In early June of 2018 popular “As-Seen-On-TV” personality Anthony Bourdain committed suicide, leaving behind an 11 year old daughter. In the wake of this untimely death is a rather strange silence from the atheist community. I assumed that they would immediately declare Anthony Bourdain the “Atheist Father of the Year!”
After all, didn’t he really show the kind of commitment to self over biological offspring that Atheism permits?
Perhaps you aren’t following my reasoning. Let me remind you that earlier this year I wrote an article about why parenting and atheism conflict, because parenting requires selfless acts of love and self sacrifice, and the treating of others as greater than ones self, just as the Bible instructs us to treat everyone.
What I said in that article was this:
Your desire to care for and nurture your kids is just your DNA trying to replicate itself. It’s just as much a product of random mutations and natural selection as your eye color or ingrown toenails. I know it FEELS like your kids are valuable, but they are the same accidental, decaying matter as the rest of the universe- like that ’89 Buick Lesabre you have rusting away on cinder blocks in the side yard.
Your kids are only valuable if you decide they are valuable to YOU.
You make your own values! So, when parenting is hard, Atheism gives you some sound advice: BE SELFISH! Survival of the fittest can apply to your own family as well as to the rat race or the natural order. Let the little buggers fend for themselves. They know where the Cap’n Crunch and the tv remote are.
And is that not what popular “As-Seen-On-TV” personality Anthony Bourdain has done? Just as you may tire of playing “Disney Princesses” on the livingroom floor and choose to walk away even when your child is begging “PLEASE daddy, let’s play a little more?” Anthony tired of this life and with no thought to his 11 year old daughter, ended his life so that she could know what it was like to bury a parent before the end of middle school.
SURE he could have stuck it out, gotten therapy, or merely considered her well being as more important than even the end of his own unhappiness, but as an avowed atheist HE DID NOT! His own feelings were more important to him than some Biblically enforced responsibility to those offspring who you leave behind! THE SELF is the only god an atheist need worship, and so THE SELF is the only human being on the planet an atheist needs care about!*
Despite Anthony setting a GREAT example of what it means to be an atheist parent, people keep kicking around words like “Tragedy.” Did he not do what every tv show and movie in post modern America preaches is our highest value? Did he not FOLLOW HIS OWN HEART and do what he felt would have made HIM happy? Even so, atheist hypocrites keep talking about his suicide as if it is something he should NOT have done! As if there are absolute morals, and as if, somehow, life is valuable and should not be snuffed out for any avoidable reason! But as an atheist, he believed that life was a temporary accident, and that death is a magic portal to nowhere. Oblivion is all that an atheist professes to believe exists beyond this life- no memories, no consciousness, and no hell for the MANY sins they know they carry from one footstep to the next.
So I suggest the atheists of this nation all stop being such hypocrites and name Anthony Bourdain the Atheist Father of the Year!
Or, maybe… just maybe… they should open their eyes and see that atheism is a selfish and evil worldview built on stupid and nothing more which is killing people every day at their own hand.
Jesus said “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
If you are considering suicide, please don’t. Find someone wise to talk to, and remember, #JesusLovesYou
*I know some of you are going to whine that there ARE selfless atheists who consider others as more important than themselves, and who love their children, blah blah blah, but those people are hypocrites, and barely worthy of being called Atheists at all. At best they are heretical psudo-atheists who are still allowing themselves to be controlled by the religious traditions of America’s Christian past. They may as well be Catholic if they’re going to have children- NOT kill them in the womb- and then go on to love them selflessly. That sort of thing is certainly incompatible with TRUE atheism.