Atheist Max Boot wrote an article for the Washington Post complaining that people won’t vote for an atheist for President.
Boot offers up the typical, self-serving argument about how atheists are victims:
Atheists are looked down upon because of the erroneous assumption that you can’t be good without God.
Oh, please. The reason I would be unlikely to vote for an “unapologetic atheist” is because unapologetic atheists tend to have contempt for religious people, sneering at them as people who are delusional, stupid, mindless sheep. Unapologetic atheists tend to be anti-religious. Why would I vote for someone who sneers at me for being delusional and stupid? Why would I vote for someone who thinks he/she is so much more superior to me?
Recall that unapologetic atheist Richard Dawkins publicly called upon his atheist followers to go out and mock religious believers. Dawkins himself routinely mocked religious people as “faith heads.”
Recall that unapologetic atheist Peter Boghossian insisted the government needed to classify religious faith as a mental disorder. Dawkins likened religion to small pox.
Recall that unapologetic atheist Sam Harris referred to Christians as people with psychopathic and psychotic moral attitudes.
Recall that unapologetic atheist Jerry Coyne insisted it should be illegal to give your children a religious upbringing.
And keep in mind that when such unapologetic atheists made these hateful claims, the community of unapologetic atheists cheered them on.
And then we have all the atheist organizations who seem to spend all their time trying to cleanse the public arena of all religious symbols and speech.
Ironically, Boot makes this point:
Most of China’s 1.4 billion people have no religious affiliation, and fewer than 7 percent are monotheists. Is there any reason to believe that China is a less moral place than the United States, where 70.6 percent profess to be Christians?
Seriously? How about we start by comparing free speech rights in atheist China vs. the United States? Anyone? Y’see, I consider free speech a moral issue.
Or that Europeans act worse than Americans because only 27 percent of them believe in the God described in the Bible, compared with 56 percent of Americans?
Or, we start by comparing free speech rights in Europe vs. the United States?
Let’s face it. Unapologetic atheists only defend free speech when it comes to their right to hate on religion. Unapologetic atheists tend to be hostile to religious speech.
So why would I vote for someone who thinks I am stupid and thinks I should keep my mouth shut?
Yes, atheists, you do have a public image problem. And while it may make you feel good about yourselves to believe it’s all about being misperceived as someone who can’t be good, that’s not it. The problem is you are perceived as haters – people who sneer at religion and look down on religious people. Look at it this way. In the USA, the modern public image of atheism was shaped by Madalyn Murray O’Hair. And over the next 50 years, the atheist community has been more likely to follow in her footsteps than go the other way.
And you are perplexed people won’t vote for you?