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Atheists befuddled by Folau, Notre Dame

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Because of the Notre Dame cathedral blaze and the Israel Folau imbroglio these are intellectually-stimulating, emotion-churning days for the thinking, brainy atheist.

How is it that the thinking atheist feels such angst and sadness at the news of the damage to a hulking Parisian place of worship of a deity, God, the atheist knows is only an invention of simpletons' superstitious minds?

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, April 15. Photo: AP

Why does the thinking atheist feel some almost Christian sympathy for Folau, the Christian simpleton? Why does the charitable atheist doubt that it is fair to describe his daft, declared extreme Christian ideas about homosexuals (and other sinners) as "hate speech"?

First to the vilified Folau.

It is a shame that be believes the biblical balderdash he does believe in and it is a tragedy that what he believes about homosexuals' fates (Hell, unless they repent) may make matters worse for those already oppressed by prejudice.

But the characterisation of Folau as a bigoted fiend is unfair.

His actual nature is expressed in his mild-mannered explanation of his beliefs in his 2018 op ed I'm A Sinner Too. Simple, sincere, and eloquently ignorant, there is not a ranting, deliberately hate-stoking word in it.

The argument that he should keep his Christian ideas (about sinners being at risk of eternal hellfire) to himself........

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