Thursday, April 24, 2008

Doggerel #151: "Godless"

Welcome back to "Doggerel," where I ramble on about words and phrases that are misused, abused, or just plain meaningless.

Fundies love this word. They've used it so much that the average person has attached all sorts of sinister connotations to it, despite the fact that you generally don't hear anything about godless people doing anything nasty. Other than having pushes for fairness and the rule of law depicted as such by them.

I quite frankly fail to see how they can be so idiotic. They've needlessly attached everything good to their deity, like love, beauty, and all that, despite the fact that materialists like me are quite capable of experiencing the full gamut of sentient emotions. I've seen fundies claim we can't be moral, and yet in the same breath claim that they have the criminal mindset of "anything I can get away with," as if believing in an omnipotent cop over your shoulder makes them a better person on the inside.

They just have to face it: Their god and bizarre god- and supernatural-related rules are irrelevant to how an atheist lives. We don't arbitrarily label stuff we experience as magically different. Love and such are parts of this universe, just very difficult to define in the ultra-precise language of the hardest of sciences.


Anonymous said...

I've actually taken the term, 'godless heathen' as a kind of compliment.

Don said...

Doggerel suggestion: "Sense," as in "I believe we can sense things," or "animals can sense danger" or things like that. It's so vague and meaningless when it's used like that and woos do it all the time.