Hnn | HNN Articles

Why Do Atheists Target Christians?

 
COLUMN By HEMANT MEHTA
Adapted from The Friendly Atheist

For Humanist Network News  
Dec. 15, 2010

I heard a question the other day that really bothered me … I’m paraphrasing, but it went something like this:

Why do atheists target Christians when Christians do many good things in the world?

Yes, it’s true that a lot of Christians do some really wonderful things — they give money to charity, volunteer their time, travel overseas to help with disaster relief, etc. (A lot of atheists do those things, too, for what it’s worth.)

So why go after Christians?

Because for all the good they do, so much of what upsets and angers me are problems that Christians either caused or made worse.

I think gay people have a right to marriage, just as I do. But too many Christians are doing everything in their power to block that right for a variety of reasons that have never made any sense to me.

I want children to get a proper science education. But too many Christians want to see non-scientific ideas like Intelligent Design shoved into public school curriculums. Countless hours and dollars have been wasted trying to fight that unnecessary battle.

I want students to be well-educated when it comes to sex. If they want to remain abstinent until marriage, that’s fine. If they don’t, they should know how condoms and birth control work. But too many Christians want to prevent students from learning that information.

I believe people should be able to choose their own religious (or non-religious) path. But too many Christians choose to indoctrinate children with their own religious beliefs at a young age instead of exposing them to a variety of beliefs. How many young people never really get exposed to their choices when it comes to religion.

I think women should be able to decide for themselves what happens to their bodies, whether they want to have a baby or have an abortion. But too many Christians want to make sure no woman ever has that choice.

I know a handful of prominent Christians have said some awful things in the past. They continue to do so. But too many Christians remain silent every time that happens because they don’t want to ruffle any feathers.

In many of these cases — and there are so many more — the Christians in question often don’t think there’s a problem with what they do.

Hell, they’re proud of being obstacles in the name of what they consider to be a more righteous path.

Do Christians do some good things? Yes. Absolutely.

But I can’t focus on that when so many Christians are to blame for some major social injustices that I witness on a regular basis.

 

Hemant Mehta is the Chair of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) Board of Directors. He has worked with the Center for Inquiry and also is an SSA representative to the Secular Coalition for America. Hemant received national attention, including being featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, for his work as the "eBay Atheist." Hemant's blog can be read at FriendlyAtheist.com, and his book, I Sold My Soul on eBay, (WaterBrook Press) is now available on Amazon.com. He currently works as a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago.

blog comments powered by Disqus

American Humanist Association

Here is the newest episode of The Cartoon History of Humanism. Enjoy! Get TheH...

6 hours ago

American Humanist Association

An easy to follow video illustrating the separation of church and state and the...

10 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Words are commonly used improperly. Here is one example of why you should actual...

12 hours ago

American Humanist Association

To some, Humanism and Hedonism are one in the same. Is that really all there is...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week's Humanist Hour Podcast features Bob Ready and Sarah Henry as they tal...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Update to the football prayer controversy happening at a Gainesville, GA High Sc...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Fred Edwords reports from this year's Colorado Secular Conference! Get TheHuman...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Two weeks ago, AHA's Maggie Ardiente and Roy Speckhardt traveled to Oxford, Engl...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

The United Coalition of Reason is a national non-profit organization that helps...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Is it really that "tragic and bizarre" to remove bibles from hotels rooms in ord...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Throwing some separation of church and state history at you!

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Why does the media usually portray atheists as pretentious, white men? Time to c...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

The Fields Medal has been awarded to up to four mathematicians every four years...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

The nature of the backlash to our recent legal case concerning pray in public sc...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Friday!

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Religious differences within the family unit can be difficult. How do you feel a...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Here is an update to our on-going Carroll County, Maryland case involving prayer...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Back to school time! Let's take a look at the most and least religious colleges...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Anyone need a laugh? I sure do! Warning: Language!

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Should someone's religious belief allow them to do whatever they want? No! Get...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

In November, 2014, a new film is coming out about the life of Stephen Hawking. T...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

AHA legal director David Niose on football and Christian politics in Georgia.

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Yesterday, the beautiful and talented Lauren Bacall passed away. Just one of th...

8 days ago