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Thursday, November 13, 2008
Fox News Mocks Us
I gotta say, I wish I was on that broadcast because I would have embarrassed them in a matter of seconds. It is easy to poke fun at a group and erect strawmen when there is no chance for members of the group to respond. Listening to those three nitwits chuckle and distort made me mad. I took them up and emailed them. Sure, no way will they respond...but it made me feel better. Twits.
Dear Fox News,
Your distortion of the facts is nothing new to me. However, I am curious as to where you received your information regarding the bus ad that asks "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake." You claimed that atheists put this up because we are "lonely on the holiday" and we feel "left out". However, if you read the statement from the American Humanist Society, their message is clear: "Humanists have always understood that you don't need a god to be good," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. "So that's the point we're making with this advertising campaign. Morality doesn't come from religion. It's a set of values embraced by individuals and society based on empathy, fairness, and experience." Hence, the whole "just be good for goodness' sake" part. Here is the link below:
Also, one of the correspondents said something about celebrating Jesus' birthday. Perhaps you should study just a bit of history, or comparative mythology. Where in the Bible does it say that Jesus was born on Dec. 25? Dec. 25 is the winter solstice. It is a PAGAN holiday celebrating the birth of the SUN (not son). I don't hold any religious beliefs. I am not lonely during the holidays. In fact, Christmas is a capitalist holiday. Jesus isn't mentioned anymore. I love Christmas, as it is about time away from work, with friends and family, exchanging gifts and drinking eggnog. I am not handicapped in my participation in the festival due to my atheism. I wish I could have been on your broadcast with those three correspondents, because I would have pointed out that they are, each of them, atheists when it comes to Attis, Mithras, Isis, Thor, and all the other gods that we now ignore, let alone the other ones that millions of people still worry about. Let them make the case that their God supervises us all. The notion is absurd. I cannot disprove that the Christian god exists....but I don't have to. The onus is on the believer. In all my debates with theists, even lettered ones, once the veneer of proof is sanded away and no more straws can be grasped they always fall back to "faith"...which is a belief WITHOUT evidence. Which is simply irrational and absurd. It's easy to mock a group of exceptionally intelligent and moral people....when we aren't there to make you look ridiculous. The same way that Richard Dawkins made Bill O'Reilly look, on his own show, on your network.