Belief in a god or gods.
A-THE-ISM: Without theism.
A-THE-IST: One who lacks belief in a god or gods.
There is a reason why Jesusphiles hate and fear atheists: it has to do with resentment. Atheists do not believe in gods, therefore they are not, in a non-theocracy, subject to the dictates of the priestly elite (aka money donations) who pretend to speak for their gods. Extortion threats of "Hell" and "damnation" thus do not work against atheists, and this cuts into the elite priests' funds--- for every person born who remains an atheist, that is one less person giving money to the priestly elite in exhange for "peace of mind."
We are all in need of salvation. I may not know you, but knowing you are an atheist, I know you need to be saved. It must be extremely difficult to be an atheist? - Scott Shiflett
That is not the only reason why Jesusphiles hate and fear atheists. Atheists are happy, productive, ethical, caring, compassionate, charitable, liberal, decient, kind, moral, and good citizens. The Jesusphile has been told to believe that only belief in the gods of their priestly masters can yield these positive traits. In other words, the priestly elite has lied to them: every time a Jesusphile sees a good, humane atheist, that lie is rubbed in their faces. This generates resentment against the priestly elite, but the Jesusphile, believing that their masters speak for their gods, makes the atheist the target of their resentment instead.
For the most part, atheists simply do not do good and ethical things. -- Jesse C. Jones
Yes, I know atheists do not do any good, such as displayed in this letter sent by a Savings and Loan to an atheist. According to Jesusphiles, atheists are "empty," "do no good things," and are "thankless." Yes, they do not band together and build hospitals (though there are hospitals built and funded by Secular Humanists).
The following are quotes gathered from the FidoNet message conference called HOLYSMOKE.
|"Name a single atheist who claims to have 'control of the universe,' Jesse." -- Robert Curry|
|"Robert Curry." -- Jesse Jones|
|You and your atheist buddies are not going to be in the same place that my cohorts and I will be. - Jared Hanan|
|We get Marilyn Monroe and he gets Tammy Faye Baker. - David Worrell|
|We get Carl Sagan and he gets Hitler... - Mark Nelson|
|"I want to remind all the Atheism's original name. It is called 'PAGAN.'" -- Kim Kelley|
|If you are an Atheist, then you have already joined their camp of willing slaves. - David Stoddard|
|So many of the others here with higher education are atheists that I have a tendency to discount higher education. - Jim Staal|
|Atheists. I hope they rot in Hell. Hey they don't worry about it! -- Charles Baldo|
|FUCK YOU ATHEIST! WHEN I FIND OUT WHERE YOU LIVE, I'LL DRIVE A PITCHFORK THROUGH THAT EMPTY HEAD OF YOURS, YOU ARROGANT PIG! -- Christopher Calabrese|
|WHEN YOU DIE, YOU'RE GOING TO HELL, AND ARE GOING TO PERMANENTLY SUFFER DOWN THERE. AND I'LL BE LAUGHING AT ALL THE ATHEIST BASTARDS IN THIS ECHO, WHEN I'M UP IN HEAVEN. - Christopher Calabrese|
|You and all the other atheists in this echo are all sloth pigs, who don't give a damn about life, and are going nowhere in it. -- Christopher Calabrese|
|ATHEIST. I'm going to love waving to you when you go to hell, and i'm in heaven. And when you go to hell, i'll get the last laugh! -- Christopher Calabrese|
|You are nothing but a stupid atheist pig, with the IQ of a democrat. -- Christopher Calabrese|
|'Atheists. I hope they rot in Hell.' -- Charles Baldo|
|just a bunch of crazy Atheist..(who will all burn in Hell)... -- Todd Johnson|
|Not only is it manifest that *most* of the atheists in this hell hole do not have a clue about doing good, your post aptly reveals the underlying hatefulness that drives you here. I am praying for your soul, Stevie. - Jesse Jones (Fundie talking about HolySmoke)|
|My alternative view is that both atheists and theists are both full of crap! - Bill Wolff|
|Just by a group being an atheist group, generally means it is a hate group. - Ken Young (HolySmoke, March 1997)|
|If a person claims to have no god, what then. Then Satan is his god. - Jim Staal (Giving atheists one of his gods)|
|All of the gods love atheists. The proof is that they gave atheists the finest human minds on Earth. All of the substandard minds went to Fundamentalist Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and assorted theists. -- David Rice (June, 1997)|
|When an atheist chooses NOT to go to Hell, he gets saved, and is choosing to follow Christ and go to heaven. Those are the ONLY choices available. - Ken Young (Fundy 'logic.')|
|Atheists couldn't tell fairy tales. Mainly because in reality, there are no atheists. - Ken Young (Billions of atheists don't exist.)|
Some other quotes I liked.
|"Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith. I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile." -- KURT VONNEGUT, JR.|
|"Do we, holding that the gods exist, deceive ourselves with unsubstantiated dreams, and lies, while random careless chance and change alone rule the world?" EURIPIDES, 425 B.C.|
|"The certainty of a God giving meaning to life far surpasses in attractiveness the ability to behave badly with impunity." ALBERT CAMUS (1913-1960), The Myth Of Sisyphus, 1942.|
|"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." -- BLAISE PASCAL (1632- 1662), Pensees, 1670.|
|"But when the divine part began to fade away, they then behaved unseemly and grew visibly debased, full of avarice and righteous power." -- PLATO (427-347 BC)|
|"God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in his arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters." -- H. L. MENCKEN (1880-1956), Minority Report, 1956.|