The latest issue of the Jehovah’s Witness magazine, Awake, has an article on those horrific atheists … you know, the ones who are too uppity to stay in their place and dare not to keep silent (WebCite cached version). Yeah, those atheists. Awake‘s whining screed includes the following gripe:
A new group of atheists has arisen in society. Called the new atheists, they are not content to keep their views to themselves. Rather, they are on a crusade, “actively, angrily, passionately trying to persuade the religious to their point of view,” wrote columnist Richard Bernstein.
Now, what makes this a case of “the pot calling the kettle black”? Why, nothing less than the well-known proclivity of Jehovah’s Witnesses (one they admit to, even!) to proselytize door-to-door! In other words … they are saying that atheists are wrong to make their thinking known to others … yet it’s perfectly fine for themselves to go around pounding on doors, telling everyone else what they must think!
On top of this, Awake spews another misconception about agnosticism:
Even agnostics are in their sights, for these new atheists allow no room for doubt.
Agnostics are not, by and large, “doubters.” Lots of religious believers have “doubts,” either as part of their faiths or temporarily as they struggle with them. Most agnostics, however, do not “doubt” their position. If the writers and editors of Awake need help in understanding agnosticism, may I humbly suggest they read my own Agnosticism FAQ, which explains this in detail. Not that I expect any JW would give a damn about what it is that agnostics actually think … like most theists — and even some atheists — they’re more than happy just to keep assuming whatever they want to, without regard to the facts.
Hat tip: AlterNet.
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