Because, were it otherwise, I as a small-a atheist (without belief, not anti-belief) would be chasing my severed head or blowing away from the stake in ashes or even hanging from a cross.
Look, it’s no skin off’n my nose if somebody thinks I’m goin’t to Hell or sumpthin’, as long as they’re not greasin’ the skids, if you know what I mean.
Atheist activists frequently tout their intense belief that they are discriminated against, mistreated and persecuted. Now, a new study from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) may corroborate these claims, as it finds that it is not uncommon for secularists to face intense scrutiny — even execution — in nations across the globe.
In Islamic countries, the alleged discrimination is most pronounced and in seven nations atheists may actually pay for their secularism with their lives. Reuters has more about some of the purported discriminatory policies that are waged against non-belief … [more]
No, I don’t for a minute swallow this report without skepticism.
It is important to note that the IHEU is a secular hub for more than 120 atheist, agnostic, humanist and other related organizations in 40 countries. Considering the group’s scope — to advance the cause of non-belief — there is clearly a bias in the preparation and publication of the report. However, many of the findings are compelling.
Their anti-secularism sees sectarian favoritism in the same light as anti-atheism. I don’t.
I see intolerant anti-atheism in the same light as anti-Christianism, anti-Judaism, etc.
Sectarian favoritism is merely a natural state of mixed societies.
The goal of religious freedom is to assure that this natural favoritism is tolerant.
Atheist activists (Atheivists™), generally, give personal atheism a bad name. They are not pro-freedom-of-religion, they are anti-religion. Well, more accurately, they oppose any religion that interferes with worship of the state.
You know, jackasses.
Then again, it’s good to know that somebody with left-wing cred is making an issue of theocratic totalitarianism.
Too bad it won’t advance the cause of real religious freedom, though.
Let’s hope (okay, pray) that there’ll be some kind of Islamic Reformation this century, and that Islam evolves into a personal religion in states with tolerant religious favoritism rather than just another ugly form of state totalitarianism.
(What? Yeah, I know. *sigh*)