January 19, 2012
“There is no such thing as sin,” writes an anonymous self-proclaimed atheist. “Never has been, never will be.”
He wrote this because my Bell Mountain novels offend him. He watched a youtube video created by a friend of mine, Dave from Syracuse, in which I try to answer the question, “What’s Bell Mountain All About?” You can see it for yourself here.
I am acquainted with, and even friendly with, a few atheists who can carry on a civil conversation, but this Richard Dawkins-wannabe isn’t one of them. I don’t know his name, so for the purposes of this discussion, I will refer to him as Nobody. I am aware that “he” might be a she, but I doubt it matters.
Mr. or Ms. Nobody gets off to a flying start: “[Expletive]-wits like this guy—“ that’s me—“are the reason the US is in such bad shape. We do NOT need people who take the crap in the bible [sic] (or Quran, or other holy books) seriously.”
Now, all I’ve done is to write a few novels that this poor clown is perfectly at liberty not to read. Indeed, he almost certainly hasn’t read them, despite the impassioned venom of his comments. But somehow it’s my fault, along with the other [expletive]-wits, that the United States “is in such bad shape.”
I’ve hardly sold enough books to account for our country being on the verge of bankruptcy--$15 trillion in debt, and sinking fast. (Sales slogan, maybe? Buy Lee’s books, bankrupt America?) I very much doubt there is anything in my books to precipitate the failure of America’s education system, our problems in the Middle East, high unemployment, Congress’ 8% approval rating, the looming specter of Obamacare, the trade imbalance, etc. Maybe Tim Tebow did all that; but I know it wasn’t me.
To continue with Nobody’s comments: “Adults who are sane don’t have ‘beliefs.’”
Hmm… I could have sworn he was writing to express his own beliefs. Maybe he thinks he’s the only sane adult around. A block, a stone, a chair might have no beliefs. A human being who had none would be poor indeed.
“People like YOU—“ somehow I really cheese him off—“are the reason abortions and euthanasia aren’t allowed for HUMANS, though we’re humane enough to euthanize dogs and horses.”
The world is full of humanists who get all choked up for euthanasia and abortion. It’s probably better not to inquire too closely into their penchant for ending human life. The Bible supplies the reason for it: “All they that hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:36)
Surprisingly, I am not dismayed that if it weren’t for people like me, there’d be a lot more abortions. We, whoever we are, are such killjoys.
Nobody rumbles on, “The bible [sic] is ignorant superstition about gods, sins, covenants, miracles, prophecies, and other ignorant, superstitious nonsense.” I wonder if he’s jealous because the Bible’s prose is so much better than his. “The big thing most Americans know about the OT [Old Testament] are [sic—who can explain such murky grammar?] the 10 Commandments—and they’re wrong?.
Presumably he means all ten are wrong; he has not indicated otherwise. Would he agree that behavior opposite the Ten Commandments is right? That is, after you dishonor God by breaking the first four commandments, you go on to build a society by dishonoring your parents, committing murder, theft, and adultery, slandering your neighbor, and lusting after his possessions? I can’t believe even a Democrat would go that far.
But Nobody says, “I lie frequently. I don’t steal much anymore, because I have what I want, and can afford to buy what little I don’t have.”
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He sets the morality bar very low, doesn’t he? What if he wanted something he couldn’t afford? Based only upon his own statements, we suppose he would think himself well within his rights to steal it. And what if the rightful owner tried to stop him from stealing it? Would Mr. Nobody shoot him? Or maybe he would seduce the owner’s wife and trick her into giving him the keys to the Maserati, or whatever it is he wants to steal. Or he could falsely accuse the owner of a crime, and steal the gold-plated hookah pipe while the poor guy is in jail.
It amazes me that my own harmless little books could inspire anyone, as they inspire Nobody, to such intemperate language, to such a paroxysm of claptrap. And I’ll bet he hasn’t even read them! Heaven only knows what he might do, if he were to visit my blog (http://leeduigon.com/), order my books from amazon.com, and read them. I shudder to think of it.
I hereby publicly disclaim any responsibility for any acts of murder, theft, adultery, false witness, or self-euthanasia, as a result of reading my books, by the only sane man in America.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com