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Section A: General News


Editorial: Atheism constitutes a religion




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Russell Dickerson
Guest Editorial
April 25, 2012 | 1,355 views | 7 comments

With all the attention to Obama’s health-care mandate and its impact on religious institutions, like Catholic hospitals, the mainstream media has yet again treated us to a litany of voices about “separation of church and state” and freedom of religion. In that light, I believe it is appropriate to evaluate if indeed we are in violation of the Separation Clause. I assert that we are, and have been for many years. It is all a matter of perspective.

What constitutes a religion? According to Wikipedia, all that is required for a religious system is a shared belief system, representative symbols, moral code, doctrine, and adherents/evangelists.

One does not have to have a deity figure in order to have a religion. To prove this, we can simply look to a religion which is, without dispute, widely practiced -- Taoism. Taoism is all about harmony with the Tao, which effectively translates to the universe.

So, does the belief in extraterrestrial life constitute a religion? Clearly, yes. It has a shared belief, doctrine, and adherents/evangelists. Even a moral code is exhibited -- remember a recent paper co-authored by a adherent of this religion who works for NASA, in which he asserts that aliens could possibly destroy humanity to save the planet? Clearly, there is a definition of a moral code, which these hypothetical aliens would be exercising under.

Is atheism a religion? Wikipedia seems to think so, but why not ask the atheists? According to their filing (Murray v. Curlett, 1963): “Your petitioners are atheists and they define their beliefs as follows. An atheist loves his fellow man instead of god... that heaven is something for which we should work now, that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it, and enjoy it.” Clearly, atheism meets the definition of a religion as well as Taoism, or Confucianism, or people who kill themselves in the belief that aliens in a comet are coming to get them.

If belief in creationism or intelligent design constitutes a religious view, why does the theory of evolution constitute any less of a religion? Those criticizing creationism base their criticism wholly on the objection that it contradicts their religion -- evolution. The religious texts (aka science textbooks) are wrong if God did it all in six days, rather than billions of years. Intelligent design proves more problematic for the evolutionist, for it does allow for an older earth, and even a gradual guided process leading to an intended outcome. Their objection then becomes the existence of a “guide” to be guiding the outcome and the argument boils down to a battle of religious viewpoints -- those who believe in God and atheists.

Neither evolution or creation is provable. Evolution stakes its claims based on a theory that, more than 100 years after its proposition, has yet to be proven. It has been said that “evolution benefits more from the artist’s pen than actual scientific evidence.” So, neither is provable, scientifically speaking. Both represent different religious viewpoints -- and that equals a faith system or religion.

Is belief in manmade global warming also a religious view? It can’t be proven either. That makes it a belief system -- a religion. I am an apostate, or so I’ve been accused by its adherents, because I don’t believe in manmade global warming. With the vehemence usually reserved for the Westboro Baptist Church, I’ve been basically told I’m going to burn in hell (or the advocate’s equivalent) for my disbelief in their religion. I can’t imagine I’d get a stronger reaction from an average Muslim in my rejection of Mohammed.

Simply put, these so-called evangelists for the “separation of church and state” are nothing more than Jesuit missionaries for their faith, subjecting people to “conversion by the sword” whenever and wherever possible.

I believe that we stand in violation of the Separation Clause today. With every court judgment endorsing atheism, we drift further and further afield from intent of the Separation Clause. Atheism and humanism are the State Church!

I suggest we should ban from the classroom anything that cannot be directly scientifically proven! Don’t teach evolution or creation, intelligent design or manmade global warming. In fact, if the science curriculum is wholly dependent on “belief” without absolute science, throw it all out!

Or perhaps, may I suggest an alternative? Let us have reasoning discussions of all viewpoints. Only by not banning a religion from public discourse may the Separation Clause be honored.

Russell Dickerson is a resident of Floresville.
 

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4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 27, 2012 1:16pm
 
No, I do not read most of your responses. I find your responses too long, redundant and off point.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
April 27, 2012 9:21am
 
4th Gen Texan....spending to much time on these blogs... I assume you are spending time reading my responses.. LOL.....pot calling the kettle black ?????? It amazes me that one who claims to work 60 to 90 hours a week has ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 27, 2012 8:59am
 
You know you spend way too much time on these blogs if you have contributed 3 out of 4 of the responses

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
April 27, 2012 7:46am
 
After reading your editorial again, I am concerned about the impact if your stance should ever be codified. Friday night and weekend football would surely fall into your definition of religion. This is especially true in Texas. ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
April 26, 2012 2:17pm
 
Not disputing your editorial....just expressing my opinion that the courts have erred in their broad view of the first amendment as it applies to religion. It just seems odd to me that the court says you can't wear religious ... More ›

 
Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
April 26, 2012 11:05am
 
So what in your comment disputes the point of the editorial? I content you are NOT free.. the ONLY acceptable viewpoint is that held by the State Religion - Atheism and its cousin Humanism. The evidence of this confronts us ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
April 26, 2012 10:34am
 
Separation Clause.....Adopting this term instead of the Establishment Clause to explain the religious portion of the first amendment is political spin of the highest degree. To refresh minds, the first amendment portion ... More ›

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