Up until about a year or so ago, I spent a significant amount of my time online reading atheist blogs, websites, and forums always with the overwhelming sense that the atheists who write the posts and articles and those who are active in the comment sections and forums believe they are edgy bad asses with intellects far superior to those of us who are slaves to hidebound thinking about gods and spirits and such.
Even though I no longer read their blogs and websites and very rarely interact with them in web forums, I do run into them occasionally and, instead of seeing them as adversaries I am somehow obligated to confront, I pity them.
My first gut reaction was nothing but pure disgust, which almost caused me to simply quit watching, dismiss it, and continue with my daily routine, because after all, I’ve heard all of this kind of hatred before. Much of what I run across in my line of work is this sort of attitude among the atheist community; a sort of celebration among themselves of their hatred for a God that they claim they believe does not exist.
I’m not saying that this attitude is shared by all atheists, but one has to only start reading some of the comments in the comment section under the video to prove my point; but something compelled me to keep watching, and my attitude began to change from disgust into something else entirely…
Unlike that author, my pity and disgust(mine is more shame and sorrow) has not evolved to compassion yet, I am hoping that one day it will.