TheBlaze posted a story earlier this week featuring actor Kevin Sorbo sharing his thoughts about atheists.
Sorbo, who appears in the movie “God’s Not Dead,” noted in an “Access Hollywood” interview that he doesn’t understand why some nonbelievers get “offended by something they don’t believe in.”
“I’ve seen these guys [atheist activists] on TV and cable outlets,” Sorbo said, adding that he notices their “anger.”
Sorb, who played an atheist professor in “God’s Not Dead,” said he thought it strange that atheists “often become so turned off by nativity scenes that they try to get them removed from public property, especially considering that they don’t believe that these religious symbols hold any merit.”
Here’s what some readers of TheBlaze had to say about Sorbo’s observations:
Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta had a strong reaction to the interview, writing, “it’s disturbing how easy it was for Sorbo to trash atheists the moment he had an opening.”
Pot calling the kettle black? anyone…anyone…
Atheists admit there’s a God by nonstop denying that there isn’t one.
If there’s no God, there’s no reason to deny him.
There are some militant atheists, just like there are some religious militants. I’m an atheist, and I don’t care what you believe in. I’m guessing the majority of atheists are like me and have no desire to “convert” you or get into a religious discussion with you. I happen to love Christmas and all the trappings (particularly time spent with family). I could not care less if the town I live in had a nativity scene on display, and I would be very disappointed if there weren’t lots of lights, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus. I happen to like Easter, too. I don’t care to have someone try to convert me to his or her religion or tell me my beliefs are wrong, which is why I normally keep them to myself. I’m also a libertarian, so I believe in liberty. Many laws are based on a religious morality that goes beyond the golden rule. I’m not your brother, and you’re not my keeper. If I want to drink, gamble, or have sexual relations out of wedlock, it is not your business. I don’t think gays deserve to be condemned because of your religious beliefs either. However, I do think you have the right to your beliefs, even the belief that homosexuality is a sin. I don’t think you should have to make them a cake for their weddings, either. Both sides should just follow the golden rule, or try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
Well, that’s my atheist take on things anyway.
Sad fact is, Sorbo is right. It seems that out of 100 people, if just 1 is offended by something we have to hide it, or repeal it, or take it down. Of course, it always seems to depend on who that 1 is.
An interesting discussion, to say the least. I am a Christian and have been most of my life. Regardless, I have had exactly one rational discussion with an atheist in my lifetime, and it came down to the fact that I simply believe and have faith. My friend actually applauded me for that answer; it was the first time anyone hadn’t tried to “prove” to him their beliefs via the Bible, various Apocrypha, etc.
That being said, from my experiences (and your mileage may vary) many atheists seem to have a rather thin skin when it comes to displays of faith. Last I checked, one of our fundamental rights as American citizens is the right to freely practice whatever religion we choose to, or atheism if that is our choice. To demand that someone else who differs in beliefs remove all displays of things like nativity scenes and so on is near diametrical opposition to that right. If you don’t like something, then it is your choice to acknowledge it or not.
He makes the point I have been making forever. Atheists believe a cross is simply two pieces of wood nailed together. But they will argue till the cows come home that these two pieces of wood, with no meaning at all, has to be removed from a government building or cemetery. They are admitting actually that the cross means something to them.
Logic was never a liberal’s friend.
Nonbelievers offended by the display of religious symbols keep falling all over the “establishment of religion” clause but totally neglect one’s freedom of speech. My cross or nativity scene is my freedom of speech. Get over it.
Not looking to debate theology. Just wanted to say that, as an atheist, I agree with the crux of the article. I do not believe in a supreme being, but I take no offense at those who do, or their symbols. This country was founded as a Christian nation and those who argue otherwise are incorrect. When people tell me they will pray for me, I appreciate it because I understand the importance to them. Too many atheists treat atheism as yet another religion that can be the one and only true belief and conduct their own form of proselytizing. When that doesn’t work, they strive to tear down the symbols of that with which they disagree.
I’m atheist because I don’t feel the need for a supreme being to have created all that we see.
I’m conservative because I understand the values necessary for a civilization to advance and motivate self-reliance.
I’m pro-life because I was adopted the year before Roe v Wade.
I’m accepting because conformity removes the radical influences that sometimes are necessary for ideas to advance.
I’ve said this for years!!! An atheist being offended by God is equivalent to me being offended by unicorns. If you truly don’t believe God exists, how can he offend you???
“Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta had a strong reaction to the actor’s comments, writing, “it’s disturbing how easy it was for Sorbo to trash atheists the moment he had an opening.””
I see no atheist bashing here; he is simply asking a question and stating facts. So turn it around…
I find it disturbing how easy it is for atheists to trash Christians and other God-believing people by DEMANDING that all Bibles be removed from their sight. If you do not believe it has any merit in your life, why does it upset you so much? There are plenty of things I do not personally believe in, yet I do not DEMAND that these things be removed entirely from my sight or DEMAND that they not be made available to others who do believe. Everyone has free will and free choice to believe or not to believe. But the DEMAND that it be “my way or the highway” is both selfish, arrogant, discriminatory, and intolerant.
Most atheists might be genuine in their beliefs that there is no God to believe in and no supernatural significance to symbols of Christianity. I have no reason to doubt them.
However, if you get a tummy ache when you see a cross, claim walking past a Ten Commandments monument creates psychological distress, and think that a Bible tucked safely out of sight in a drawer will somehow force you to be Christian, I have some bad news for you…
Not liking God is not the same as not believing in God. In fact, hatred necessitates belief.
First, I am a Christian. I liken the discussion to one about UFOs. You can believe in UFOs, hang pictures on the wall of UFOs and I cannot see how that would bother me. I dont feel threatened or offended that you believe differently from me. I cant understand why an atheist gets so upset if I believe in God.