Another shitty article about how atheism is a religion (or just as bad as one)

Articles that are critical of religion are divided into two main categories: those that claim atheism is a religion, or those that claim we’re just as bad as one. This article differs only slightly from this pathetic formula, accusing us of only focusing on the three big Abrahamic religions and somehow forgetting all of the other peddlers of nonsense.

So it rightly criticises creationism and ‘intelligent design’, yet it rarely challenges the mystifications of deep environmentalist thinking, such as Gaia theory, or the numerous varieties of Eastern mysticism that are so fashionable in Hollywood.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been an equal opportunity hater. In any case, the notion we haven’t spanked environmentalists or Buddhists properly is mainly a matter of expertise: while Gaiaism may be silly, it’s impact on the world is relatively small compared to the big boys. You don’t see countries under the yoke of Jainism jailing unbelievers for daring to question dharma.  When going to war on irrational ideas, you need to pick your battles, and to stick to the ones you have a good knowledge base on. Accusing us of being “focused” is quite possibly the lamest accusation I’ve ever heard. Oh wait, it gets better:

Yet while attempts to reverse the separation of church and state are always a cause for concern, the real challenge facing humanists today does not emanate from organised religion. Rather, it is now often secular movements that promote the idea that human beings are powerless, vulnerable and victims of their circumstances.

If you have no idea what he’s talking about, you aren’t the only one. I’ve been too busy reporting on how atheists are being persecuted with horrible blasphemy laws that demand either their incarceration or their death to notice how much we’ve “hobbled the dignity of humanity”.

The real question confronting us is not the status of any god but the status that we assign to humanity. And the most powerful threat to the realisation of the human potential today comes, not from religion, but from the moral disorientation of Western secular culture.

Isn’t it fun to say stuff you don’t need to prove? If I can try to interpret this man’s confused argument for a moment (no easy task), he’s basically saying our systematic attack of religion is causing society to become “morally disoriented”. This, folks, is the true tragedy of religion: it’s convinced very naive or poorly educated people that morality is hopelessly entangled in their ignorant bullshit. While studies show that non-believers are actually more compassionate towards their fellow man than believers, mouth breathers like Frank Furedi will continue to foolishly argue against the evidence. The saddest thing in all of this is Franky-boy is supposedly on our side. Honestly, if he continues to write shitty, confused articles like this, we don’t need him.

Comments (2)

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    BlueIndependent

    This guy is all over the map. Is Dan Brown even an atheist? He seems to have pissed off everyone with that book, and now they lump him in with us. A quick web search appears to reveal that he’s not an atheist, but a self-described Christian. So why is this author blaming atheists for someone else’s attack on organized religion?

    Anyhow, the guy apparently is clueless as to why atheists constantly assail the 3 Abrahamic religions. They only lay claim to up to 4 billion of the world’s 7 billion people, and are conjointly embroiled in a politically nuclear, religious, eschatological dispute at the eastern terminus of the Mediterranean Sea. But he’s right: Why should we bother with them, when we can be body slamming Gaia types at environmental protests at sea, or atomic elbow-dropping Wiccans in debates on university campuses the world over? How many Gaia believers are there again? Oh yeah, a few thousand at best? I’ve never run into even one. But it’s probably still a great strategy to focus on the small, far less significant groups, rather than trying to fry bigger fish…

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    Gwyn

    It’s exactly concepts like the “focus” described in this article that have lead me to describe myself as apantheist. I reject all religions equally. So many atheists of my age or younger are accused of being rebellious (this was especially true in high school) and claiming to be atheist in defiance of the christian god. Now, while this may be true about SATANISTS (most I have come across, at least), atheists are hardly a rebellious, “I hate you therefore you aren’t real” lot. That’s more, well, religious people (“I don’t understand you therefore you are evil”)…
    It’s not necessarily a useful term for people whose opinions are respected as a personal conclusion, but for teenagers and those who are accused of being swayed by hormones, rebellion, or the big bad atheismo, apantheism is sort of a smug “you’re not the only one I reject, don’t feel so damn special” to the xians.

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