Tennessee Pastor Greg Locke has something to say to all those “New Atheists” out there: You’re only mad at God because you secretly believe in Him.
He said as much in a video with the caption, “PASTOR SILENCES ATHEISM VERY QUICKLY.” Which I guess makes sense because his usual M.O. involves saying something idiotic into a camera, then blocking his critics on social media.
… How many atheists do you know that want to fuss and fight with you about trolls, and about Smurfs, and about fairies? None of them. They all want to fight about God. Why? Because you don’t fight stuff that’s non-existent. You fight stuff, that, in your conscience, you know is existing.
I’m here to tell you, you have no morality except for the God Code that has been placed within you…
… At the end of the day, you can say you don’t believe in God, but the truth is, God doesn’t believe in atheists.
Locke is like a kid who completed one day of a history class and now thinks he’s a Civil War expert. It’s obvious he doesn’t know any atheists or else they would have set him straight.
The reason atheists don’t waste time talking about fairies is because no one believes in them. We don’t base public policy on what the Smurfs want. We don’t have someone in the White House who listens to trolls. (Actually, on second thought…)
Atheists never really fight “God.” We fight belief in God because it’s harmful in so many ways. It’s because of religion — specifically the dominant strain of white evangelical Christianity — that Donald Trump landed in the White House, that so many LGBTQ people have been denied civil rights, and we continue lagging when it comes to science education. There’s good reason to push back.
If you’re gullible enough to believe in God, you’re more likely to fall for a lot of other forms of irrational thinking. Like believing we’re only good because there’s some God-shaped hole in our hearts. As we’ve made clear so many times, the least religious nations in the world are the happiest, least violent places on Earth.
And by the way: Of course God doesn’t believe in atheists. He’d have to exist before He could have thoughts.
Here’s an important lesson for Locke: Confidence and ignorance are a bad mix. You should try learning something before pretending you’re an expert on camera.