Leading Atheists Display Their Bias

I watched a news report yesterday and read one this morning which state that Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens want the pope arrested for “crimes against humanity” when he arrives in England this September. This stems from the reports that Pope Benedict XVI had covered up a case of sexual abuse of a minor in 1985 while he was known as Cardinal Ratzinger.

I have not paid much attention to the investigation of this incident so I don’t feel qualified to speak about Benedict’s innocence or guilt. If he’s guilty of covering up pedophelia (as many other Catholic clergy have been) then he should be charged appropriately – not sure if “crimes against humanity” is the proper charge and, as far as I know, the alleged crimes did not occur in England. 

My point here is not to discuss the legal ramifications of what Benedict may or may not have done. It is to point out the utter hypocrisy displayed by Dawkins and Hitchens. Why haven’t they led the charge against organizations like NAMBLA which seeks to lower the age of consent to 8? They seek to legalize pedophelia yet I’ve never heard Dawkins or Hitchens speak against this and seek the arrest of the movement’s leadership. If they have, I’d be happy to apologize and retract this statement.

However, the biggest point of hypocrisy comes from their own belief system. If there is no God, as these leading atheists aggressively proclaim, then there is no absolute standard for morality and it would be foolish to say something is right or wrong. By whose standard do you make this determination? For the atheist, there are really only two options: individuals decide or society decides. If each person gets to decides for himself/herself what is right or wrong, then you can’t say that any of their decisions were wrong. If each society gets to determine this, then no one can say that what Hitler did was wrong because his society determined it was fine to exterminate the Jews.

There is a bigger problem with an atheist crying out for moral justice (for the record, I’m glad many, if not most, atheists do hold moral standards). If evolution were true, then there would be no such thing as human will and a person could not help but behave the way he does. Since we would just be cosmic accidents, the result of random chemical reactions then all of our decisions would be the result of mere chemical reactions in our brains. We could say “The chemicals made me do it.” Consider the frightening, yet consistent, words of atheist Will Provine:

‘Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear … There are no gods, no purposes, no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end for me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life, and no free will for humans, either.’  (Provine – Origins Research 16(1), 1994, p. 9).

No, Dawkins and Hitchens aren’t consistent here. They rail against religious believers yet, if their atheism were true, then these religious believers would have to believe what they do. Why doesn’t Dawkins complain about the “crimes against humanity” committed by atheists in the over the past 100 years? What about the tens of millions exterminated by Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot?

Moreover, they don’t rail against their own religious view of atheism, which is a belief system about where we came from, what our purpose is, and where we are going. Their true colors are on display here. Dawkins and Hitchens are motivated by a hatred of anything that smacks of Christianity. Why are they so offended by the idea of God – they don’t even believe He exists? Why spend your life on a crusade attacking something you think is a fairy tale? I’m not going to spend my life attacking people who believe in unicorns.

The fact of the matter is that Dawkins and Hitchens know full well that God exists, but are desperately trying to justify their unbelief. They are fulfilling the words of Romans 1. They are suppressing the truth in unrighteousness (v. 18). They do not like to retain the knowledge of God in their thinking (v. 28). Their foolish hearts have been darkened and their thinking is futile (v. 21). They claim to be wise but have become fools (v. 22). I pray they will see the truth before it’s too late.

Fun at the Creation Museum


This past weekend we had the privilege of visiting the Creation Museum again. I have always been impressed with the quality of the exhibits and presentations, which are first class – even the critics who hate the idea of the museum acknowledge this. But I’m even more impressed that this entire building is dedicated to upholding the authority of God’s Word.

My wife, Casey, enjoys the petting zoo the most, especially the zonkey (half zebra, half donkey) and the zorse (half zebra, half horse). I think my favorite part is either the planetarium or the Last Adam theater, which presents the Gospel in a powerful way and shows how Jesus (the Last Adam) connects to Adam. I’m still a kid at heart so I really like the dinosaurs, especially the big T-Rex and I always make sure to stop in at the taco/burrito bar. Of course, it’s pretty cool to see two of my books in the Dragon’s Den bookstore.

We visited with some family friends and everyone had a great time. If you haven’t made the trip to northern Kentucky (greater Cincinnati area) to visit the museum, I would strongly recommend it for a family trip. Plan to spend an entire day to take in all of the activities and to have time to read the displays in the walkthrough.

Speaking of the critics, their vehement hatred of this place is just another testimony to the veracity of the message. Did you ever notice how most atheists and skeptics have a “live and let live” approach to the majority of churches or Christian ministries? Yet when it comes to a ministry that takes a strong stand on God’s Word – especially in Genesis – the critics cannot tolerate it. This is because the message proclaimed at the Creation Museum strikes at the very heart of the atheistic religion (yes, I said religion). You see, if evolution crumbles, then so does atheism, naturalism, Marxism, secular humanism, and so many other manmade “isms” that are diametrically opposed to God’s Word.

Christian leaders need to wake up to this fact and realize that if they are truly doing God’s work then they should expect opposition from an unbelieving world. Yet for the atheist/critic, why is there so much hypocrisy in their view? Why spend so much time seething about and mocking one museum which was privately funded? Don’t you believe a person has the right to believe whatever they want to? Why are you so offended about people believing in a God that you don’t even think exists? You don’t get upset with people who believe in unicorns, so why are you so afraid that people might be persuaded to believe in the God of the Bible?

Anyway, I better cut this short before I get going too long on the soapbox.

Thanks for reading.