Recently, Glenn Beck has been blaming gang violence and what is "wrong with this nation" on Atheism, or lack of belief in god and religious ethics.
As an Atheist who is civilized, pro human life and would never do anything remotely similar to what those brutal kids did in the video he was talking about, I was enraged by his accusation that that kind of behavior is to be blamed on Atheism.
Granted, Glenn Beck is a good man, and I believe he sincerely thinks that ethics and rights are impossible unless they come from god (as seen in this video).
However, I will not sit here quietly while he is destroying what I care for, knowingly or unknowingly (in his case it is the second).
I hope you do the same by following my example and send Glenn Beck a letter letting him know what you think.
My letter is below.
I am a regular viewer of your show and greatly admire the work you are doing. But today you said something very disturbing and deeply offensive to me and to all other atheists.
Does being an atheist mean being like the savage brutes in that video who do not value human life?
Is it the case that because I take reason and logic as absolutes that I am incapable of acting civilized?
I find the equation of morality with faith in god highly offensive.
You have had Yaron Brook appear on your show several times - as you know he is an atheist and at the same time he is also a passionate advocate of individual rights and the value of human life.
How would you explain his civility given that he does not believe in god?
Why is it that you blame brutality on atheism but do not grant Yaron Brook's morality to atheism?
The result of what you said is that from now on, everyone who will look at me and know I do not believe in god will be able to tell me that I am no good, immoral, and not worth listening to, because I "represent everything that is wrong in this country".
I am offended and angry, and I hope you would take what you said back and acknowledge that morality does not necessarily have to be based on a belief in god.
That said, I am still grateful to you for the wonderful work you are doing and your honesty.