Linda Staten has a piece in the The Kansas City Star where she sheds some light on atheism.
The piece is unintentionally funny… mostly because the “truths” she shares with Kansas readers are so painstakingly obvious to all of us. You wonder about the implication that Christians in the reading area may not actually be aware of any of this.
That is simply frightening.
Nonbelievers know a lot about Christianity and Judaism, most having been raised in religious families. Believers, however, are somewhat less clued-in about atheists. Here are a few simple truths about who they are, and aren’t.
What are some of the “truths”?
- Atheists are well-behaved.
- Atheists don’t take up much space.
- Atheists make good neighbors.
- Atheists will not infringe upon your life uninvited.
- Atheists are lousy fundraisers.
- Atheists are the quiet type. (Though the author points out this is changing.)
Also news to the reading audience?
The Jews don’t actually have all the money.
Not all Muslims are terrorists.
Non-Christians are not trying to tempt you in all possible ways because we are living incarnations of Satan.
The list could go on.
I appreciate that Staten points all this out. It would be nice if some peoples’ stereotypes about atheists were corrected as a result. The article is actually very honest about where atheists are as a whole (even though there really is no “whole” to us… we’re all over the place. She forgot to mention we’re relatively bad organizers when compared to religious groups.)
She wraps the piece up with this positive thought:
Right-wing Christianity shook the atheist community out of its complacency with its relentless rhetorical badgering and attempts to co-opt the country. A missing piece of the real picture of America is finally being restored. Amen to that.