I find it difficult to understand the mentality of militant atheists. These are the people who feel rearing a child to be religious is child abuse.
Forcing a religion which dictates moral codes and actions which can and cannot be done before they’ve had a chance to read up on the religion and make up their mind can hardly be seen as ideal. Especially if that religion goes on to deter the child’s understanding of topics such as sexuality and causes the child to grow up to be a religious bigot (refer to: Westboro Baptist Church).
These are the people who feel having the Ten Commandments in court rooms is a violation of their rights.
1st Amendment of the United States Constitution, because the US is the only place where the 10 commandments in court rooms is really an issue, separation clause stating the separation of church and state. And yes, it is a violation of my right to religious freedom when the first thing I have to read in a courtroom is THOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GOD BEFORE ME, not to mention the 10th commandment endorses slavery as OK.
These are the people who object to crosses on highways in memory of some deceased individuals. These are the people who object to group prayer in social settings. These are the people who find any excuse to shame or humiliate people with faith.
Government funded crosses, or group prayers in public social settings where there are people who are not all Christian or of a single faith. If the US was a Muslim majority, do you think it would be right for Muslims to force Christians and Buddhists to put their head to the ground facing Mecca and pray? Of course not, but change it to Christianity and hey, double standard.
I’m an atheist who finds secularism a fine idea, but this is just harassment and discrimination.
No, it’s really not. It’s a backlash to theistic oppression and if you think that it’s unwarranted or not justified in many cases, you really must have lived a relatively comfortable life when it comes to religious harassment.
The term “militant atheist” has always kind of bothered me. I don’t think standing up for your rights in a religion-dominated society is really that militant. I mean I’m not in uniform, I’m not armed, I don’t have a poster on my wall of Christopher Hitchens that I salute every day. I really would just like to live my life without being told that I’m a bad person because I find the concept of an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving supreme being to be faulty and unnecessary.