The author Eric Kaufman ends his book Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? with the statement: Without an ideology to inspire social cohession, fundamentalism cannot be stopped. The religious shall inherit the earth. Do we atheists agree, and if we do, are we prepared to spread the word? and if we are, do we stand a chance?

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Poor VenomFangX, he is such an opinionated young man with venomous fangs, indeed. He really is more of a joke than a real evangelical. It puzzles me that anyone listens to him. He seems to spend a great deal of time denouncing atheism. He calls the kettle black ...

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3.3.3 Atheism: A History of God (Part 1)

3.3.3 Atheism: A History of God (Part 2)

As Mary Daly wrote in "Beyond God the Father", "God is not a noun but a verb!"

We can put up a fight. Generally, I don't think religion can ever be eradicated, but we can certainly, with time and effort and reason, remove it from its comfy seat as the default position. And from its safe little criticism/debate/argument/thought-free bubble.

Change of opinion. Hopefully, reason will eventually eradicate religion, but it's uncertain, we'll have to work for it, and trying to force it will not help. 

In this month alone, an atheist monument stirred controversy in Florida, an atheist applicant for citizenship was instructed to join a church and a congressional committee nixed atheist chaplains.

Let's start with the first-ever atheist monument, a 1,500-pound bench erected alongside a Ten Commandments monument in front of the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, Florida.

But many members of Congress have yet to learn this First Amendment lesson.

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee voted down an amendment to the defense bill that would have authorized atheist and humanist chaplains in the military.

Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist chaplains serve in all branches of the military.

But a majority of the members of the Armed Services Committee apparently believe that the non-religious don't have the same needs as the religious for counseling, support and community.

These and many other clashes involving atheists fighting for equal treatment could be avoided if government officials understood that religious liberty isn't just for the religious.

As guaranteed by the First Amendment, religious liberty is built on a simple, but profound, principle: A right for one is a right for all.

Charles C. Haynes is director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum.


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