If you’re an Atheist, Jesus may love you but his fans aren’t so understanding. Recent comments by two older, conservative Christian men have been making news. Phil Robertson, from the cable TV show Duck Dynasty is reported to have made some disturbingly violent comments about atheists. As reported by Right Wing Watch, Robertson was giving a speech at the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast when he said the following:
“I’ll make a bet with you, two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?’”
He concluded his story:
“Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day. If it happened to them, they probably would say, ‘something about this just ain’t right.”
While reading this disturbing story, three things come to mind.
1. Why does Robertson think that only a belief in the Christian God keeps people from committing such atrocities as murder and rape? Does he feel that humans are completely without a sense of right and wrong without the teachings of the Bible? Is he suggesting that man is incapable of controlling homicidal urges without the presence of the Church? Are Atheists not bound by human laws?
2. Christians profess that their religion is one based on love and peace. Why would a follower of Christ imagine such horror for other human beings simply because this hypothetical family didn’t share his belief in God?
3. If he was trying to illustrate that Atheists are lawless, immoral people that show no regard for any laws, why was the family being victimized the ones he characterized as Atheist? Shouldn’t the two men committing the home invasion have been the Atheists in this “charming” example? Perhaps the thought of cutting off another guy’s manhood with a knife got Phil so excited he became confused about the details.
These are questions that perhaps only Robertson can answer. And considering his penchant for making bigoted remarks in public, I can only wonder what will come out of his mouth next.
Good ol’ Phil is not the only person making the news. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) recently announced his presidential candidacy and he may have to address comments made by his father in 2013 while speaking to OK2A, an Oklahoma Second Amendment advocacy group. Rafael Cruz suggested that Atheism and Secular Humanism may lead to sexual immorality and sexual abuse due to the lack of moral absolutes.
“Of course, this leads us, when there are no moral absolutes, leads us to sexual immorality, leads us to sexual abuse, leads us to perversion and, of course, no hope. No hope!”
Watch the video.
What strikes me in the comments of both men is their conviction that Atheists are incapable of morality because they reject Christianity (and every other religion). To them, morality is of divine origin and without belief in a specific god, the Christian God, mankind is reduced to functioning on only animal-like instincts. If that were the case, I would like either man to explain to me how Christians could justify the Crusades or the Spanish Inquisition or the Salem witch trials or the many other examples of intolerant and violent behavior perpetrated by Christians throughout the centuries. If God tells Christians what is right and what is wrong, and if God is perfect and all-knowing, would we not have seen an end to violence, hatred, lying, stealing, cheating and so many other sinful acts by Christians? If Atheists are incapable of knowing right from wrong, why are the jails all over the world not brimming with Atheists who would clearly be running amok in the streets, terrorizing the planet?
One might argue, based on what these men are saying, that Christians know right from wrong and Atheists don’t. So if an Atheist commits a crime, it’s not really his fault because he didn’t know better. But if a Christian commits a crime, it is assumed that he knew that he was doing wrong, but chose to do it anyway. Doesn’t that make the Christian the bigger sinner? Should we not hold Christians to a higher standard of behavior?
Simply put, according to Robertson and Cruz, belief in God equals an understanding of morality and therefore all Christians are good people. Atheists have no understanding of morality and therefore are all bad people.
Incidentally, neither man clarified if Agnostics were invited to this bash.
On a positive note, Phil Robertson may have taught me something. If anyone breaks into my home with guns and knives and ties me up, as long as they identify themselves as Christians I shouldn’t worry. My manhood is safe. Rafael Cruz also enlightened me. If police are looking for a rape suspect, they need only to round up all of the local Atheists and jail them all. This ensures that not only did they probably incarcerate the guilty party, but they also prevented any future rape from occurring from any of those other perverted non-believers.
Whew, I feel better now.