This is my response to Victor Reppert's post linking the Craig Hicks murders with a supposed hateful atheist ideology. He says:
Just put "a new dark age" in for "hell" and you can see why someone might use force on behalf of atheism. The more atheists insist that they are immune from the kind of temptation that leads to religious violence, the more concern I have. If you really think atheism leaves you with "nothing to kill or die for," then all I can give you is the Strait answer.Victor,
The glaring truth that you ignore is that people will lie and fight on behalf of ideologies, not on the basis of simple lack of belief in something. Nobody is saying that atheists have no ideologies (despite the fact that atheism is not an ideology), or that "they are immune from the kind of temptation that leads to religious violence". Those are YOUR words, not mine.
But you are explicitly linking some kind of hateful atheist ideology with a particular crime that happens to be perpetrated by an atheist, despite all the evidence that strongly indicates NO IDEOLOGICAL MOTIVATION for what he did. Think about how much stronger your case would be if you actually found a case of some atheist committing murder for reasons that actually were based in atheistic belief. If your claims have any truth to them, you shouldn't have any trouble finding evidence to support your case.
As it is, your argument is nothing short of pathetic. You rail against the New Atheists' "hate message toward religious belief", but you can't even bring yourself to state their messages accurately, preferring instead to present a grossly distorted version of it. Go ahead and show us the "hate message", and put it in context so that we can get a good sense of what they're talking about. Show us examples of people who have taken this "hate message" to heart and committed crimes on that basis.
Why don't you just quit your incessant bleating, and give us some actual evidence?