In yet another attempt to special plead for their religion, Australian church leaders have again raised the old canard that “atheists are believers who hate God”.
No, that would be a kind of theism, Archbishop Jensen. It’s not hard. This is basic philosophy of religion. You did do some in your theology degree, right? I know I did. I was taught that atheists were those who denied that God exists. You cannot hate what you deny exists. Agnostics, who deny that you can know if God exists or not, also do not hate God, for a related reason that I will leave you to work out. It, too, is not hard. If you hate God, you must, per definitio, believe in God.
Look, you get to stop our entire nation two days a year (three, if you count Easter Sunday); isn’t that enough? Do you have to try to slander non-Christians as well?
Late note: I was just interviewed by Ashley Hall of the ABC Radio National program AM. I may have been… intemperate in suggesting that religious leaders are trying to rally the faithful by denying that reasonable people might be atheists, in order to ensure that they maintain a degree of exceptional social control. Or not.
Later note: They used two sentences of me, which is pretty much what I expected.