last week i posted a discussion about the worst article i've ever read about Atheism. i take that back. this is my new worst article ever. mainly because it is based on a COMPLETELY 100% FALSE PREMISE!
in it, the author exhalts "What I am not OK with, however, are the mean-spirited caricatures produced by people who have virtually no real experience with religious people, beyond reading about them in headlines. I don't recognize these religious people."
we have virtually no experience with people like our mothers, fathers, siblings, coworkers, friends, aunts, uncles, teachers, former priests/rabiis/ministers, not to mention the political candidates, youtubers, religious debaters, mormons and witnesses knocking on our doors, and street preachers?
jeez, when will i ever happen upon one of these religious people i hear so much about? is there some kind of Believer Zoo i can visit?
additionally, the author seems to forget (or perhaps he doesn't know) that most Atheists were brought up in a religion, spent years or decades participating, and finally rejected their faith. why would we want to return? has there been some new information that we've missed out on? any religious breakthroughs that i have been kept in the dark about? how this author missed this incredibly obvious fact is beyond me.
finally, the author offers this thin olive branch: "Although I believe in God, I am actually fine sharing the world with people who do not and I have friends who fit in that category." oh, how kind of you sir. i feel blessed to be tolerated by your benevolence.
maybe i should take the author's advice and "go to church and do some research". i'll have my post-it-note and pen handy.