Sunday, December 7, 2008
I Wouldn't Belong to Any Club That Would HAVE Me As a Member.
I see that the Seattle Times has proclaimed Atheists as "Hot!"
This is a little irritating for me. I've always been a person who does not believe. There was never a good reason for me to believe. I was never tempted to find solace in faith.
For fifty four years, wherever I go, whoever I'm with, I end up getting bonked on the head with somebody's religion. I've been the target of conversion attempts twice in the last year, by people who pray for me and pity me and are very sad that I'm going to go to Hell. Am I offended? No! I reassure them. I tell them that I love life as much as anyone can, that I take joy in my marriage, my books, my plants and my rocks. I tell them that I'm going to be fine and that they shouldn't worry about me.
As I've said before (and will doubtless say again), I don't even like the term 'Atheism'. Denying theism gives theism too much creedence. Why should there be a name for a null function? Why isn't it the default position? I don't have to give a name to my disbelief in banshees or the Fountain of Youth. Why should I identify with people who single out some petty little Gods to disbelieve in?
But it seems that Atheists are now forming clubs. Going on camping trips. Having cook-outs. Organizing. Eeeeew! They believe in Atheism!
I think they're on the wrong track there. The problem is religion. I don't deny the fact of religion. It exists as surely as the Sun and the Moon. It HAS existed, in myriad forms, as long as we have. Religion has deeply affected the course of history. Literature, music, painting, architecture have all been inspired by religion. (Or commissioned by some rich clod looking to buy a ticket to Heaven.) Religion has also inspired Inquisitions, Crusades, Jihads, and Genocide and no-holds-barred war, and continues to do so to this day. In the 3,000 or 4,000 years in which the Abrahamic religions have developed, and distorted and deranged (The Big Three, The Top Dogs, The Chosen, The People of Peace) their followers have been killing each other AND themselves as exuberantly as if there were no tomorrow. The words of their Holy Books, as contradictory, arbitrary and insane as they might be, are cherry-picked for passages that will allow even more atrocities and horrors to be committed whilst citing a higher authority.
Religion has had it's finger in every pie that it could lay it's greedy, divisive, irrational and POLITICAL hands on. That's what we have to put a stop to. Religion can no longer be allowed to dictate national policy, or decide which books we can read and which books should be banned or burned. We are a civil society, duty-bound to use reason, evidence and precedence to govern ourselves. (I'm talking about the USA here. Taking on any more would be biting off more than I could chew.) Religions are constructs of man, designed to raise high the elite and repress the rest. And I CAN label myself as anti-religion.
I'm not the thought police. I would never attempt to coax or coerce others into accepting my status of an anti-religionist as their own. I just require that they stay out of my face with their religion, on both a personal and national level.
Here Endeth the Lesson.