The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has some ads broadcast on CNN recently. The spokesperson, Ron Reagan, ended the ad with the phrase ” “life-long atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.” The FFRF has an excellent blog post addressing the outcry about that particular phrase and the idea of “hell” here.
I have not much to add to the FFRF post about hell. I find the idea of a hell, in any religion, to be nothing more than violent sadistic fantasies indulged in by people who want anyone who disagrees with them punished. Many theists have retreated from their more violent versions to say that their hell is just “separation” from God a la C.S. Lewis, and insist that it’s the choice of the non-believer in whatever religion to go to hell since they don’t want to be around this god anyway. However, that is just one more fiction to add to the myth.