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

Christian Privileges for Holidays & Holy Days:

  • Many stores take the Christian sabbath into account
  • Most Christians don’t have to work on their holiest days
  • Christians can assume they will see TV specials and hear music related to their holidays
  • Christians can erect Christian holiday displays without fearing vandalism
  • Christians expect to be greeted with references to their holidays (Merry Christmas)
  • Christians can ignore and be ignorant of other religions’ holidays
  • School events will probably address Christian holidays

Christian Privileges in American Culture:

  • When traveling, Christians can assume they'll find churches of their denomination
  • It’s easy for Christians to find a religious site to marry
  • Christians easily find Christian movies, radio programs, and TV shows
  • When someone talks about or thanks God, Christians can assume it’s their god
  • Christians will find Bibles in their hotel rooms
  • Christians have many Christian charities to donate to or get assistance from
  • Christians needn’t worry about finding foods to meet religious dietary requirements

Christian Privileges against Discrimination and Bigotry:

  • Christians can assume that they won’t be discriminated against because of their religion
  • Christians can assume that their opinion won’t be ignored because of their religion
  • Christians need not worry about moving to a place where Christians aren’t welcome
  • Christians rarely encounter groups that exclude Christians
  • Christians don’t worry about revealing their religion to parents, friends
  • Christians can discriminate in ways not otherwise allowed & avoid members of other religions

Christian Privileges in Schools:

  • Christian children will see other Christians in lessons about history
  • Christian children will participate in events relating to Christian holy days
  • Christian children will find or easily start school clubs dedicated to Christianity
  • Christian athletes are encouraged by Christian coaches
  • Christian children might avoid being exposed to foreign religions
  • Public school space is often shared with Christian churches
  • Christians can easily find private schools that cater to their religion

Christian Privilege, Fear, and Security:

  • Christians can wear Christian clothing or jewelry without fear
  • Christians can promote their religion on cars or houses without fear of vandalism
  • Christians don’t have to educate their kids about persecution for their own protection
  • Christians can ignore the language and customs of other religions without censure
  • Christians need not worry if their religion will hinder their professional ambitions
  • Christians don’t have to worry about hate groups dedicated to wiping out Christianity

Christian Privileges in the Community:

  • Many communities have names with Christian origins
  • Christians can assume that most neighbors & coworkers are Christian
  • Christians have directories of Christian-owned businesses
  • Christian businesses can hire all Christians without trying
  • Christians can criticize Christianity & Christian Privilege with more authority than non-Christians and without their motives being questioned
  • Christians can assume that almost anywhere they go and anything they do, they’ll feel normal

Christian Privileges with Christianity:

  • Christians aren’t expected to speak for all Christians or everyone in a denomination
  • Whatever Christians do, they need not worry that it will reflect poorly on Christianity
  • Christians easily shop for items related to Christianity, even in specialty Christian stores
  • Successful Christians aren’t told that they are greedy because of their religion
  • The word “Christian” is treated as a label representing the best human attributes

Christian Privileges in the Law:

  • Where relevant, laws take the Christian sabbath (Sunday) into account
  • Laws & regulations come with built-in exemptions for Christians & Christian beliefs.
  • Christians can assume that most politicians are Christians who represent Christian interests
  • Christians can criticize the government or society without being labeled cultural outsiders
  • Christians can assume that politicians won’t attack their religion
  • Christians assume that government prayers will be Christian in nature (they usually are)
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.

BrienD
BrienD

Any desires or demands based on the claims of a 'god' must be accompanied by evidence to prove that 'god'.

BrienD
BrienD

Not 'bullies', but we are fed up with the lies forced on our children by religious bullies who demand that others obey religious dogma without proving that their particular god even exists....

MariahM.
MariahM.

This is a diversionary tactic by CONS to control rightwing Christians into believing they are under attack. Fox does it all of the time. It's the old Chicken Little line. The Sky is falling, the sky is falling. The gullible fall for it.

MrSensible
MrSensible

Hannity is a dipshit. Atheists aren't attacking, they are defending against 1000's of years of Christian's persecuting everyone and threatening to take their lives and eternal torture after death if people don't believe their holy book and version of god. It's all fear mongoring tactics with religion.

Prof_Noah_Body
Prof_Noah_Body

Hannity disgusts Me.. I'd love to make him swallow his own bullshit, one page at a time.

JoeCogan
JoeCogan

It's a pity that this level of stupidity isn't as painful for the stupid person as it is for those with whom they share it.

Sidrah
Sidrah

I'm not an atheist nor a Christian or any other religion, but have also experienced discrimination from Christians for my beliefs. I'm more of a deist with shamanic leanings who believes in an impersonal higher power, the natural world, who has walked my own spiritual path for over 50 years. My beliefs also include the Ancient Astronaut Theory. I think all the 'gods' from religions, including the Christian god, were ETs with a very high level of technology who came here and basically set themselves up as gods. While I don't try to convert anyone to my beliefs, I don't hide either. I'm an ex-Christian who believes after years of independent reading about Christian history, that Jesus is a myth based on various older savior-godmen myths from religions that predate Christianity. I also believe all religions are frauds designed by the 'gods' to control and manipulate the human masses. And while I don't respect the dogma of any religion, I respect everyone's right to believe as their heart and mind dictate, as long as we maintain absolute separation of church and state, and religious folk stop trying to convert/save me .... which, unfortunately, Christians have tried many times over the years. A current coworker is discriminating against me because she insists I am an atheist because I'm not a Christian, even though I've corrected her several times. She has also started rumors that I'm an atheist. Whatever, in her eyes being an atheist is better then what I believe. Another Christian coworker periodically leaves Christian pamphlets near me ... hint hint ... but my atheist and Muslim coworkers seem to accept me as I am. And this is just what I'm currently experiencing, there's a whole 50 year history of hatefulness from 'good Christians'. If I was an atheist I'd be out of the closet, just like I'm out of the closet with what I do believe. I personally am much more comfortable around atheists and agnostics then I am Christians, because in my experience they are much more loving and accepting.

Fotini
Fotini

Evangelical's can no longer call themselves Christians. Fake cult! Distorting the Bible is sick. tRump is not a Christian and he's definitely not a Republican!!

Lexrex
Lexrex

Atheists are bullies who try to force their (dis)beliefs on others? How does he describe this activity? "...atheists are keen on suggesting to others that their beliefs might be foolish or misguided." Last I checked, a suggestion isn't anything like an imposition, nor is it akin to bullying. Why do the faithful, when the weaknesses of religious belief are pointed out, act as if they have been assaulted? I can only guess that faith is such a fragile thing that its maintenance requires that it not be seriously examined. I think what scares them most about us, is that we appeal to the rational part of their brain, and in the back of their mind they harbor the fear that we just might be right, that it actually makes sense. They go through life with a mental crutch, and they think if it is removed, everything will fall apart, that without God, they will have only despair; the truth is that letting go is one of the most liberating feelings a person can have.

Kal1966
Kal1966

Sean Hannity is a moron

Andapanda1977
Andapanda1977

Is it worth replying about someone like this? Well history has proven that the powers will round those who do not agree with their doctrine, then boom intermine camps for atheist, cause jesus said so!

Angalaina
Angalaina

What would he say if I were able to treat him like his entire party treats me, for just one day?

He might go into hiding and never show his face in public again.

romsom
romsom

Religious people usually become aggressive when somebody questions or ridicules their belief system or points out how childish their faith is. DeStefano's opinion is a good example of how ignorant these deluded people are. There were more atrocities committed in the name of religion than for any other reason during history of mankind. In some countries blasphemy laws still exist and they persecute people just because they don't believe in the absurdities spread by religious institutions. DeStefano, keep your faith in your church and don't try to poison the brains of the sane part of society!

jbinsb
jbinsb

Yeah, we all remember the Atheist Inquisition, the atheist crusades, the atheist church burnings, the atheist mass shootings, the atheist uprising in Ireland. Darn atheists cause all the problems. It's tin foil hats all around at Fox.By the way, atheism is not a belief system, it's a DISbelief system.

Benjowo
Benjowo

Typical christian upside down logic again. The real TRUTH is that religious people "are the bullies Who try to force their beliefs on others". Trying to change our judiciary, laws, school curriculum, using my taxes for the services they get for free, by tax exemptions. That is so clear !!! So stop turning things upside down, be truthful for a change.

BrienD
BrienD

Prove that a god exists and all this 'persecution' just disappears....

androof
androof

To the writer of this article. You are dishonest. You are a liar. You are detached from reality. You are toxic. You are so far gone there is no hope for you.

Lyras
Lyras

That is some powerful projection right there.

Fuckyoumother3times
Fuckyoumother3times

This article is a joke. This isn't serious is it? Atheists under fire by a snowflake fake Christian needing to say how awful anyone not believing in HIS version of God is. Can't say all the very many things gone wrong throughout history because so many Christians blindly followed wherever they're told. Indoctrination from an early age....

BrienD
BrienD

Atheists do have a belief... We believe that you have no evidence to prove your gods, as we have been asking for evidence for centuries - and the theists still have not shown their proof for their claims of a god(s).

HomieBadger
HomieBadger

There is simply nothing Religion can do about the rise of Atheism except pray we do not treat them the way they have treated us over the past 2 millennia.

meredithtohayes
meredithtohayes

Majestic Hypocrisy, here. How many songs re religious belief will be on radio stations until after Christmas? And you figure Christians are "under attack" in America? I have a question: Which language did Adam, the first human, speak? No, really. It's in the Bible. He spoke. Which language?

missionarypod
missionarypod

We talked about this article a while back, on our podcast.

MrMann1977
MrMann1977

This article is backwards. It's the religious folk who force their beLIEfs on others.

durak_zheni
durak_zheni

Too funny! Theists don't understand that I only think about religion when it is brought up.

BrienD
BrienD

All the theists have to do is to show the evidence to prove the existence of a god - and all this 'bullying' goes away...

After all, that is all that 'a'-theists do ... ask for proof... and in the absence of that proof -> the removal of all the lies of gods....

RemoveTrump
RemoveTrump

They spelled Christians wrong.

MtnJeff
MtnJeff

You know I think I hear Linda Rondstadt singing, "Poor, poor, poor me, poor, poor pitiful me". Talk about hypocrisy when so many Christians think and believe that they have the only way to God or that their beliefs are the only right way. And then we have some on the streets speaking from bullhorns or handing out tickets for God saying we must repent or we are going to hell. For the most part these are people who can not deal with differences with those of us who choose to look at and believe our lives to be different from theirs. Glad I left that lifestyle a number of years ago and became a more compassionate grateful person in the process.

natalia44
natalia44

atheists are the same as you and i with one difference they don't believe in organised religions.

jammer5
jammer5

What atheists disagree with so-called christians, is their attempts at inserting their believes in public schools and politics at the exclusion of any other religion. That's directly against the Constitution of this nation.

Will_I_am
Will_I_am

....google: Crusades, Inquisition, Salem Witch Trials...........yeah sure, it's the atheist that have pushed their belief up onto you. LMFAO.

StacyM
StacyM

They forgot to take credit for invention abortion: Numbers 5:11-31

"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." Who is trying to silence whom? I've never seen a minority silenced by the majority before.... how does that work

Also how does a minority bully a majority population? This just sounds like Reverse Bullying to me ;)

Also backing up with Will_I_Am, I have seen plenty of mass murders in the names of gods, but there have been ZERO mass murders in the name of atheism.

If the majority only has a whine card, it's pretty clear that they are lacking truth and evidence to support their claim.

Sounds to me like they are trying to get sympathy points.

Perhaps it's time to stop trying to bully people into their belief system as they have done for thousands of years, and actually provide some real empirical evidence to convince the world that they are right?

distantlightning
distantlightning

//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.//

Christians have never been a majority and they think the exact same thing. This is a great example of how religion retards critical thinking skills to the point where you make attacks on your own position through the inability to apply basic reasoning skills to your own words.

DuckYou
DuckYou

Well, you're kinda right. Atheists don't believe in your god.

BaphometSatanica666
BaphometSatanica666

It's funny how he is saying Christianity is being attacked.....when through out the entire religons history they were the ones that attacked other cultures / religions to forcefully convert people.

Hows it fucking feel? Fuck Catholicism and Christianity.

Angalaina
Angalaina

Christianity bullied me for 45 years because I was an atheist, and has continued a ramped-up campaign of absolute fuckin' terrorism in the five years since I transitioned my gender.

This man can piss up a rope.

Tavia
Tavia

Though history to this very day, How many christian people have LGBT people killed and imprisoned and limit or try to limit their basic human rights? How many LGBT people have christian people killed and imprisoned and limit or try to limit their basic human rights?

Tavia
Tavia

At the very heart of being a Christian is of course self deception

BrienD
BrienD

All they have to do is to prove that their gods exist - and all this goes away....

Donaldq
Donaldq

Projection is an ugly way to out yourself.

TheWayTruthandLife
TheWayTruthandLife

This title is 100% correct. I've never seen so much hatred toward the truth as I see today. I force my beliefs on nobody, but atheistic/pagan/satanic agendas are being forced into society at an alarming rate. Wake up, people!

Brien2
Brien2

'A'-theist - by definition - No beliefs in 'theism' ; 'A'-theism - ion practice - no beliefs!

Atheists only reject the claims, the claims of gods.......

Provide you god - or shut up!

Hood54
Hood54

The very heart of Christianity is Humanist morality. "Treat others as you would like to be treated" can be followed without believing in the supernatural.

Clint_Plumes
Clint_Plumes

lmao Theists have been trying to force their immoral beliefs into our secular laws for decades and killed/tortured us skeptics and scientists for centuries. Stop crying that people are starting to see through the scam called religion.

Allygirl
Allygirl

‘Bullies’ Who Try To Force Their Beliefs On Others = Evangelicals