©2012 by Fred Flaxman
As a non-Christian subscriber to the Asheville (North Carolina) Citizen-Times, I think it is unfair and blatantly discriminatory for our community’s only daily newspaper to run Billy Graham’s conservative Christian column every day without giving equal space to proponents of other religious and nonreligious ethical points of view.
The headline on his column in today’s paper was: “Don’t be misled by nonbelievers.” But it is Billy Graham who misleads his readers when he argues that: “If God didn’t put us here, then we are here by accident, and therefore our lives don’t have any real purpose or meaning.” I think being put here by accident gives us more purpose and meaning: the unique and one-time opportunity to use our lives for the betterment of others.
The rest of his column continues with equally uninformed, ridiculous assertions such as: “If [God] didn’t put us here, we can live any way we want to, no matter how selfish or hurtful we are,” as if nonbelievers have no morals or ethics.
Remember that there is no mention of God in the Golden Rule, nor do you need to believe in anything supernatural to follow it. Just treat others as you want to be treated yourself. You may not go to Heaven as a result, but at least you’ll help improve the situation down here on earth.
Fred Flaxman is the author of Sixty Slices of Life … on Wry: The Private Life of a Public Broadcaster. Information and ordering at www.sixtyslices.com.