I typically share my blog posts on various Facebook and Google+ communities. About a week ago an Atheist (as he described himself) responded to one of my posts on Leviticus saying that I need to stop writing my blog because it will only encourage Christians to kill innocent Atheists such as himself. I realize there are some places in the world where being an outspoken Atheist can result in one’s death. This is very sad, but in the United States, where this commenter lives, there is no danger Christians are going to kill Atheists. Let me, however, ignore that aspect of things. This individual wants me to stop writing because a Christian might read my words and then kill him. Therefore I must stop writing? WTF? If my words somehow incite someone to murder someone else, maybe the focus shouldn’t be on me? Maybe, just maybe, we should focus the killing instead of the writing. Killing is against the law. Writing is not. Last I looked words do not kill.
As I’ve said before, the biggest criticism I receive regarding my blog comes from Atheists. This is the first person to argue my writing leads to killing Atheists, but I guess it’s not surprising given the other comments I receive. The most common criticism is that I should not talk about the Bible because it’s not real. I understand God doesn’t exist, but that doesn’t mean the Bible shouldn’t be discussed. Given how Christians use it to push through laws in schools and government, it’s extremely important to discuss it. If people are killing in the name of God, the worst thing we can do is stay quiet. Staying quiet changes nothing. Staying quiet only makes the situation worse. If Atheists wish to achieve a fully secular world, we must speak. We cannot remain quiet.