And he's part of the atheist community I've found myself in there, which mostly consists of the same sixty or so people who all seem to be friends with one another. (This guy, for example, has sixty-two friends in common with me; and they're mostly the same sixty-two friends I have in common with the rest of his sixty-two atheist friends.) And I suppose I don't mind that at all. Sure, I don't necessarily "like" all of these people, but they're like-minded enough that I don't dislike them; unlike the Facebook bigot I mentioned in my last post.
But of course, one of the big issues I have with many of these atheists is their hardcore anti-Christianity. Because, I just don't get it. I mean, why bother? If someone's set in their beliefs about something, why bother spending your time attacking them for it? Atheism should be about a lack of religion, not attacks on religion. Similarly, I don't believe in Santa Claus, but I don't attack the guy either. And frankly, I don't like how my atheism is besmirched by anti-Christian a-holes who always have to make a point of attacking Christianity, making it so that I'm a bit embarrassed to tell Christians that I'm an atheist, for fear of being lumped in with the anti-Christian atheists.
Honestly, I'm a live and let live sort of guy and really don't appreciate it when these a-hole atheists screw things up for me and make people assume I'm hostile towards them simply because I don't have a religion. While I enjoy religious debates, I don't really want to take a side in it and would rather be left out completely if it means anyone's feelings are going to get hurt. Life's just too short to needlessly make people angry.
Funny Death: Still Not Funny
Now, I should mention that I don't actually find this "friend" to be an a-hole, but really kind of wonder about someone who can read a story about human suffering and immediately make a biting criticism about religion with it. Specifically, he read a story about someone who was trying to park their car after a church service and accidentally killed two people, and his initial reaction was to write:
god works in mysterious ways huh!Uhm...that's disgusting. I mean, I like making jokes and everything, but see nothing funny about two people dying, whether or not it happened after a church service. Human suffering just isn't on my comedy menu. Particularly in this case, as there wasn't anything even remotely ironic or humorous about this. Not that I ever think it's so great to laugh about someone dying, but this doesn't even approach any sort of joke. It was just mean.
These two were "specially" selected to go to their cloud condo in the SuperMagicLand in the sky! Or...
And for what? What purpose did it serve to mock this senseless death? Is some Christian going to see this snarky remark about God's mysterious ways and decide that they were wrong about God? Of course not. If anything, they'll get upset and get even FIRMER in their belief of God, just to spite the mean atheists who'd mock the death of these two people. That's just human nature. You get more flies with honey, and all that.
And I once saw the same thing from another atheist on Facebook, who thought it was clever to point to a Holocaust poster which suggested that God had gone on vacation during that period. And so they were making a petty joke about a human catastrophe in order to make atheists feel a little more smug about their atheism. I tried explaining that at the time, but was told that I was being too sensitive, as if it's perfectly ok to score points against Christians by making unfunny jokes about human suffering. After all, it was just a joke.
And of course, why bother fighting the "mysterious ways" meme? After all, it's a perfect argument. All circular logic is. It simply can't be defeated from the outside, because the arguments support themselves. And the only criticism of a circular argument is that you can't logically use an argument to support itself. But Christians don't have that problem, as they have faith, and faith is enough support for anything. Logical arguments simply can't penetrate something that views logic as a fallacy.
So, why bother? Why attack people who aren't necessarily doing anything against you? If someone's doing something that hurts me or stifles my freedom, I'll stand up against that. But if someone insists upon believing something that doesn't hurt me, I see no reason why I should bother fighting it. If they're wanting to hear my arguments, that's fine. I'd love to convert someone who was open to it. But I see no purpose in feeding a fire that wouldn't hurt me if I leave it alone.
And I definitely side with someone who'd mourn a senseless death over someone who insists upon using it to score a senseless victory. Hell, I'd mock a senseless death if it meant I could prevent another. But even a funny joke isn't a good enough reason to mock human suffering. And too often, the jokes aren't even funny at all. Their only purpose is to make us feel smug in our self-righteousness. And that's just not something I can believe in.