September 30, 2009
from Examiner Website
In my last article on atheism, "Why debunk atheism?," I discussed how the theist versus atheist debate is never-ending and often descends into ad hominems, with both sides calling each other "fools," for example, and worse.
I further expressed my personal thesis on reconciling these seemingly disparate concepts causing so much frustration, grief and sometimes great glee in many parts of the world these days. My "solution" proposes stepping outside of the labels and boxes and being neither a devout theist nor a fanatic atheist.
This perception of reality allows for whatever thought is most appropriate in any given moment, rather than forcing a stand of thinking one way or another all the time.
Although I most definitely take a strong stance on a variety of issues that occur in third-dimensional reality, I am not much of a club joiner.
I love community, but so far the clubs being offered have not been my cup of tea. For example, I didn't care much for church, even though the minister and everyone else were quite lovely, righteous and nice people. It was just a rather boring affair, and I was not particularly interested in the ancient Jewish history being taught.
Even back then I suppose I saw the whole
thing as rather culturally biased. Who really cares who brought the
butter dish to Balshazar and the tent peg to the house of Rashomon?
But that's really all there is community-wise when you
grow up in a country that claims to be about 80% christian. Since
then I've been creating my own community of likeminded individuals,
but we are still lacking any kind of formality. It's rather an
affair of hit or miss in the moment, which may be appropriate, in
consideration of my definition of free-thought.
Ms. Sherine then goes on to recount the gist of another article in the Guardian, "Snobbery with godlessness," which assailed atheists as being snooty and conceited.
Interestingly, Brown himself is
purportedly an atheist, so this debate now is between atheists.
I have been on the receiving end of abusive language from not only theists but also atheists on more than one occasion. I've had pushy people insist that I begin to call myself an atheist, even though I do not subscribe to such a label. In other words, I'm being forced into the club whether I like or not, and whether or not other members like me.
I've also been told that in order to
join a particular group supporting ex-Muslims, I would have be an
atheist. While I would certainly have no intention of proselytizing
ex-Muslims into Christianity or any other religion, I'm not too keen
on being profiled by the thought police of any camp.
The pathological character that has manifested itself in the pages of the Bible and Koran is absolutely disgraceful and needs to be categorized not as the god of the cosmos but as a minor, petty thane and tyrant emanating out of the mind of a particular ethnicity that lived in harshness and brutality.
Is this wretched portrayal really the
best we can do in our day and age?
Muslims must be defined as atheists as well, since they refuse to
recognize Jesus Christ as the divine son of God.
If we factor in all the world's people
who can live in peace and harmony with each, and enjoy each other's
varying perspectives of reality - regardless of whether they deem
themselves theists or atheists - my club is very large indeed.