A particularly obnoxious christian on xanga posted a blog claiming atheists are un-american, which I dismantled logically (not hard to do). In one of this blogger’s comments they acted as though a popular atheist blogger was equally guilty of this sort of rhetoric, and I said that I doubt that is true, since the blogger in question has always seemed pretty level-headed, so I asked for a link. Turns out the last blog of the atheist blogger said that anti-gay rights christians were traitors and un-american because the founders didn’t want religion forced on anyone and blah blah blah.
I thought my brief response was blog-worthy:
“Calling people traitors or un-american is shitty whoever does it. Abolitionists were to some degree “un-american” because the founders owned slaves. The founders are not gods, their views are not infallible, which is why they included the right to abolish their government, amend their constitution and disagree with them in the nation they built. Appealing to moral authority leaves a bad taste in my mouth no matter who is doing it or in what direction. Advocating for social change may be shitty (depending on what the change is), but holding a minority view is never un-american. We are a nation that was made to protect minority views, even (and perhaps especially) the shitty ones.”
A part of wisdom is, I think, seeing past “us vs. them” to “right vs. wrong”.