Brenda chimes in next

Brenda swung by my recent post on Leah Libresco to offer this nugget.

Hi Leah,
I don’t know who you are, but I’d like to offer you a hearty “Welcome” from a fellow once Atheist and now fulfilled Catholic! May you find peace and love in  Jesus and your parish family.
For those who are critical of Leah and her conversion, educate yourselves first about the Catholic Church and open your hearts to God, He is infinitely patient and waits with open arms. Don’t be afraid.

Peace be with you!

“There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church.”

So nice, right?

This is the kind of not-really-niceness I tend to encounter with believers; the type that scarcely masks the abrasive message underneath.  Not that I have a problem with abrasive.  I don’t.  But this type of pretending to be nice, assuming I’m stupid enough to miss the underlying message, drives me nuts.

Under the veil of politeness and concern we learn that atheists discount the idea someone rose from the dead not because we’ve listened and read the book and found the idea to be laughably unbelievable, but because we are ignorant of the Catholic church (bullshit, polls show that Catholics on the whole don’t know the doctrines of their own church while atheists do), closed off to god’s existence, and afraid (for whatever reason).  So not only is Brenda condescending and insulting, she doesn’t have the courage to be forthright about it.

We also found in Brenda’s comment assurance that Catholicism is true.  You know what we didn’t find?  A single god damn reason to believe that!  There have been a gaggle of “Catholicism is true” comments the last week, almost all of which were left by someone who didn’t think it might be a good idea to explain why anybody should believe that.  Maybe sitting and droning, “It’s true!  It’s true!  It’s true!” works for church, but in the real world the bar for what qualifies as a defense is slightly higher (i.e. somewhere off the ground).  At least Erick gave it the ol’ college grade school try.  His reasons were awful, but at least he tried to provide some.

Which makes me wonder how Brenda could possibly think we’re close-minded as she implies by admonishing us to open up to god.  How can she possibly know we’re close-minded when she hasn’t even given us a reason against which to harden our hearts?

Perhaps Leah will be an exception to the Catholics who are rushing over here to defend her, but were I in her shoes I’d be pretty ashamed of the company I just adopted.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.