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So, yeah: The atheists are coming to town. Many are already here.
But don’t worry — they’re actually much like you.
As Stephen F. Roberts famously remarked, "I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do."
In a certain sense, atheists and theists are indeed quite alike. Both groups reject the overwhelming majority of proposed gods, yet often live happy, fulfilling, even sometimes-awestruck lives—despite Oprah’s dismissive remarks to swimmer Diana Nyad.
But in another sense, Roberts was incorrect.
Even theists largely reject the god they claim to worship as both silly and brutally mean-spirited. They just don’t have the honesty to admit it. To others. Or to themselves.
Honesty. Sometimes, it’s the most offensive trait of all.
But thanks for sparing us the millstone.
Gregory A. Clark is a member of Atheists of Utah and American Atheists. The views expressed are his own.
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