Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The atheist's life in the reddest state.

Check out this letter to the editor from the Salt Lake Tribune, December 30, 2007. Prior to reading it, you may want to don some protective headgear so you don't crack your skull when you start slamming your head repeatedly into the wall and/or desk.

Blame atheists

In his Dec. 27 letter, Steven Fehr says he believes President Bush is the worst president he has seen. Whenever I hear someone complain about the president, I ask them, “Do you pray for the president of the United States daily?” Is that too much trouble?
There used to be a custom of praying for our president. Perhaps too many people in the United States believe this would be mixing politics and religion. If the majority of the people are agnostic and atheistic, it may be that they are partly to blame for the problems we have. To think one man is responsible for the war and the problems we face in our nation is about as foolish as to not believe in the power of prayer.
We all share in the burden. We all need to live and teach the truths upon which our country was founded. The world is made up of two types of people: critics who are negative, fearful and have no plan, no vision, no faith, and authors who are positive, visionary builders. Which kind are you?

Vera B. Ivie,

Sigh. So, in review, not only is Bush NOT a terrible president, but the fact that he IS a terrible president is because of atheists and agnostics?

Sounds like someone is having their cake, as well as offering it up to a god so petty that he'll punish a nation full of religious adherents because an (increasingly vocal) minority has begun to speak up a bit.

I love her little dichotomy about how there are fearful "critics" with no faith or vision, and "authors" who are "positive, visionary builders." There are a hell of a lot of "authors" with no faith. And Vera here sounds an awful lot like a "critic" to me, what with the it's-everyone's-fault-but-those-who-put-Bush-in-power mentality.


Chocolate-Loving Atheist said...

Well, we atheists are the reason for the nation's decline...I mean there is no decline of our nation, how unpatriotic for anyone to say something like that!

This is a very clever post. I like the mood of your new blog.

Elaine said...

WOW. Yeah, I love the mood, too. I just wish I never had to read anything like that! But, you know, they're out there ... and so are we ... supposing we all 'got along!?' Really the only thing I could think to say to her "I ask them, do you pray for him daily?" was, "Umm ... NO ..."