Are Atheists Afraid of Criticizing Islam?
“If you have the balls to attack christian faith, why not attack allah” – Crazy Christian #234867323
This is a comment we atheist bloggers see often. Are atheists afraid of criticizing Islam? The short answer? No. The long answer? Absolutely not.
Atheists seem to criticize Christianity more than they do Islam because they really are doing that; now here’s why. I reside inside the United States, at the top of the Bible belt, I come into contact with almost no Muslims (Illinois puts it’s non-Christian religious population at 4%, not including the faithless) but approximately 80% of the people in my state are Christians. I don’t find Muslim pamphlets in my employer’s bathroom; I find Chick Tracts. When people come knocking on my door at seven in the morning to talk about Yahweh they are Christians. I’m more than sixteen times more likely to be killed by lightning than by a terrorist attack. More importantly, my government, from the top to the bottom, is almost completely run by Christians.
Islam is just as, if not more terrible a faith than Christianity but I write about the things I feel are more likely to affect me. Christianity affects my life daily in one way or another. It is for this reason when I write a critique of faith it seems more targeted at Christians. I usually try to say the word “theist” in lieu of “Christian” because most of my points work for the big three. There are plenty of atheists who blog primarily about the threat of Islam (here, here, and here are some examples). I blog about Christians because they are biggest threat to my way of life right now; if that changes you’ll see my writing change. Until then, have an infidelic day!
Edit: I originally had a picture of the infamous “Mohammed Bomb Hat” cartoon along with this post. Upon further discussion with Schevus, a good friend and regular commenter, I’ve decided the image was too imflammitory and might not be taken in the humorous context I put it here in, so I’ve removed the image to help promote dialogue and negate future issues surrounding it’s use.