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I'm an atheist I have come to the conclusion that for *lesser*
atheists is indeed a religion. These are people were raised as
but became fed up and left their faith. I myself was brought up
any religion. But for lesser atheists, the damage that religion tends
to a person's cognitive abilities was done and they will never be able
to reason independently. Case in point, the atheists who insist that
Muslims perpetrated 9/11, even though all the facts say otherwise.
Like some other believers they have unquestionable, irrational,
faith in whatever their government or media tell them to believe and
they mock anyone who questions them, just as fundamentalist
Christians mock atheists.
Atheism is one of the world's least tolerant religions.
As a group, I'd say the Muslims are the sickest religious group there
is, but at least most Muslims allow for freedom of religion.
Really most people have no problems with Christians, Atheists or
Muslims. The problem arise when the Christians, Atheists or Muslims
become too militant or extreme or out of balance.
The moderate theist accepts a moderate atheist, just as a moderate
atheist accepts a moderate theist.
It is out of balance, extreme views that sets one apart.
Problems within society do not come from Muslims...the problems come
from extreme Muslims.
Same with all the rest whether Christian or Atheist...seek
balance...seek inner peace within and with all.
Ken Humphreys talks about 'getting high' on religion. We can also get
high on hatred and other emotions, so there are many areas to look out
for when the subject turns to balanced living.
Many people gravitate towards extreme views since this works magic on
blinding them from the pain in their lives.
A few years ago I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about a
con man named Charles Ponzi. He was credited with inventing the first
The article stated when Ponzi was interviewed he was asked how he was
able to swindle so many people so easily, his responded, "When a man's
mind is concentrated he is blind."
This case of having your mind concentrated to the point of blindness
is not anything new. The ancient philosophers new this well. They
called it "putting passion before reason."
Both these areas of passion and reason where the foundation of much
philosophical discussion of ethics and virtue with the ancient Greeks.
They knew when passion rules the mind, that the only job left for
reason is that of the subservient task to find cleaver ways to satisfy
When our minds are occupied with too much wreckage of the past, too
many problems and complexities and out of control passions then there
is little room left in it for reasoning. It is then easy to fall into
Agnostic minister of secular humanism to the mind-
manacled...spiritually sick...defiance based atheist.