Two articles about atheists
By contrast, this article in our local paper impressed me very much. The writer is himself an atheist, but he's the kind of guy I would enjoy having a talk with. He's not inflated with a sense of his own cleverness in "seeing through" what has bamboozled the majority of people.
At the little gift counter there, you can buy yourself a Darwin fish. The Darwin fish looks just like the Christian fish, except that it's got legs -- a fish evolving into an amphibian.I agree with him. Too many "public" atheists seem to be perpetually crouched to spring at something - they're tense, hostile, and angry. They seem as anguished at the possibility of letting a believer escape unmauled as an Inquisitor would be at seeing a heretic slip his chains and scamper off to lure more souls to perdition.
But Christians don't display a fish in support of creationism (something most educated Christians don't believe in anyway; they know that life evolved from simpler forms, thank you very much). Rather, they're declaring their adherence to a moral code: Blessed are the peacemakers; if someone strikes you on the right cheek, offer them your left; forgive and forget. Responding to that with a smug joke about evolution not only misses what the Christians are saying, but it makes the atheists look mean-spirited....No, what they're really saying is, "If you want time and space devoted to something that's important to you, then I should be given equal time and space to ridicule that thing."
The article has a slightly disappointing ending, but you must take into account that expressing scorn for George Bush might just be a deeply engrained Canadian prejudice, and have nothing to do with atheism at all. I just think that atheists would be better off themselves if they could relax a bit and think like this guy, and it would be a lot pleasanter for believers when encontering them, too.