Lately I’ve been hearing pieces of news here and there, reading blogs, and just paying attention to what I call the new cool religion atheism. And I really need to talk about this.
I’m one of those that reached the age of reason almost before I could talk. God never had a soft spot of any kind in my mind. But as I grew up I slowly came to realize that God wasn’t the problem, people were. Or more accurately organized people. Religious institutions. I grew up in a non-practicing Christian home, so access to the bible and cartoons/movies about the bible was very easy. I did read and watched through those stories and I felt that the message was beautiful it really was something worthwhile. Love thy neighbour. Do not judge. Everyone is equal to the eyes of God. Are a few of at is in general a very good set of guidelines. The problem is the church does not love thy neighbour, they do judge and they don’t see everyone as equal to the eyes of God. Something was truly lost in the process. Bear in mind many religious people do live by these guidelines, I’m truly grateful for them, but the institution as a whole? They certainly do not. While I speak from the point of view of Christianity I’ve come to realize this is true for almost every other religion out there, just think of Qur’an and what the Islamic Extremists make of it.
So as I said I reached the age of reason very early and I started calling myself an atheist but recently I’ve dropped the label. The reason behind this is that I started feeling that while the idea behind atheism felt good the groups of people calling themselves atheists started acting like much theists. Holding conferences, participating in activism, holding rituals of de-baptism, etc. For me these are the same as mass, preaching and baptism. They are holding the books of Dawkins and such as holy books and their prophets. They might hold good values like free speech, love, reason and welcome everyone but so do the rest of the religions when they started. It was the institution that grew around the religions that screwed everything up. Atheism, I’m sorry to say, is going on the same path. For instance, they criticize other religious groups for interfering in politics but in doing so they are interfering in politics and its not because they don’t want a catholic country it’s because they want an atheist country. Am I the only one who sees the problem here?
And, by the way, 0 deities is a form of deity, just like 0 is also a number.
You could say I’ve come to be agnostic, but I’ve learned not to label myself. Right now I believe in free tough, questioning and critical thinking. I believe everyone is equal but they are also different. I also believe everyone has the right to believe in what they think is right. And I will not try to convince anyone that what they believe is wrong. I will, however, make them question their only beliefs and have them criticize the things they read or learn. What they do with that is their business. I have no interest in the conclusions they reach, only in the path they take.
The fact is religions are like opinions everyone as them and they should never be forced upon others.