Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Divine War

Since Atheists have started to speak out more and more, especially since the invention of the internet, many Theists have been taking a more defensive stance. Atheists are constantly accused of wanting to remove all religions from the world. This prompts most of the direct attacks made on Atheism, such as declaring it a religion.

Despite all evidence to the contrary, however, Theists still believe this to be a valid accusation. Atheists are under constant attack from two fronts, those who want to convert us and those who just want to silence us. Many Atheists obviously fight back, but this usually leads to promoting the accusation to a fact in the minds of Theists. So, let's handle the accusation properly.

"Are Atheists trying to convince everyone to stop believing in their religion?"

No, we are not. And we should not, either. However, when a Theist decides to attack us for being Atheists, we must defend ourselves.

On the other hand, there is a place where religion should not be allowed, and that is when ruling a nation. In America, for example, there is a separation of "Church" and "state" in place. This means the religions can do their thing, as long as they don't break the law, and the government can do it's thing, as long as it has nothing to do with religion. The reason this is in place is to prevent the prejudice we have seen in other countries that have had a religious leader. This is also why American Currency used to have "E Pluribus Unum" on its currency, instead of the now popular "In God We Trust." For those who are unfamiliar with it, "E Pluribus Unum" means "From Many, One" which is the perfect definition for America.

So, no, we are not trying to remove all religion. In fact, there are times when religion can be very helpful. However we are also not permitting religion in governmental decisions nor are we going to stand by while religious people attack us.

To put it quite simply, if they stay out of our lives, we will stay out of theirs.

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