‘Kirkbride Preacher’ claims should be challenged
Published: Monday, April 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2012 17:04
I mentioned I was attending the university on the GI Bill. I fought in Iraq, over two tours, for a total of 26 months. I saw young women explode in front of me, the name of their god the last word they will ever say. I saw piles of bodies, horribly tortured, mutilated and eventually executed, left to bake in the sun by the Tigris River because the people belonged to a different sect. I watched good men destroyed, beheaded by roadside bombs, cut down by rifle fire. I watched a dear friend be struck in the chest by a rocket-propelled grenade. I watched Arab fighters charge armored vehicles with AK-47s and prayer beads. I have seen what a religious state looks like, and it’s awful.
The most devout Christian is almost as much an atheist as I am. We agree on the non-existence of 99.9 percent of the thousands of deities, demigods, genies, dragons, wizards and mystical creatures dreamed up by men over the past 50,000 years or so. I just went one further.
He has every right to be wrong, loudly, on a city street. And those of us who believe he is wrong have a right to challenge him.
Daniel Crimmins is a guest columnist for The Review. His viewpoints do not necessarily represent those of the Review staff. Please send comments to email@example.com.