Essays

“You Are Just Mad At God” — Have We Been Causing This?

You’ve all heard the claim that we aren’t really atheists, we are just mad at god.  (Or you will see such things as “so and so claims to be an atheist.”)

Today I saw an argument in an atheist chat room between a couple of atheists and a theist, and in a forum post on the same site, I saw someone else’s account of an argument they had out in public.  What I saw made me stop and wonder if we aren’t sometimes encouraging this line of bullshit, albeit unwittingly.

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How Not To Argue for Abortion Rights

“Women are people. Fetuses aren’t people.”

“Hallelujah!” said I when I saw this in a comment on an atheist forum.

So rarely do I hear someone who is pro abortion rights actually come right out and say this.  It needs to be said, it needs to be said repeatedly, and it needs to be said loudly.

I am going to address this to those who are pro-choice, or pro-abortion rights, but who for whatever reason, don’t say this.

Why should you change your tack?  Why should you start making this point?

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