I am Denial Girl! Can I get a theme song?

Ahura Mazda

An email from Rev. Richard Robbins:

Your name is wrong. You are not a godless girl. Your name should actually be denial girl. You can tell me till the cows come home there is no God but I know for a fact that you believe in God you are just living in denial. If you admit there is a God then you have to deal with being accountable to Him. Not such a happy thought.

I bought the wrong domain name, folks! Is denialgirl.com still available?

Mr. Robbins,

I didn’t think one of the “gifts of the spirit” was telepathy. Apparently I missed that in one of Paul’s epistles. It seems you claim to have the same mind-reading power as the deity you worship. Do you also claim to be all-knowing? Maybe it’s limited to the thoughts and views of atheists? Very curious indeed!

I’ve stated before that the ignorant claim that atheists can’t handle being accountable for our actions and “sins” is ridiculous. Apparently atheists’ refutations of this canned accusation haven’t made a dent in the condescending beliefs behind it, so let me hold up a mirror for you:

You can tell me till the cows come home that Ahura Mazda does not exist, but I know for a fact that you believe in Ahura Mazda and are just living in denial. If you admit Ahura Mazda exists, you have to deal with being accountable to him. Not such a happy thought.

See how amusing that sounds? How likely are you to convert to Zoroastrianism because of what I said? Your answer is going to be the same as mine if you had asked me how likely I am to take your statements seriously. Sorry, Mr. Robbins, it just doesn’t work that way.  I can’t be shamed or frightened into believing in a deity if there is no evidence that one exists. Doing so would be intellectually dishonest and delusional.

One more thing: According to Christianity, it doesn’t matter if someone admits there is a God or not; they will still be held accountable for their actions (as will all Christians, if you’ve forgotten what your guy said in Matthew 7:21-25). Of course, you wouldn’t have this problem if you believed in the true god, Ahura Mazda. Good luck!

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16 Comments


  1. Hahaha, he’s probably never met you, but he KNOWS for a FACT that you really believe in God.
    So amusing. I’m surprised he didn’t end it with “I’ll pray for you.”

  2. It’s a convenient way to not have to deal with actual arguments against his beliefs!

  3. None of us is born believing in someone’s imaginary friend. Those who eventually believe in the collective delusion of so many virally-infected hosts (the virus being religion) are indoctrinated to do so.

    That some of us develop immunity to the specific religious virus and leave the church of our parents’ (or whomever) choosing is an affront to those who are still infected–they cannot imagine how our choice is better for us than the choice THEY would make for us.

    “The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture” is a good read.

    I’m also continually amazed at the devout christians who don’t know the origins of their own religion, er, wait…if they knew the origins of their religion, they, too, would probably leave it behind. They consider it better that they don’t know, as such ignorance of reality makes it easier to “keep the faith.” Sad for them, but we don’t have to be so blinded.

  4. Honestly, that’s just a tad bit rude on his part. No one can KNOW what others think. That’s just a load of silliness (read as something much more rude). There isn’t any reason for this reverend to be bothering you, especially if he isn’t respecting your rights to simply not believe. I don’t believe in the tooth fairy anymore, either, but does anyone try and change my mind? Only children do. What does that make him?

  5. I’d agree with you in this:

    “One more thing: According to Christianity, it doesn’t matter if someone admits there is a God or not; they will still be held accountable for their actions (as will all Christians, if you’ve forgotten what your guy said in Matthew 7:21-25). Of course, you wouldn’t have this problem if you believed in the true god, Ahura Mazda. Good luck!”

    You don’t have to believe it to be held accountable…

    But I would say that’s a strong stance for you to take saying:

    ” I can’t be shamed or frightened into believing in a deity if there is no evidence that one exists.”

    You would say that there is zero evidence that a deity exists?

    also Tom Armstrong I would agree with you that most people have no idea where their religion was founded – however I can’t be so sure that people who knew where it came from would leave the faith, however they would probably be more intrigued and confident in it.

    jay.

  6. We’ve all heard that one at some point. I don’t even respond to it anymore. Either they believe what they’re saying, in which case they are far too delusional to be reached or they are just saying it to get a rise out of you, in which case answering is just giving them what they want.

  7. If you keep saying the same thing, no matter how untrue and illogical it may be, over and over, it will eventually become true, right?

  8. This domain name is not registered.

    I kid you not. It actually isn’t registered. Denialgirl.com. You’d think it would be snapped up by a mere mention or by being a great name, but as of just now, it’s actually still up for grabs.

  9. bahahaha! that is awesome.
    You officially have a new stalker. oop, I mean follower.
    Cheers.

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