Larry Taunton: Morally Vacant Ramblings

You may have heard of Larry Taunton. He is Executive Director of Fixed Point Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the public defense of the Christian faith. He is also the author of the book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist. I take issue with his claims and question his motives for writing the book. First lets get to know Larry Taunton.

Either Taunton does not have a clear understanding of atheism or he willfully misrepresents it to fit his agenda. It’s important to understand this first because Taunton misrepresents Atheism constantly. So lets start with a clear and correct definition atheism. Atheism is the rejection to the claim that a god exists. This is it. There is nothing more. It is not a claim to know god does not exist.

It’s my opinion, Taunton is not interested in the truth. He is not interested in providing supporting evidence for his views. He is only interested in furthering his personal agenda even it it means lying, twisting the truth or casting unsupported accusations on anyone or anything that would challenge his christian view. Let me provide some examples. In a debate with Christopher Hitchens in Montana Taunton said the following:

“Atheism is demoralizing”

He gives no example or evidence to support his claim. He just makes the claim as if he is the authority on the subject and it’s the unquestionable truth. (sound familiar?) Here is something I like to do to see if someone understands atheism. Lets replace the word atheism with the definition of atheism. The rejection to the claim that a god exists is demoralizing”. To who? To everyone? This is clearly not the case for me, my friends or my family. How does he know this? Did someone tell him this? Did he experience it personally? I think this statement is directed at the believers in god who are questioning their belief. This is a warning that if you stop believing you will be demoralized. The bible is filled with these kinds of self preserving statements.

“Treating children like animals is consistent with Atheism”

This just does not make sense. Lets replace the word atheism with the definition of atheism to see if make more sense. “Treating children like animals is consistent with the rejection of the claim that god exists”. Nope, it still makes no sense. What Taunton is saying here is Atheist treat children like animals. What is his proof for this very serious accusation? He does not give one. This is offensive but typical behavior from many christians. Lets talk about who is treating children like animals. The Abel Harlow Child Molestation Prevention Study revealed “93% of sex offenders describe themselves as “religious” and that this category of offender may be the most dangerous”.

 “Which of our two philosophies restrains the darker impulses of man and which one exacerbates it? Atheism, ladies and gentleman, absolutely exacerbates the darker impulses of man kind. It offers no compelling reason why I shouldn’t just treat you like an accident in space and time.” 

Once again Taunton stains atheism with his false claim that if you are an atheist you have nothing to keep you from being a bad person and giving into your “darker impulses”.  What dark impulses is he talking about? Is he talking about rape and murder? Does this mean if Taunton did not believe in god he would be capable of these “darker impulses”.

On the subject of that terrible book (I’m not talking about the bible … this time)

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist. Taunton takes a swing at Hitchens when he cannot defend himself. He wrote this book to claim Hitchens for christianity and to make money. Tauntan could not defeat Hitchens on the debate stage so he stabs him in the back long after he is already dead all the while calling him a friend. No shame. He received a much deserved backlash when the book was released. One of these public beatings was this interview on BBC Newsnight. I am not going to spend any more time on this book or the subject of its implied Christopher Hitchens deathbed conversion. Nick Cohen of The Guardian lays it out perfectly in his  article “Deathbed conversion? Never. Christopher Hitchens was defiant to the last”

A must read.

~AW

 

 

 

 

Why do I care if you believe in god?

Why do you care if I believe in god? I hear this from Christians all the time. This is a fair question. This is my answer. 

Because if you can’t see the irrationality of a belief in god than you might believe in other irrational ideas and those irrational ideas might impact my life and the lives of my family.  If Christians could be trusted to keep their religious beliefs from being forced on non-believers then I would not care what you believed. After all, it’s your life to waste. 

Unfortunately, Christians feel everyone needs to believe what they believe and work very hard to assimilate as many people as they can into their system. 

History is filled with examples of christians forcing their beliefs on others. 

Hundreds of thousands of christians every year go on their missions. The christian missionaries primary purpose is to spread the Christian way of thinking. To assimilate as many people into the Christian system as they can. Most often the Christian missionaries target is the poor, the helpless, the needy and the uneducated. 

In June of 1954 Christians in congress with the support of a Christian president added the words “under god” to the pledge of allegiance to the United States thereby forcing non believers to recognize the existence of a god if they wanted to pledge allegiance to their country. 

In 1956 Christian president Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a divisive act, made “in god we trust” the official motto of the United States replacing the original unofficial motto “E pluribus unum” (out of many, one) and ordered it must appear on all United States currency. Once again forcing god on non believers and dividing our country. 

Currently, Kentucky State senators have passed a bill that will allow the Bible to be taught in public schools. Teachers, regardless of their religious or non religious views, would be forced to teach the Bible and students regardless of their religious or non religious views, would be forced to learn the Christian belief system. 

President Trump has said he plans to repeal the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment prevents churches, from endorsing political candidates or campaigns so the religious doctrine of a select few is not forced on the masses. 

Atheists have been religiously tolerant for generations and look what it got us. A secular nation run by Christians for Christians. Well you had your chance to do the right thing and you wasted it. The number of non believers in this country and around the world is increasing at a record setting pace. We won’t be shamed by the religious anymore. We won’t be quiet anymore. We will be heard. 

Our time is now. 

~AW

She walked along a noisy road

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A couple years ago my daughter wrote this poem for a high school literature class assignment. She was required to select a controversial topic in current events. She selected Kim Davis. If you don’t remember, Kim Davis was the county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky that defied a U.S. federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This is my daughters poem about Davis and the events of August 2015.

 

She walked along a noisy road, a bible in her hand.
She sneers, she whines, and all because,
She detests man with man.
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Unforgivable, she complained.
A horrid sin, she swore.
A twist like this would no doubt make her job less of a bore.
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They came to be rightfully wed.
Smiling, they held their hands.
Little did they know, Davis had a very different plan.
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A martyr, she was hailed by friends.
A bigot, others claim.
“She did nothing wrong, you fiends!”
“Of course she deserved blame!”
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Behind the bars, she heard the words
of those both dumb and wise.
She thought, “Oh my, I’ve caused a stir.”
No regret in her eyes.
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You can see her on TV –
on channels everywhere.
“But my religion!” She yells out.
She’s just too much to bare.
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Her supporters sat and watched her, wallow in self pity.
“Religious freedom!” They argued,
Except only for me.
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“This is oppression!” They complained,
Such a pathetic act…
Separation of church and state,
Now, what happened to that?

 

Hitler Was Christian

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Christians like to claim Hitler was an Atheist. I get so tired of hearing this argument. So I wanted to provide some simple facts so that we may move on from the misinformed statement. Hitler was baptised and confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church as a boy. He remained a member of the Catholic church until his suicide. If this is not enough proof for you than let us allow Hitler to speak for himself.

 

Adolf Hitlers speech in Munich April 12, 1922: 

I say: my feeling as a christian points me to my lord and saviour as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these jews for what they were and summoned men to the fight against them and who, god’s truth! was greatest not as sufferer but as fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and of adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before – the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. And as a man I have the duty to see to it that human society does not suffer the same catastrophic collapse as did the civilization of the ancient world some two thousand years ago – a civilization which was driven to its ruin through this same Jewish people.”

 

Adolf Hitler Speech at the Berlin Sportspalast -January 30, 1942:

“Thus the home-front need not be warned, and the prayer of this priest of the devil, the wish that Europe may be punished with Bolshevism, will not be fulfilled, but rather that the prayer may be fulfilled: “Lord God, give us the strength that we may retain our liberty for our children and our children’s children, not only for ourselves, but also for the other peoples of Europe, for this is a war which we wage, not for our German people alone, but for all of Europe and for all of humanity.”

 

Adolf Hitler speech on enabling act 1933

“Similarly, the Reich Government, which regards Christianity as the unshakable foundation of the ethics and morality of the Volk, places great value on friendly relations with the Vatican and attempts to develop them.”

I think it is very clear that Adolf Hitler considered himself a christian. I hope this puts the discussion to rest.

~AW

 

 

Lets get to the bottom of this

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I have watched many debates between christians and atheists. One thing that has always bothered me is you can’t get a straight forward answer from a christian about text in the bible. So this is what I want to do here. I am going to post text from the bible and I would like a christian to explain it to me.

Here we go..

Genesis 5:5

“And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.”

Can someone…..anyone…. please explain this to me. Is it true that Adam lived to be 930 years old? Is there any christian that will address this for me?

~AW

My First Post

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I have never blogged before today. So why did I start today? Well I have a lot to say and no place to say it. Facebook is where I share my life with the world. Like most people on Facebook I share pictures of my family, places I have been and keep up to date on the fake news. One thing I don’t do on Facebook (normally) is share my views on politics, religion, etc.

I made the mistake of posting some news articles on Facebook during the presidential election and I got blasted for it by family and friends. I don’t mind when someone challenges my opinion. That is not the problem at all. For me, the problem is the mixing of family/friends and politics/religion/opinion in one forum. To me it’s like talking politics or religion at your big family thanksgiving dinner. Everyone is enjoying sharing pictures and spending time together and then uncle Ted makes an off color comment about religion and uncle Alex and Aunt Mary take offense to it and the battle begins. It is not something I want and I don’t recommend it to anyone. I do, however, have friends that post their views and opinions on Facebook and thats ok but I struggle with not responding to their posts. I have something to say but I know it will not be well recevied and I’m not looking to start a fight. I just have an opinion and I need a place to share it.

So my plan for this blog is to share my view on a number of topics. However, the primary topic will be Atheism. I am an atheist and I know from personal experience that most people don’t understand Atheism. I hope to teach people what it means to be an atheist from the point of view of an atheist and not from the point of view of a theist or religious person. People of religion have no clue what it’s like to be an atheist but they sure do like to act like they do and they share their biased information with the world. I hope to counter that by providing a clear understanding of Atheism.

~AW