One of the themes of atheistic thought is that among the signs that god is a construct of man, one of the strongest is that there is such an incredible variability between, not just different religions, but within each religion, as to what god demands of man.
A casual reading of the day’s news points out examples of the varying views. Look at Sunni vs Shiite and Judaism vs Palestinian views for examples of differences leading to violent clashes. Look at the differences between Catholics and Baptists for variations within a religion.
One of the things that led me to atheism was the response from my fundamentalist Christian parents when asked why my Catholic friends used a bible with a different set of books in the Old Testament. Their response boiled down to “they’re wrong.”
That shut me up but didn’t stop me from thinking. A look at the variety; Wikipedia shows how much disagreement there is over who is speaking for god!
So there’s now a series on TLC called “All American Muslim”, which I have no intention of watching, but of which the WashPost review subhead says “An Inalienable Right To Be As Dull As Anybody Else.”
I guess it’s ok to try to put on a show that shows a moderate side of Islam or any other faith. But let’s make no mistake, the platform on which they stand - the idea of god - is not really there and that we need to refer to a moderate version of an idea is telling.
The idea of god, after all these years, is wanting. Wanting for proof. From any of the thousands of ideas of what god is.
A religious moderate in all cases is simply defined as one who engages in cafeteria religion. They pick and choose which of that particular god’s edicts to follow. Beyond the fact that no one has yet proven a god or gods exist, if it were so, why in the hell would a rational human want to follow, bow down to or in any way subjugate themselves to a being so petty, so mean and cruel?
There is no proof of god and plenty of evidence that god is a construct of man.