I am an atheist bearing witness to atrocity of hate-mongering by people of the bible

People tell me that god is the god of love and justice. I read in the bible that truth will set me free. I also read a list of lies, distortions, delusions that rival any of Brothers Grimm's fairy tales. I read and see murders, genocides, obscenities to match any pornography of modern authors and wonder if anyone who believes in god has ever read this sacred book. I watch as people who claim to be full of love and compassion carry signs declaring hate for women's right to control their own bodies or hate for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transsexual people. I wonder how so much hate can emerge from the minds and actions of so many who claim love and justice.  

'Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistant that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel."

~ Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

I am called an "angry atheist". I am an atheist, but the anger is not in me. I merely describe what I read and see and hear. I am a witness to the anger of others. 

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Comment by Rich Goss on November 28, 2014 at 9:25am

I consider myself, like Richard Dawkins, a militant atheist.  As I explained to my humanist group, that doesn't necessarily mean "violent", but rather that you believe in fighting back, preferably with ideas and reason.  Angry is a raw emotion that really doesn't accomplish as much as a reasoned game-plan or strategy.

I certainly agree with Free and Michael that the world would be a better place without superstition.  I've managed with the attitude:  I don't care what you believe, just stay out of politics.  That's where the anger enters the picture. 

Comment by Michael Penn on November 25, 2014 at 8:05pm

I take your position, Joan. They are starting to call me "angry" and I admit that I am, but not as they would like to believe it. I am angry that anyone could make the "god of love" claims and not see the plain words their Bible speaks. I am angry that they say I have "just taken it all out of context." I am angry that they declare Tom Paine a Christian and yet you have printed his words above. I am angry that they say Abe Lincoln was a Christian and that many prayers went on in the White House when Lincoln's own words said he is not a Christian.

I could go on with the above until I had a very big list. My point is that theists lie and they will do anything they can to make something their own. Just like their religion it is usually a counterfeit.



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