Monday, December 7, 2009

That's Enough

euripides, atheism, humanism, bigotry,

I've really had quite enough of anti-atheist bigotry. Yes, yes, we don't call genocide a good thing, so we're not moral. We don't fall on our knees the instant you mention your imaginary friend, so we're evil. We shouldn't be trusted with political office, voting or children. We're bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.

Oh, and if we dare use our First Amendment right to express our opinion, we should fail a community college history or political science class. A history/poli sci class in which they study the First Amendment. Honestly, it's like the Bill of Rights is partially written in some sort of special ink only the religious can see, so the First Amendment actually reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Unless said speech is not religious or said people are atheists.

I've been out of the loop for awhile flunking all of my students for not believing in the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Seventeen of my students failed because they couldn't correctly identify the constitutional amendment that protects the free exercise of religion. In fact, they had no idea there was such a thing. Fourteen more failed for flatly denying the value of the individual's right to keep and bear arms, upheld just last year by the US Supreme Court. I failed seven students for being devout followers of the gospel of atheism and kept trying to preach their secular humanism in class.

Let's unpack all that, shall we? (Note: I think he's probably attempting a joke here, but it's not funny, and it displays a bigotry towards atheists that is also not funny.)

It's a disturbing form of irony for Professor Euripides to be so upset with his students for not understanding the First Amendment when he clearly doesn't either. His students have the right to have any opinion they want. The First Amendment protects atheist speech as much as it protects religious speech. In fact, perhaps he failed these students for having a better understanding of the First Amendment than he does.

Now, let's replace "atheist" with "Jewish" and see how funny the joke is. I failed seven students for being devout followers of the Jewis faith and kept trying to preach their tanakh in class.

Yeah, that was hilarious, wasn't it? I also think he has no problems with Mormons preaching their Mo in class. That's the lord's work!



  1. ...Seriously? This guy's employer needs to investigate him, right now.

  2. He's admitted in a comment that it was meant as a joke. He needs to take a course on humour and it's use.

    Sad that three other comments praised his actions apparently without realising. Good ol' Poe. One even used the tired old "It's not freedom FROM religon!" line.

    Oh wait, that should have been "freedome FROM religon." my mistake.

  3. Fair enough. However, even if he meant it as a joke, I'd still think he should be investigated, as I doubt he's treating his atheist students equally nor actually teaching the facts about constitutional law.

  4. Hey PersonalFailure, this was a good read, your point is valid! And I am a follower of God (or at least my personal concept of the Lord)... athiests get a bumpo rap from religious people, but I often feel more in common with athiests than my "own" people (Christians by various forms). All I can say is, keep it up, we all need to learn to show the greatest respect to one another regardless of our beliefs - or lack thereof! Best, Mike


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