An Atheists Open Letter to God’s Followers
Below are five points that I have always wanted to say to religious folk, but never find an appropriate time to do so.
First: Your religion is not unique. Any belief system that gains universal acceptance would bring about world peace. It’s people like you vying for the chance to be that one, great religion that are causing the problems.
Second: Please stop saying that you have a monopoly on love. You don’t. The caring and compassion of atheists, agnostics, and others may not be done in the name of your prophet, but it is equally valid and important in this world.
Third: Military success is no indication of God’s favor. I know this because every religion that exists today has had their asses handed to them at one point or another, in fairly equal proportions.
Fourth: People who disagree with you are not inherently evil. They just don’t believe you. But they feed their kids, go to work, and live their lives as honestly and decently as any Muslim, Christian or Jew. They just do so without the need for prayers or rituals.
Fifth: We’re all in this together. Believing in a god doesn’t make you ‘an enemy of atheism’. It makes you another person on harsh planet, trying to make ends meet. All atheism asks of you is that, instead of always picking up your Bible or Qur’an, you’d reach for a hammer or a shovel once in a while; Something you can use to help improve this world instead of tearing us apart with rhetoric. To the atheist, no person is inherently ‘unclean’ or ‘unworthy’. We’re all just people, each trying to do the best we can, and hopefully making the world a bit better by the time we leave it. That doesn’t take a God. You just have to be able care about and work with the people around you… no matter what god they believe in.
Written by Wm. Hopper, author of
“The Heathen’s Guide to World Religions”
Not for Sheep
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