Atheist is not a perjorative

The word “atheist” is used by religious people as a pejorative in the same way that some people (the religious ones) used to use words like “gay” or “queer” against another group of equally reviled folks. (and woe to us gay atheists!)

There is nothing wrong with not believing in god – except to the people who do – they seem to take it as a personal affront to their beliefs when they are not shared. As if it invalidates them somehow.

You would think that believers would be threatened more by believers of other faiths – but instead of all out crusades as in previous centuries – in the last century the veneer of civilization made uneasy allies of religious groups with the ridiculous idea that they are all about the same god but worshiping in different ways.

This makes no sense, since each god demands worship in a particular fashion, with dire consequences for failure.

The reason that atheists, gays/lesbians, childless by choice het couples or single moms by choice are so threatening to the righteous religious people is because these groups are dangerous to the religious idea that you must marry an opposite sex person and breed children in order to be happy, successful and worshiping the deity of their choice.

That atheists, gays, lesbians, bis and trans, childless or single parents can and do live happily, morally and successfully is threatening and dangerous as it is not compatible with the religious creed that one can only be these things when you are enslaved ….er … worshiping the correct god.

Since the religious righteous live in terror for themselves and their children – they do not want their children to grow up and be anything that doesn’t conform to the norm. Especially when a grown “child” not being what their parents were/are appears to be a rejection of what the parents stood for.

Often without any awareness of the irony if the parents deviated from the grandparents….

So, let’s be very clear.

Being an atheist is not a rejection of people who are religious. It’s a rejection of the religion.

People who are secure in themselves and their beliefs are not threatened or concerned with what others believe or how they live.

People are entitled to have whatever belief or not that they want – where civilization breaks down is when one person/groups’ beliefs are imposed on other people. Which is why actual separation of church and state are essential to a democratic and free society.

If you’re not convinced, compare the Scandinavian countries and to some extent, Canada, against any religious theocratic country – in terms of crime levels, health care, standard of living, civil rights and pretty much any measure.

Scaritual makes sense

I like to play on this public forum – mostly because it’s fun to hone your arguments and meet other atheists.

Recently an online pal wrote a really good post, so I asked if I could steal it for my blog and he said yes, so, today I offer a guest blogger :

From guest blogger – scaritual from Chattanooga, TN

This is just an observation, and I have noticed this quite a bit, especially of late. Its almost as if a segment of society has decided there needs to be official meeting halls , buildings, malls and atheist  services” held therein, and additionally we (atheists) should enumerate a set of standards to “be” atheist.

Religions… and how do I say it?, “ALL INCLUSIVE LIFE PHILOSOPHIES” , all seem to be trying to make substantive and comparative points of favor or preference in relation to atheism…*you should prefer (insert belief system/philosophy) instead of being atheist*

Its funny.

I really see it as a statement similar to:  “You are an atheist, while I believe in something for which I have no reason to do so….how dare you.You should all join a group with silly rituals and beliefs, it makes the rest of us look bad ”

As atheists (only bound the definition of the word and nothing else), we can’t help it if we as a group don’t have a huge codified system with tome after tome of unfounded reasons written down to convince us that we should ….BELIEVE THEM.

Honestly, I find that tends to be the basis of many of the arguments when an atheist is confronted by any number of adherents of “belief systems”.

I think they are more upset that an atheist asks the question “why?” as opposed to the question that seems to be the inverse and opposite (they hold) “why not?” when it concerns these discussions we have.

Just to be clear, atheism is simply a lack of maintaining a faith in a belief of god(s)for which there is no clear reason or proof to do so.

Its just a aside effect I think, that once you figure out that simple fact about god belief, that it then spreads to other areas.Once you question the “unquestionable” question of god, by extension (for myself)once I figured out there wasn’t even a reason to think there was , it branched into other areas.

The difference being as an atheist, I wouldn’t dare to speak for another atheist as to what the things are that the individual chooses to believe , should or shouldn’t believe.

I think that drives those of religion and faiths mad.

My two cents. (that I hope made sense)