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The current events governing religion and medical insurance are infuriating.
To make things worse, in a forum I participate in, an Atheist has suggested jailing or even killing all the religious people, in much the same way as Albania did from 1967 to 1990.
The USA is founded on this little thing called the constitution. Part of which are the amendments. The first ten of which are called "The bill of rights." The first one states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
If we do as he suggests, we are not living in the united states anymore...
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the northern part of the US of Stupid!
Fortunately, we are, and all believers are free from laws persecuting their particular beliefs.
What was that? You say that Atheism isn't a religion? I would like to humbly and respectfully say, "Baloney!" (I know, this is a flawed spelling of bologna, but spell felt it was ok, and that is how I have seen this sentiment expressed in comics... soooo HA!)
Ninian Smart wrote a book on religion and it is pretty much considered the definitive work on the subject. The book lists 7 criteria to be a religion. The Seven Dimensions of Religion actually place atheism squarely as a religion.
1) Narrative. Religions have stories that explain the nature of the universe and our part in it. Evolution is a story about how we came about from the cosmos.
2) Experience. According to Smart, there are two aspects to this. First is the events that happened before the religion was founded. Charles Darwin's observations and the book (by his grandfather Erasmus) Zoonomia. Faith is included in this "dimension".
Smart also seems to include “faith” as part of the experiential dimension. The word faith is often taken by Atheists to mean an blindly believing the impossible. According to Hebrews 1:11 as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Most atheists put faith in science. The World English dictionary defines faith as "any set of firmly held principles or beliefs." By that definition, the most faithful people I have met are atheists.
|In my book - this is a religious experience!|
3) Social. Social This covers the structures present within. In atheism, this starts with the researcher, who posits a theory, then proves it experimentally, passes it on to his colleagues who confirm it, then it is passed on to the instructors, schools, text books and television. A lot like modern Christianity. Like many religious orders, scientists hold conferences and come together to share their knowledge and faith and decide what should be believed... I still, for the record, believe Pluto is a planet.
4) Doctrine. Muslims have the Quran. Christians have the bible. Atheists have Unified field theory, string theory and evolution.
5) Ethics. The bible, Quran, torah and other religious books are full of them. Scientific method, MLA citation and accreditation are those of the atheist. By not following these rules a religious person can and will be ostracized. The same is true for scientists and atheists... politically correct speech, proper lab procedures, giving proper credit in your work... fail to do these things and you are ridiculed and can lose your job, your friends and be forever discredited.
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Compelling, isn't it?
6) Ritual. On the surface, it seems atheism is lacking in ritual. Primarily because of it being a newer movement with a lack of history. Many Atheists do perform rituals however. Birthdays, and anniversaries, personal little rituals shared between lovers, valentines day, the public celebration of Darwin's birthday in February, paying taxes, watching their "Shows." In Autistics and Aspies, these rituals are even more prevalent in many cases.
7) Material. Buildings, texts, art, and the like. The things that people who wish to learn and advance in the religion will see, experience and visit. The Smithsonian, the Natural History Museum in New York, Origin of the Species, A Brief History of Time, artists renditions of extinct species... Atheism has them.
So... according to the argument, all religious people should be jailed, killed or expelled... Ok... That means... everyone... I guess I'll see you next time... after I move to the UK, Australia or the Moon.
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