It never fails it seems there will always be those who are hard at work trying to redefine Atheism as a religion.
From my time on here discussing the subject in depth their motivations for that standpoint range from
1. Placing them on equal footing.
2. A lack of education on the matter.
3. An inability to comprehend how there are those who do not need religion.
4. Willful ignorance. ( I could elaborate but will not)
5. They are just looking for an argument.
Of course there are more but those seem to be the main ones. Number one I will elaborate a little on.
See if they can get people to except that atheism is a religion then they can compete with it. Let’s face it Christianity has gotten the upper hand
on other religions in the past they know how to compete and sell their product but with atheism they don’t know what to do. The old my god is better
than yours just doesn’t work ( over simplified) on atheists it simply can’t sway us. As misguided as it is they believe that by labeling atheism
as a religion it would somehow change the playing field but the problem is they don’t understand we are not playing at all.
Groups like American atheists confuse them because it is organized and they equate organization with religion. I see how they have come to that
conclusion however it is extremely flawed. Some of them also believe that Atheists should be anti-social with no sense of community or that a sense of
community is only compatible with those who have religion again there view is extremely flawed. To put it simply that just can’t comprehend that
atheism is simply a descriptive term if the word did not exist we would just be called not religious just like they are called religious the word not
would be in front of our names. We do not call them not Atheists we simply call them religious we are called atheists.
My post probably just confused the hell out of many of them.
To surmise most of those who believe Atheism is a religion is one form or another of ignorance but there are some who know better but push the idea
with an agenda in mind.
edit to add
Unfortunately some atheists do not understand the need for organizations like the one who erected the statue in fact many of them believe that there
is a certain way all atheists should act which in my opinion is like them preaching to others on how to be a proper atheist. They do not realize it
but many of them have become the thing that they oppose unwittingly.
The organization put up the monument to oppose the notion that America is a Christian nation like in my other post it is like a big middle finger to
them but instead it has quotes from the likes of John Adams it shows that there is a separation of church and state or there is supposed to be anyway
and since the church group that placed the Ten Commandments there has declined to remove it there is now an opposing view to theirs to balance the
scales. IMO it would be better if there were no monuments there however that was not possible so now we have two which shows there are opposing views
as to what this country is founded on.
AS Windword said until this country stops discriminating against those who are not religious there will be a need for organizations such as American
Atheists to at least try to balance the scales.
I always find it funny when a self-professed atheists states I am being an Atheist wrong it is like they themselves do not even understand that
Atheism is a descriptive term as I have already gone into in this thread. OH well…..American Atheist or any Atheist group does not claim to speak
for all Atheists but they do speak for themselves and the group is run and or managed by people who are also atheists. Sometime I agree with their
position other times I do not I feel the same way about the NRA because I am a gun owner as well but not a member of the NRA I hope the parallel I
just described helps people understand a little better.
American Atheists is not a church t is an organization the same way the NRA is.
edit on 2-6-2013 by Grimpachi because: (no reason given)