Another Crazy Theist Thought
We have all witnessed the many arguments proposed by Theists. Arguments from Design, Personal Incredulity, Revelation, etc.
One of the crazy positions that I have often come across is this old canard:
"You atheists are stupid, how can you talk about something you don't believe in?"
The assumption is that they, as a believer, can speak more accurately about God than another person. It must chafe their ass, but guess what, Theists, atheists can speak just as authoritatively about an imaginary being as you can.
I'll admit, some people can speak more authoritatively about a religion. However, being accurate about God is like being an expert on Pixies. Sure, you might know a lot of the mythology or folk tales about them, but to know they desires and dreams is another matter.
Theists: if you say "God wanted to create man out of love", an atheist can respond just as accurately and authoritatively, "no, god wanted to make people suffer." When we are making thing up, we are only limited by our creativity. Just because some people believe in a religion doesn't make them experts on God.
Imagine, next time you argue for your God that you are talking about Santa Claus. That when you are talking about Salvation, Love, Creation, Punishment, Redemption, etc. it is the same as Good and Bad, Reward and Punishment, Sleighs and Reindeer, Elves, the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, etc.
If someone wants to chime in and say "Santa has a cock ring", then it is true for that person. They are just as accurate as the person who is a traditionalist.
Remember this about your God. He may have a cock ring, whether you like it or not.
Just a public service announcement.
Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.