We’ve seen ’em all… or so we thought. First it was the Race Grievance Industry (RGI), then the Feminist Grievance Industry (FGI), then the Gay Grievance Industry (GGI), and its offshoot, the Sexual Weirdism Grievance Industry (SWGI). There’s the Brown Grievance Industry (BGI) for Hispanics, the Illegal Immigrant Grievance Industry (IIGI) for freebie-seeking border crossers, and all manner of smaller subsets and offshoots.
Life for all these groups has never been better than here in the United States, and now at this time in history.
Simple: the so-called bad guy, the metaphorical Big Bad Wolf, that lousy, rotten, no-goodnik that everyone loves to hate, the one standing in the way of everyone getting all the free stuff, the rights, privilege and power they figure are due them — the White Hetero Dude — just rolled over at the first demand from any of ’em.
What was that horrible White Hetero Dude’s response every time, when this group or that demanded that he hand over the goodies? Easy: “Uhhhhh…Okay. Here ya go.” The more he rolled over, the more other groups saw how easy it was to get him to roll over, and they wanted in too.
To the point where we thought we’d seen it all.
Get ready for the Atheist Grievance Industry!
I saw a snippet of some stupid show or other in which a couple were going to get married and the father of the bride-to-be was trying to convince the groom-to-be to participate in a church wedding. No, said the young man. “You see,” he continued, “I’m an atheist, and I feel that if I were to participate in a church wedding, I’d be going against my principles.” Or some such half-wittery. Those weren’t the exact words, but that was the meaning.
Oh? What principles? Seriously. First: For an atheist, by definition, his “principles” are those that he chooses to have at that moment. He could change those “principles” at any moment and, in his own belief, he’d tick off no Supreme Being whatsoever.
Next: what is the atheist worried about? If he were to stand at the altar and go through a church ceremony, whom does he believe he’s offending? Well, nobody. If he doesn’t believe in God, then he’s not worried about offending God.
For a Christian on the other hand, to participate in, say, a Wiccan wedding ceremony might (really: should 🙂 ) be offensive.
I’ve been going back and forth with an adamant atheist at another blog. This guy insists that atheism is “content-free,” that it’s not an affirmative belief, but rather a lack of a belief — in the existence of God. Therefore, says he, it can’t serve as a motivator, or as a contributing factor in, for example, the mass atrocities in the Twentieth Century committed by atheists.
I’ve disagreed, and the above-mentioned little snippet of an inconsequential television show indicates that I got the better of the argument. It’s just a glimpse into the arrival on the scene of the group I’ve called the “Evangelical Atheists.” The ones who don’t believe in God, and who think that you shouldn’t believe in God either. They’re militant and, well, evangelical about it.
They’re going to stand on all manner of high-and-mighty sounding principles, and bring down Christmas trees, and menorahs and Easter displays and crosses and Hanukkah things and anything that might smack of belief, because by … uhhh… gosh (I guess) we’re not going to have any of that around if they have anything to say about it!
Tell me, how is it that there are high core principles involved in a “content-free” non-belief system? Is anyone going to force anyone else to believe in something? Of course not. That’s impossible. A belief can’t be forced. What is the atheist who won’t participate in a church ceremony standing up for? He’s obviously free not to participate. No one is forcing him to.
There is no core principle that can be brought to bear about a non-belief. Therefore, one can conclude only that atheism is not content-free; that it’s an affirmative belief system.
It’s a belief system in which the adherent makes an affirmative statement that he believes that God doesn’t exist. There’s quite a difference between suggesting that (1) one doesn’t believe in God and saying that (2) one affirmatively believes that God doesn’t exist. In the former, there’s room for “not really sure,” or “at least not for now.” In the latter, those thoughts are not possible.
Most importantly, in the first belief system there’s room for: “You’re free to believe as you please.” In the second there’s also room for “I just might make sure you don’t practice your faith in your life.” Belief system #2 was the mind-set of the Twentieth Century’s atheist mass murderers: Stalin, Hitler, Mao, the Kims of North Korea, etc. And their death toll was more than 120 million victims.
We’ve seen these Evangelical Atheists before. They’re the ones who demand that the Christmas tree and the menorah and any other religious symbol come down from the town square. Why? No overarching reason, that’s for sure. Just ’cause they want to impose their beliefs on you and me. After all, in their belief system, no one is being honored or harmed by the pretty lights or the candles. It’s just that they truly don’t want you and me to believe as we do, and they’re willing to do everything they can to impose their non-belief upon you and me — including pulling a lot of good cheer out of life.
Oh, they pretend that it’s all a big imposition on them, but it’s not. Because they know, as surely as they know the sun will rise in the morning that there is no danger of Christians coming after them — or Jews or Hindus, Buddhists or Shintoists — to make them attend church, synagogue, temple or anything like that.(1)
The difference between an Evangelical Atheist and an Evangelical Christian? Simple: An Evangelical Christian will try to persuade you to go to church, to believe in God. An Evangelical Atheist has within his values, the possibility of imposing on you that you will not attend church(2). He’ll say that it’s for the greater good, and so that you won’t impose your beliefs on him and others and all that, but he knows it really will be he imposing his beliefs on you.
The Atheist Grievance Industry — coming soon to a once-free country near you. In America, they’re a cheerless, joyless bunch of immature scolds, with little to do, and less between their ears. In Europe in the Twentieth Century alone, they murdered at least 120 million people.
(1) There is, obviously, a difference with Islam, whose adherents are perfectly willing to impose their religious beliefs on you and me, or possibly they will kill you. Whole different ball-of-wax, that one, and it’s the exception that proves our rule. Islam is a sham religion; one that masquerades as a religion in order to impose an ideology — a power structure — on society.
(2) I forget who said it, and it was particularly well said. It might be the great Mike of the wonderful makeaneffort blog. It went something like this:
Question: What’s the difference between Capitalism and Socialism? Answer: force.
The parallel question: What’s the difference between Evangelical Atheism and Evangelical Christianity? has the exact same answer.
A clear-eyed study of the Twentieth Century reveals: atheism was a necessary component of that century’s totalitarian dictatorships, that murdered more than 120 million people.