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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Religious Privilege


If atheism were a religion, it would be blasphemy to say that faith is a virtue.
Faith affirms beliefs that do not stand to reason.

If atheism were a religion, it would be blasphemy to say denigrate knowledge of the material world.
The material world is all we can know.

If atheism were a religion, it would be blasphemy to say that the material world is to be transcended.
We are material beings with material needs and desires.

If atheism were a religion, it would be blasphemy to say that God's law trumps secular law.
Secular law protects freedom.

If atheism were a religion, it would be blasphemy to say that there is no meaning without God.
Autonomous minds construct meaning for themselves.

If atheism were a religion, it would be blasphemy to say that there is no goodness without God.
Good is good with or without the approval of an authority.

If atheism were a religion, it would be blasphemy to say that everything happens for a reason.
The universe is larger than our parochial concerns.

If atheism were a religion, it would be blasphemy to say that God works in mysterious ways.
Suffering is not part of any plan.

If atheism were a religion, it would be blasphemy to say that God answers prayer.
Only a venal despot demands craven supplication.

Atheism recognizes neither orthodoxy nor blasphemy. It mandates no coercion of thought or practice. If atheism is a religion, why is there no deference to atheists?

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