This is a common question/objection/accusation many skeptics face, and I just got it for the umpteenth time in the comment section of a blog about how prayer saved someone’s life (well if you want to be “technical” about it, it was prayer, two hospitals, a helicopter medevac, two emergency surgeries and a few thousand years of accumulated medical knowledge). But the conclusion of the blog was “see, prayer works!” The same way it works when I pray for my car to get un-broken and then take it to the mechanic.
Anyway, I tried (totally in vain of course) to point out the shortcuts in this logic to several people and was asked why I spend so much time saying what a jerk god is (paraphrase). This was my response which I thought was blog-worthy:
“Why do you feel the need to whine about how
terrible God is.”
I don’t believe I said anything remotely like that. I’m taking issue with what you believe, not god. I don’t think there is such a being, why would I think he was terrible?
“Almost every post you make is geared toward hatred of
Christianty and I rarely see you comment on a site that isn’t talking
about religion of some sort.”
Actually no, the last two posts for instance are about christianity’s hatred of minorities (or specifically, one christian’s). When I see a belief that is wrong or does harm I argue against it. Christianity is extremely popular and is both wrong and does lots of harm. If an atheist argued that you shouldn’t have the same rights as everybody else (as the person I was debating with in my last two blogs was doing with gays) you don’t think I would take them to task? I would. I’ve admonished atheists many times for making hateful generalizations about christians and occasionally for suggesting religion should be banned etc, which is fortunately a very uncommon belief among non-believers. Arguing with christians when they say harmful things no more means I hate christians than arguing with a black person who says something I disagree with makes me racist.
Bullshit is bullshit, whether it’s christian bullshit or atheist bullshit doesn’t matter. Case in point, I just did exactly what I’m doing here on a secular blog claiming hemp oil cures cancer (using the exact same logic – I took hemp oil and my cancer got better so hemp oil cures cancer), link.
Do I hate hemp or pot smokers? No, I just don’t think anecdotal evidence is valid (and medical professionals agree). Holding a mystical “cure” up to the same scrutiny as a normal treatment to see if it has any actual medicinal value is just as important because guess what – people thinking something has medicinal value when it doesn’t kills people. If I hated christians I would just sit back and snicker and say “oh look, that person didn’t go to the hospital because they thought prayer would make them better, ha ha”. I am not doing that specifically because I do care. About christians and about the people some of their beliefs hurt.