‘Secterian Rhetoric’ on Atheism

Dear Editor,
Bill Patterson’s comments about eliminating

under God

from the pledge of allegiance were amusing. Bowing to attention
deficit disorder as his excuse for this habitual, rote recitation,
Mr. Patterson pleads guilty not paying attention to the words he
unconsciously chants.
Dear Editor,

Bill Patterson’s comments about eliminating “under God” from the pledge of allegiance were amusing. Bowing to attention deficit disorder as his excuse for this habitual, rote recitation, Mr. Patterson pleads guilty not paying attention to the words he unconsciously chants.

Mr. Patterson’s self-deprecating statements do nothing to minimize his illogical faith statements following his “under God” Pledge of Allegiance build up. He gives no basis in fact, logic or reasoning for any of these comments:

“It takes more faith to be an atheist than to believe in an intelligent creator …” Would Mr. Patterson provide proof rather than over-used sectarian rhetoric? If none, then the statement is meaningless.

“… that atheism is also a philosophical statement of faith.” Atheism is a belief statement not a faith statement. What is the basis for Mr. Patterson’s vocabulary confusion?

“… that it is fruitless to argue with atheism because its commitment to its faith is more volitional than intellectual.” Religious believers have a faith system (no empirical evidences required), not atheism. The intellect requires logical, rational thought processes. Can Mr. Patterson explain how a belief in a supernatural being is more intellectual than non-belief?

“One does not convince someone by logic, who is fearful that admitting that there is a God may result in God making unreasonable demands upon one’s life.” What are some of the unreasonable demands atheists endure or fear by avoiding a belief system in a supernatural being? Morality issues? Supernatural destination fears?

Dale Morejón, Gilroy

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