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Militant Atheism: Taking Facts to a War Against Fantasy

Updated on December 1, 2015

Nobody ever expressed my ideas quite as well as Mr. Hitchens. It is often a daily struggle for me, and i'm sure it is for my fellow atheists as well. Do I hold my tongue and ignore the stupidity around me, or do I lash out at it? Oftentimes when I express my atheistic viewpoint I am met with some form of criticism or another from a religious persom from one corner or another. Likely because the very idea of atheism is abrasive toward the idea of spirituality and God.

Growing up free to choose what I wanted to believe, there was never a time somebody wasn't disturbed by my lack of faith, and surely some wanted to force-choke me across the room to demonstrate just how "wrong" I was.

As an atheist you live a life of almost always being the odd one out in a room full of people. One wrong word and you'd be better off setting yourself ablaze. It can be rage inducing from this world view to have your logic based, scientifically substantiated stance frowned upon by the general population. It makes you think "What is wrong with these people? Why don't they get it?"

So why is it that reacting in frustration, aggressively toward the dismissal of evidence based thinking considered to be militant and bad? In my opinion it is not anything comparable to the ways of theists. "Militant atheist" may as well be replaced with the title "aggressive realist." Our position is not one that holds the burden of proof, we are literally frustrated with the lack of critical thinking from our fellow theistic humans. We literally have nothing to prove to them, but they still have EVERYTHING to prove to us.

When we go back and we look at the way all faiths treat each other in the grand scheme of things, I feel a sense of relief that im on this side of the fence. At the same time, it's rather ridiculous to think that the worst thing I've ever done to a theist is tell them they are wrong (perhaps with some colorful language attached.) Thats all. That is the extent of what I've done, yet in their eyes, because of the way I believe, I am meant to burn in a lake of Fire for all eternity after my passing. And I DESERVE it. That's why I don't think there is even a shred of shame in arguing and even aggressively shaming religious bigots.

Fighting for what you believe in is always something people of religion often pat each other on the back for. The moment someone fights for a contradictory position, they play the victims of some weird form of persecution. I'm going to hell in every possible religion, and in some places in the world my fellow atheists are beheaded for what they DON'T believe.

TL;DR: Telling you that your worldview isn't substantiated is not a crime. Aggressively criticizing unreason is not a bad thing. Reprimanding the push of harmful ideologies into federal institutions is not persecution. There is no shame in combating stupidity. This is Roy, patting all of the warriors of reason on the back. Keep fighting the good fight.


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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      Correct me if I'm wrong but weren't Danton, Lenin, Sanger, Than Shwe, Stalin, Mengele, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Ceausescu, Honecker, Castro, Pol Pot, Broz Tito, Milosevic, Bonaparte and Mussolini oppressive, sadistic, democidal atheists who, collectively, murdered ***hundreds of millions*** of helpless men, women and little children?

      “It was Dostoevsky, once again, who drew from the French Revolution and its seeming hatred of the Church the lesson that "revolution must necessarily begin with atheism." That is absolutely true. But the world had never before known a godlessness as organized, militarized, and tenaciously malevolent as that practiced by Marxism.

      Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot.”

      ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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      Andrew Petrou 

      3 years ago from Brisbane

      I'm not saying there were no backwood steps or blind alleys. It was a slow evolution. During the Dark Ages the writings of ancient Greek mathematicians and philosophers were preserved and advanced by Muslim scholars. If not for this we certainly would be way behind in tech. During the European dark ages there was a golden age of culture in the Muslim world. It was balanced out.

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      Roy Greene 

      3 years ago from U.S.

      To evolve? Let's not forget the book burning, the burning down of the Library of Alexandria, and the burning of nonbelievers that Christians are guilty of throughout history. The burning of books and the opposition of science held civilization back thousands of years. Some estimate we would have reached our previous visions of the future by now without the interference of religious doctrine.

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      Andrew Petrou 

      3 years ago from Brisbane


      However there is strong historical evidence that religion caused all culture to evolve.

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      3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      An interesting hub, Roy.

      Of course, I can speak only for myself, but my personal approach usually depends upon to who it is that I'm speaking. If they're aggressive or obnoxious, I'm likely to respond in kind. But as a default approach, I usually try to give people the benefit of a doubt and use whatever diplomacy I can.

      That doesn't mean I'm not hostile to religion. To the contrary, I'm an anti-theist, and despise religious delusion -- and what it does to people and cultures -- with a passion. But I try to live by an adage that has thus far suited me well:

      -- People automatically deserve respect until they lose it.

      -- Ideas DO NOT deserve respect until they EARN it.

      With one notable exception (a real vile and nasty character), I think you'll find that most of the believers here on HubPages are pretty reasonable, and we can definitely learn from each other. So I wouldn't go painting them all with any broad brushes.

      That aside, it appears you're relatively new here, so I'll wish you a belated "welcome" to HubPages, and look forward to checking out more of your hubs!

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      Andrew Petrou 

      3 years ago from Brisbane

      A variety of opinion is healthy. However if this spills over into general religious intolerance for all religions (be it atheist or theist) an ethical vacuum is created.

      We must never forget there are countless Indigenous cultures whose identity relies on their religion. Therefore it would be cultural genocide to damn all religions or try to eradicate them by being militant. Tibetan culture for example, or Indigenous Australian and South American etc. Even the mocking or disparaging of such delicate cultures is a huge ethical error. It also breaches the "spirit" of the First Amendment.

      I feel there is a tendency of many atheists to think of religion in a one dimensional manner ie the backwoods fundamentalist type only.


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