The antipathy of (some) atheists
I like the Atheist Foundation of Australia on Facebook. I find the articles they share very interesting. Just before Christmas I was impressed that they shared an article written detailing the various forms of Christian persecution around the world.
The article writes nothing particularly new, persecutions against Christians is well known and well documented. (e.g. check out Voice of the martyrs). Yet, perhaps the most controversial aspect of the article was the second sentence:
Even in democracies such as the US and Canada, Christians can be fined or lose their jobs for imaginary “hate” crimes, i.e. speaking about the health risks of some homosexual practices or declining to provide services for homosexual “marriages”.
The recent suspension of a senior university official in the US who opposed gay marriage or the recent court ruling in the UK preventing a Christian couple from fostering children because of their views on homosexuality, would be evidence to support this claim.
Yet, I was shocked by the comments by atheists on the article (on Facebook).
Some suggested that the Christians should just stop complaining..
Oh shut the hell up.
Fuck them all. Bunch of idiots
A case of crocodile tears..
Others were in denial that such persecution could even exist, or if it were persecution, it wasn’t really that bad…
This is absolutely ridiculous, they systematically slaughtered people like us for thousands of years and yet they have the audacity to complain about something as measly as this? The headline should be reversed to read “Worldwide Christian persecution” at least the heading would hold truth, although the article doesn’t.
I fail to see how criticism is persecution
These clowns cannot be serious?! So reading the bible severely impairs long term memory….
Just about anyone could be persecuted in these countries they’ve mentioned couldn’t they?
Some suggested that because Christians ‘persecute’ minorities, therefore they asked for it..
Sounds fair to me. That’s discrimination. Can’t have a workplace full of bullies. They ask for it.
Some resorted to ridicule.
Incredible, but haven’t they got the right god on their side? Atheist don’t have this powerful man in sky to help us. They should pray much harder, it is supposed to work.
And one person even advocated persecution!
When I first saw the link I read it as “Persecution of Christians worldwide – On Line Option” so I was keen to join in. [this comment received 9 likes]
And there was just plain abuse. One Christian commenter encouraged atheists to support religious freedoms for all. Yet, this was met with vitriol from one commenter who said:
Seriously, fuck off, step away from the crack pipe and just fuck right off. You have spent far too much time thumbing through the memory wiping bible, your peers are by far the most violent collection of animalistic bigoted dickheads the world has ever known. Crusades, inquisitions, witch trials, modern day we move to the invasion of the middle east. Get a clue…. [this comment got 4 likes]
As far as I could tell in some 25 comments only one atheist really denounced the persecution against Christians.
I don’t deny that some Christians are being persecuted in some places. That is as intolerable as persecution of any other social group. However, it seems that it is other religious groups (mainly hard line Muslims) doing the persecuting.It drives me nuts that anyone thinks they can justify violence in the name of their god. Similarly, Muslims (especially Muslims in Australia- mainly Sydney) are the first to accuse non-Muslims of discrimination and persecution. I call bullshit. Persecution is not acceptable, disagreeing with beliefs and customs is. Violence for the sake of it is unacceptable, peaceful protests promoting the separation of church and state is. When will the crazies in the religious world join the real world?
Rather than a cool, rational, intelligent discussion of the reality of Christian persecution in the world, this article stimulated denial, ridicule, and abuse. I found this staggering and deeply concerning. One of the claims of modern atheism is that atheists care about people and their suffering, yet these comments reveal absolute indifference and indeed antipathy to the murders, abductions and sufferings of Christians around the world.
I recognise that these comments can’t be taken to represent the views of all atheists, but I am concerned that they are represented by any. Maybe modern atheism isn’t as tolerant as it claims it is.