No God? …No Problem!

USA today reports that the American Humanist organization is running an ad campaign using the image at left.  They claim that they do not wish to offend anyone and at the same time, they attack the religious beliefs of millions of Americans.

These are the very same people who claim that Christians are intolerant. This is hypocrisy at it’s worst.  The humanists have no belief system of their own, so they attempt to tear down the belief system of others.

The claim that “we only want to show that you can be good without God” holds no water. If that were true, there would be no need to mention God at all. Why not just say, “This holiday season, be good for goodness sake” or something similar. Well, because that would not allow them to attack those who do believe in a God/god.

You see, humanist cannot tolerate the fact that their are those who believe in a higher power, particularly Christians.  Humanists, Atheists, Freethinkers, whatever you wish to call them, claim they do not accept the belief that there is a God.  And that is ok.  My question then is why do they spend so much time trying to prove there isn’t a God? I don’t believe in Santa, the Easter bunny or the tooth fairy but have never spent one moment of my 70 years trying to debunk those beliefs.  You see, when you really don’t believe in something, you don’t think about it and it doesn’t bother you if others do.  During the next few months, we’ll receive cards from well wishing friends and neighbors with cute images of Santa and his sleigh. Does it offend me? Not in the slightest.

However, if I did have just the slightest bit of doubt, but felt that I could live my life just as well without Santa, then yes, I’d probably be offended if folks kept shoving Santa in my face.

So, I’ve come to the conclusion that these folks, deep down inside realize that their is a God and that He is in control. Unfortunately they wish to carry on with their Godless lives and their egos are so large that they cannot stand the thought of not actually having control over their lives.

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  1. Typically, I don’t respond to this sort of drivel, as it is NOT written from the standpoint of a person wanting to understand another’s viewpoint. The reason that I AM responding; however, is because I felt it would be helpful to point out a couple things that may lend to a more accurate article, next time.

    You said: “They claim that they do not wish to offend anyone and at the same time, they attack the religious beliefs of millions of Americans.” Actually, the statement “No God…No Problem” is NOT an attack on any religion. It is a statement of opinion. If it can be construed as an attack on religious beliefs, then most “statements of faith” can also be applied to that argument. The statement “God Bless You” is a fine, fine example of a statement that is seen from one standpoint as positive and from another as an attack on beliefs (or non-beliefs)…specifically when stated directly to another person.

    You said: “The humanists have no belief system of their own, so they attempt to tear down the belief system of others.” Let’s start with the first part of your statement: “Humanists have no belief system of their own…” that is incorrect. Each person has a “belief system;” however, it just may not be the same as the next person’s. For example, even amongst christian folk, the “belief systems” can be radically different….while one person may celebrate a holiday, another does not…and both derive their “belief system” from the same book. A humanist (agnostic/atheist/etc.) derives their “belief system” much in the same way as anyone else does…..they make determinations from years of experience, books read, music listened to, parental rearing, advice, laws of the land, etc. If you were to discuss your “belief system” with a person of another faith (or lack thereof), I would be willing to bet that your “beliefs” were fairly close. The second part of your statement: “they attempt to tear down the belief system of others.” Again, the statement on the poster shown is an opinion and is not “tearing down” anything.

    You said: “The claim that “we only want to show that you can be good without God” holds no water. If that were true, there would be no need to mention God at all. … Well, because that would not allow them to attack those who do believe in a God/god.” I would actually LOVE to agree with your statement “If that were true, there would be no need to mention God at all,” on point; however, the biggest problem is that many christians belittle/attack people who have no religious beliefs by stating things like: “You obviously have no morals. You must think only about raping and killing people all day long.” or “You are amoral – without morals – because it is not possible to have them without believing in the bible.” or “If you believed in the bible, I could see that you have morals, but since you don’t, you are evil.” (All personal examples of things different people have said to me over the years.) I would argue that the poster was designed to alert folks who still believe that unless you are christian, you are moral-less….that indeed, you can have wonderful morals/standards WITHOUT a deity.
    And AGAIN, there was NO attack on the christian faith.

    You said: “You see, humanist cannot tolerate the fact that their are those who believe in a higher power, particularly Christians.” THAT is utter nonsense.

    You said: “My question then is why do they spend so much time trying to prove there isn’t a God?” Well, I can’t speak for all humanists/agnostics/atheists (and neither should you, by the way); however, from a personal standpoint, I do NOT try to prove that there is not a god – – it simply can not be done….anymore than a person can prove that there IS a god. While I do not care much whether or not people believe in a higher power, OTHER people DO care about whether or not I believe in THEIR higher power….and spend copious amounts of time trying to PROVE to me that their way is the RIGHT way. In that sense, I have spent way more time than I would have liked in order to rebuke some of the nonsense that is presented to me in the way of being “biblical inherent.” Most of the points that I bring up are not followed up by logical arguments in favor of being “correct” – – they are usually followed up by the statement “you just gotta take it on faith.” And usually that is where the “argument” ends.

    You said: “You see, when you really don’t believe in something, you don’t think about it and it doesn’t bother you if others do.” In this aspect, you are correct….EXCEPT that your example is flawed. If santa/easter bunny/tooth fairy were (an) ever present entity(s) – – and you were constantly being told that you were living your life wrong, simply because you did not believe….well, I believe that you would change your tune. Most of us DON’T think about it much, nor do we care if others do – – that all changes when we are PERSONALLY attacked (see previous examples) or are discriminated against simply because we do not believe in something that others do. I could just as easily use this same sentence as a diving board for gay rights….why do many christians have issues with gay rights if “you really don’t believe in something, you don’t think about it and it doesn’t bother you if others do.”

    You said: “However, if I did have just the slightest bit of doubt, but felt that I could live my life just as well without Santa, then yes, I’d probably be offended if folks kept shoving Santa in my face.” My biggest issue with this sentence is the word “doubt.” Let’s rephrase it just a bit: If I felt I could live my life without Santa/Jesus, I would probably be offended if folks kept shoving Santa/Jesus in my face. That is WAY more accurate.

    You said: “So, I’ve come to the conclusion that these folks, deep down inside realize that their is a God and that He is in control.” Well, I am sorry you feel that way, and I am not sure how it is that you could have possibly come to that conclusion, but no, most of us don’t feel “deep down” that there is a higher power….but, if you are skilled enough, you can certainly twist whatever you would like to twist in order to make it self-serving.

    You said: “Unfortunately they wish to carry on with their Godless lives and their egos are so large that they cannot stand the thought of not actually having control over their lives.” This is actually a fine example of an attack on others….not just an opinion about theology or philosophy…it is an actual, honest-to-goodness attack on all humanists/agnostics/atheists. Shame on you.

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