Woke up to this and decided to be the first person to comment on it.
This is not a new thing- I’ve heard atheists claiming this for years.
As though the intersection of non-belief and whiteness isn’t… oh I don’t know… the whole fucking atheist community basically. As though the justice system was an entity that operated without this whole other set of biases that are well-established throughout history.
Come on now
With respect, I have to say, I think it’s you who doesn’t understand. Allow me to explain your myriad of misinterpretations.
First: This comment about more Christians in jail than atheists is common. It is not designed to assert that atheism makes good people and Christianity makes criminals. It is, in fact, designed to combat the claim of the very opposite. You see, churches often cast atheists as immoral criminals who reject gods and the concept of sin just so we can indulge in violence and deception. The crime statistics put the lie to that Christian canard. In other words, that fact that morality has fuck-all do to with religion, is precisely the point. Religion doesn’t affect morality. Morality doesn’t come from any gods.
Second: The idea that churches offer a sandwich with one hand and force a Bible on you with the other, is a problem. They’re cultivating a captive audience. This technique of offering people Christianity at their weakest, most vulnerable moments is deliberate. People in desperate situations: the poor and hungry, the disadvantaged, those who have recently lost someone important to them, teens who were kicked out of their homes, these are all people in desperate need of what institutions like churches offer, but they don’t offer it out of altruism: it’s with dollar signs in their eyes. Anti-thiests aren’t admonishing the poor and desperate for being taken advantage of, the criticism is directed at the church.