Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis points out a growing propensity for atheists to describe Christianity (and religion) as a virus. There are several fairly incendiary quotes that he places throughout the article, but the most disturbing ones imply that children would be better off if taken from their parents. One of the quotes, by Jilian Becker is as follows:
“Has anything caused as much human suffering as religion? You might say disease, but religion itself is a disease, of the human race and of individual minds. Persecution, war, torture, terror, bodily pain, mental anguish, profound misery, wasted lives are the chief products of religion.”
Becker has evidently not heard about a certain atheist-based philosophy known as Marxism, which seems to have incurred many of the same suboptimal effects that she ascribes to religion. Usually the atheist will counter that Marxism itself is a religion, and that the terrors produced by that philosophy should be placed in the “religion” column. I guess they’re hoping that people don’t figure out that they’re full of diseased monkey snot.
In addition, religion is clearly not a virus, because it is something people embrace. Viruses, in my experience, are usually something people know to avoid.
The point is that calling people uncomplimentary names because they do not embrace a faithless world, while annoying, has little result beyond, well, annoying people. Even making sophmoric comparisons between religion and a virus requires little more response than “You’re an idiot”. But before they engage in the despicable activity of threatening a person’s family, atheists need to remind themselves what happens when one gets between a mama bear and her cubs.