I don't really owe anyone an explanation regarding who I am and what I believe. I feel the need to explain myself however since there seems to be an overwhelming number of stupid or rude atheists. The obvious example is Bill Maher but the condition afflicts conservatives too.
It also occurs to me that religions offer a simple road map to a person's values. When someone says they are a Jew or a Catholic or a Muslim, you immediately know something about who they are and how they think. It's the user guide to their operating system, if you will.
An atheist can be anything. You can't know anything about them because many define themselves as anti-religion rather than simply non-religious. Most religions stress that a person should be good. To be totally anti-religious is to be against good. The militant disposition of many atheists serves as confirmation to believers that they are indeed evil.
I believe this is all by design. In political terms, the goal is to chip away at the big tent of conservatism leaving only the socially conservative base. Liberty and economic freedom are the unifying factors of conservatism that are ignored or vacuously mocked by the left. Atheists and social conservatives are driven against each other similarly to other single issue groups.
Militant atheism is actually subset of militant leftism. Observe how similar militant atheism is to militant feminism, militant environmentalism, militant racism (though they still call it equality), militant LGTB etc...
I have no problem with any of those things in their true and fair forms. If feminism is about the equal opportunity of both sexes than I'm a feminist. If Environmentalism is about conservation and efficiency then I'm an environmentalist. If Equal Rights are about equality of the races then I am on board. I actually don't believe in races. Science doesn't define race beyond the Human race so why would I buy into the social scientist (they aren't scientists) garbage?
I simply believe there is no God. I'm just not wired that way. I don't have that pull toward the supernatural. God is so obvious and so strong in some very smart people that I've concluded that they have some kind of wetware that I don't have. Maybe its like an antenna where you can tune into the presence of God? Whatever it is, I don't have it.
It's nothing against you believers.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not even absolutely sure about atheism. I'm an agnostic who's made an informed decision. I'm not sitting on the fence. I'm off the fence and standing the "maybe He isn't," side of things.
It's not about my Dad or a run in with a mean preacher. It's not to feel superior either. I am clearly inferior to many believers whom I hold in high regard. It's nothing more than an apolitical observation of nature.
This is where I caught on to the leftist game. Remember Sinead Oconor tearing up the photo of Pope John Paul II? I don't get that. What's wrong with the Pope? Of all the people to get pissed at, she hates the Pope? John Paul II was a good one. "Silencio!" He told some communists once. Yeah. Shut up!
I mean, fine, you don't like Catholicism. Go someplace else. Its a worshipers market. Whatever your preference, there is a church for you.
Catholicism and the Pope are evil? Nope. Don't buy that crap either. Leftist manipulation of the weak minded. So my dear departed Grandmother, who spent her life wishing, wishing, wishing on her knees for goodness and favor and protection, that was largely received, is evil? Sorry, I can think of a whole lot of evil in the world beyond that. Evil that lefties routinely apologize for. -strategize for. -lie for.
Religion is not the enemy. The Left is the enemy of Mankind.
An ideology that would force atheism on good people would not hesitate to indoctrinate them with their own beliefs. Look no farther than the green religion. Environmentalism has become the secular religion.
Giai is not a God. There are no sins against the Earth. It needs no offerings or gestures. Holy days like Earth Day and Earth Hour are as unremarked and unnoticed by the earth as detonating a Hydrogen bomb. The Earth does not get happy or sad if you eat organic food or Poutine from a burger joint.
The Earth is not a God. It is not sentient. It is not even alive. Yet people insist on endowing it with an imaginary spirit and a will. This is no different than worshiping the sun or a golden cow. It is still encouraged by our "secular" society.
I won't exchange freedom for tyranny simply to stamp on the beliefs of my forebears. They have built the greatest free society in history. I honour their achievement, even if I don't agree with them about everything. I'm not about to subscribe to the leftist wholesale ruin of our civilisation for the chance to swap one religion for another.