Internet pastor Mike Stahl thinks atheists should be listed in national registries, like sex offenders and terrorists.
He seems to think that if you don't believe in a magical deity, then you're a threat to those around you.
I would like Pastor Stahl to consider the following:
- Islamic terrorists are motivated by religion -- not by atheism.
- Christian terrorists (Hitler, McVeigh, Rudolph, etc.) are motivated by religion -- not by atheism.
- Many of the most high-profile sex offenders today are members of the religious clergy, or are religious cult leaders -- not atheists.
The atheists I know are smart, peaceful types who would never engage in terrorism and would never inappropriately touch a child. Nothing physically dangerous about them.
That said, by definition the only thing that separates atheists from others is that they simply do not believe in any of the alleged gods -- just as you do not believe in the gods of all those other religions besides yours. Should Buddhists be registered too, since they do not believe in your specific Judeo-Christian god?
Of course, radical religious nuts will not let fact or logic get in the way of their blind hysteria.
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
-- Stephen Roberts