I can see the letters now

I have another opinion article in the Gateway.

This one blasts Campus for Christ for holding an election on the existence of God. Mainly I follow the line that “existence is not a popularity contest.”

I can already see the letters coming in now though:

That Ian Bushfield is one angry atheist.

He’s such a fundamentalist, with his belief that God doesn’t exist.

He’s so militant, writing words in a campus newspaper rather than taking up arms or violence.

He’s so arrogant, suggesting we should test ideas against the real world before accepting them.

He’s so intolerant, speaking out when we want him to shut up.

He’s so evangelical, wanting people to question their beliefs, regardless of what they may be.

He’s so Utopian, hoping for a better world.

He’s such a progressive liberal-leftist, even though he hasn’t written about politics or economics yet.

He’s so ignorant, for not accepting or understanding every nuance of my religion.

He’s so immature, clearly belief in God is sophisticated endeavour.

He’s so immoral, I mean, how can you really be good without someone watching over you?

He’s so self-centred, because he doesn’t think God talks to him personally.

He’s so nihilistic, for thinking that for him since life ends at death, he should value every moment he has alive.

He’s so communistic, since he clearly worships the state above his fellow human being.

He’s so angry, because he has to put up with intolerant jerks like us.

God loves you,

Anonymous Christian Student

4 thoughts on “I can see the letters now”

  1. Classic — you should print this one out and send it in for real so it gets published in the letters section!

  2. I just picked up the paper today specifically to read your article. (The title was particularly eye-catching.) Obviously, the results won’t be representative of very much. (People who either “voted on behalf of their friends” or didn’t comprehend the tally system made sure of that.)

    Our objective is not unlike what is written on the (most striking, and in a good way) “refurbished” AAAC banner hanging from CAB: “Speak out”. We want people to stand up for what they believe or don’t believe. And for those who don’t know what they believe, we want them to think seriously about it instead of just going through the motions. We believe it’s important to understand what and why people believe. So does the AAAC, I imagine. (Hopefully that assumption wasn’t too much of a stretch.)

    People are thinking about it. People are talking about it. People are reading up on it. And judging by your article in the Gateway, I am satisfied in knowing that our event accomplished its objective with flying colours.

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