In case you haven’t had your fill of a really long rant this week…
I wasn’t an “anti-theist” when I first became atheist. In fact, I even recorded a video meant for my YouTube channel on why we shouldn’t make fun of religion and why we should be understanding and tolerant of others’ beliefs. But then I saw a Gallup poll that showed 42% of Americans are young-Earth creationists who reject most scientific knowledge.
I was in total shock. I thought for sure the poll was flawed. I was incredulous that so many people were Bible literalists. I had no idea! I had my first online conversation with an admitted creationist around 1997 (when I was a hardcore Mormon and was using the internet as a way to do “missionary work”) and it just blew my mind that he rejected evolution. No matter how much evidence I gave him, no matter how many instances of actual observed evolution taking place I showed him, he would just come back with Bible quotes that, in his mind, refuted the hard evidence I gave him. As if quoting a book which has nothing to support most of its claims was somehow evidence of anything. I didn’t think much of him after that because until I saw the above-mentioned Gallup poll I really thought he was an outlier, an extremely rare anomaly among believers.
Then the Nye-Ham debate happened and I learned more about the actual beliefs of creationists and the levels to which they reject what is known to be true about the Universe. Then I had a friend who started promoting the mandatory teaching of Christianity to children in public schools in order to prevent people like me from corrupting his poor children with reality (a guy who openly admitted to purposely brainwashing his children with Mormonism). Then I had people arguing with me that science requires just as much faith as religion (i.e. claiming that science is unsupported by evidence).
That’s when my YouTube channel, which I originally intended to have nothing to do with religion or atheist activism, took a drastic turn. When an ancient text filled with mythical tales — where rules and ethics that have no place in modern society are espoused along with a willful ignorance for truth and knowledge — is used as the ultimate source for one’s understanding of the workings of the Universe, it harms all of humanity.
I’m not so much an anti-theist as I’m anti-theists-who-espouse-absurdities-and-deny-reality. Conversations like the one in this image to the left are a primary motivation for my so-called anti-theism, because so many people just like them — like my afore mentioned friend — think it’s perfectly okay to force their preposterously insane, purely faith-based beliefs on everyone else. It just makes me very, very sad for humanity.