Sometimes I like to use my blog as my personal atheist-ranting soapbox. This is one of those times.
I hate Oprah Winfrey. I do, I always have. I have a Top Three list of people I loathe, and she's only surpassed by Bam Margera. I forget who number three was, but the point is, I despise Oprah. I think she's disgusting with her AND YOU GET A CAR AND YOU GET A CAR AND YOU GET A CAR! and spending money in all the wrong places and wearing diamond earrings to an opening of a girl's school in Africa--oh the irony!!! So when I heard the news that she's done up and pissed off the atheist community I was not surprised.
Atheists Want An Apology from Oprah.
Winfrey asked Nyad: “You told our producers you’re not a God person, but you’re deeply in awe?”
Nyad replied: “Yeah, I’m not a God person. I’m an atheist", prompting Winfrey to question: “But you’re in awe?”
Nyad said: “I don’t understand why anyone would find a contradiction in that. I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist and weep at the beauty of this universe, and be moved by all of humanity. So to me, my definition of God is humanity, and is the love of humanity.”
“Well I don’t call you an atheist then. I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder, and the mystery, then that is what God is. That is what God is. It’s not the bearded guy in the sky,” she said.
OH MY FUCKING GOD ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS
LET ME USE AN ANALOGY TO JUST EXPLAIN WHAT YOU SAID
"I have a blanket"
"But I think that only trucks can have blankets"
"Well but I have a blanket and that's that"
"Well then you're obviously a truck because my definition of truck is right"
DO YOU REALIZE HOW DEMEANING SUCH A STATEMENT IS. It's not only demeaning as in "you're not allowed to experience the deep wonderful feelings Christians get" but it's also demeaning as in "it's okay, shhhh there there you're really not the bad icky word atheist." This shit is exactly why atheists go on the media all timid and shy and get backed into a corner and then later have to apologize for their 'hurtful statements'. Get over it, Oprah and people who agree with Oprah on this. Atheism is here, it's loud and it's proud and it's beautiful, and just because BOO HOO I DON'T LIKE IT IT HURTS MY HEAD doesn't mean that we're leaving. In fact, atheists are growing in numbers and more and more come out of the woodwork all the time. Our children are born atheists until they are indoctrinated by the religion of their parents' choosing.
Being an atheist is, to me, the most beautiful thing a person can be or admit to being because an atheist really truly knows the ephemeral nature of this world and has no hope, no inkling and no false expectations of an incredible second chance. How strong, how badass is that? And how completely perfect for such strange specks of carbon and dust, to have awareness of themselves and their mortality. And to go through life NOT depending on a Skydaddy to fix all their problems and listen to all their first world problems while they whisper to him at night.
When someone tells me they're an atheist, I don't bristle and I don't respond with a sober pause. That's what every. single. Christian. does. Whether you know it or not I promise you, that's what you do. It's kind of like when we say, "Oh, I'm a pedophile." Same reaction, just more subdued. Anyway the point here is, I don't react that way. I know what it feels like to be shunned when that "a" word rolls off the tongue. I don't ask Christians to dig our awesome way of existing, because I don't care. I'm just so fucking apathetic I do not care. What I do ask is for some common fucking decency.
In other words, acknowledge that atheists exist and aren't mad at God (it'd be like a Christian being mad at ...I don't know, Buddha? Just nonsensical) and aren't just being rebels or murderers or whatever. Acknowledge that we are here and that we are awesome and that we can experience the same shitty emotions every other motherfucker on this planet does, and I won't be pissed.
tl;dr DON'T BE AN OPRAH