Atheist hypocrisy

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There are a number of areas where atheists are hypocritical. Below are some of those areas.

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Atheism and morality

See also: Atheism and morality and List of the moral failures of the atheist community

Dr. Paul Copan wrote: "...the existence of a personal God is crucial for a coherent understanding of objective morality."[1]

Atheists will bring up the misdeeds of the adherents of other worldviews, despite the fact that atheists have been the biggest mass murders in history (see: Atheism and mass murder).

Furthermore, atheist apologists commonly attempt to deny/minimize the role of atheism/atheists when it comes to atheism and mass murder as if no true atheist could be involved in such behavior (See: Atheism and the no true Scotsman fallacy).[2][3][4]

In addition, there is a large list of atheist moral failures which the atheist community has not addressed (see: Moral failures of the atheist community).

Also, atheism provides no basis for objective moral standards (see: Atheism and morality).[5]

University of Kentucky study by Will M. Gervais helps demonstrate atheist hypocrisy about being good without God

The American Humanist Association has the motto "Good without a God" and other atheists promote this same errant notion. Yet, many atheists know they are not good and they all know their fellow atheists are not good also.

For example, in 2014, a University of Kentucky study was published by Will M. Gervais, which was entitled Everything Is Permitted? People Intuitively Judge Immorality as Representative of Atheists, and the study indicated that "even atheist participants viewed immorality as significantly more representative of atheists than of other people."[6]

Jesus and the Bible on human nature

Jesus Christ and the Old Testament prophets taught that human nature is evil. Jesus said, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" (Luke 11: 13). The prophet Jeremiah said, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). In addition, Jesus Christ and the Bible teach that men are in need of redemption and the power of God to reform. See: Bible verses about redemption and Bible verses on transformation.

Human history with its many injustices and atrocities shows that the testimony of Jesus and the Old Testament prophets is true concerning the wickedness of mankind. In addition, when the Christian evangelist Ray Comfort asks atheists if they have ever lied, hated another person, stolen, lusted after the opposite sex and engaged in other immoralities, they invariably indicate they have done these things and still commit various acts of immorality.[7] If person repents of their sins, accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, God regenerates them and their enslavement to sin is broken (see: Good news)[8]

Furthermore, there are preliminary studies which indicate that ex-Christians tend to feel worse about themselves and not better (See: Atheism and self-esteem).[9][10] There are also studies indicating that lower self-esteem is associated with suicidality.[11][12] Atheists have higher rates of suicide than the general population.[13][14][15] At the same time, there is a significant portion of the atheist population who suffer from excess self-esteem/pride issues (see: Atheism and arrogance and Causes of atheism).

Richard Carrier, adultery, divorce, polyamory and being good without God

Richard Carrier is an advocate of metaphysical naturalism. He wrote a book entitled Sense and Goodness without God.

He is a prominent atheist in the atheist community in the US. Carrier, who has a doctorate in history, asserts that one can be good without God despite the fact that atheist regimes have been the biggest mass murders in history

Richard Carrier divorced his wife and now practices polyamory.[16] Before divorcing his wife, he was involved in adulterous affairs.[17]

The Christtian apologist Jason Engwar at the Christian blog Triablogue wrote:

Richard Carrier has a post up announcing that he's "polyamorous", which he calls his "sexual orientation". He's been adulterous in his relationship with his wife, and they decided to get a divorce after having tried polyamory for a while. In the thread, he refers to how he has "sympathy for people who cheat on their spouses", how he's come across "many" polyamorists, and how he's become more convinced that "monogamy is the actual problem". So far, most of the responses at his blog are positive.[18]

See also:

Atheism and Hell

See also: Atheism and Hell

often launch unsuccessful attacks on the well-established Christian belief of eternal punishment in Hell (see: Atheism and Hell). Rather than repent and respond to the gospel message, they engage in denialism about their sin and attempt to suppress the truth of God's existence. See also: Atheism and hatred of God

Atheists and ungracious/unforgiving attitudes

See also: Atheism and unforgiveness

Last Judgment by Johann Georg Unruhe - Damned souls going to Hell.

As noted above, atheists frequently get angry about God's righteous judgements and unrepentant sinners going to Hell.

Yet, atheists frequently have ungracious and unforgiving attitudes.

The atheist Neil Carter wrote:

Friends of mine have noted lately how biting and critical the atheist community can be, not only toward outsiders, but even toward its own members. Has there ever been a subculture more prone to eating its own than this one? I really don’t know...

At least Christians have to pay lipservice to forgiveness because they believe it’s what God wants from them. Do atheists have any such compunction? I fear that we have no mechanism which compels us as a community to be kind to each other, to speak to one another with respect [19]

Jesus Christ and Christendom have emphasized the important of forgiveness and in the last few decades mental health specialists have increasingly seen the importance of forgiveness to alleviate bitterness and other emotional problems within individuals.[20]

James S. Spiegal and unforgiveness as a cause of atheism

See also: Causes of atheism and Atheism and bitterness and Atheism and love

The Apostle Paul defends his preaching (Giovanni Ricco)

The Apostle Paul taught about love that "it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered.." (1 Corinthians 13:5 NASB). See: Atheism and love

The Christian Post reports about the Christian philosopher James S. Spiegel's book The Making of an Atheist:

Spiegel, who converted to Christianity in 1980, has witnessed the pattern among several of his friends. Their path from Christianity to atheism involved: moral slippage (such as infidelity, resentment or unforgiveness); followed by withdrawal from contact with fellow believers; followed by growing doubts about their faith, accompanied by continued indulgence in the respective sin; and culminating in a conscious rejection of God.[21]

Atheism and the treatment of women

Most atheists in the Western World are leftists (see: Atheism and politics). Leftists commonly advocate feminism.

Deplorable treatment of many Muslim women decried. High amount of domestic abuse by the irreligious

In recent times, atheists have put in a lot of effort and focus into decrying the deplorable treatment of many Muslim women by Muslim men, yet the same degree of attention about the high amount of physical abuse atheist women endure at the hands of atheist men via domestic abuse and the other forms of abuse is not given nearly the same amount of import by many in the atheist community. See: Irreligion and domestic violence and Secular Europe and domestic violence and Atheism and women and Elevatorgate

For example, Ayaan Hirsi Ali was chosen to be the keynote speaker of the American Atheists convention in 2014 and in 2005 the secular left leaning Time magazine named her one of the most 100 influential people in the world.[22] Yet, the women who point out misogyny in Western World atheism receive torrents of abuse (see: Atheism and women) and are not highly lauded by the atheist community to nearly the same degree.

Irreligion and domestic abuse

See also: Irreligion and domestic violence

The abstract for the 2007 article in the journal Violence Against Women entitled Race/Ethnicity, Religious Involvement, and Domestic Violence indicated:

The authors explored the relationship between religious involvement and intimate partner violence by analyzing data from the first wave of the National Survey of Families and Households. They found that: (a) religious involvement is correlated with reduced levels of domestic violence; (b) levels of domestic violence vary by race/ethnicity; (c) the effects of religious involvement on domestic violence vary by race/ethnicity; and (d) religious involvement, specifically church attendance, protects against domestic violence, and this protective effect is stronger for African American men and women and for Hispanic men, groups that, for a variety of reasons, experience elevated risk for this type of violence.[23]

A higher rate of domestic violence exists among cohabiting couples as compared with married couples[24] Atheists have lower marriage rates than theists (see: Atheism and marriage).

A September 9, 2012 article at Atlantic Wire wrote about the noted atheist John Lennon:

But people have mostly forgotten that Lennon was also physically abusive towards women. "I used to be cruel to my woman," he said, citing the lyrics to "Getting Better" in a Playboy interview near the end of his life. "Physically—any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn't express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women." In his biography The Lives of John Lennon, Albert Goldman also maintains that Lennon was guilty of spousal abuse.[25]

For more information, please see: Irreligion and domestic violence

Secular Europe and domestic violence

See also: Secular Europe and domestic violence

Sweden is one of the most atheistic countries in the world.[26] In Sweden, 81 percent of women said they had been harassed at some point after the age of 15 - compared to the EU average of 55 percent.[27]

In March 2014, the Swedish news website The Local published an article entitled Sweden stands out in domestic violence study which declared:

A new EU review of violence against women has revealed that one in three European women has been assaulted, and one in twenty has been raped, with the Scandinavian countries at the top of the league tables.

In the Scandinavian countries, in contrast, around half of the women reported physical or sexual violence, which researchers at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights said could have several explanations...

In Sweden, 81 percent of women said they had been harassed at some point after the age of 15 - compared to the EU average of 55 percent. After Sweden, which had the highest rate, Denmark, France, the Netherland and Finland all saw rates above 70 percent. The EU member state with the lowest rate - 24 percent - was Bulgaria.[28]

Sweden is one of the most atheistic countries in the world and the website adherents.com reported that in 2005 46 - 85% of Swedes were agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[29] Sweden also has the 3rd highest rate of belief in evolution as far as Western World nations.[30]

See also: Sexual immorality and Sweden

For more information, please see: Irreligion and domestic violence

Most prominent atheists are men

The leadership of the New Atheism movement consists solely of white males. Furthermore, atheist leadership in the West is predominately made up of men who have poor leadership skills (See: Atheism and women and Atheism and leadership).[31]

In 2011, Beliefnetnews reported concerning the race and gender of American atheists:

From the smallest local meetings to the largest conferences, the vast majority of speakers and attendees are almost always white men. Leading figures of the atheist movement - Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett -- are all white men.

But making atheism more diverse is proving to be no easy task.

Surveys suggest most atheists are white men. A recent survey of 4,000 members of the Freedom from Religion Foundation found that 95 percent were white, and men comprised a majority.[32]

Atheism and rape

When told that Red Army soldiers sexually assaulted German refugees, the atheist Joseph Stalin reportedly declared: "We lecture our soldiers too much; let them have their initiative."[33]

See also: Atheism and rape and Mass rape of German women by the Soviet army

Atheism offers no condemnation of rape and it provides no moral basis for a society to attempt to prevent and deter rape. Western atheists often assert there are no absolutes in morality and argue for moral relativism (see: Atheism and morality).

For more information, please see:

Atheism and rape

Mass rape of German women by the Soviet army
See also: Mass rape of German women by the Soviet army

The Soviet Union practiced state atheism and militant atheism. According to the University of Cambridge, historically, the "most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power."[34] See also: Atheism and communism and Soviet atheism

The journalist Peter Hitchens is the ex-atheist brother of atheist Christopher Hitchens and he covered the Soviet Union during its latter years before it collapsed. According to Peter Hitchens, an atheistic society degraded the morals of the Russian people during the Soviet period (see: Soviet Union and morality).[35]

Estimates of the number of German women sexually assaulted by Soviet soldiers have ranged up to 2 million.[36][37][38][39][40] The historian William Hitchcock declared that in many cases women were the victims of repeated rapes, some women experienced as many as 60 to 70 rapes.[41]

For more information, please see:

Mass rape of German women by the Soviet army

Elevatorgate and rape threats

Atheist Rebecca Watson (photo obtained from Wikimedia commons, see: license agreement)

Elevatorgate is a term commonly used to describe a scandal involving atheist Richard Dawkins' inappropriate comments made to fellow atheist Rebecca Watson. In July 2011, Richard Dawkins was widely criticized within the atheist community and in various press outlets for his insensitive comments made to atheist Rebecca Watson about an incident which occurred in an elevator (see: Richard Dawkins' Elevatorgate comments).[42] Specifically, Watson was invited for coffee and a conversation late at night by a man who was a fellow atheist. Watson was upset by this and subsequently blogged about it. Following this, Richard Dawkins wrote an open letter to a fictitious Muslim woman, satirically equating Rebecca's plight with that of abused Muslim women. Watson has written about perceived widespread misogny within the atheist community and she has received threats of rape (see also: Atheism and women and Atheism and rape).[43]

Post Elevatorgate controversy, at an atheist convention, Rebecca Watson claimed:

Hundreds of atheists have informed me that either they wanted to rape me, someone should rape me so that I will loosen up or that no one would ever rape me because I am so ugly".[44]

In July 2012, Watson declared: "It get regular rape threats. I get regular rape and murder threats".[45] Furthermore, in August 2013, Rebecca Watson said that post Elevatorgate she received a flood of rape threats and she continues to receive rape threats (see: Atheism and rape).[46]

According to Rebecca Watson atheist women are often punished for being outspoken - particularly when they speak about feminism.[47] In August 2013, Watson said the harassment she received from male atheists skyrocketed after Elevatorgate.[48] Furthermore, she said she still receives harassment from male fans of Richard Dawkins.[49] The atheist feminist Sikivu Hutchinson concurs with Watson and says that sexual harassment has been institutionalized within the atheist movement and that atheist men have an investment in censoring, controlling and policing women and also have an investment in "male privilege".[50]

New Statesman reporter and skeptic David Allen said Richard Dawkins is a misogynist

The New Statesman reporter and fellow skeptic David Allen Green said he believed Dawkins was a misogynist and a racist.[51] In addition, Green wrote: "Can Richard Dawkins still credibly pose as a champion of rational thinking and an evidence-based approach? In my opinion, he certainly cannot, at least not in the way he did before."[52]

Atheists hypocritically claiming God is sadistic

See also: Atheism and sadism

The perverse and cruel atheist Marquis de Sade in prison, 18th century line engraving.

The atheist Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) was an infamous French aristocrat and author of heavily philosophical pornography, as well as more traditional essays on philosophy.[53] Sadism, a paraphilia in which pleasure is derived from inflicting pain or seeing pain being inflicted on others, is named after him. The debauched lifestyle of the Marquis de Sade caused him to have periods of imprisonment.[54]

His books featured murder, torture, blasphemy and grotesque, violent, and ritualistic sex. His more major works remain banned in many countries to the present day, even though some of them have been highly influential; Juliet, a book released early in his career, has been imitated right up until the present, most recently by radical feminist Andrea Dworkin.

Despite the strong historical connection between atheism and sadism (see: Atheism and sadism), atheists/agnostics claim God is sadistic.[55][56][57]

For example, the new atheist and agnostic Richard Dawkins claimed that the God of the Old Testament is "sadomasochistic" in his book The God Delusion.[58][59]

The American Atheists organization accused God of being sadistic via a billboard.[60]

Western atheism and race

The atheist and evolutionist PZ Myers giving a presentation to a group that is likely largely made up of white males.[61][62][63] In June 2010, PZ Myers commented that atheist meetings tend to be significantly more attended by males.[64] (photo obtained from Flickr, see: license agreement)

See also: Western atheism and race

In 2011, Beliefnetnews reported concerning the race and gender of American atheists:

From the smallest local meetings to the largest conferences, the vast majority of speakers and attendees are almost always white men. Leading figures of the atheist movement - Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett -- are all white men.

But making atheism more diverse is proving to be no easy task.

Surveys suggest most atheists are white men. A recent survey of 4,000 members of the Freedom from Religion Foundation found that 95 percent were white, and men comprised a majority.[65]

Samuel D. Adams writes about American atheism/evangelical Christianity: "Evangelicalism – which many atheists endlessly lampoon as whitewashed and sexist – is more diverse than atheism, with more than half of US evangelicals being female and 76% being white."[66] See also: Atheism and sexism

Secular leftists in the West often decry racism, yet the atheist leadership is made up predominantly of white males and racial minorities are underreprentated in atheist community in the Western World (see: Western atheism and race).

In addition, since WWII atheists/agnostics have been the most vocal proponents of Darwinism.[67] Evolutionary racism may partly explain the lack of atheists in minority populations in the West (see: Western atheism and race).

Atheism and diversity

See also: Atheism and diversity

Politically, most atheists lean left politically (see: Atheism and politics). Secular leftists emphasize the importance of diversity.

In terms of geographic/cultural, linguistic, racial, gender and socioeconomic status, Christendom has more diversity than the atheist population (see: Atheism and diversity).

Secular leftists and toleration

Secular leftists often extol diversity and toleration, yet atheists are often extremely intolerant and step on religious freedom (see: Atheism and intolerance).

Atheism and the sexual abuse of children

See also: Atheism and child pornography

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the American Roman Catholic bishops and the Vatican had noted a growing problem with clerical sexual abuse of children in the U.S. which involved minors/children.[68] In addition, Ireland and other European countries have experienced problems relating to instances of Roman Catholic priests sexually abusing children.[69][70] See also: Roman Catholic Church, homosexuality and pederasty

Prominent atheists and other atheists/agnostics frequently bring up this Roman Catholic church scandal.[71][72][73][74]

Yet, historically the atheist population has had a significant problem when it comes to the sexual abuse of children (see: Atheism and child pornography).

In addition, atheists have been prominently involved in the sexual exploitation of women via pornography (see: Atheism and pornography).

Atheistic Denmark and child pornography

See also: Atheistic Denmark and child pornography
Denmark is the third most atheistic country in the world and the website adherents.com reports that 43 - 80% of Danes are agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[75] The child pornography material produced in Denmark (and Holland) still constitutes the largest part of child pornography that is currently available, having been transferred into digital format and uploaded onto the internet.[76]

In 2005, Denmark was ranked the third most atheistic country in the world and the website adherents.com reported that in 2005 43 - 80% of Danes are agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[77] Denmark has the highest rate of belief in evolution in the Western World.[78]

The 2003 book entitled Overcoming Violence Against Women and Girls: The International Campaign to Eradicate a Worldwide Problem written by authors Rahel Nardos; Mary K. Radpour; William S. Hatcher and Michael L. Penn, declared:

The largest source of commercial child pornography is Denmark. Denmark became the world's leading producer of child pornography when, in 1969, it removed all restrictions on the production and sale of any type of pornographic material. "The result," notes Tim Tate, "was a short-lived explosion in adult pornography, and the birth of commercial child pornography. In his work, Tate links the global spread of child pornography to two men: Willy Strauss, founder of Bambina Sex, the world's first child-pornography magazine, founded in 1971; and Peter Theander, founder of Colour Climax Corporation and the producer of a short, professionally made pornographic film series entitled Lolita. Lolita depicts the sexual abuse of prepubescent boys and girls. Although Danish law at the time rendered the work of Strauss and Theander legal, by 1979 when Denmark finally banned the production and sale of child pornography it had already become such a financial success on the international market that it has proven to be nearly impossible to bring its spread under control.[79]

Suzanne Ost, in her 2009 book Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming: Legal and Societal Responses published by Cambridge University Press, wrote about the child pornography created by Denmark/Holland during this period:

Taylor and Quayle note that the material produced during this period still constitutes the largest part of child pornography that is currently available, having been transferred into digital format and uploaded onto the internet.[80]

Other atheistic countries, child pornography/prostitution and miscellaneous

Atheist professor brought up on sex charges after criticizing the Roman Catholic church

In 2013, the website First Things featured an article about the noted atheist philosopher Colin McGinn who blamed religious faith for sexual abuse and was later forced to resign his professorship due to sexual messages sent to a student.[81] See also: Academia and moral values

New Atheist Richard Dawkins on child molestation and so called "gentle pedophiles"

See also: Richard Dawkins on child molestation and so called "gentle pedophiles"

In 2010, the Australian Conservative published an article by Ben-Peter Terpstra entitled Preparing for Richard Dawkins’ crocodile tears which charges that Richard Dawkins exhibits selective outrage on the issue of child molestation.[82] In the article Terpstra cites Bendan Oneill who wrote:

The New Atheist campaign to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested when he visits Britain later this year exposes the deeply disturbing, authoritarian and even Inquisitorial side to today’s campaigning secularism...

In 2006, Dawkins criticised ‘hysteria about paedophilia’ and said that, even though he was the victim of sexual abuse at boarding school, he would defend his abusive former teachers if ‘50 years on they had been hounded by vigilantes or lawyers as no better than child murderers’. Yet now he wants to put abusive priests on a par with genocidaires.[83]

Ben-Peter Terpstra writes: "In all truth, Britain’s clean-shaven atheists aren’t serious about children’s rights, or they’d be launching venomous attacks against the United Nations, in light of their more recent sex abuse scandals."[84]

Atheism, leftism, social justice/progressive values and hypocrisy

See also: Atheism and social justice

Historically, the secular left has been dominant within the atheist community (see: Atheism and politics).

Progressive values according to leading progressive websites

According to atheist Michael Nugent, his fellow atheist PZ Myers behaves in manner that is contrary to fostering social justice in society.[85]

According to leading progressive/leftists websites, progressive values include: freedom; opportunity; responsibility; cooperation/community; caring and responsibility, carried out with strength; protection/fairness; honesty and open communication.[86][87] These practices are often seen as being conducive to social justice.

Atheism and lack of cooperation/community

The atheist population lacks cooperation/community, is known for engaging in bitter quarrels and is deeply divided (see: Atheist factions and Atheist movement). It also has significant racial/gender issues (see: Western atheism and race and Atheism and women).

Furthermore, atheistic countries often have significant problems with loneliness (See: Atheism and loneliness).

See also: Irreligious Britain and low social mobility

Atheism and lack of empathy

As far as the progressive values of caring/protection, the American atheist population gives less to charity per capita than Christians even when church giving is not counted (see: Atheism and uncharitableness).

In addition, the historical record shows that atheists have often been uncaring and atheists have engaged in barbarous/uncivilized behavior (see: Atheism and mass murder and Mass rape of German women by the Soviet army and Atheism and cannibalism and Atheism and bestiality).

Also, atheists rarely focuses on the issue of social Darwinism in their communities past and often takes offense when biblical creationists bring this matter up.[88][89]

Atheist nonprofit scandals

See also: Atheist nonprofit scandals and Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science - Embezzlement allegation

Two recent atheist nonprofit scandals which received some publicity were the organizations Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the We Are Atheism organization.[90][91][92][93]

In addition, David Gorski at Scienceblogs indicated that many atheist/skeptic organizations are poorly run from a financial standpoint.[94]

For more information, please see: Atheist nonprofit scandals

Atheists falling short of the progressive value of freedom

As far as the values of freedom, militant atheists continue to deny basic freedoms to people (See: Militant atheism and Atheism and forced labor).

Desecularization in China is partly occurring due to its association with equality, individual freedom and democracy (see: Asian atheism).[95] See also: Growth of Christianity in China

Atheists and the issue of honesty

As far as honesty, atheists have a poor record in this area as well (see: Atheism and deception and Atheist indoctrination).

Evidential standards

See also: Atheism and evidence and Evidential apologetics and Atheism and logic and Atheism and logical fallacies

Atheists demand proof and evidence for other worldviews, yet there is no proof and evidence that atheism is true. Also, despite the abundant evidence for Christianity and the lack of proof and evidence for atheism, atheist reject the truth of Christianity. Atheists refuse to go where the evidence clearly leads.

In addition, when atheist make claims related to naturalism, make personal claims or make accusations against theists, they often employ lax evidential standards instead of employing rigorous evidential standards.

Atheist community requested to provide proof and evidence that atheism is true

The popular YouTube Christian Shockofgod asked for proof and evidence that atheism is true. When atheism is weighed on the proof and evidence scale, it lacks evidential weight that it is a valid worldview. Unlike Christianity, there is no proof and evidence that atheism is true.

The popular Christian YouTube Christian Shockofgod likened atheism to a clown due to its hypocritical and foolish evidential standards.[96] Shockofgod repeatedly asked the YouTube atheist community, "What proof and evidence do you have that atheism is accurate and correct?".

The YouTube atheist community became flustered and upset by his question.[97] Shockofgod declared concerning their reaction to his question: "The hostility I am getting over this question is unbelievable...It's like..picture this...Atheism is a clown and it didn't know it. And then I got the clown and I walked it over...I forced it to look itself in the mirror. And it sees itself in all its red hair, big nose, big shoes, polka dot glory."[98]

Atheism and extraordinary claims

Western Atheists often claim that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence", yet they have no proof and evidence that the extraordinary claim of non-life becoming the first life solely through natural processes is true (See: Origin of life).[99][100][101]

Atheism and the unobservable by senses or instruments

Physicist Stephen Barr points out, “How ironic that, having renounced belief in God because God is not material or observable by sense or instrument, the atheist may be driven to postulate not one but an infinitude of unobservables in the material world itself.” See also: Multiverse and Dark matter and Dark energy

Selective application of naturalism

Although all atheists indicate that they do not believe in the existence of God/gods, a significant portion of atheists do not strictly subscribe to the philosophy of naturalism (see also: Atheism and the supernatural).

Secular left, humor and hypocrisy

See also: Atheism and humor

Richard Dawkins
The movie The Atheist Delusion features the new atheist Richard Dawkins being the object of audience laughter due to something unreasonable he said.[102] Dawkins indignantly asked the audience, "Why is that funny?".[103] See also: Atheism and humor

Historically, atheists have skewed towards the left side of the political aisle (see: Atheism and politics and Secular left and Atheism and communism).[104][105][106][107][108]

Although the secular left is known for ridiculing religion since at least the time of French Revolution (see: Atheism and mockery), the secular left is known for its humorlessness when it comes to others mocking of its ideology (See also: Atheism and humor and Atheism and intolerance).

The writer James Thurber declared:

The leftists have made a concerted attack on humor as an antisocial, antiracial, antilabor, antiproletarian stereotype,” Thurber wrote in 1960, “and they have left no stereotype unused in their attacks, from ‘no time for comedy’ to the grim warnings that humor is a sickness, a sign of inferiority complex, a shield and not a weapon.[109]

Heywood Gould wrote in Heatstreet:

The left is trying to remake the world and feels immune to ridicule. It condemns humor as a bourgeois plot to make the oppressed laugh at and accept their exploitation.

Bernie Sanders admits he has a “bad sense of humor.” He won’t need it once his Revolution comes,

According to Marxist theorist Tom McLaughlin: “Under Socialism there will be no classes and consequently no class conflict. Humor will cease to reflect any objective reality and will wither away.”...

When Jerry Seinfeld revealed that fellow comedians had warned him away from colleges because they “were too PC,” he was savaged by the left media. Columnist Amanda Marcotte accused him of making excuses for being “a second rate hack.”[110]

Soviet Union and the Department of Jokes

In the former Soviet Union, a popular joke was that the workers pretended to work and the Soviet Union pretended to pay them.[111] See also: Atheism and sloth

The Soviet Union practiced state atheism and the atheism was of a militant atheism variety. See also: Soviet atheism and Atheism and communism

Listverse declares in its article 10 Bizarre Ways The Soviet Union Controlled Its People

For comedians in the Soviet Union, every attempt at humor had to be read from a government-approved list of comedic material. Each year, comedians were required to submit every joke they’d written to a section of The Ministry of Culture called The Department of Jokes, and they couldn’t crack a single one until it had been approved.

Jokes against the state, of course, were forbidden, as was everything even remotely edgy. Even jokes against the United States had to be tame. When the list came back, comedians were usually left with just a handful of tame jokes about their mother-in-laws.

For the next year, they could only tell jokes from their approved list. Improvisation was strictly forbidden. The only way a comedian could keep an act fresh was to steal gags from the competition. Plagiarism was fine, as long as the material you stole was approved.[112]

Atheism, naturalism, hypocrisy and life after death

See: Atheism and death and Atheism and cowardice

According to a study performed in the United States by researchers Wink and Scott, very religious people fear death the least.[113]

Although a majority of atheists do not believe in life after death due to holding to the worldview of naturalism, a significant number of atheists believe in life after death (see: Atheism and death and Atheism and views of death).

Science Daily reported that Death anxiety increases atheists' unconscious belief in God.[114] In a Psychology Today article, Dr. Nathan A. Heflick reported similar results in other studies.[115]

The website the Skeptics Guide indicates that a significant number of atheists and agnostics believe in life after death and the website reported:

A survey compiled in 2014 by The Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture (AISFC) reveals that 32 percent of Americans who identified themselves as agnostics and atheists believe in an afterlife of some kind. In addition, 6 percent of the same non-theistic group expressed a belief in a “bodily resurrection”. These numbers were taken from a sample of 15,738 Americans, all of which were between the ages of 18 and 60. According to the data, 13.2 percent of Americans identify themselves as atheist, agnostic, or some other variation of non-believing.

I found these results to be quite surprising. Having been immersed in circles of atheists and agnostics for the past 20 years, the numbers revealed by this study are higher than I would have guessed, by quite a lot. What stands out the most is that 6% expressed a belief in resurrection. It could be a statistical anomaly of some sort (perhaps the respondents did not understand the question about bodily resurrection?) Why an atheist or agnostic would believe that a dead person could come back to life seems entirely contrary to their worldview.[116]

Atheism, reason, critical thinking and hypocrisy

See also: Atheism and irrationality and Atheism and critical thinking and Atheism and logic

Richard Dawkins
The Oxford University Professor Daniel Came wrote to the New Atheist Richard Dawkins:: "The absence of a debate with the foremost apologist for Christian theism is a glaring omission on your CV and is of course apt to be interpreted as cowardice on your part."[117]

Atheists often take great efforts to proclaim how reasonable they are. For example, one of the largest gatherings for the godless was called the Reason Rally.

Ideologues who engage in uncritical thinking often are unaware of opposing arguments and actively avoid intellectually engaging with their opponents arguments.

In 1990, the atheist philosopher Michael Martin indicated there was a general absence of an atheistic response to contemporary work in the philosophy of religion and in jest he indicated that it was his "cross to bear" to respond to theistic arguments.[118] Yet, in 1994, Michael Martin was criticized for his eleventh hour cancellation of his debate with Greg Bahnsen (see: Greg Bahnsen and debate and Bahnson-Martin debate press release).[119][120]

Atheism, debates and critical thinking

See also: Atheism debates and Atheism and critical thinking

Well-structured debates have cross-examination by the participants which often can stimulate critical thinking by participants and audience members. And many debates have an audience questioning period where audience members pose questions to the debaters.

Generally speaking, atheists are often unprepared to address their opponents arguments and do poorly in debates (see: Atheism and debate). In addition, there have been notable cases of prominent atheists dodging debate offers (see: Atheism and cowardice).

At the atheist blog Common Sense Atheism, the atheist Luke Muehlhauser said of the William Laen Craig vs. Doug Jesseph debate: "A very typical debate in which Craig’s opponent is not prepared for Craig’s skill, speed, or organization, and things just get worse for Jesseph as things go along and he falls further and further behind."[121]

Thinking, especially critical thinking, requires mental effort and many atheistic cultures have are experiencing decline related to sloth (See: Atheism and sloth). Other times unpreparedness in intellectual matters is due to fear and avoidance and its attendant procrastination (see: Atheism and cowardice and Atheism and emotional intelligence).

Atheism, postmodernism and a lack of critical thinking

See also: Atheism and critical thinking#Atheism, postmodernism and a lack of critical thinking

Postmodernism is an antichristian,[122] far-left, 20th century worldview and academic movement characterized by denial of objective truth, and which asserts that assertions of objective knowledge are essentially impossible. The Christian apologist Norman Geisler wrote about postmodernism: "In short, the root of Post-modernism is atheism and the fruit of it is relativism — relativism in every area of life and thought."[123]

Arthur W. Lindsley, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, C.S. Lewis Institute, wrote:

Many postmodern contentions are self-refuting. An ancient example of this was the Greek philosopher Gorgius, who maintained that “All statements are false.” The problem is that if the statement that “All statements are false” is true, then it is false. Similarly, postmodernism maintains that it is (objectively) true to say that there are no objective truths. It uses reason to deny the validity of reason. If the statement, “all perspectives on reality are culturally determined” is true, then is this statement itself also culturally determined? If all metanarratives are suspect because they lead to oppression, then can it not be equally maintained that postmodernism is itself a metanarrative and equally suspect? If all knowledge claims are a grab for power, then are not postmodernism’s contentions equally motivated by a will-to-power?[124]

For more information, please see: Atheism and critical thinking#Atheism, postmodernism and a lack of critical thinking

Bombastic proclamations about the supposed validity of atheism

Richard Dawkins and Carl Sagan made bombastic proclamations about the supposed validity of atheism and yet they vacillated between atheism/agnosticism (see: Atheism, agnosticism and flip-flopping and Richard Dawkins and agnosticism).

Atheists and the denial that Jesus existed

Christ on the Cross by Jacques Louis David.

See also: Historicity of Jesus and Atheists and historical illiteracy and Atheism and historical revisionism

Despite their being an abundance of historical evidence for Jesus Christ living in the first century, many atheists embarrassingly claim the Jesus never existed (see: Historicity of Jesus).

In an article entitled Scholarly opinions on the Jesus Myth, Christopher Price wrote concerning individuals who insist that Jesus Christ was merely a mythical figure:

I have often been asked why more academics do not take the time to respond to the Jesus Myth theory. After looking into this question, I discovered that most historians and New Testament scholars relevant to the topic have concluded that Jesus Mythers are beyond reason and therefore decide that they have better things to do with their time.[125]

For more information, please see: Atheists and the denial that Jesus existed.

Atheists and selective use of academic consensus

An irony of atheists asserting that Jesus never existed is that atheists often appeal to the academic consensus when it comes to pseudoscience such evolution. And secular leftists often appeal to the academic consensus when engaging in global warming alarmism.

In addition, the majority of philosophers of religion, or those who have extensively studied the existence of God, are theists (72 percent).[126]

John Lennox's discussion with New Atheist Richard Dawkins about the historicity of Christ

John Lennox pointed out to New Atheist Richard Dawkins that Dawkins claimed in his book The God Delusion that Jesus may have never existed and that Dawkins errantly claimed that ancient historians have some disagreement on whether Jesus existed or not. After some additional discussion with Dawkins, Dawkins conceded that Jesus existed and said, "I take that back. Jesus existed".[127]

Atheism and mockery

[[File:Penn Jillette.jpg|thumbnail|200px|left|A National Public Radio reviewer of one of atheist Penn Jillette's books found the book "showy and assaultive" in terms of its use of profanity.[128] See: Atheism and profanity ] See also: Atheism and mockery

Historically, atheists often engage in mockery rather than discussion/debate and they often react poorly when satire/humor is directed at atheist ideology (see: Atheism and mockery).[129][130][131]

Atheists Penn and Teller produced a poorly reasoned video disputing the veracity of the Bible which used low grade humor and it was entitled "The Bible is bull****""."[132] (see also: Atheism and the Bible and Bible apologetics website resources). Yet, after producing two videos after being listed in Conservapedia's atheism and obesity article and having a debate challenge directed his way which employed some humor, the atheist Penn Jillette posted a video on the internet which declared:

I didn't really read the stuff so I guess I can't really comment...

I don't tend to react to satire, or sarcasm or irony, I pretty much say what I mean and that is what I react to the most... I do know people and love people who believe...who are Christians and who have belief and who believe this stuff strongly, and as much as I want to argue with them, I don't want to show them disrespect. And I will say that's a ****ing stupid argument, but that's not disrespect.[133]

After refusing to debate the Christian apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate, Penn Jillette said, “I’m not trained in debate. It’s turning conversation into competition."[134] See also: Atheism and cowardice

A National Public Radio reviewer of one of atheist Penn Jillette's books found the book "showy and assaultive" in terms of its use of profanity.[135] See: Atheism and profanity

Freethinker moniker

[[File:Freethinkers.jpg|thumbnail|200px|right|Dr. Jonathan Sarfati is a staff member of Creation Ministries International. ]] See also: Atheism and irrationality and Rebuttals to atheist arguments

Freethinker moniker - Atheists go by the self-gratulatory moniker of freethinker. Yet, militant atheists commonly have stifled the free speech theists whenever they have had the power to do so - especially the free speech of Christians (See: Militant atheism and Atheism and communism and Suppression of alternatives to evolution and Atheist bullying).

Dinesh D'Souza has pointed out that atheists have focused considerable efforts on the public schools in order to indoctrinate young people into atheistic beliefs.[136] In addition, Jewish columnist Dennis Prager has stated that a causal factor of atheism is the "secular indoctrination of a generation."[137] Prager stated that "From elementary school through graduate school, only one way of looking at the world – the secular – is presented. The typical individual in the Western world receives as secular an indoctrination as the typical European received a religious one in the Middle Ages." [138] Also, in communist countries (such as the former Soviet Union) atheistic indoctrination occurred in the educational system through such venues as schools, atheist museums, and clubs.[139][140] Atheistic communist countries are known to be among the most repressive countries in the world.

In addition, atheist Darwinists actively censor more accurate explanations of origins (see: Suppression of alternatives to evolution) in order to keep their false pseudoscience from being more actively rebutted in the public square.

Humanist moniker

The American Humanist Association defines humanism thusly: "Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity."[141] The American Humanist Association's slogan is "Good without God".[142]

In 2011, the atheist PZ Myers won the International Humanist Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union.[143] Prior to that in 2009, Myers won the Humanist of the Year award from the American Humanist Association.[144]

In 2008, Myers rejoiced at the death of a Brazilian Roman Catholic priest who died a premature accidental death and then Myers fantasized about personally killing other priests.[145][146]

Atheism, medicine and health

Atheist often champion mainstream medicine and disparage osteopathy, integrative medicine, chiropractic healthcare and other alternative medicine approaches.[147][148] In addition, atheists are often guilty of practicing the ideology/religion of scientism.[149][150][151]

Atheism and obesity

See also: Atheism and obesity and Atheism and the fat acceptance movement

PZ Myers (photo obtained from Flickr, see license agreement)

Yet, despite the health risks of obesity and despite the fact that exercise science, nutritional science and medical science have a number of effective treatments for obesity, a significant amount of prominent atheists are obese/overweight (see: Atheism and obesity).

For example, 3 out of 5 of the founders of the New Atheism movement have had issues with being overweight as can be seen HERE and HERE and HERE (see: New Atheism leadership's problem with excess weight). In addition, most atheists champion the pseudoscientific notions of evolution and abiogenesis.

PZ Myers is also a leader within the New Atheism movement and Myers has had problems with being overweight and experienced health problems as a result.[152] 2009 pictures of a significantly overweight PZ Myers can be found HERE and HERE and HERE.

According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[153] In the journal article Religion, self-regulation, and self-control: Associations, explanations, and implications, psychologists McCullough and Willoughby theorize that many of the positive links of religiousness with health and social behavior may be caused by religion's beneficial influences on self-control/self-regulation.[154][155] In terms of their geographic location, a large majority of Christians live in the Eastern World where individuals tend to be slimmer and practice healthier lifestyles (see: Global Christianity).[156]

If the atheist community truly believed in evidence-based medicine, a significant amount of prominent atheists would not be overweight. There is no historical evidence suggesting that Jesus or his disciples were overweight. See: Jesus Christ, the apostles and the Mediterranean diet/Mosaic diet

African Christians clapping at an open-air meeting. In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[157] The traditional African diet is healthier than many Western World invividuals' diets and Africa has some of the lowest obesity rates in the world.[158][159] In recent years, Christianity has seen a rapid growth in Africa.[160] See: Global atheism and Atheist population

The traditional African diet is healthier than many Western World peoples' diets and Africa has some of the lowest obesity rates in the world.[161][162] In recent years, Christianity has seen a rapid growth in Africa.[163] Secular Europe has a higher obesity rate than Africa (See: Secular Europe and obesity). In addition, religious Africa has a lower obesity rate than atheistic China (see: China and obesity).

In the United States, the greater the degree of irreligiosity in a generation, the higher their obesity rate is. See: Atheism and obesity and Generation X, irreligion and obesity and Millennials, irreligion and obesity and Baby boom generation, irreligion and obesity According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[164]

The Iona Institute reported:

A meta-analysis of all studies, both published and unpublished, relating to religious involvement and longevity was carried out in 2000. Forty-two studies were included, involving some 126,000 subjects. Active religious involvement increased the chance of living longer by some 29%, and participation in public religious practices, such as church attendance, increased the chance of living longer by 43%.[165][166]

For more information please see: Atheism and obesity and Atheism and the fat acceptance movement and Atheism and health

Atheism, alcoholism and illegal drug use

See also: Atheism and alcoholism

Alcoholism was a serious social problem in the former atheistic Soviet Union.[167] Between 1940 and 1980, this atheist state had the largest increase of the amount of alcohol usage in the developed world.[168]

As noted above, American atheists are more likely to see excessive drinking as morally acceptable behavior.[169] Alcoholism was a serious social problem in the former atheistic Soviet Union.[170] Between 1940 and 1980, the Soviet Union had the largest increase of the amount of alcohol usage in the developed world.[171]

A 2012 study suggests that a habit of binge drink risks serious brain damage including increasing memory loss later in adulthood.[172][173] There are a number of other health problems associated with excess alcohol use as well (see: alcoholism).

Also, as noted above, atheists are more likely to also find illegal drug use to be morally acceptable as well and medical science has found many instances of illegal drug use to cause health problems.

Since atheist community often champions evidence-based medicine, the excess drinking and instances of harmful illegal drug use by the atheist community is another example of atheist hypocrisy.

Atheism, homosexuality and public health

See also: Atheism and homosexuality

The conservative journalist Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth wrote: "Anyone who has researched the subject of homosexuality knows that many of the most staunch advocates of homosexuality are those who hold a decidedly secular outlook."[174]

The Barna Group found that atheists and agnostics in America were more likely, than theists in America, to look upon the following behaviors as morally acceptable: illegal drug use; excessive drinking; sexual relationships outside of marriage; abortion; cohabitating with someone of opposite sex outside of marriage; obscene language; gambling; pornography and obscene sexual behavior; and engaging in homosexuality/bisexuality.[175] Given the many diseases associated with homosexuality, the biblical prohibition against homosexuality is quite arguably one of the many examples where the Bible exhibited knowledge that was ahead of its time. See also: Atheism and homosexuality

Given that homosexuality is a choice, the existence many ex-homosexuals and the many health risks of homosexuality and its effect on the larger population through bisexuals, the continued advocacy of homosexuality by atheists is another example of atheist hypocrisy.

Atheistic communism, the American Atheists and homosexuality

See also: Atheist actions against homosexuals and Atheism and homosexuality

Leftist atheists in the Western World, commonly complain about the Bible declaring homosexuality to be a sin and Christian negative attitudes against homosexuality, yet atheistic communist regimes took strong measures to reduce the prevalence of homosexuality in their societies due to seeing homosexuality as a symptom of bourgeois decadence.[176] In addition, the American Atheists organization was embroiled in a controversy due to the critical comments that Dave Muscato, the Public Relations Director for American Atheists, said about homosexual activists.[177] See: Atheist actions against homosexuals

Atheism and superstition

The Wall Street Journal reported: "A comprehensive new study released by Baylor University yesterday, shows ...that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians."[178]

See also: Irreligion and superstition and Atheism and irrationality

Atheists often accuse Christians of holding to superstition. Yet Bible believers are less likely to believe in superstition than atheists.[179]

In September 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported:

The reality is that the New Atheist campaign, by discouraging religion, won't create a new group of intelligent, skeptical, enlightened beings. Far from it: It might actually encourage new levels of mass superstition. And that's not a conclusion to take on faith -- it's what the empirical data tell us.

"What Americans Really Believe," a comprehensive new study released by Baylor University yesterday, shows that traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians....

This is not a new finding. In his 1983 book "The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener," skeptic and science writer Martin Gardner cited the decline of traditional religious belief among the better educated as one of the causes for an increase in pseudoscience, cults and superstition. He referenced a 1980 study published in the magazine Skeptical Inquirer that showed irreligious college students to be by far the most likely to embrace paranormal beliefs, while born-again Christian college students were the least likely.[180]

Atheism. secular left and racism

As note above, most atheists skew politically to the left (see: Atheism and politics).

Historically, there has been a lack of atheist outreach to minority communities in the Western World and a lack of atheist evangelism in Africa and Latin America. Christendom has made extensive evangelism efforts in Africa and Latin America and continues to do so (see: Global Christianity). Also, according to a video posted at Freethought Blogs storefront churches provide assistance to local residents including women and this partly explains the dearth of Hispanic and African-American women atheists in America (Atheists give less to charity than Christians. See: Atheism and uncharitableness).[181]

Furthermore, atheists often get prickly when the subject of evolutionary racism is brought up.

Token efforts to extend racial minorities leadership positions in atheist organizations

See also: Western atheism and race and Atheism and leadership

On October 9, 2014, the atheist Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson declared:

Despite frequent tokenistic calls for “diversity” within the “movement,” there are virtually no people of color in executive management positions in any of the major secular, atheist, or Humanist organizations —notable exceptions being Debbie Goddard of Center for Inquiry and Maggie Ardiente of American Humanist Association. People of color are constantly bombarded with claims of separatism, reverse discrimination, and “self-segregation” when they point to the absence of social justice, anti-racist community organizing, coalition-building, and visibility among secular organizations. After the Washington Post article, the vitriol and denialism among the “We are All Africans” white atheists was off the chain. This illustrates yet again that sticking a few of us on conference panels or secular boards is nothing but cheap appeasement.[182]

Racial minority atheists vs. prominent, white atheist lead organizations

See also: Western atheism and race

Atheist Sikivu Hutchinson wrote:

The recent merger of the secular organization Center for Inquiry (CFI) and the Richard Dawkins Foundation (RDF) has been dubbed atheism's supergroup moment. Acknowledging the two organizations' outsized presence in the atheist world, Religion News Service acidly declared it a "royal wedding". The partnership, which gives Richard Dawkins a seat on the CFI board, smacks of a vindication of Dawkins' toxic, reactionary brand of damn-all-them-culturally-backward-Western-values-hating- Muslims New Atheism. As one of the most prominent global secular organizations, CFI's all-white board looks right at home with RDF's lily white board and staff.

Meanwhile, atheists and humanists of color have been going against the white grain to address issues that much of organized atheism and humanism are resistant if not outright hostile to.[183]

The secular humanist document Human Manifesto II, which was written in 1973 by Paul Kurtz and Edwin H. Wilson, decried racism and it declared:

The beginnings of police states, even in democratic societies, widespread government espionage, and other abuses of power by military, political, and industrial elites, and the continuance of unyielding racism, all present a different and difficult social outlook. In various societies, the demands of women and minority groups for equal rights effectively challenge our generation.[184]

Atheism and scientism

According to The Cryonics Society, the atheist Isaac Asimov said of cryonics, "Though no one can quantify the probability of cryonics working, I estimate it is at least 90%..."[185]

Atheist are often guilty of holding to the errant view of scientism. Yet, the claim that science is the only form of legitimate evidence is a self-refuting claim for there is no scientific evidence that this claim is true. Furthermore, atheists commonly promote the pseudosciences of evolution and abiogenesis.

Atheism and mental illness

See also: Atheism and suicide and Atheism and depression and Atheism and health).

Atheists often falsely accuse theists (particularly those who criticize atheism) of mental illness,[186] despite the fact that atheists have higher incidences of depression and suicide (see: Atheism and suicide and Atheism and depression and Atheism and health).

Dr. Paul Vitz wrote a book entitled Faith of the Fatherless in which he points out that after studying the lives of more than a dozen leading atheists he found that a large majority of them had a father who was present but weak, present but abusive, or absent.[187][188] Dr. Vitz also examined the lives of prominent theists who were contemporaneous to their atheist counterparts and from the same culture and in every instance these prominent theists had a good relationship with his father.[189]

Atheism and deception

The article Atheism is rudderless and unseaworthy written by a supporter of the Question evolution! campaign wrote: "Christians should call Dawkins on his disingenuous flip-flopping if his publisher continues to promote the book as a book focusing on his journey to atheism without mentioning the fact that Dawkins is presently an agnostic who has rejected atheism."[190]

Western atheists often accuse Christians of being liars or "liars for Jesus", yet the evolutionary worldview has been caught in engaging in a number of lies/frauds (see: Atheism and deception and Evolution and Cases of Fraud, Hoaxes and Speculation).

New Atheism, Richard Dawkins and agnosticism

One of the ironies of the New Atheism movement (a form of militant atheism) is that one of its leading figures, Richard Dawkins, is an agnostic whose public persona flip-flops between militant atheism, atheism, and agnosticism. See: Richard Dawkins and agnosticism

Richard Dawkins indicated in a 2012 meeting with the British Archbishop Dr. Rowan Williams that he is an agnostic which stunned the Dr. Williams and many in the general public.[191][192] In an essay entitled Is Richard Dawkins a flip-flopper?, an advocate of the Question evolution! campaign indicated that the public persona of Dawkins is sometimes atheistic for controversy sake in order to sell more books.[193]

Atheism commonly decry religion, yet atheism is a religion

For thousands of years, and particularly in the post Darwinism era, atheists have decried religion. Yet, atheism is a religion. Recently, some atheists have established "atheist churches" and are demanding atheist chaplains in the U.S. military.[194][195][196]

Darwinism is a religion

The Kitzmiller vs. Dover case which focused on the issue intelligent design being taught in public schools did not take into account arguments that evolution is religious in nature.[197][198][199]

The Question evolution! campaign by Creation Ministries International is a worldwide campaign which poses 15 questions that evolutionists cannot satisfactorily answer.[200] The 15 questions posed to evolutionists can be found HERE

The atheist philosopher of science Michael Ruse said "Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today."[201] In the their Question evolution! campaign, Creation Ministries International asserts that evolution is a religion.[202]

The Question evolution! campaign is upsetting to many atheists because although they advocate questioning other religions, when tenets of their evolutionary faith are questioned they become agitated and upset. A recent study reported at Live Science found that evolutionary belief is significantly reliant on "gut feelings".[203]

John Calvert, a lawyer and intelligent design proponent declared:

The Seventh Judicial Circuit of the Court of Appeals of the United States held that atheism is a religion. Therefore, it cannot be promoted by a public school. Currently, public schools are often unwittingly promoting atheism through a dogmatic and uncritical teaching of materialistic theories of origins.[204]

Cult of personality surrounding Charles Darwin

An advocate of the Question Evolution! campaign wrote concerning the cult of personality surrounding Charles Darwin:

Darwinists have established a cult of personality around Charles Darwin for their religion of Darwinism. Every year they celebrate Darwin Day on February 12. The agnostic and prominent evolutionist Stephen Gould wrote: "all theories [of natural selection] cite God in their support, and ... Darwin comes close to this status among evolutionary biologists ...". In his book Rivals : Conflict as the fuel of science, Michael White similarly wrote: "Of course today, for biologists, Darwin is second only to God, and for many he may rank still higher."[205]

Atheism and slavery/forced labor

See also: Atheism and slavery and Atheism and forced labor

According to CNN, hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of labor camps and forced labor prisons (called laogai) still exist in modern China.[206]

Atheists commonly decry slavery in the Bible - particularly the Israelites owning slave and Christian slaveholders mentioned or alluded to in the New Testament.[207]

China has the world's largest atheist population.[208][209]

The inaugural Global Slavery Index is published by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation,[210]

According to NBC News:

But taken in absolute terms, global powers such as China and Russia were near the top of the list of countries with the largest total of people living in slavery.

The index said the figure for China includes “the forced labour of men, women and children in many parts of the economy, including domestic servitude and forced begging, the sexual exploitation of women and children, and forced marriage.”[211]

In addition, in atheistic communist regimes forced labor has often played a significant role in their economies and this practice continues to this day. (Please see: Atheism and forced labor)[212] [213][214]

In Myanmar a nontheistic form of Buddhism called the Theravada school of Buddhism is prevalent. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), about 800,000 people are subject to forced labor in Myanmar.[215]

In June 2013, reports of Christians in forced labor camps due to religious discrimination were still being reported.[216] Also, in 2013 the Korean-American pastor Kenneth Bae was sentenced to 15 years in an atheistic communist North Korean labor prison camps due to religious persecution.[217] North Korea is known for its systematic persecution of Christians.[218]

Thomas Sowell wrote in an essay entitled Ending slavery: "The anti-slavery movement was spearheaded by people who would today be called 'the religious right' and its organization was created by conservative businessmen."[219]

On February 20, 2012, the British newspaper the Daily Mail reported that Richard Dawkins' "family fortune came from the slave trade".[220]

Richard Dawkins' family fortune came from the slave trade - asked to pay reparations

See also: Richard Dawkins' family fortune and the slave trade

On February 20, 2012, the British newspaper the Daily Mail reported that Richard Dawkins' "family fortune came from the slave trade".[221] On February 19, 2012, The Daily Telegraph reported that Dawkins is being called to make reparations for his family's past.[222]

The Daily Mail reported:

Ancestors of secularist campaigner Richard Dawkins made their fortune from the slave trade, it has been revealed.

The outspoken atheist, who once branded the Catholic Church 'evil', is the direct descendent of Henry Dawkins who owned 1,013 slaves in Jamaica until he died in 1744.

The links with slavery continue down the family tree and in 1796 another ancestor, James Dawkins, voted against William Wilberforce's plans to abolish the slave trade[223]

Christianity and the abolitionist movement

William Wilberforce was a devout Christian, philanthropist,abolitionist, and the leader of the campaign against the Slave Trade.

Thomas Sowell wrote:

While slavery was common to all civilizations, as well as to peoples considered uncivilized, only one civilization developed a moral revulsion against it, very late in hits history…not even the leading moralists in other civilizations rejected slavery at all…. Moreover, within Western civilization, the principle impetus for the abolition of slavery came first from very conservative religious activists – people who would today be called ‘the religious right.’…this story is not ‘politically correct’ in today’s terms. Hence it is ignored, as if it never happened.”[224]

Quickness to hate God

See also: Atheism and hatred of God and Atheism and anger

In debates with atheists, the popular YouTube video maker Shockofgod often asks atheists, "Is God evil?". Invariably, so-called atheists quickly say yes. Then Shockofgod informs the "atheist" that they admitted that God exists. Shockofgod also declares that he never heard anyone accuse leprechauns of being evil. See also: Atheists doubting the validity of atheism and Denials that atheists exist and Atheism and its retention rate in individuals

Don Batten of Creation Ministries International wrote:

Recently, I have had a lot of conversations with atheists. Many express a strong hatred of God. I have been at a loss to explain this. How can you hate someone you don’t believe in? Why the hostility? If God does not exist, shouldn’t atheists just relax and seek a good time before they become plant food? Why should it matter if people believe in God? Nothing matters if atheism is true[225]

Denial of objective beauty

Atheists/evolutionists often engage in hypocrisy on the issue of beauty in God's universe and engage in self-refuting arguments which argue that beauty is merely subjective, yet non-beauty/ugliness is an objective reality (non-beauty arose after the fall of man).[226][227][228] See: Argument from beauty

Hermant Mehta and his endorsement of the Brights Movement

The atheist Hemant Mehta is an author, popular atheist blogger, and atheist activist. He also served as a chair on the Secular Student Alliance board of directors. His blog is called The Friendly Atheist. Given the Brights Movement's reputation for smugness (see: Atheism and arrogance), his endorsement of the Brights Movement and his current listing as an "Enthusiastic Bright" on the Brights Movement website, could be seen as a matter of hypocrisy due to the attributes of "friendly" and "smug" being incompatible opposites.[229]

Unlike the skeptic Michael Shermer who had second thoughts after endorsing the Brights Movement, Hemant Menta has never publicly denounced the Bright Movement for its smugness and remains listed on on its website as an "Enthusiastic Bright".[230][231]

Hemant Mehta's comments about fellow atheist Chris Stedman

Hemant Mehta said of fellow atheist Chris Stedman:

If you read the blog posts and Twitter comments about Chris, though, you’d think he was a religious man in atheist clothing. Or that he’s delegitimizing our work. Or that he’s undermining our goals. He’s not. He’s as much of an atheist activist as the rest of us. He just practices it by focusing on cooperation and conversation with people of faith instead of beating his chest with both fists and proclaiming his superiority.[232][233]
See also: Atheism and social intelligence

Leonid Brezhnev

See also: Atheism and death

Leonid Brezhnev served as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union which had state atheism. Under Brezhnev, religious believers received harsh treatment and the Soviet Union's anti-religious stance was maintained and there was a fundamental inequality between those with religious belief and those who subscribed to atheism.[234]

In his nuclear arms negotiations with President Jimmy Carter, Leonid Brezhnev, the leader of the Soviet Union which had state atheism, said, "God will never forgive us if we don't succeed."[235]

Gary Thomas wrote in Christianity Today about Brehnev's funeral and the actions of his widow:

As Vice President, George Bush represented the U.S. at the funeral of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev's widow. She stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed. Then, just as the soldiers touched the lid, Brezhnev's wife performed an act of great courage and hope, a gesture that must surely rank as one of the most profound acts of civil disobedience ever committed: She reached down and made the sign of the cross on her husband's chest. There in the citadel of secular, atheistic power, the wife of the man who had run it all hoped that her husband was wrong. She hoped that there was another life, and that that life was best represented by Jesus who died on the cross, and that the same Jesus might yet have mercy on her husband.[236]

Atheism and obsession with God

See also: Atheism and obsession with God

The Christian blog Words of a Fether declared:

An obsession is when something or someone dominates a person’s mind. So what else can it be called when so many atheists spend large amounts of time and effort in Christian venues such as message boards and blogs, arguing and mocking incessantly? Who else spends more time on what they don’t believe than what they do believe? If all unprovable beliefs are the same, why don’t atheists put forth the same effort to combat belief in the tooth fairy or pink unicorns on Mars? Are Christians really any less consistent than atheists?[237]
Orphelia Benson

(photo obtained from Wikimedia Commons, see: license agreement)

The American journalist Heywood Broun declared: "Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist there is no God."[238]

Orphelia Benson and incivility/profanity

See also: Atheism and profanity and Elevatorgate

Ophelia Benson is an American atheist, feminist, author, editor and blogger. She is known for using the word f*#@wit and she claims the word is not a vulgar word.[239][240] Despite commonly using this vulgar epithet, she published a joint statement with the agnostic/New Atheist Richard Dawkins indicating that atheists should behave in a civil manner in disagreements with each other and not engage in uncivil behavior such as the use of vulgar epithets.[241]

American society and other societies in the world see the use of profanity by women to be particularly unmannerly. Woman who engage in profanity are commonly deemed to be vulgar/uncouth individuals and this is especially the case in religious areas of the world. For example, in 2014, a mother in South Carolina who swore in front of her children in public was arrested for disorderly conduct.[242]

A significant portion of atheists believe things happen for a reason

One of the most popular arguments for God's existence is the teleological argument. Derived from the Greek word telos, which refers to purpose or end, this argument hinges on the idea that the world gives evidence of being designed, and concludes that a divine designer must be posited to account for the orderly world we encounter.

In addition, through Jesus Christ, Christianity does offer objective meaning and purpose to life.[243]

Logically, under an atheistic worldview, there would be no objective purpose to life (see: Atheism and meaninglessness and Hopelessness of atheism and Atheism and irrationality).[244]

However, on October 17, 2014, The New York Times published an article entitled Does everything happen for a reason? which declared:

But research from the Yale Mind and Development Lab, where we work, suggests that this can’t be the whole story. In one series of studies, recently published in the journal Cognition, we asked people to reflect on significant events from their own lives, such as graduations, the births of children, falling in love, the deaths of loved ones and serious illnesses. Unsurprisingly, a majority of religious believers said they thought that these events happened for a reason and that they had been purposefully designed (presumably by God). But many atheists did so as well, and a majority of atheists in a related study also said that they believed in fate — defined as the view that life events happen for a reason and that there is an underlying order to life that determines how events turn out.

These atheists’ responses weren’t just the product of living in America’s highly religious society. Research done at Queen’s University in Belfast by the psychologists Bethany Heywood and Jesse Bering found that British atheists were just as likely as American atheists to believe that their life events had underlying purposes, even though Britain is far less religious than America.

In other studies, scheduled to be published online next week in the journal Child Development, we found that even young children show a bias to believe that life events happen for a reason — to “send a sign” or “to teach a lesson.” This belief exists regardless of how much exposure the children have had to religion at home, and even if they’ve had none at all.[245]

For more information, please see: Atheism and purpose

Jerry Coyne's commentary on atheist meetings within the atheist movement

See also: Atheist conferences

The atheist Jerry Coyne speaking at a 2013 atheist meeting entitled The Amazing Meeting (TAM). TAM is an annual meeting. In 2011, Coyne said about atheist meetings which he attended that they had an air of self-congratulation.[246] He also indicated about atheist meetings: "But to me the speakers and talks have often seemed repetitive: the same crew of jet-set skeptics giving the same talks."[247]

Dr. J. Gordon Melton said about the atheist movement (organized atheism) that atheism is not a movement which tends to create community, but in the last few years there has been some growth of organized atheism.[248]

In 2011, in a blog post entitled Are there too many atheist meetings?, atheist Jerry Coyne said about atheist meetings which he attended:

But to me the speakers and talks have often seemed repetitive: the same crew of jet-set skeptics giving the same talks.

...a few things bothered me, most notably the air of self-congratulation (which I excused on the grounds of enthusiastic people finding like-minded folks for the first time), the “fanboyness” directed at some of the famous atheists (they hardly let poor Richard alone, and I’m not sure he liked that!), and the lameness of quite a few of the talks. Again, how much new can you say about atheism?[249]

However, in 2013, Jerry Coyne spoke at a 2013 atheist meeting with the self-congratulatory title "The Amazing Meeting".[250] The Amazing Meeting is an annual meeting and perennial speakers at the Amazing Meeting include Penn & Teller, Michael Shermer, James Randi and Phil Plait. In addition, the website of All American Speakers, a buyers agent, has a form for requesting Jerry A. Coyne as a speaker.[251]

At the 2013 The Amazing Meeting, Coyne gave a talk entitled Faith is Not a Virtue which focused on the supposed incompatibility of science and religion, despite the fact that studies show that the irreligious engage in more superstitious thinking and the significant contributions that Christianity has made to science (see: Irreligion and superstition and Christianity and science).[252] In addition, in his talk Coyne also avoided the large body of historical and other social science data regarding the immoral actions of the atheist population (see: Moral failures of the atheist population and Atheism and mass murder and Atheism and morality). Furthermore, Coyne said in his talk that there being various sects of Christianity is evidence that Christianity is false (Despite the fact that there are many schools of atheist thought which frequently quarrel with each other (see: Atheist factions) and that atheists/agnostics frequently argue about the definition of atheism).[253]

Irony of atheist hypocrisy

The devil is the inspirer and father of atheism (see: Atheism and satanic deception). In the Book of Revelation the devil is called "the accuser of the brethren" (Revelation 12:10). Given the prevalence of militant atheists and other atheists railing at Christians and falsely accusing them of engaging in ill behavior and given the high prevalence of atheists engaging in ill behavior (for example, see: Atheism and morality and Atheism and mass murder), it is ironic that atheists engage in a high degree of hypocritical behavior.

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  234. The Ophelia Benson canard
  235. Joint statement by Ophelia Benson and Richard Dawkins (see comment section)
  236. The Ophelia Benson canard
  237. Mom Arrested for Swearing in Front of Kids at the Grocery Store, but What the Woman Who Tattled on Her Did Afterward Is Just as Surprising, The Blaze, Aug. 15, 2014 4:41pm
  238. Does everything happen for a reason?
  239. Are there too many atheist meetings? by Jerry Coyne
  240. Are there too many atheist meetings? by Jerry Coyne
  241. Baylor ISR- J. Gordon Melton - End of Religion? (May 5, 2015)
  242. Are there too many atheist meetings? by Jerry Coyne
  243. Photograph of Jerry Coyne speaking at the atheist meeting entitled The Amazing Meeting
  244. Request Booking Info on Jerry A. Coyne - AllAmericanSpeakers.com
  245. Faith is Not a Virtue - Jerry Coyne TAM 2013 - video
  246. Faith is Not a Virtue - Jerry Coyne TAM 2013 - video