Posts Tagged ‘Atheism’
The new Labour leader Ed Miliband does not believe in God. Good for him!
What is, still, striking about India is its poverty. What is even more striking is the absolute indifference that people display to the poverty they see right in front of their eyes. Last evening, as I was walking around in T Nagar, Chennai, I saw a little boy (no more than 4 years old), holding something small in his hand and playing with it in the street. I could not see what he was holding in his hand, as the street was not that well lit. He was, basically, playing like any other kid his age – with something that he has access to, and moving it around as if it was moving a car or a bus. I have seen my own son play like this all the time, but the obvious difference was that this kid was doing so on the street, right next to a dumpster. The real shock came when I saw what was happening inside the dumpster – the kid’s parents were looking for food to eat. Worse still, I was the only passerby even remotely interested in this. Others were minding their business, most with a cell phone attached to their ear, completely oblivious of what is happening around them. Such desensitization is common here and that is something truly disturbing.
It is merely random chance that the kid I saw was born in poor household and I just don’t know how people who believe in God can square what this kid has to go through with their belief in a benevolent god. This child, needless to say, has not done anything to gain anyone’s wrath. If an all powerful god exists, shouldn’t He be making life better for this innocent child? Not that this kind of argument has not been made before – just that the striking disparity that exists here highlights the inherent contradictions in the benevolent-god model.
From Stars and Stripes
About one-fifth of current servicemembers identify themselves as having no religious preference, according to Defense Department statistics.
Only a small percentage of troops identify themselves as atheists or agnostics, but Torpy said that’s because they fear retribution.
Joan Smith of The Independent deals with the numbers – 60% of Czechs, 15% of Brits, 14% of Americans and 1 member of US Congress consider themselves godless. Jonathan Jones is convinced great art requires religion. PZ Myers makes a case for atheist community building. Meanwhile, an LA Times blogger worries that Digg is already such a community.
Prof. Ramendra Nath starts his essay on why he is not a Hindu with these words –
I have read and admired Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian. On the other hand, I have also read and disagreed with M.K.Gandhi’s Why I Am a Hindu. My acquaintance with these writings has inspired me to write this essay explaining why I am not a Hindu, though I was born in a Hindu family.
There is nothing in his essay, I can disagree with!