My thanks go to Stephanie Fairchild (Twitter: @TheMrsDarcy) for prompting this post. She invited me to share what drives my anger at the God mob, and this post is by way of response.
My use of emotive language in this post is intentional.
Background and Explanation
I make a distinction between those who believe in one or more gods, and those who try to ram their beliefs down the throats of other people. I refer to the latter group as “the God mob”.
As a child, I encountered a number of teachers who proclaimed the Christian god. Equally, as a child, and thus being extremely impressionable, I took their word for it. At the age of 11, we were told by a Bible literalist and headmaster of my primary school that God exists, that He saw into our minds, that Hell exists, and that anybody who even questions His existence would be sent to Hell for eternity. As a child, I found this extremely upsetting. It was 50 years later that I learned that my mother was scandalised at me being treated like this.
The headmaster’s empty threat almost worked. It was not until my late 20’s that I saw all sorts of reason to doubt his claims. The list of logical fallacies that he committed is far too long for me to put here.
As I have matured as an adult, I have pondered what that headmaster and his like are doing to society. As a consequence, my anger has grown. If I was to meet him now, I would have no hesitation in reducing him to a sniveling quivering wreck on the floor.
My central issue is that the claim of God has zero supporting falsifiable evidence, and when it comes from the God mob must thus be rejected as a lie. I know what that lie did to me, and I can see what such lies are doing to today’s children. As such, I regard it as my duty to expose and oppose such lies at every opportunity.
I hope that this post goes at least some way to answering Stephanie’s question.