LaShawn Barber Pities Us Poor Possessed Atheists

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard the name of LaShawn Barber. She’s a Christian right blogger I used to write about now and then. Think a second-rate Star Parker, who is already a third-rate screed writer. Barber has a column in World magazine pitying us poor atheists because we’re under the control of Satan.

The Bible doesn’t command us to litigate with unbelievers to preserve tax exemptions or government funding for Christian events, facilities, or symbols. Our hope lies in Christ, not in a “moral” government or even a godly culture. So what should we do, if anything, when unbelievers push their agenda and lobby the government to confine us to private religious expression? Can we make the case that our efforts are a form of sharing the gospel?

The Bible teaches that God’s Word is veiled to those who are perishing. Satan, whether we call him the devil or the evil one, has blinded the unbeliever. Though defeated from the beginning, he’s allowed to wander to and fro in this fallen world. Unbelievers say they don’t worship him, but he’s “the god of this world,” and his influence is obvious. Let’s pray that our primary emotion when hearing about atheists painting themselves as oppressed victims or suing to remove all vestiges of faith from the public square is compassion.

I think I speak for a lot of atheists when I cordially invite you to stick your fake compassion up your ass. You’re confusing compassion with condescension.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=153100784 Michael Brew

    [Satan is] “the god of this world”…

    “This world,” or in other words “Nature,” right? Ah, so Satan is “Nature’s God.” OMG, the Founding Fathers were Satanists!

  • whheydt

    Sounds to me like she’s arguing that Christians should NOT dispute court cases that are opposing Christian privilege in public life, and–thus–allowing the other side to win with a default judgement.

  • John Pieret

    Though defeated from the beginning, he’s allowed to wander to and fro in this fallen world.

    Huh? So your omnipotent, supposedly benevolent, god created Satan, knowing he would be an evil force and, despite “defeating” him (as if an omnipotent being could be defeated) still lets this evil force go about the world … why?

    Oh, sorry! I forgot your god is a sadist!

  • raven

    Though defeated from the beginning, he’s allowed to wander to and fro in this fallen world.

    By who? God. Doesn’t say too much good about the Invisible Sky Fairy.

    Unbelievers say they don’t worship him, but he’s “the god of this world,” and his influence is obvious.

    You mean satan created fundie death cult xians!!! It’s believable any way. Thanks for letting us know that, LaShawn.

  • leskimopie

    @2

    Well there is a minor character in their Bible named Jesus or something, and he said something like “And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.” But its in a real obscure place they probably never heard of since it was just some sermon that took place on a mound somewhere, anyway it probably doesn’t count because the text was all in red.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I can see him being allowed to wander to, but fro? Ridiculous!

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    So she pities me because I am in thrall to a mythical entity. Well, I pity her because she is in thrall to a mythical entity. The difference being that I’ve never once obeyed the supposed dictates of Satan.

  • frankb

    There is no evidence for God or Satan and no evidence that they have said or advocated anything. So it all requires faith. What is it about the conservative christian faith that allows them to pick the right deity and the right rules? Ah, yes….ego.

  • Jackie the wacky

    Funny, I feel sorry for her that she has more faith in bogeymen than she does in humanity.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The difference being that I’ve never once obeyed the supposed dictates of Satan.

    The fact that you think you’re not obeying Satan just proves how much power he has over you.

  • dukeofomnium

    Whenever someone trots out that “perishing” bit, I always point out that I’m not actually perishing, in any real or meaningful sense. At worst, I’m only perishing in an *imaginary* sense. If they persist, I remark that if Christians could not use metaphor, they’d be mute: they can’t use real language in discussing their religion, because they’re not describing anything real.

  • Menyambal

    How could I worship someone who is wandering to and fro? I wouldn’t know which way to face.

  • katzenklavier

    @ #6

    “I can see him being allowed to wander to, but fro? Ridiculous!”

    Not to mention “hither and yon.” I vote for “yon.”

  • dingojack

    Jackie the wacky (#9) – or in the god they supposedly worship*.

    Dingo

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    * unless the god they really worship is the all powerful being they call ‘Satan’

  • http://famousatheists.net/atheist-quotes/ Famous Atheists

    “Though defeated from the beginning, he’s allowed to wander to and fro in this fallen world.”

    The he wasn’t defeated then.

  • Al Dente

    “the god of this world,”

    So the Christians are lying when they claim to be monotheists.

  • Kevin Kehres

    They have this thing about “perishing”, don’t they?

    Just today, I’m walking along Michigan Ave in Chicago and there’s this mini-van with a loudspeaker system, all decked out in bible verses and stuff.

    And the guy is going on about “the wages of sin is death”.

    Well … yeah. So are the wages of no sin. No matter what your sin-state is, eventually, you’ll be paid in DEATH.

    Nobody’s getting out of this alive. You think they’d have figured that out by now. But I guess they keep thinking there’s a pony under all that manure.

  • shadowspade

    Satan is the god of this world?

    He better not advertise that fact much or Thor, who I may remind all of you has sworn to protect this world from all threats, will kick his ass!

    My mom and dad pulled some similar stuff on me when I finally announced I was an atheist (along with the entire guilt trip of not being with my family in heaven). I didn’t say much at the time because it seemed like such a waste of energy but stuff like this reminds me of being warned that Santa was going to leave coal in my stocking if I wasn’t a good boy.

    Well satan if you dare bring it on and suffer the wrath of MJOLNIR!

  • dfarmer1584

    “You’re confusing compassion with condescension.”

    Indeed, it is willfully ignorant condescension.

  • hrafn

    Okay, so atheists are possessed by Satan and Christians by the Holy Spirit. Yet from everything that I’ve heard, Christians don’t on average act better (wrt divorce, murder, teenage pregnancy, etc) than non-believers. Which is an absolutely wonderful argument fro the existence of supernatural good and evil. :)

    Barber might as well claim that atheists are possessed by Spiny Norman (from Monty Python).

  • had3

    Hmm, which one, god or devil, gets pissed if I don’t believe in him and wants me to suffer eternally for failing to believe in him? The loving one, that’s right! Apparently satan is sufficiently confident in his powers that he doesn’t need my knowing approval to get what he wants.

  • dingojack

    Dinsdale!

    Dingo

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    It’s been a long time since I’ve heard the name of LaShawn Barber. She’s a Christian right blogger I used to write about now and then. Think a second-rate Star Parker, who is already a third-rate screed writer.

    So why the fuck are you bothering with her now? Has she suddenly become more influential or worthy of anyone’s attention than she’s been since I last heard from her around about 2004?

  • eric

    So what should we do, if anything, when unbelievers push their agenda and lobby the government to confine us to private religious expression? Can we make the case that our efforts are a form of sharing the gospel?

    Yes, absolutely. Every time any case of prayer or monument or other speech comes before the court system, please make the case that your efforts are a form of sharing the gospel. Stop lying about doing it for historical reasons or pretending to set up open fora when you have every intention of dominating such fora. Just tell the judge the truth: you’re doing this to share the gospel. That isn’t too much to ask, is it?

  • martinc

    LaShawn Barber … I know hairdressing salons often have pun names, but that seems a bit over the top.

  • freehand

    dukeofomnium: Whenever someone trots out that “perishing” bit, I always point out that I’m not actually perishing, in any real or meaningful sense. At worst, I’m only perishing in an *imaginary* sense. If they persist, I remark that if Christians could not use metaphor, they’d be mute: they can’t use real language in discussing their religion, because they’re not describing anything real.

    .

    Despite appearances, Fundamentalist Christians don’t consciously do metaphors often, nor well. There are many who will look you in the eye and tell you that you are perishing even as they speak to you. They may seem to be aging and sick, but they will be brought to Heaven and live in the (literal) mansion they are building in the (literal) sky with their works, Glory! And hallelujah!

    .

    If you try to explain that some theists see, for example, the fable of the Tower of Babel as a metaphor, they will immediately interject “No! It’s not just a saying! The Tower of Babel was real!” Etc. As insane as it sounds, if you understand their claims to be literal claims then you are beginning to understand their particular insanity.

    .

    They think that metaphors are not the sort of thing that can be true. Even though they mindlessly use ordinary speech metaphors frequently.