My Most Recent ‘HATE’ Mail- and My Response
This is the most recent “Hate Mail” that I’ve received regarding the posts on my website- I decided to post it because, not only does it demonstrate the ignorance of the religious majority, but acts as a defensive insult to my personal life, occupation, and university schooling with absolutely no evidence or stated justification. I also wanted to give my readers a chance to review my responses (located, point-by-point, in the footnotes section). I did the author a favor by cleaning up some of the spelling/grammar errors before posting- please keep in mind that this e-mail was in NO WAY prompted by any correspondence by me personally and was solely in response to my blog:
On 04/15/2010, at 11:14 AM, I received the following message to my e-mail from a man who wishes to remain anonymous.
For someone who thinks they have an idea about religion here is a suggestion; do not quit your day job, unless of course your day job IS describing religions in which case I would suggest something more the line of working at McDonald’s. Your ignorance about the topics you are discussing is not only staggering but you are in essence a complete liar as from what I have seen from your blog you hardly put out “an objective point of view.” Your entire blog “reeked” of hatred and intolerance toward religious beliefs. Indeed, I would hardly call a person who on the one hand says that he studies “religions and their various effects on society (positive and negative) from an objective point of view” and then in the same blog has an article called “Author of “The God Virus” speaks in Santa Barbara.”
And yet nowhere do I find one article talking about the POSITIVES of religion. For instance you mention all of what you consider the bad in religion (which if you had half the education you claim to have, you would have come across a little thing called ethical relativism) but never mention any of the good that it has accomplished such as feeding the poor. Please do not retort with the tired notion “well that is common to all of humankind” as I am going to have to educate you by saying that murder, rape, incest, etc are also all common to mankind but you seem to give the idea that these are indicative of the religious books as you mention but fail to note this, thus confirming your bigotry to such belief systems.
I could go on with so many more points but I do not have the time or the desire to give you the proper education that you so desperately need. So my suggestion Mr. Mcafee (I say Mister because I cannot possibly believe any university with half an accreditation would actually screw up and give you a degree at least in theological studies) is to quit your quaint little blog and actually do something more productive with your time that will no longer have you looking like a complete idiot. And before you decide to respond with the typical responses that are so prevalent with the secular community.
1. No, I am not someone who just is too blind to reject all of this “religious nonsense.” You know nothing about me so please do not begin to start forming opinions about my beliefs. I do not believe the Bible to be the Word of God for instance. What does irritate me is your complete lack of integrity and honesty. Many of the arguments that you make are based off of a error called “World View Confusion.” You might want to look that up next time you are studying all of those “Religious Study” books assuming you did not lie about that as well. At any rate if either of us is “too blind” that would be you as your blog clearly shows. In short no scholar would take you seriously unless they were either too drunk to disagree with you or you had forced them into a lobotomy.
2. No, you did not “hit the nail on the head and as a result struck a nerve.” I frankly do not care what you believe. What I DO care about is someone pasting extremely biased information and saying it is objective. Shut one’s eyes tight and opening one’s arms wide, either way one is a fool. If the religionists are fools for “opening their arms wide” then you are just as big a fool for “shutting your eyes tight.” There are other that I have considered as possible response but I am not going to take any more my time to bother to put them down.
 To address your first “argument”, I’d like to properly inform you in regards to the quote that you inserted. When I said that I study “religions and their various effects on society (positive and negative) from an objective point of view”- I was referring clearly to the distinction between RELIGIOUS STUDIES courses and departments in public universities (which present religion from an objective, phenomenological approach, and the bias study of THEOLOGY (which you incorrectly cite when quoting my university studies in the third paragraph) that is defined as “the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God’s attributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity.” As for the “God Virus” presentation, it is ironic that you point out that post specifically- because, if you’d done any research or read the book, you’d realize that it’s about the intolerance, ignorance, stubbornness, and lack of logical thinking common among religionists- which you so obviously suffer from.
 This is an important point and I’m glad you bring it up. I am not denying that some people use religion as a motivation for doing ‘good’. I am arguing two points. #1: Though religion is often used as a motivator for positive behavior, it shouldn’t have to be; people should be strong enough to behave morally in accordance with their own humanity and conscience- religion is the middle man. #2: Everybody is aware of the “Mother Theresa” positive aspects attributed to various religions, but it is my job to educate those who, like yourself, who believe that religion is solely a positive institution. The biggest wars in mankind, the KKK, Nazism, and many other negative movements found their root in religion, and that cannot be ignored. To sum up my response to this point, I’ll quote Nobel Prize winning physicist Steven Weinberg: “With or without [religion] you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion.”
 Again, I do NOT study theology. See point #1.
 First of all, in your assertion that I “quit my quaint little blog”; you are attempting to shatter the very core of constitutional rights of freedom of press and speech. While we are on the subject of the Constitution of the United States, however, I must also bring up the point that because we are supposed to have a separation between Church and State, our nation is expected to be a “Secular Community”- like the one you insult. In regards to your statement that I should “do something productive”: What I am doing by spreading secular awareness in a SECULAR nation while simultaneously promoting science, education, intellect, and peace is a pretty productive task. I know many people whose lives have been significantly improved after realizing the dangers of organized religion, and I am helping more people to become informed of the negative effects that the religious majority has attempted to suppress for many years.
 Firstly, I don’t think this sentence make a lot of sense. But what I read is that you “don’t believe the bible is the word of god”. That’s completely fine, that simply means that you aren’t Jewish or a Christian- this is not to say that you are not religious, and considering your lack of knowledge on the subject, I’d guess that you are indeed a religious individual whose mind is closed to other considerations. Also to say “You know nothing about me to begin to start [unnecessary repetition] forming opinions about my beliefs”- before you announce something like that, you should probably take a closer look at your own e-mail in which you assume many things about me, as a person. For instance, you call me dishonest (but neglect to indicate a section in which I have presented a LIE), an “idiot”, which I am not, and various other nonsensical terms such as that I am “shutting my eyes tight.” Please formulate a valid argument, if I “lie” please indicate where, and your credentials from which you derived this ‘superior knowledge’.
 I am still unclear as to how I am “shutting my eyes tight”. I have read the Sacred Texts, to completion, of many major and minor religions- I am always studying and researching to learn more about how the religious mind works, and its negative and positive effects; I would argue that, by attempting to suppress my writing, you would be denying some people the ability to learn about these things.