Atheism is a religion … sigh

Here we go again. Baldness is a hair color, not collecting stamps is a hobby, and here’s another tired word jumble where a theist tries to comfort themselves by claiming atheism is a religion:

(Fox Naturally) First, they have a functioning God under whom they are subservient (normally it’s science or rationality, but mainly themselves), and that idea of God informs the way they live and interpret their lives. It informs their biases and determines their values, and governs any sense of morality or ethics they adhere too, or ignore.Once that’s all settled all that’s left is the preaching.

And they preach all the time.

This new breed of atheists is obsessed with the idea of God. They write books, deliver speeches, comment-bomb the evangelical blogosphere and generally rant on ad nauseam about the ills of believing in God.

OMFG! Atheists actually write books and give speeches? Next you’ll be telling me they are thinking about the right to freely assemble and meet!

I like to look for a silver lining, and in this case at least we can write and speak without fear of being burned alive at the stake, or having our arms and legs torn in four different directions by galloping horses. I guess that’s progress …But the real progress is yet to come. If you believe in a magic invisible supernatural deity that offers some kind of repayment after death in return for the horrific world it sentenced you to endure for decades, decades if you’re lucky, that’s your prerogative. But it’s also your delusion, not mine and not ours.

I’m not entirely sure what the definition of a religion is or how mutilated and wrecked that definition has to be before atheism squeaks in. But if it means we can start a Foundation here at FtB and enjoy all the perks of a religion, might as well look into it!