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Why Are Atheists So Obsessed With God?


Michele Bachmann raised eyebrows again last weekend when she claimed that Hurricane Irene was God's way of sending a message to American politicians to listen to the American people. Although the allegation that God would kill Americans in order to get politicians to listen to those same Americans is strange enough (wouldn't he kill the politicians themselves or their first born sons, not the people whose voices he wished to be heard?), many were amused by the thought that one of the leading presidential candidates believes that God causes natural disasters in a show of support for her policies. Others agreed with her and one group in particular was pulling its hair out after hearing Bachmann's latest sound bite.

Atheists complain that religion is irrational, has no basis in fact and shouldn't play a part in national politics. Still, it's odd that they will condemn politicians like Bachmann for bringing God into a political discussion, yet they throw their support behind leaders like President Barack Obama, a Christian who says that he is opposed to gay marriage because "God is in the mix". (A weak attempt at making his Christianity sound cool). Hmm, Michele Bachmann is crazy for thinking that there is a God who backs her political agenda but President Obama is just fine even though he's against letting consenting adults who love each other marry because the same God says no?

Why is it that so many atheists who feel that anyone who believes in God is delusional and should seek help support leaders like President Obama? If believing in God is a sign of mental illness, would you really want a man who is suffering from this delusion to have a nuclear arsenal at his disposal?

One reason is that, like many Republicans, they don't really believe that Obama is a Christian. Not surprising, considering that this is the man who said that guns and God were something for bitter, small town Americans to fall back on when he said that "they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."

It never ceases to amaze me that besides religious fundamentalists it's the people who don't believe in God who want to push their religious views in your face the most. Of all the Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews and agnostics that I personally know, none of them seem interested in making me accept their personal beliefs. Just as important, none of them go out of their way to insult members of other religious faiths. Most of them seem to believe that whatever faith you belong to is a personal choice and that if it brings comfort without harming others, than any religion can play a positive role in one's life.

However, it's always the atheists that seem to feel a need to insult others who don't share their views. I don't know if they realize it but when mocking anyone who happens to believe in God (they're criticism is usually aimed at Christians because criticizing other religions too much might mark them as racists or close-minded) atheists often sound much like the people they claim to despise the most: religious fundamentalists. Claiming that anyone who doesn't share your beliefs is misguided, delusional or just plain wrong is a tactic used by fundamentalists of every religion.

When they get on their soapbox, atheists don't sound much different than the Westboro Baptist Church members who enjoy protesting at the funerals of fallen soldiers, shouting insults about God's wraith at the people who are trying to comfort each other while mourning the loss of a loved one. An example of this is my fellow writer at Benzinga who thinks that anyone who believes in God is crazy. Another funny thing is that if you get away from talk of religion and ask them about the people they admire, most atheists will name many people of great faith such as Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

While I understand the frustration caused by hearing a politician like Michele Bachmann claiming that a deadly natural disaster like Hurricane Irene is also a message from God that just happens to be right in line with her own political opinions, there's no need to insult every member of every religious faith because of the words uttered by one headline seeking politician.

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