Hear, Hear

Regarding the Virginia Tech shootings, from Daily Kos:

I am an atheist and a professor at Virginia Tech. Dinesh D’Souza says that I don’t exist, that I have nothing to say, that I am nowhere to be found.

But I am here.

Dinesh D’Souza had written (in part):

Notice something interesting about the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings? Atheists are nowhere to be found. Every time there is a public gathering there is talk of God and divine mercy and spiritual healing. Even secular people like the poet Nikki Giovanni use language that is heavily drenched with religious symbolism and meaning.

To which mapantsula replied (in part):

We atheists do not believe in gods, or angels, or demons, or souls that endure, or a meeting place after all is said and done where more can be said and done and the point of it all revealed. We don’t believe in the possibility of redemption after our lives, but the necessity of compassion in our lives. We believe in people, in their joys and pains, in their good ideas and their wit and wisdom. We believe in human rights and dignity, and we know what it is for those to be trampled on by brutes and vandals. We may believe that the universe is pitilessly indifferent but we know that friends and strangers alike most certainly are not. We despise atrocity, not because a god tells us that it is wrong, but because if not massacre then nothing could be wrong.

Read the whole post.  We need more voices like his.


4 thoughts on “Hear, Hear

  1. Dinesh D’Souza is a vile, hateful little man whose mind is irreparably closed to any of
    Mapantsula’s wisdom. Even so, Mapantsula’s words need to be read all across the nation (indeed, all across the world). D’Souza and his ilk may be a lost cause, but it is long overdue for the rest of the (less odious) populace to realize that we non-believers are every bit as human and capable of empathy as anyone else.

  2. A terrible shame that folks should use a tragedy like this to try and score rhetorical “points.”  And, truth be told, it doesn’t strike me as a very spiritual thing to do …

  3. A terrible shame that folks should use a tragedy like this to try and score rhetorical “points.”


    And pushing atheism at a time when people probably need comfort -from wherever they can get it- would demonstrate a pretty serious lack of compassion.

    The reason D’Souza doesn’t usually hear from atheists at times like this is that most of us (unlike him) have the sense to know when to hold our tongues.

    He’s a cheeseball.

  4. Wow, what a despicable small minded little person.
    You just know he’s got a little dick when he

    worked for Concerned Alumni of Princeton, a conservative organization strongly critical of coeducation, affirmative action, and campus access to birth control.

    And this just puts the smegma in its place.

    This thesis has been widely disputed by, among others, prominent conservatives such as Michelle Malkin and Hugh Hewitt, who contend that D’Souza openly sympathizes with Al Qaeda in The Enemy At Home, and who contend that his thesis that Muslim radicals would not hate the United States if not for cultural liberalism is a myth.

    I never thought I’d agree with Shelley.

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