Published - Monday, December 22, 2008
Respect the rights of atheists, too
By PHILLIP BERRY | La Crosse
This is a response to Sally Oswalt’s letter to the editor titled “They can’t prove there is no God.” I can agree we atheists may not be able to prove there is no god; however, we are not the ones making the claim.
If I started telling everyone that I believed that there is a one-ton diamond buried in my backyard, and that my family and I enjoy digging for that diamond on Sundays together, people would ask for proof that it exists.
When instead of offering proof, I tell them that I simply have “faith” that it is there; everyone would, presumably, look at me as if I were mad. Yet, somehow religion has found its way beyond the boundaries of rational discussion because everyone is taught to respect others’ beliefs (presumably by not asking questions).
The problem is that we should be questioning others’ beliefs because these beliefs are killing and segregating our people. Basing recent state and national governmental legislation regarding topics ranging from stem cell research to homosexual marriage on viewpoints from an outdated book is irrational.
So to tell us atheists to mind our own business about beliefs, when your beliefs are ever more encroaching into legislative policies for everyone is hypocritical.
You surely can believe what you want; but don’t be surprised when you’re asked for evidence for your beliefs, and when you have none to offer, you are simply laughed in the face.
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