Once again, this morning, I was incensed by Thought for Today! The female presenter, Professor Tina Beattie said, “When I reflect on why I take a wager on faith, to borrow Pascal’s expression, it’s because, for me, giving up on god wouldn’t solve the problem of suffering but it would take away the possibility of hope”!
I shouted over the steering wheel, “Thieving theists!”
What right does she have to appoint her god as the source of hope?
We are all entitled to hope whether we belong to her religion, some other religion or, like me, to no religion.
Hope is not dispensed from above! Ask any gambler!
This is not the only example of theists claiming to possess things that they have no exclusive right to. Only recently, I heard someone ask a non-believer, “If you are an atheist, how do you care?” Isn’t it rude to assume that just because we don’t subscribe to whatever non-evidential deity that person has adopted, we must be uncaring! Are we supposed to have no feelings?
The most insulting illustration of this crass insensitivity is when they assume that, because we don’t worship the particular deity that they have chosen (not any other god, of course) we must be immoral!
I like what Penn Jillette has said, “The question I get asked by religious people all the time is, without God, what’s to stop me from raping all I want? And my answer is: I do rape all I want. And the amount I want is zero. And I do murder all I want, and the amount I want is zero.”
Are we supposed to have no right to be offended?
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