Like most, I read the occasional diatribe from Karl Priest. He is, as anyone can see, a tremendous fundamentalist believer in a god. And though it's everyone's right to believe as they see fit, after reading his letter chastising James Haught for Mr. Haught's touching column about the end of life, I feel the need to reply.
Atheism is not a belief, regardless of what Mr. Priest says. He wishes it were so; it would make it easier for him to argue his misguided points. Mr. Haught does not say, "There is no god." He merely states his disbelief in the existence of a deity, a magical bearded man in a robe passing judgment. Atheists don't accept the existence of a god because there is no evidence. We don't say, "There is no god." We merely ask what proof is there?
Since the bible is an unproven history by unknown writers, his "biblical definition of fools" comment means absolutely nothing.
And since Mr. Priest states "nothing created everything," I'd love for him to explain the beginnings of his god. We should believe in the magical bearded guy and not science? Please.
The bible is full of contradictions and questionable dealings: the stoning of children for being bad, the acceptance of incest, the use of slavery as a means to control civilizations. "But these are in the Old Testament." So are the Ten Commandments. Which part is true?
Egotism is excessive in atheism? Mr. Haught wrote a heartfelt and personal letter. Mr. Priest attacks anyone who doesn't believe as he does. Classic case of egotism run amok.
One question I've always wanted to ask Mr. Priest: If your god gave you free will and intelligence, why would it persecute and punish you for using it?
Thank you to Mr. Haught for a wonderfully written essay, one that will ultimately touch the hearts and lives of many approaching the end of their days.
I hope Mr. Priest continues to spout public diatribes. With every word he writes, another person realizes the foolishness of blind faith and uses his or her mind. Thanks to him for that.