Seeking Liberty

Liberty is the Fruit from Which All Progress Grows

Atheism is a Religion

I cannot stand to talk with people who insist that Atheism is not a religion. Atheism is the affirmative belief that there is no God.  Atheists argue that, because their belief system includes no God figure, it is not a religion.  Atheists argue a God figure is a necessity for a religion, and it is true that Webster’s does define a religion as a “belief in a divine or superhuman power or powers to be obeyed and worshiped as the creator(s) and ruler(s) of the universe.”  (Webster’s New World Dictionary – Third Collegiate Edition. (c) 1994, Simon & Schuster/Prentice Hall General Reference, New York)

However, the definition misses the principle basis for such a belief system: Faith.  Such a simple word.  Five letters arranged in one syllable.  It’s definition is equally simple: “Unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence.”

In this manner, all religions are based in faith.  As yet, there is no scientific proof of a God figure, reincarnation, karma, or that our ancestors can hear us in death.  There is no scientific proof that the spirits of animals and trees guide us and bind us.  Religion is, therefore, based upon faith that such things are real and guide us.

Atheists counter their belief, that there is no God, is the anti-religion.  They affirm that because they have no God figure, they have no religion, no religious beliefs, no system of faith.

Except that is entirely untrue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cashier plans to sue The Home Depot, lawyer should be disbarred

A former cashier believes his rights were violated by The Home Depot when they fired him for wearing an openly religious piece of flair. The Home Depot counters that it does not permit non-approved buttons, pins and other regalia on their store associate aprons.

“I’ve worn it for well over a year and I support my country and God,” Trevor Keezor said Tuesday. “I was just doing what I think every American should do, just love my country.”

This is the problem with America today:  We think our rights overrule the rights of others.

Home Depot spokesman said Keezer was fired because he violated the company’s dress code.

“This associate chose to wear a button that expressed his religious beliefs. The issue is not whether or not we agree with the message on the button,” Craig Fishel said. “That’s not our place to say, which is exactly why we have a blanket policy, which is long-standing and well-communicated to our associates, that only company-provided pins and badges can be worn on our aprons.”

Fishel said Keezer was offered a company-approved pin that said, “United We Stand,” but he declined.

In other words, he got away with breaking the rules for a year.  When he was caught and asked to follow them, instead of complying to keep his job he refused.  He was fired.  It should have ended there.

Trevor Keezor doesn’t seem to understand this his right to expression does not supersede the right of The Home Depot, its owners and managers to control the message that is disseminated to its customers.  Allowing him to wear the pin could be seen by some as an endorsement of his religious views. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Religion of Pseudo-Science

In Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, the main character named Brian has been mistaken for the Messiah. This was a not-altogether farcical premise, as there were many would-be Messiahs (or as I and other Christians believe, false Messiahs) in Judea in the many centuries of Roman occupation.

In any event, Brian has been mistaken for the Messiah and despite his protests has already built a following of many hundred or perhaps thousands of followers in just a few short hours. Brian has been denying is “divine” existence consistently, and runs off to escape the throng of worshippers. In doing so, he accidentally steps on an old hermit’s foot, causing him to cry out in pain, breaking a years-long vow of silence. When the throng catches up with Brian, they discover this man does not believe in Brian’s divinity and so begins their religious persecution of the heretic unbeliever.

While I always considered the idea of a religion being formed in a matter of hours or days to be laughable at best, I am beginning to see a trend developing over the past few years in modern culture: The Religion of Pseudo-Science.

Think about it: Both science and religion attempt to offer an explanation for our existence. Both have mythical-seeming figures: Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Mohammed and others for religion; Archemedes, Pythagorus, Copernicus and Newton for science. Both use techniques, terminology and skills that are generally little understood by the average person. Both are taught. Both use previous delineated knowledge to support their current interpretations and extrapolations.

Science has one thing that religion does not: For many it is perceived to be the anti-religion. There is no God. No ritualistic worship rituals. No high-up spiritual leader telling people how to interperet their findings and what they should believe in spite of alternate evidence.

Wait a tick on that last one:

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