I get asked all the time why atheists are so angry. The short answer is we’re not, but if we do get angry it’s because we give a damn.
One hundred years – It’s not that long. There are people alive today older than that. My grandmother’s pushing that milestone. But a lot can change in that short amount of time. A hundred years ago, schools were segregated, women couldn’t vote, and homosexuals were institutionalized for the crime of loving each other. Ninety-eight years ago, the Spanish flu infected 500 million people and had a death toll over three times higher than World War I.
Since that time, a myriad of other disease have plagued our world, but smallpox was wiped from the planet through global vaccination efforts. Polio and measles have almost been entirely eliminated through vaccination and herd immunity. The Gates foundation is on the cusp of eradicating malaria within a generation, and Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla have pledged over three billion dollars towards the elimination of all diseases within the next hundred years.
In a hundred years, we went from Amelia Earhart’s momental, transatlantic flight to a world-wide interconnected network of thousands of commercial aircraft, from horses and model Ts to fast-charging electric cars, bullet trains, and highly intelligent ride-sharing networks. Agricultural breakthroughs brought us out of the dust bowl, and provided an abundance of food for billions. Wealth, health care, civil rights, life expectancy and the overall standard of living have all risen across the globe, while infant mortality, violence, and crime continue to fall.
And if that’s not enough, in our knack for exploration and discovery, we landed rovers on Mars and a probe on a comet. We have an affordable supercomputer in our pockets that’s millions of times more powerful than the one that landed man on the moon. Oh, and did I mention that we put man on the moon (more than once, by the way)? We can even bounce a laser off the retro-reflectors we left on there and measure the distance of the moon from the earth. With Moore’s law, computer power is doubling every couple years. Contrary to popular, Malthusian beliefs about scarcity, breakthroughs in water desalination, aquaculture, and agriculture are turning our planet into a world of abundance! This is without doubt the greatest time in history to be alive!
But every time there’s progress, there’s inevitably change, and when a powerful, conservative vanguard bases its identity around a doctrine that claims humanity is sinful, fallen, and things are only getting worse – an ideology that glorifies human suffering as a ticket for greater heavenly rewards – then why on earth would they bother contributing to progress when they could sit around for another 2,000 years playing spot the return of the Jew-God in an apocalyptic wet-dream. This way of thinking is anti-progressive quicksand – a science-stifling quagmire of the mind. And it’s justifiably maddening. So why do I get angry?
I get angry when a child dies from their parents’ self-perpetuated and societally-accepted ignorance – where they refuse life-saving medicine in favor of clasped hands and wishful thinking despite the fact that prayer studies have repeatedly debunked the efficacy of prayer!
Faith healing homicide!
I get angry when the head of the Catholic church condemns the use of condoms in countries so aids-ridden that their unilateral adoption could have saved millions, and when scientifically-illiterate nitwits, deny evolution and climate change, get elected into public office, and then propose some of the most backwards and damaging laws, that affect all of us then fight to teach anti-scientific non-sense in schools (perpetuating the cycle of ignorance)!
I get angry when the same religion that initially opposed in vitro fertilization now blocks stem cell research on the clusters of cells in a petri dish left over from IVF that are just going to get thrown away anyway. Why? Because that’s a human soul, and every sperm is sacred!
Or when people like Mother Teresa get canonized as a saint, even though she created unhygienic houses of suffering, with abysmal conditions, that re-used needles and focused more on saving souls than saving lives, because as she so beautifully put it:
“I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.” – Mother Teresa
She created disgusting places for the sick to go to get converted before they die in misery. Oh, but somehow elderly people suffering excruciating pain from stage 4 bone cancer are prohibited the right to euthanasia, because it’s somehow taking God’s will into their own hands. You’ve got to be kidding me!
I get angry when people are conned out of their money by faith healing charlatans who have been debunked time and time again, when they could be investing in their own future by donating to scientific research and advancement of the entire human race. I get angry when pseudo-scientific, New Age whackjobs sell untested placebos to the gullible, exploiting the needy, and when cold-reading fortune-tellers lie and take advantage of grieving and emotional parents in order to get a buck, saying they can talk to their dead children. That’s absolutely disgusting and unforgivably sick! I get angry when pseudo scientific practitioners of woo mislead millions to line their own pockets.
And I get angry when gays are killed, discriminated against, lobotomized, or shame-driven to suicide by religious bigots; when women, gays, and minorities are treated like second class citizens; and when a widely-revered, self-established institution claims the moral high ground while covering up the systematic raping of children. And they claim that atheists are immoral – the same atheists who call them on their crimes? Yeah, that’s why I get angry.
But it’s not anger that drives me, it’s a love of humanity, science, and progress. It’s hope of a verifiably brighter future, and excitement at the prospects of human potential. But If I do get angry, it’s because I give a damn, and so should you!
“The day before something is a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea.” – Dr. Peter Diamandis
What do you think? Are all Atheists Angry?
So what do you think? Are all atheists angry? Or is it more they get wound up by the wilful ignorance, diversionary tactics, projection, and other such annoyances from theists and science deniers alike?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
With Thanks to Holy Koolaid
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Comments on “Angry Atheists or Concerned Citizens? – Holy Koolaid”
YOU GET ANGRY BEACUSE YOU ARE INFETED BY EVOLUTION THEORY
An Atheist is convinced by Evolutiion theory and desperate to replace and or eleminate existance of God But not aware that concept of his Self cannot be established without a God….so Atheist concept of existance falls in a state of nihilism… that we come from nowhere and disappear to nothing….since you are trapped in a process of eating and shitting there no such freedom without God………If you eat must shit for survival, and once you were able to shit there will be hunger, and you must eat again to survive , its a contnuous universal cycle that will remind you universe will collapse without a backing power Evolution itself need A God. You must grasp and able to accept universal truth and harmony or you will perish .. A mango tree must produce only mangoes and banana only banana or there will be chaos in universe. Do you think in another planet molecular composition water (H20) will be changed to HO2 …nooooooooo there is something permanent in nature which cannot be changed or challenged by Time….there comes concept of eternity and eternal. Acquired knowledge (science) reached to humen brain is not more than the visible universe perceiveable through tiny hole of hubbel telescope..
Why monky look like Man ?? We know the root confusion is there than observation of species. …Answer is Beacuse God wanted that way and beacuse Man came from God and desperately trying to return to God Amighty.. There is a similarity in creaton and a contest among species to relate each other in harmony beacuse they came from same origin. Thats why Monky looks like Man and Man looks like God or represent God by mastering nuclear power. Superior inferior brain dogma does not fit between an Ant and An Elephant. Yet there is an inbuilt similarity common in all creatures, We all see and hear beacuse God Almighty see and hear all things, it will be more appropriate to say humanity came from a Godlike origin not a monky beacuse our thinking does not support that humanity will ever evolve into a new species diffrent than human . Jesus is a sign from God Almighty that evolution is False and singing of million billion years(evolution) not required for creation of Man…..Prophat Mohammed peace be upon him said Allah The Almighty said:” The son of adam abuses Me. He curses Time and I AM TIME for in My hand is night and day”( Narrated Authentic by Abu Huraira may Allah be pleased upon him.(book of bukhari and muslim
So what is definite proof that God Exist ??? let us put it simplest way..That is a great american word…. BULLSHIT. A PIECE OF BULLSHIT CANNOT BE CONFIRMED WITHOUt A BULL, SO HOW YOU JUSTIFY EXISTANCE OF THIS MAGNIFICENT UNIVERSE PASSING BY INFRONT OF YOUR EYES WITHOUT A GOD.
EVOLUTION THEORY ROOT CAUSE OF ATHEISM
IF YOU ARE INFECTED BY EVOLUTION THEORY THERE IS A CURE SAY
I BELIVE IN GOD ALMIGHTY WHO IS ETERNAL NOT AFFECTED BY TIME
. EVOLUTION THEORY FALLEN SHORT
Latest thinking comfirm Evolution is invalid or false .SOMETHING over writes Time. (Destiny)
“I am in your individuality but you do not observe” ( sura dahriyat.Quran 51:21) EVOLUTION is An attempt to change humen thinking in wrong direction based on Time. Humen or Water (h2o) is not product of Time, Time will not change water (h2o). Atomic and molecular weight of all elements or compounds will remain same on earth or distant planets in universe. There is SOMETHING permanent in universe.
Evolution Theory succumb in concept of Time. Time is relative standard…..(Einstein). In reality Time does not Exist. Time is illusion or 4th Dimension. What will be definite proof that Evolution Theory is invalid or False….?? It is water H2O … In billion years Water H2O remained unaffected by Time…… Water H2O is not a product of Time..Whooooo created water ??No Water, no life, No evolution, No natural selection..Water is a phenomena out of time, a rule over nature. When Time fails Evolution fails. An instant knock out of whole Evolution theory, so called Darwinism.
If life is an accident Then every incident happening in this world will demand an accident. Even existance of a piece of Bullshit cannot be confirmed without a Bull…So from where two cars will come to cause an Accident. What will be definite proof that life is not an accident, Just throw a bag of rice mixed with vinegar in a dark warm place, within 48 hours you will see bag of rice turned into full of life, ( worms) Throw it again if it happens again then this incident ( life ) is not an accident, example is silly but it points out a big mistake in evolution history. ..life is not an Accident but conditional (Confirmed)
H20 ( water) is a permanent condition in nature which caused diversity of life on earth. Scriptures says life is created not evolved from water” And God created every animal from water ” ( Quran 24:45 ) . What will be definite proof that life is created and not evolved ?? It is water H2O. Water suffered no evolution from another source as a product of time thus Water lack co ordination and stability with time to aid a billion years evolutionery process . If water is found in another planet, still water cannot be designated as product of Time, H2O is A permanent law or command written by PEN in nature (destiny) which will contnue to display any where in universe where oxygen and hydrogen is available. If life is an Accident then Life may be found in another planet even that planet is made of copper. For An accident cannot be dependent on another factor like water..if a Pre-condition like water is a requirement for an accident (life) to happen,then this life must be A divine plan.
Evolution does not negate god existing. You seem confused. Please read the article on Hamza Tzrortis regarding science in quran. There is nothing new that was not already known in by the world when quran was written.
I certainly don’t think all atheists are angry, as most of them rarely give such subjects a thought.
I do think that SOME atheists are very selectively angry. On the Net especially, we’ll often see long articles which list the crimes of religion in exhaustive detail, but then no mention of the fact that most of the slaughter of innocents was actually committed by explicitly atheist regimes, and today the largest dictatorship in history is an explicitly atheist regime.
The real battle is not between theists and atheists. It is instead between the reasonable sane people on both sides, and the psychopaths on both sides.
I would agree to a point, I wouldn’t necessarily say they are reasonable vs psychopath, but reasonable vs unreasonable indeed.
I would agree on both sides you have some very obstinate folks that do not listen to reason.
I can understand a level of anger from both sides, however the reason some atheists might seem angry is the atrocities done in a theists god’s name, because of some ancient holy book.
Be it a level of bigotry for homosexuals or women, rejection of science, caste systems etc
The flip side with an atheist dictator.. they are not doing it “for science” they are doing it because they are an arsehole.
You could say the same to anyone who uses religion as their tool to do so, they may not even believe in it, however it is a tool that convinces many that it is the path they should take.
Negative behaviours born from a belief in an “objective truth” that is completely unsupported.
So yes, some atheists are angry/concerned about religion being using in such a away.
To say the slaughter of the innocents being caused by atheist regimes… I think is inaccurate.
Just because the dictator was atheist, does not make the regime so.
Unless their specific mission was “to wipe out religion and theism from the planet” I think it is unfair to say so. (please correct me if I am wrong, and there were regimes that did this)
Equally, unless a theist dictator/leader is doing things “for god” (e.g. consider Jihads or Hitlers “I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.” and other statements) it would be unfair to say it was a theistic regime rather than just being lead by a theist with a mission.
We could of course argue the No True Scotsman on if Hitler truly was a christian or any form of theist but he stated he was and used it in his regime.
That really isn’t what this is about.
I think you will find many atheists that are angry, are angry because of atrocities done in religions name, like how I was chatting with a couple of Muslims who were justifying having sex with a 9 year old because she had had her first period.
Sorry, sloppy typing above, my bad. Should have read “most slaughter of innocents in the 20th century.”
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