CNN has a story about an atheist placard that was stolen. For the record, I don’t think it is dramatic or ironic that there are Christian sympathizers who are also vandals and I don’t think anyone should apologize for the sign being stolen. I also think there is nothing inappropriate about the way the sign puts out its message and I don’t think it is hateful. What I do think, is Christians and atheists and Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus and Jews should talk about whether the sign is right or wrong. Nothing meta, nothing that starts with “I’m not saying X, but Y.” Here’s what the sign says:
At this season of
THE WINTER SOLSTICE
may reason prevail.
There are no gods.
no devils. no angels.
no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but myth and superstition
that hardens hearts
and enslaves minds.
I’ll start. I hope reason prevails, but I think there is a god, which is to say I think there is more than our natural world. I agree that Religion can harden hearts and enslave minds, but I think it can also lead to deeper spiritual truth of interconnectedness. I do not think there are devils or angels or heaven or hell.
Another question, asked by an ad by the American Humanist Association, that would be good to answer is: “Why believe in a God? Just be good for goodness sake.”