Sunday, April 05, 2009

The Religion of Atheism?

The Religion Of Atheism

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Pastor - InternetChurchOfChrist.org
Director - LoveAllPeople.org

Updated slightly, February 3, 2009

A person's religion is the sum total of his beliefs about God and the supernatural. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are the three largest "monotheistic" religions, with belief one God, Creator Of The Universe.

Some religions are "polytheistic," with belief in many gods, each with different functions.

Atheism is the religion whose belief about God is that there is no God.

Some Atheists, for their own political reasons, assert that Atheism is not a religion but instead is the total absence of religion. This allows them to spread their Atheistic beliefs freely in societies which insist on "separation of church and state."

But this is like saying that "black," (which physicists define as the total absence of color) is not a color. A few years ago, the car I drove was a big, old Chevrolet, whose color was black. In common practice throughout the world, "black" is understood to be a color, despite the technical definition of the physicists. Likewise, "Atheism" is a religion, despite any technical definitions to the contrary.

If black is a color, then Atheism is a religion.

A United States Federal Court of Appeals has now ruled ruled that Atheism is, indeed, a religion, under U.S. law. See http://www.google.com/search?&q=atheism+religion+court+rule&btnG=Search for details.
If Atheism is a religion, then it must be subject to the same legal restrictions imposed by governments on all other religions. In particular, in the United States, the teaching of Atheism must be prohibited wherever the teaching of Christianity is prohibited.

But where is Atheism being taught? Atheism is being taught, by default, in all places where other religions cannot be taught, particularly in the public schools.

When the State mandates that the Theory of Evolution be taught as fact, that is establishing the religion of Atheism, because the Theory of Evolution asserts that all life forms are created not by God, but by pre-existing natural processes. This is pure Atheism! If we are not created by God, then there might as well be no God, for all the difference He makes.

The mere fact that many scientists are Atheists does not entitle them to establish Atheism as our State Religion!

When the State prohibits free discussion of God in the classroom, that is establishing the religion of Atheism. Wherever the State permits Atheistic ideas to be spread but prohibits Theistic ideas, that is establishing the religion of Atheism.

Therefore I urge you to understand clearly in your mind that Atheism is a religion, just as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are religions. And any restrictions placed on Christianity, Judaism, or Islam must also be placed on Atheism. Atheism must not be allowed to slip through its little loophole any longer, by pretending it is not a religion.

-Rev Bill McGinnis


4 Comments:

Blogger Samuel Skinner said...

"Atheism is the religion whose belief about God is that there is no God. "

Except animism also has no God. Neither does several other religions. And yet they are religions and not atheism.

"In common practice throughout the world, "black" is understood to be a color, despite the technical definition of the physicists."

Because scientists are refering to how it deals with light. You are refering to the fact you had to slather the car in pigment to get such an effect. That doesn't change its nature.

"Likewise, "Atheism" is a religion, despite any technical definitions to the contrary. "

That is one way to deal with reality...

"A United States Federal Court of Appeals has now ruled ruled that Atheism is"

Legal doctrine cannot alter definitions.

"Atheism is being taught, by default,"

BY DEFAULT...
In short, it is being taught when people aren't being indoctrinated in a religion. Do you see why that is ludicrous? Are your soup cans spreading atheism?

"because the Theory of Evolution asserts that all life forms are created not by God, but by pre-existing natural processes. "

If the evidence supported your belief system, it would be accepted as well in schools.

"If we are not created by God, then there might as well be no God, for all the difference He makes. "

Humanity is not the center of the universe.

"Atheism must not be allowed to slip through its little loophole any longer, by pretending it is not a religion. "

This is not possible outside of theocracies.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

SAM you said...
"Except animism also has no God. Neither does several other religions. And yet they are religions and not atheism."

Making the point again that atheism is in fact a "religion".

10:14 AM  
Blogger Samuel Skinner said...

Not really. Animism is a belief system- it is atheistic because it lacks a god, but no one ever claimed that is what made it a religion. In fact, the idea of a God had to develop first- or are you claiming that people who lack the idea of God are members of a religion?

11:50 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

lol, now you're just being silly there skinner.

I didn't claim anything... i merely posted an article by a pastor on the subject.

12:50 PM  

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