Thank you, The Thinking Atheist, for addressing “Grieving without God.”

I wish I could’ve taken part in this, but I was too busy sleeping after a very long week. The Thinking Atheist hosted a podcast on grieving for non-believers.

Casual life is generally dominated by religious bullshit. From “god” on the money to judges attempting to place stone blocks inscribed with the Ten Commandments on public land to the President asking God to bless America, it’s everywhere. Thankfully, we non-believers usually have the Constitution and legal precedent on our side when in need of fighting whatever religious bullshit we need to fight.

When it comes to loss, we’re kinda fucked…

Social interaction and The Social Contract ™ dictate that comfort and politeness prevail. Even if a grieving person is a non-believer, society considers it acceptable for others to offer “prayers” or “blessings” or that the dead loved one is “in a better place.” Most frequently, the non-believers simply ignore these expressions or reply with a weak touch of gratitude for the sentiment.

But it’s nothing to be grateful for. As we are expected to respect the belief rights of others, so others must respect our right not to believe. And yet the bullshit persists.

If I lose someone and a religious person offers his condolence in the form of, “He/She’s in a better place”, and I reply, “Thanks, but I don’t believe in that” or some other equivalent, society says that I’m the asshole. But consider, how would it be if a religious person lost someone and I were to offer, “Your loved one is gone forever; no identifiable, verifiable entity of your loved one remains”? That’s a pretty cold, insensitive thing to say, right? But here’s the thing:

It’s true.

What about the religious claims of a dead loved one still existing or any other supernatural claim?

Not true.

Shouldn’t it be more important to our society to pursue that which is true over that which is not?

No shit.

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