August 13, 2009

This Ain't Human

Buon giorno. While poking around some online forums and communities, I happened across a nest of "Humanists". Humanists are essentially atheists; they believe there is no God, and have antipathy for organized religions, especially Christianity. They'll use derogatory terms like "Xtians" and refer to "Jeebus", and are more than happy to tell you how much smarter they are than the millions of us who believe in a higher power.

They believe in "reason" and science, and constantly slam anything religious as being ignorance and superstition. As I constantly maintain, they do not bother to seriously examine the scientific basis for belief in God and the Bible. Some of the greatest scientific minds in history have been Christians, or "believers" to some degree (that is, being an atheist does not make you a better scientist).

What do Humanists stand for? Oh, they say that they believe in people, or humanity or whatever similar word you want. It's a bit difficult to determine their tenents, because they have nothing to direct them other then their own consciences and opinions. And everyone has their own opinions, so it looks like it would lead to anarchy.

But these people get so smug, I want to slap them. They worship reason, but their logic is faulty because it's based on preconceptions and emotion. The main one is, essentially, "If you're a believer, then you're an idiot". (Just like with Intelligent Design or Creation Science, they will put it down as being unscientific, but will not be able to discuss it because they have not had the intellectual honesty and integrity to investigate it.) And these smug cafones in one particular forum were gathering insults to use on believers. One was, "You remind me of myself, when I was young and stupid." Yep, that really shows their intellectual and moral superiority, doesn't it?

Let me ask you two questions, Captain Humanist: If you're so much smarter, or just plain better, than I am, why am I a threat to you? Why can't you just have a quiet self-assurance in your "rightness" and clam up? I think those are fair questions.

Addendum: Since words like "atheist" have negative connotations (ya think?), Richard "Daffy" Dawkins is suggesting that the term "bright" be used in its place. Yep, still have to slam everyone else because they're so much smarter than we are.

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