Est. May 2008

08 September, 2012

We’re Victims!!!!

Apparently, the recent re-insertion of religious language into the Democrat party platform has atheists feeling like victims once again.

They’re really beginning to sound like a swarm of mosquitos over a stagnant pond to me.

I mean, look at this whining...
“We are deeply saddened by the exclusion of a large number of Americans by both parties,” said Teresa MacBain, a spokeswoman for the group American Atheists, in an interview on Thursday. “It amazes me that in modern-day America, so much prejudice still exists.”

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"I am shocked that the Democratic Party caved in to the pressure they were receiving because of their choice to use inclusive language in their platform." [David] Silverman [President of American Atheists] said. "This decision makes the Democratic Party look less like the 'party of all people' and only the party of those who are religious."

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After word spread Wednesday that Democrats left God out of their platform, atheists rejoiced. “Truly amazing news,” wrote Loren Miller on Atheist Nexus, a popular atheist blog. “The Republicans remain in the firm grasp of right-wing Christian religiosity, and I really don't know what it's going to take to free them from it.”

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Beverly Sitherwood, on the Friendly Atheist blog Facebook page, accused the Democrats of “Pandering for power.”

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I guess a tiny step was too much to ask for,” David Silverman, president of the American Atheists, told CNN. “This was a clear message to the 16% of the voting population – we don’t count. Well, guess what, Dems – we do. And we vote.”

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"However, given the current political climate where atheists are the least trusted minority, I do not expect either party to court our votes too actively. Instead, CAA [Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics] has focused on changing the image of those who are not religious by putting a positive face on atheism through education, public outreach and community service," Shawn Murphy of CAA told CP on Friday. (emphases mine)
I particularly like the inclusion/exclusion language Ms McBain and Mr. Silverman use.  Based on the following...
According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 12% of the electorate in 2008 was made up of people with no religious affiliation, though experts say the number of avowed atheists is much smaller.
... it's perfectly fine and dandy to exclude 82+% of the population so that 12% or less of the same population feels included.

That's the kind of logic that would make Mr. Spock raise an eyebrow.

What we’re talking about here is victimization in its worst form: people who believe they’re victimized simply because an emotional and/or psychological want hasn’t been met. And I said want not need – they’re different, folks, though most people have conflated those two terms and renamed the combination need. We’ve turned things we desire into absolute necessities, like big-screen TV’s, computers, the latest cell-phone, the best car, etc. What we need is very basic: food, shelter, and clothing; to get these needs, we need money; to get money we need to be employed and we need to budget that money in order to provide food, shelter, and clothing for ourselves and our families.

Sorry to have to break this to you, but if your emotional and/or psychological needs aren’t being met, that’s your problem; perhaps you have to rethink your needs.

1 comment:

Right Truth said...

Atheists don't want inclusion, they want exclusion of anything religious. You got it right "... it's perfectly fine and dandy to exclude 82+% of the population so that 12% or less of the same population feels included." The minority in this country seems to rule. Just look at the LGTBQ, which is a very small % of the population.

Also the "Hispanics" (punch 2 for Spanish) and now Arabs, who are a very small % (punch 3 for Arabic).

Debbie
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