Force an End to Theism?
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Imagine I have a button right here next to me. A big, red, easy button. Hell, pretend it is an "Easy Button." With the word "easy" written on the top of it and everything. And imagine that if I did hit it, a little voice inside would go off and say, "That was easy!" - just like the commonly sold "Easy Button" does.
Then imagine that if I did press this so easily pressed button that something much more than a stupid electronic voice were to happen. Imagine that if I pressed it, all theism would end instantly.
Perhaps you'd be surprised if I told you I wouldn't push it. Some of my atheist friends were. Perhaps you'd be surprised that I wouldn't even be tempted to and that I would, as a matter of fact, fight to the death to prevent it from being pushed.
I hate theism. Pure rage boils every ounce of my blood against it. I want to end theism very much. However I want it to be through reason, not through force. I would not force anything on anyone, and by pushing that button - that's what I'd be doing. I would be forcing my choices on everyone else. I want them all to hear me out, but I will not so much as twist an arm to get someone to conform to my views. It is reason, courage, and freedom that will eliminate theism, nothing else.
I would force an end to some things - the things that try to force things on me or others. If the button were merely "automatically stop all religious murder" I'd push it. People don't have the right to take away the rights of others, that's the one thing they can't do - and the one thing I can apply counter-force to. I can force that kind of shit to stop. But religion is not defined as "forcing something on someone else." Although it often leads to that sort of thing, it doesn't have it. That isn't what religion is, therefore I do not hold within me the right to apply force against it - and neither does anyone else. If they think they do, then they'll have to get through me. I would apply the necessary counter force to stop them from pushing that button, to stop them from forcing their views on others.
I've said this a few times in the past and people against me and with me seem both shocked by this. I don't see why, my core value on everything always has been "everyone has the right to do whatever they want, so long as it isn't forcing something on or from another person." Duh. So don't be surprised. My hate for religion comes from my love for reason and freedom. It does not make any logical sense for me to toss those two aside just to end what I hate, if my love for those things are why I hate it.
Samuel Thomas Poling: Blog 105, Force an End to Theism?