Fox News Op-Ed: Atheists Are ‘Bullies’ Who Try To Force Their Beliefs On Others

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"Atheists today are the most arrogant, ignorant and dangerous people on earth."

"There’s no polite way to say it. Atheists today are the most arrogant, ignorant and dangerous people on earth."

So begins Anthony DeStefano's op-ed for Fox News, throughout which he claims that atheists are responsible for the vast majority of humanity's suffering, wars, death, and destruction.

Adapted from his book, Inside the Atheist Mind: Unmasking the Religion of Those Who Say There is No God, DeStefano shares myriad examples of not only how terrible atheists have been all through history but also how today's atheists are bullies who try to force their beliefs upon others.

Atheists are "loud, nasty, unapologetic and in-your-face":

To cite a few recent examples: Last December, the group American Atheists launched its annual billboard campaign with the slogan: “Just Skip Church -- It’s All Fake News.” In February, the American Humanist Association became furious when President Trump had the gall to mention Christianity and Jesus Christ without also mentioning atheists—at the National Prayer Breakfast! (How dare he!) And just this month, the Freedom From Religion Foundation raised holy hell because the Reverend Billy Graham was laid out in state in the Capitol Rotunda before his burial.

DeStefano is displeased that atheists are championing the separation of church and state, and he is further annoyed that atheists are keen on suggesting to others that their beliefs might be foolish or misguided.

Atheists are ignorant:

Atheists believe that the vast majority of human beings from all periods of time and all places on the Earth have been wrong about the thing most important to them. They basically dismiss this vast majority as being either moronic or profoundly naïve. What they don’t seem to know – or won’t admit – is that the greatest contributions to civilization have been made, not by atheists, but by believers.
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And speaking of pioneers of science, who do you think coined the term “scientist” in the first place? William Whewell, an Anglican priest and theologian! He also came up with words “physicist,” “cathode”, “anode” and many other commonly used scientific terms. Essentially, the very language used by scientists today comes from the brain of a believer.

Atheists are dangerous:

You bet they are. The truth is, the atheist position is incapable of supporting any coherent system of morality other than ruthless social Darwinism. That’s why it has caused more deaths, murders and bloodshed than any other belief system in the history of the world.

Because of this moral ineptitude and the secularization of American society, DeStefano says, atheists have ushered in abortions, suicides, homicides, and other forms of violence on a scale the United States has never seen.

[W]e are fast becoming accustomed to “killing” our problems rather than dealing with them in a compassionate, loving, and sacrificial way.

And with that, DeStefano rests his case: today's atheists are wretched creatures who in no way deserve the compassion, empathy, or understanding that Christians like DeStefano are so readily willing to offer.

So yes, the modern breed of atheist is arrogant, ignorant and dangerous. Too many books written in response to these pseudo-intellectual hatemongers have been altogether too nice. Too many Christian authors have tried to be kind and amiable in an effort to demonstrate that believers don’t have to sink into the mud in order to defend the faith. That tact is very charitable, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t work with bullies.

And that’s exactly what modern-day atheists are—bullies; bullies who are doing their best to intimidate the rest of us into silence.

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Jaycamp
Jaycamp

The supporters of this book will, most likely, not even recognize the glaring logical fallacy (appeal to popularity) that the author sites as evidence. They will be gullible enough to believe all the nasty things he said about atheists when it has been RELIGION that has killed people and caused evil in the world. It's sad that people like the author are out there preaching hate. Atheists are some of the nicest people and they do not need the threat of hell or an imaginary sky daddy to be good people, they are good people because they want to be.

xyresicrefulgence
xyresicrefulgence

it's simple projection by christians to throw the burden onto others. war on christmas, war on christians. christianity is a martyr death religion. they need to feel persecuted to give their lives meaning. christianity fails to make a marked increase in ethical behavior over non religious. if it did make an increase then the prison population wouldn't be >99% christian.

Balstrome
Balstrome

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Liadan
Liadan

I am a devout Christian. I pray when and where I want. I can buy a Bible any time I want. I go to church. I wear a cross all the time, openly. I've never been attacked or harassed, or even heard an unkind word.

What I don't do is attack others and try to control their behaviour or demand they conform to my beliefs. That is not a religious right nor belief. No where is it in the Bible. Christians are not under attack. Fake Christians are doing the attacking. Stop it. You give Christianity a bad name.