Thursday, June 01, 2006

Atheism and its Allies.

In this world, a world filled with people who believe in god, there are certain facts that must be understood.

1. I am not going to change the religious beliefs of anyone. They are too tightly held to the psyche of the individual. Only the individual can do that.

2. If I believe that I can't change someone's religion, then it follows that a movement, for example the atheist movement, can't make a broad change in society.

There is simply too much momentum in the world to change much.

If I accept that, which I do, then what are my options as a logical atheist?

To me the most clear choice is to understand the worldwide religions and ally myself with the one most conducive to allowing me to live my life as I see fit. Well, which one is that? Or a better question is which one is it not?

It is not Islam.

But under christian, jewish, hindu, buddhist, and others I would have not problem. Only under Islam would I be killed for my views.

I choose to ally with the good guys, the ones whose general tenets align with humanist viewpoints to the bullet point. The only difference is the praying-to-a-higher-power thing. Well to each his own.

I will have more on this later.

1 comment:

atheistika said...

Well, that's a tough way to go through life. Atheists make up 20% of the U.S. That is a percentage that is not likely to change.

Get over the animosity towards christians and view them for what they are, nice people.