Contrary to what Pastor Duroe wrote (Dec. 18 Herald), atheists respect others’ beliefs. It’s believers that ridicule atheists because they find no need for a belief in a God or a hereafter life that no one can prove exists.
Why are believers so threatened by nonbelievers? Are they afraid of the truth, that their beliefs are false and have no merit? Why is it so threatening that someone doesn’t need to believe in the supernatural being?
Dan Barker (co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and author of an op-ed column in the Dec. 6 Herald) spent 17 years as a minister, then lost faith in faith after a five-year struggle to find the truth. He likes to say he threw out the bath water and there was no baby there.
Freedom From Religion does not “enact lawsuits on people and institutions of faith.” FFRF ends hundreds of violations of the separations between church and state every year without going to court, through education and persuasion. When FFRF litigates, it only sues the government, not “people or institutions of faith.”
FFRF has never sued a church, only religions that unite with churches to illegally endorse, prefer or favor religion over nonreligion or one religion over another.
Pew Forum has released a major new survey showing 1 in 5 adults are “nonreligious.” That consists with the definitive American Religious Identification Survey, which in 2008 put nonreligious at 15 percent and growing.
Many nonreligious people are afraid to admit they don’t believe because of the wrath they would face from believers.