today are scientifically illiterate, widely ignorant of all aspects of science.  How many high school graduates could tell you the meaning of Einstein’s famous equation?  Lost of young people don’t have a clue about photosynthesis or Boyle’s Law.  So why isn’t there a political movement to fight for the teaching of photosynthesis?  Why isn’t the ACLU filing lawsuits on behalf of Boyle’s Law?

The answer is clear.  For the defenders of Darwinism, no less than for its critics, religion is the issue.  Just as some people oppose the theory of evolution because they believe it to be anti-religious, many others support it for the very same reason.  This is why we have Darwinism but not Keplerism; we encounter Darwinists but no one describes himself as an Einstenian.  Darwinism has become an ideology.

The well-organized movement to promote Darwinism and exclude alternatives is part of a larger educational project in today’s public schools.  I’ll let the champions of this project describe it in their own words.  “Faith is one of the world’s greatest evils, comparable to the small pox virus but harder to eradicate,” writes Richard Dawkins.  “Religion is capable of driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to be to qualify as a kind of mental illness.”  While Dawkins recognizes that many people believe that God is speaking to them or that He answers prayers, he points out that “many inhabitants of lunatic asylums have an unshakable inner faith that they are Napoleon…but there is no reason for us to believe them.

Columnist Christopher Hitchens, an ardent Darwinist, writes, “How can we ever know how many children had their psychological and physical lives irreparably maimed by the compulsory inculcation of faith?”  Religion, he charges, has “always hoped to practice upon the uninformed and undefended minds of the young.”  He wistfully concludes, “If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.” [Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity, pp. 31-32].

This is basically how D’Souza introduces his chapter titled, “Miseducating the Young: Saving Children From Their Parents.”

Two things: 1) Yes, Mr. Hitchens, you’re right: it WOULD be a quite different world; it would be a world of fascist totalitarianism where a Big Brother replaced mom and dad.  It would be a world much like the one Joseph Stalin created for his people.  And 2) boy, are these guys ever angry at God.

I’ve used similar quotes from atheists in both educational and political contexts.  Bottom line, these angry, seething haters of God want to create a fascist totalitarian state and impose their values over and above the values of believing parents who don’t murder their children through abortion.  And they are the kind of self-deluded, vicious liars who would do this in the name of science and in the name of freedom.

As D’Souza brilliantly demonstrates, this movement isn’t about science, or we’d be seeing Boyleists and Keplerists rather than Darwinists.  No, it is a seething movement that is determined to literally seize control of a free society in order to forcibly take crying children away from their parents for the purposes of brainwashing and indoctrination and thought control.

We’ve seen the kinds of places that Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and numerous other atheists yearn for: they’re called “re-education camps,” and they come only from officially state atheist societies:

State atheism has been defined as the official “promotion of atheism” by a government, typically by active suppression of religious freedom and practice.[1]

State promotion of atheism as a public norm was first practised during a brief period in Revolutionary France. Only communist states and socialist states have done so since.

And it is no coincidence that these communist officially state atheist societies have murdered more human beings during peacetime than have been killed in all the wars in history.

Or take the Nazis.  Please, as they say.

For the record, I’m not fighting atheists because of what they want to believe.  I’m fighting atheists because of what they’re trying to do.  There are a disturbing number of prominent atheist thinkers who literally advocate the taking of children from their religious parents.  I challenge any atheist to document as many contemporary, high-profile pro-religionists arguing for the children of atheists to be taken from their parents by force of law as I can cite of the opposite.  Further, I’m fighting atheists because of what they are trying to change; namely, the history and culture of America itself (as this article amply demonstrates).

Yes, atheists are angry.  They are, in fact, the MOST angry.

And if I had their angry, hateful, bitter worldview, I’d be pretty damned angry, too.

I’m not an expert in anger, but I’ll offer my own theory: these people are so mad because deep down they instinctively know that one day they will be abandoned by the God whose very presence they so hate, where they will be able to have a temper tantrum for all eternity.

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Tolerant Leftist Academia Tries To Impose ‘Thought Reform’ On Christian Student

August 19, 2010

The funny thing is that all of these incredibly radical and fundamentally intolerant university faculty almost certainly support the construction of the Islamic mosque/community center right next to Ground Zero. That very much seems to be the liberal position, after all.  Even though the central imam in the Ground Zero mosque advocates the extremely intolerant Sharia law.

Islam is, after all, “The World’s Most Intolerant Religion.”  And it is no shock to history that progressive liberals would be the useful idiots of radical Islam.  Particularly given the fact that both movements are fundamentally if not rabidly intolerant toward any who think differently from themselves.

So one can only wonder if the American secular humanist liberal is advancing the cause of Islam out of fanatic hatred for Christianity, or whether like-minded intolerant fascists merely think alike.

Thought Control at Augusta State University
August 11, 2010 – Herbert London

It often seems as if political correctness hasn’t any boundaries. Recently an Augusta State University counseling student filed a lawsuit against her university claiming it violated her First Amendment rights when she was allegedly told to change her traditional Christian views on homosexuality or leave
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The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed suit on behalf of Jennifer Keaton seeking to prevent the expulsion from her master’s degree program.

According to David French, the ADF attorney representing Keaton, “They (college officials) made a cascading series of presumptions about the kind of a counselor she would be and have consequently… tried to force her to change her beliefs.  It’s symbolic of an educational system that has lost its way.”

The suit claims that program officials were upset that Ms. Keaton stated her belief that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice and not a “state of living.” According to the suit, the university wants her to undergo “thought reform” intended to alter her perception. Most significantly, she faces expulsion unless she complies.

To exacerbate matters within the department, Ms. Keaton argued the “conversion therapy” for homosexuals should be entertained, a point of view that departed significantly from accepted norms within the program and according to program officials, from “psychological research.”  It is noteworthy that the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) defends the practice Keaton advocates and notes opponents of conversion therapy are often criticized by politically motivated biases, albeit, in fairness, the reverse accusation might also be made.

The Augusta State University counseling program required Ms. Keaton to attend at least three pro-gay sensitivity training courses, read pro-gay peer reviewed journals and participate in Augusta’s gay pride parade. She was also asked to familiarize herself with the Association of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues in “Counseling” webpage, which defines homosexual behavior as healthy and an appropriate way of life. In addition, her professors required “a two page reflection” each month on how her participation in pro-gay activities “has influenced her beliefs” and how future clients might benefit from her experience.

Without getting into the merits of the case and the claims in the lawsuit, it seems to me that if even a portion of the allegation is accurate the Augusta counseling program is engaged in a form of thought control that hasn’t any place in the Academy. As I see it, if there are diametrically different positions on the nature – nurture argument regarding homosexuality both points of view – with empirical evidence marshaled for each side – should be entertained and given a fair hearing. It is not as if one position is dispositive, notwithstanding the position taken by the counseling program.

In far too many instances a university orthodoxy is confused with the rational exegesis of an idea. Proponents of the orthodoxy act as if they are the American version of the Red Guard, incapable of even giving a fair hearing to an alternative point of view; in fact, often going to the extreme of requiring a reeducation program.

Here is the rub: university life predicated on the free and open exchange of opinion has often become a filtering mechanism for politically correct ideas. Those who do not share this view are chastised or, in Ms. Keaton’s case, put through a thought control exercise.

It is interesting that Ms. Keaton’s religiously based view of homosexuality is disregarded, even though one could argue her First Amendment rights are being violated. In the way the university is constituted today, some designated groups have more rights than others. You don’t need a program to know which groups fall into that category; the university catalogue is likely to offer that information.

Liberalism = communism = fascism.  Pure and simple.  What do you even say about a faculty of a university – which at the same time prides itself on its openness – demanding that a student undergo “thought reform” that could well have come right out of a program by Chairman Mao?

Being politically correct is not just an attempt to make people feel better.  It’s a large, coordinated effort to change Western culture as we know it by  redefining it (or, to put it into Obama’s terminology, by “fundamentally transforming” it).  Early Marxists designed this tactic a long ago and continue to execute it today — and now liberals are picking up the same game plan: to control the argument by controlling the “acceptable” language.  Those with radical agendas understand the game plan and are taking advantage of an oversensitive and frankly overly gullible public.

The left – and increasingly the radical left – that so dominates our education system is incredibly hostile to the religious worldview, and seeks to purge it much the way that Stalin sought to purge those who disagreed with him:

“How can we ever know how many children had their psychological and physical lives irreparably maimed by the compulsory inculcation of faith?  Religion … has always hoped to practice upon the unformed and undefended minds of the young…  If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.” – Christopher Hitchens

“If scientists can destroy the influence of religion on young people, then I think it may be the most important contribution we can make.” – Steven Weinberg

How much do we regard children as being the property of their parents?  It’s one thing to say people should be free to believe whatever they like, but should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children?  Is there something to be said for society stepping in?  What about bringing up children to believe manifest falsehoods?  Isn’t it always a form of child abuse to label children as possessors of beliefs that they are too young to have thought out?” – Richard Dawkins

“[S]ome children are raised in such an ideological prison that they willingly become their own jailers… Parents don’t literally own their children the way slaveowners once owned slaves, but are, rather, their stewards and guardians and ought to be held accountable by outsiders for their guardianship, which does imply that outsiders have a right to interfere.” – Daniel Dennett

“Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given license to enculcate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstitition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith.” – Nicholas Humphrey

Kenneth Miller admits that “a presumption of atheism or agnosticism is universal in academic life…  The conventions of academic life, almost universally, revolve around the assumption that religious belief is something that people grow out of as they become educated.”

And philosopher Richard Rorty argued that secular professors in the universities ought “to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like their own.”  He noted that students are fortunate to find themselves “under the benevolent Herrschaft of people like me, and to have escaped the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents.”  He said to parents who send their children to college, “we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than reasonable.”

Only a true fool would be unable to see how dangerous and corrosive this building trend is.  Christianity created the very idea of the university (universities emerged from the monasteries).  Oxford, Cambridge, and all the great universities of Europe had their beginnings as Christian monasteries.  And yet fundamentalist atheists are trying to purge universities and society of the intellectual and creative spirit which were these institutions’ foundations in the first place.  And in doing so, they corrupt, pervert and destroy the very meaning of the open university system that they now deceitfully claim to defend.

We are entering a world in which teachers and professors no longer believe that parents have a basic right to educate their own children.  We are entering a world in which students no longer have a right to their own worldview if it is not the worldview of the left.  And if a student tries to express or stand up for his or her religious worldview, well, to quote another leftist totalitarian ideologue named Nikita Khrushchev, “We will bury you.”

See my articles on “How Postmodernism Leads To Fascism” (part 2, part 3).

See also my article “The Intolerance Of Academia Creating Modern-Day ‘Galileos’.”

See also my article “Leftist Thought Led To Fascism – And Is Doing So Again.”

See also my article “Fascism Thriving In ‘Democratic’ America.”

Why (Pseudo) Scientific Atheists Are Wrong About The Essence Of Science

August 31, 2008

The Limitation of Science and Human Reason

Are you interested in the tension between science and religion?

Have you ever worried that science might undermine your religious beliefs?

Would you like to be able to explain to someone else how it doesn’t?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you have come to the right article.

Immanuel Kant provided a fundamental demonstration that there are permanent and inescapable limits to human reason in his work, Critique of Pure Reason, and those who insist that science or sense-reliant human reason somehow represents the only method of accurate knowledge about the world are actually foolish for having so little understanding of the nature of human thought.

The idea that human reason and understanding was limited, and that there are separate realms of reality, is as old as philosophy itself.

Plato likened human beings to people living in caves, shut off from the light of the sun, seeing only shadows and mistaking them for reality.  Socrates regarded himself as the wisest man in Athens only because he alone knew how little he actually knew.  Unfortunately, many scientists are terrible fools, by Socrates’ standard.

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