4th April 2010

“The words 'secularism' and 'atheism' have become conflated as religious propagandists try hard to make both into words of insult here in Britain as they have in the USA. Somehow, those of us who oppose the dangerous dominance of any particular religion in political life are seen as oppressors. Those who seek to protect others from the too-often malignant impulses of organised religion are now painted as persecutors of the faithful.”

Terry Sanderson

10 Responses to “4th April 2010”

  1. solomon Says:

    They are worse than opressors, they are terminators.
    Whaa…ka ka ka

  2. GoodWithoutGod Says:

    I don’t know the exact statistics, but I would wager that there are more religious people on earth than not. If this is true, then it would also be fair to say that atheists are persecuted for their non-belief than religious people are persecuted by atheists for their belief.

    But atheists have one thing on their side that no religion can claim: reason. In the long run reason will overcome the mass delusion of religion.

  3. solomon Says:

    The Atheists prosecuted their own self.

  4. stevemon Says:

    Solomon is correct – as far as he goes. The Atheists are worse than ‘opressors’, they are terminators of ignorance and superstition. How is a god supposed to bring the flock in line when threats of hellfire go unheeded, or when even little children are taught not to be afraid of things that go bump in the night? We need to re-instill some good old-fashioned fear of the irrational. People need to tremble at the mythical magical power of gods and fear that HELLFIRE!

    Whoa…KaKaKakch…ch..phfftt!

    I am getting a sore throat from alughing at these posts.

    The quote reminds us of how homosexuals are often linked with pedophiles and predators, like they somehow equate. Anyone who reads the Bible and Koran knows that the gays are worse, the rest can become clergy.

  5. solomon Says:

    WHAAA……KA KA KA…. youre funny & sincere stevemon

  6. The Heretic Says:

    I am still trying to understand why Jesus rose from the dead and then impregnated small bunnies with colorful chicken eggs.

  7. Holysmokes Says:

    This quote is interesting. I have to admit that I’m a persecutor of “faith.” I find the word pathetic and feel the people who use it, like it’s actually an intelligent thing to believe in regarding a god, as simpletons. Call me bias, but “faith” is an extremely poor excuse for facts and evidence. So yes, I’d say calling me a “persecutor of the faithful” is accurate, however my only goal is to get them thinking externally of religion and opening their eyes. Faith should be regarded as the quintessential five letter cuss word.

  8. Holysmokes Says:

    Heretic,

    Now that’s a funny Easter observation. Mind if I ask a few of the christians on FaceBook that same question?

    Personally I think the answer is extreme, super duper macro-evolution on steroids.

  9. Atheist MC Says:

    It is of course possible to be religious and be a secularist. Secularism is a socio/political position (the state should not endorse any particular religion) that can be held by theists as well as atheists. America is technically a secular state, Britain is not as the C of E is an established participant in the government. Secularists in the U.S need to keep reminding their government of their constitution, and IMHO secularists in the U.K should start lobbying for one.

  10. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    Happy Eostre, every one. Remember: Spring is the reason for the season. Early bonus – my grape vines already have berries. I bet Bacchus can’t wait!

    The chief antagonists in the secular=atheist conflation are fundy christians who, if they spent time with more than one book might notice that the constitution of the U.S. is a secular document. They also fail to notice that the organization American’s United for the Separation of Church and State contains strong representation from believers in god.

    It’s a VERY good thing that we atheists are able to make common cause with the more thoughtful believers. The morons that push the opposing view really haven’t thought through the implications of a religious backed government. Perhaps these people should spend some time in Saudi Arabia or Iran before they advocate for the Christian version of those nightmares here.