Have you heard of the TV show The Atheist Experience? If you haven’t visited the site or the YouTube channel dedicated to it, I really think you should.
Like now. It’s great.
Their website can be found here. The YouTube channel mentioned can be viewed by watching the video posted below.
To summarise the show, a quick description of its purpose can be found on the homepage:
The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. Every week we field live calls from atheists and believers alike, and you never know what you’re going to get! Sometimes it can get quite feisty indeed! You don’t want to miss it.
It is basically a group of atheists taking calls from listeners, answering questions and offering debates. Atheists with a bunch of wisdom and decades of experience. Matt Dillahunty, the biggest personality on the show, hailed from a Southern Baptist home and was a devoted Christian for a large portion of his life. This is used to devastating effect when angry Christian callers realise Matt’s knowledge of the Bible is much more than they can handle and answer for. Some callers are fellow atheists wanting to show appreciation. Some are more open minded religious folk simply curious.
One episode is called ‘God the Mafia Boss‘. The theme of the video is trying to convince a caller that just because God says it is right, does not make it right or moral. The caller is brainwashed to such a degree that if (in his opinion) God says your legs deserve to be broken, they indeed deserve to be broken.
Part two with the critical moment can be seen below.
Did you hear what I heard?! The caller actually states ‘I am saying the Mafia boss has the right to break my legs but doesn’t’.
This is when Matt hangs up.
Like a Mafia boss, having the power to cause suffering should not be interpreted as having the right to cause suffering.
How does anyone see this as acceptable? I cannot believe I share a world with such sadists. I would love to have the ability to put this clip into a time machine and watch the reaction of our future generations hundreds of years from now. Laughing hysterically at the ease in which we give others control. Gollum is anxious to please anyone he considers ‘master’- is he the character in the story anyone aspires to be?
What if God himself was created by a deity. The deity in question has morals and does not want to cause suffering. The God we know rebels and is therefore happy to break our legs. Would the caller still see the act as appropriate? I’ll never know. If I meet someone who has the same morally deprived mindset I will be sure to ask.