13th October 2013

“Atheism and secularism are not organisations, cults or sects. They are broad terms defining people who do not follow a religious theology or doctrine. They merely encourage freedom of thought, and as such, those that fall into the category of secularism have vastly wide ranging, individual views. We are only united in believing everyone has the right to hold their own views and beliefs, not only those laid down by an autocratic leader or religious theology. By definition, atheists have no 'chief spokesman', or indeed any spokesman. To believe that any one person speaks for any atheist other than themselves is to utterly misunderstand the meaning of atheism.”


5 Responses to “13th October 2013”

  1. R J Says:

    too true

  2. Will Says:

    I like this quote, and wish we had a source. Relative to spokepersons: Sometimes a group feels a spokeperson is needed. Local chairpersons of humanist associations come to mind. But true, they are not typically autocratic. I am an atheist, but I have a real problem with militant atheists (and militant believers as well) – these are scary people.

  3. Digdougdogman Says:

    Will, please explain what you mean by militant atheists.

  4. Will Says:

    I sense some defensiveness, meaning I think you would challenge whatever explanation I provided, or promote your own understanding of the term. Sorry – better things to do. I’ll reserve my thoughts (based on my subjective experience and perception) to myself. FYI: A Google search for “militant atheists” provides 667,000 hits.

  5. Will Says:

    That said, I thank you for your courteous, well-intended inquiry. :~]