Note from Dan: This comment came deep in the Thursday column thread from VVarlock, a longtime regular of the this blog and ardent atheist who lists in Missouri.
“Sane and reasonable people –
Much of my firebombing is not directed at you. If you are a christian who is not trying to force your beliefs upon the rest of us, then it really doesn’t bother me that you believe in a system I do not.
If your christianity does not try to restrict the rights of others, or spread hate and violence, then it can only be harming yourself and I will treat you like an adult and let you do to yourself as you would.
As Sandi points out, I do not believe in hell and I know many of you do not believe in the hell that is eternal fire and torment. I know many of you also do not think that there is only one way. I know many of you support dialogue between the faiths (and even non-believers).
If the god I describe is not your god, then I am not addressing you with my over the top flaming.
If we can show the fringe for what it is, a ridiculous backwards and evil remnant of christianity before morality, then we can push them back into the darkness, can keep them from forcing out public leaders to do evil in their name.
The more of you who push back against the evil in your midst, the better our society. Stop providing cover for the loonies and cast them out. Republican, gun-toting, screw the poor, fag-hating yee-haw Jesus is a myth they made. Show them that Jesus is not like they are, but more like we are.
I treat their ridiculous beliefs with ridicule. If your god does not use eternal torment, then that marks off that strike against him in my book. If your god really is more like Jesus than the OT Abrahamic horror, that marks off several strikes against him in my book. If your god doesn’t hate science or gays or the sick, there go another handful.
Heck, before you know it, nothing I have said (other than lack of evidence to cause me to believe) applies to your christianity and I have no beef with you, but instead would dialogue with you about moving forward, sustaining progress for this great nation, re-embracing education and science and morality to make this again THE nation to emulate in the world.
Stand up for what you believe, stop letting nutters steal it.
May this new year bring you happiness.