“athiest can go to hell”

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As I’ve tried to raise discussion today about the inclusion of nonbelievers in the LGBT movement, this comment appeared on an old post:

athiest can go to hell

Matthew Laws, whose email address includes the word “skinhead,” offered these five words of brilliance, and I’m going to leave the comment up, but offer this reply.

I am amazed that in just five words, Matthew Laws was able to communicate a spelling error, a grammatical error, and a message that is factually inaccurate.

First of all, it’s atheist, not athiest. The “EE” comes before the “ist.”

Second of all, it ought to be plural; otherwise, specify which one atheist you think can go to hell.

Lastly, it wouldn’t matter which atheist, because atheists can’t go to hell. We just can’t. You have to believe in hell to get there.

I will not go to hell. You can’t make me go to hell. You can’t convince me I’ll go to hell. You can never prove to others that I went to hell.

There is no hell. (And boy is my life a whole lot more pleasant with that knowledge.)

So, this comment seems a grand way to demonstrate how little people know about atheists. Thanks, Matthew Laws. You’re a testament to skinheads everywhere.

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  • Brian Gerald says:

    Just because you don’t believe in hell doesn’t mean you can’t go there… ::insert belief in gravity cliche:: Similarly, just because a Christian believes in heaven, doesn’t mean it’s real.

    Reality is usually disconnected from belief.

    • ZackFord says:

      I actually disagree. No legitimate parallel can be drawn between the concept of hell and the concept of gravity. I can observe, measure, and test gravity. I don’t have to believe in it. All I have to do is understand it.

      Hell (as well as heaven), on the other hand, has no evidence going for it. A better comparison is the Care Bear’s Kingdom of Caring or Mordor. All such places can be described in a lot of detail, but they’re all equally fictional.

      Just because ideas are tenacious doesn’t mean that they’re worthy.

  • Buffy says:

    Given the literacy and the sentiment I’d guess you’re bringing in the Bible Belt contingent.

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