A Repeated Phrase I’m Getting Sick of Reading
“you know God exists [and] are looking for reasons to ditch Him because you have a moral objection to Him and thus, you suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”
from Grace in the Triad blog
That phrase, or variants of it, has been flung at me several times by faith heads over the last few days, in reaction to Jim and I taking part in a discussion with Sye Ten Bruggencate and Eric Hovind, and I’m starting to get rather sick of it.
It is insulting in the extreme to have someone else claim to know what you think, and to do it with such arrogant certainty about views that are clearly the opposite of your own is obscene. For these hollow, lying, charlatans it’s not enough to say ‘I respect your right to hold a different opinion’, oh no, they have to force their belief on the non-believer, following up by giving a completely fallacious ‘reason’ for that belief!
Listen up, Sye’s fanclub, I DO NOT BELIEVE IN ANY GODS. Is that clear enough for you? I do not believe in YHWH, I do not believe in Allah, I do not believe in Vishnu, I do not believe in Thor, I do not believe in ANY of the 4000+ gods mankind has invented during his time. I am NOT ‘suppressing’ any truths, and to claim otherwise is a barefaced lie. In fact, the ONLY way you could possible know what I’m thinking and what I do and do not believe would be if you were omniscient.
Are you? Are you omniscient? Come on, TAG lover! Answer the question – ARE YOU OMNISCIENT? No? Oh, well it seems that you DON’T know what I think or believe after all!
At this point one of them usually says ‘Oh but the Bible tells me you do!’, yeah, but the Bible also claims insects have 4 legs, bats are birds, rabbits ‘chew the cud’, that there was a global flood 4000 years ago, and that some of Jesus’ followers would not have died by the time he returned – in short the Bible is regularly, and hilariously, WRONG. Really, since when did quoting verses out of a book that I don’t hold in any authority win an argument? Never, that’s fucking when.
Certain fundies are bad enough when they’re just keeping their thoughts to themselves, but when they start to tell other people what they think, there I must draw the line.