reply to post by ignorant_ape
I think the video brings up some good arguments and discussion topics, but has little other value. For a start, it does not make clear which religion
we ought to be respecting, since at no time is the religious belief held by the author of the video, mentioned by name.
If what this actually is, is some sort of atheism awareness video, then I have to protest. Atheism is not a religion. It is an absence of it,
specifically speaking. There is no faith, there is no mythology in atheism. It has no ritual, positive or negative, and no message to impart, no
teaching to insert. I can respect that some people choose to ignore religion, choose to avoid faiths, beliefs, and ideologies based in them. God knows
there have been incidents in history which make having a belief look like a part of the problem, but to call an absence of faith a religion is to
speak from ones colon.
I heard that atheism will shortly have an actual church, and I protest once again, since the fact is that atheism has no need of such a thing. And
that is not just my own opinion, as a Christian, but the opinion of most of the atheists I know, some of whom cannot stomach religions preaching about
looking after the needy, while maintaining vast, and largely pointless buildings which serve no legitimate purpose other than as status symbols for
the organisations which have hijacked ancient beliefs for their own, materialistic purposes.
I do not believe that Christianity, for example, ought to have Church buildings, because Christ broke bread with his followers in their homes, and
modern believers ought to do the same. With that in mind, atheism has no need of a palace in which to seat it's power, since it is not a religion in
and of itself, and so has EVEN LESS of a need for such things!
The worst thing about religions is not the people who believe in their teachings, but the things done by vast numbers of people, in concert, in the
name of their chosen gods, usually after the words of their particular holy text have been edited, or twisted, to support some horrific plot or
scheme, by the leaders of the organisation which professes (falsely, more often than not) to represent the deity of choice. Leave these things aside,
and people left to their own devices' unguided, absent cults of personality and so on, would not be such horrific jerks about everything.
Do not get me wrong, I respect real atheism. I respect it, because the people I have met who hold to it, have been kind, honest, decent, loving, and
respectful toward all persons. They are in short, good people. I respect them because their reasons for avoiding faith are the same as my reasons for
avoiding organised versions of my own religion. I do not go to church, because I believe that faith is about the every day, and that no centralised
power has the right to build or maintain purpose built structures in the name of God, rather than using ALL donations to house the poor, heal the
sick, and defend the weak. In this, we have much in common, myself, and atheists. But no atheist worth a damn would call their manner of going about
their business, a religion.