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Greta Christina Discusses Atheist Anger with Religion at Skepticon

Greta Christina Discusses Atheist Anger with Religion at Skepticon

Greta Christina discusses the accusations that atheists are angry.  She stated many atheists are angry about religion, including herself, and believes this anger is valid.

Thus, the question is why are atheists so angry?  She is angry that only 45% of people will vote for an atheist for president, the denial of children custody to atheist parents, public schools still battle Creationism, science teachers often do not teach evolution, how religion control of females, the imposition of religion on others, the abuse of others, as well as killing of others, and much more.  She includes the rage concerning the rape and sexual mutilation of children because “it’s God’s will”, and rightly so.

There is a lot to be angry about concerning religion, including the threats some Christians say to atheists, and Greta Christina sums up all the issues that atheists are angry about concerning religion.  Before the end of her talk, one cannot help but get behind her and say, “You go, girl!  Tell it like it is.”

We have a many reasons for our anger and most of it is justified.  She also states what makes religion unique from other human ideas and then describes how and why it is unique.  She believes our anger is valid and necessary.  Anger helps to make change and every movement, including the Civil Rights Movement had anger, because it motivates us.

Greta Christina also stated that we should not allow them to tell us to shut up and sit down when we see wrongs and abuses done in the name of religion.  Telling us to shut up about it is a means to disempower us and we should not let them.

It is 48 minutes worth listening to and before she finishes, she states there is nothing wrong with atheists.  “There is something right with us,” she says.

Many thanks to Hambone Productions for recording the speakers at Skepticon.

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Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • I remember reading her column awhile ago where she spelled out what she is angry with and I agree with her.

    To be honest, I know plenty of Christians who are angry about many of these issues, too, and say that there is something wrong with how their religion is practiced. These are non-churchgoers, though, who believe the greatest thing is love.

    I enjoyed her remark about "without religion there would be no morals." The comments themselves on her blog about these issues pretty much disputes that assertion.

    I would add to what she said is the efforts by politicians to impose religion on us — like personhood — worthy of anger and disgust.

    She is exactly right about anger being a cornerstone of social change. She made an excellent point at the end about the anger having to do with how religions are harming others out of compassion for believers.

    Deborah

  • I agree with her too and like you, I know Xians who are agree about these too- most of them are Episcopalians.

    Yes, the imposition of their religion really ticks me off too. The thing is, they will be the last to read my article about fetuses and all.

    The fact she is right and knows the issues is why I like her so much. I wish others could meet her in person too. She's a great person, but I didn't have her pegged as being 5 years older than I am. I thought we were about the same age. We grew up in the same era though, so it's no wonder it seems like we are about the same age.

  • zzzzz

    Great talk. I went to YouTube and listened to it in its entirety. I loved her quotations from MLK and Mahatma Gandhi at the end.

  • I agree with Greta Christina. We live in a world dominated by people who propagate religious beliefs, and do not tolerate those who think differently. It is shameful that in broad technological age people do not vote for someone who does not believe in God.

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