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If that was the result of an intelligent designer, why did it take him 4 billion years to stop screwing it up? Give me a break.
TL;DR version: Door-to-door Jesus salesmen told a woman her son was burning in hell because she goes to the wrong church. Classy, right?
Seriously guys, don't hit on a woman in an elevator.
Where's the morality in a system where you have a free pass to commit whatever crime you want, so long as you properly grovel to the invisible man afterward? Atheists do the right thing because it's the right thing to do. Doing it out of fear or for a reward is too self-centered to be called morality.
As for the Christians, they're so used to having their religious beliefs and rituals automatically catered to here by other Christians, so used to being the overwhelming majority religion, that they cry persecution when someone challenges that undeserved privilege. Some of them fully, honestly believe that not being permitted to impose their religious beliefs on others is a violation of their rights. It's blatant hypocrisy but they can't see it. That privilege blinds them.
I don't care what astrologers believe because their weird belief that it matters where Saturn is in the sky has absolutely no effect on my life or on the world. If you don't believe in astrology, nobody cares. Astrologers and believers don't demand that we teach it alongside astronomy. Astrology can be safely and easily ignored by anyone who doesn't care for it.
That's what I want as an atheist, for religion to become as harmless and irrelevant to the world as astrology.
What needs to be done about it is staring us right in the face - the Tea Party. Except in a rare few cases, they don't run teabaggers as 3rd party candidates in general elections, they run them against Republicans in the GOP primaries, then throw their support behind whoever wins against the Democrat. They don't split the rightwing vote in the general election, so they don't hurt the right (in the short term anyway).
We need to do that on the left. Ralph Nader caused a catastrophe in 2000 by splitting the left and giving us the first four years of Bush. What we need to do instead is to go after the corporate flunkies and conservative throwbacks with D next to their name during their primaries, then supporting the winner against the GOP.
I wanted to stay home last November, especially when the White House decided the months right before an election was the time to mock and piss off the left. I also have a Blue Dog, teabagger idiot for a congressman, so I lose either way. In the end, I went out and voted for him anyway because I didn't want the GOP to regain the House. I wanted that guy out but keeping the GOP from controlling the House was more important. I was in the minority on that, unfortunately.
One caveat - this cannot apply to the presidential race. The few times a president has been seriously challenged in their mid-term primary, it led to disaster. It guarantees victory for the other side, so we can't go after the president like that regardless of what we think of the person in the office.
Another thing that I think is needed is for progressive activist groups to sever their "official" ties to the White House or at least distance themselves. It's toxic for real activism because it lets the White House jerk us around on puppet strings. Read this and you'll see what I mean: http://www.alternet.org/news/150467/meet_jim_mess...