Okay people, there are some things about atheists that are really starting to annoy me. And believe it or not, it has nothing to do with our previous discussion topics. I know that atheists disagree with me about God and science, and as long as they are respectful to me, I'm totally fine with that. But I've seen a pattern developing within the atheist blogosphere that I personally think needs to stop.
Can an atheist, any atheist, please tell me why it matters more if a child molester is a professed Christian? Does this really make the deed any more heinous than it already is? I mean, does anyone ever say, "Yea, that guy may have molested my kid, but at least he doesn't claim to be follower of Jesus." How insane would we think someone was if they actually said that?
Barry Duke, the writer for www.freethinker.co.uk (The thinking on this site is anything but free) basically writes every other article (slight exageration) about some form of abuse performed by Christians as if it's somehow worse than abuse performed by non-Christians. There are also countless websites like www.stopbaptistpredators.org (There is actually a disclaimer on this site which says they don't know if all of the information is true) which make an attempt to "shine there little light" on horrible people who call themselves baptist. And if you don't think there are many sites that do this, just do a few google searches with the words atheist, criminal, Christian, or some combination of the three words, and you'll see.
Atheists are probably thinking several things right now:
- It's hypocritical when those who claim God do these horrible things.
- Preachers and priests that perform these activities are breaking the trust given them by the children's parents.
- It just goes to show how much better atheists are than these wretched Christians.
I assume atheists may be thinking this because I've heard it from them before.
So, let's deal with the "hypocrisy" argument. Is it possible to be a child molester without being a hypocrite? Does anyone go around proclaiming their vile desires to be with children? (This of course excludes the disgusting group, NAMBLA) Obviously all predators of this sort are hypocrites, and this hypocrisy is not made any worse if the offender believes in God.
I especially love the next one. Atheists love to point the finger at these aweful preachers who violate the trust of both parent and child, as if this violation would be less hurtful if the person didn't preach on Sundays. Is there anyone who has ever had a child abused in this way that has not been shocked when they found out who did it? Have you ever heard someone say, "I always knew he was going to do that to my kid!" Absolutely not. It's always a shock of epic proportions, and I assure you no solace is found in the fact that the culprit wasn't a priest, preacher, or boyscout leader.
And as for the last one, atheists are definitely no better than anyone. And before any of you atheists think, "We don't claim to be better, that's what you horrible Christians do", give me a break. The ONLY reason why atheist blogs spend so much time on this topic is solely to show how much better they supposedly are. The fact is, and trust me, it is an absolute fact that belief or non-belief in God doesn't make anyone any more or less susceptible to committing a crime, and I've never met a Christian who would disagree with that.
Here's the HardTruth.
This is one that atheists really need to let go of, and let me explain why. It is the absolute height of hypocrisy to ONLY spotlight Christian, Baptist, or Catholic offenders, while never mentioning those who claim no God. True concern for these crimes would inspire one to highlight all of these vile acts, and not cherry-pick the ones that strengthen whatever agenda you may have. So, to Barry Duke from the NotSoFreeThinker.com, and Christa from StopBaptistPredators.org, you, and everyone like you needs to stop the blatent hypocrisy and either advocate on behalf of all victims of molestation, or just leave the topic alone altogether, and that's the HardTruth.