Dispatches from the Bible Belt
  1. So last Friday, the morning after 5 police officers were killed in Dallas, I saw a post on Facebook decrying the lack of God in American culture and suggesting the absence of God and the presence of the devil was responsible for the violence we're seeing.
  2. It further suggested that if you did not think an insertion of God into otherwise secular systems was wise, you were part of the problem.
  3. Nevermind that I too often see these posts from people who are so quick to decry the killings of police officers (as they should) but are tellingly silent when black men and women are gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect them.
  4. Nevermind the fact that in my opinion, when you blame "the devil" for the evil in this world, you abdicate your own responsibility and complicity in systemic racism, inequality and violence.
  5. If you find comfort, peace or truth in religion or in God, then I truly think that's wonderful.
  6. But do not confuse my atheism with amorality.
  7. Do not assume that I need a religion to tell me what is right and what is wrong.
  8. I am not the devil.
  9. I am not the boogeyman.
  10. I am not the scapegoat for all that is wrong in the world.
  11. I am someone who believes that human beings are responsible for the evil in this world.
  12. And human beings are the ones who must work to make it a better place.