Militant Atheism: Why The Gloves Came Off

It is sad that it has come to this.  My friends ask me why I bother with being an Atheist Activist and run such sites as The United Atheist Front on Facebook. They say I should live and let live because most religious people are nice folks who don’t shove their religion down your throat.   I have even been accused of being an Atheist Evangelist, which is utterly ridiculous and even more of an oxymoron than “Militant Atheist”.   Truthfully, I am what you would call an Anti-Theist, rather than an Atheist.  As explained by Christopher Hitchens, I would like to see a world without religion, as the thought of spending the rest of eternity in servile credulity to biblegod would be my version of hell.

The Christian god is not an all-loving father who protects his children. As Richard Dawkins so succinctly states, he is “arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully”

Allow me to explain what Militant Atheism is not.  It is nothing like Militant Islam or Militant Christianity, where the weapons of choice are guns, explosive devices, and weapons of mass destruction.  Those entities choose to destroy life in the name of their god, and to bully their way into power and authority by use of deadly force, if necessary.  The newspapers, Internet and television news programs are rife with daily body counts of the martyrs and their victims. Images of destroyed buildings, billowing smoke and death fill our screens with a regularity that is utterly horrific.  All this death and destruction and the inevitable slavery of sometimes entire nations has somehow been approved and sanctified by their god, and the rewards for causing this mayhem for those who perpetrate it are an eternity in paradise at the feet of Jesus or Allah or seventy-two virgins or whatever.  The Abrahamic religions may have peaceful attributes, but at their core, they are far from peaceful and a quick search of the Koran or the Bible is very clear in their commands to kill all those who do not follow Yahweh/Allah, including women and children.

Militant Atheists, however, use no guns, explosive devices or weapons of mass destruction.  While our approach to religionists may range from strident to outright insulting at times, our weapons of choice are reason, logic and science.  Our system of delivery for this ammunition are books, websites and science journals.  We counter the fairy tale, delusional conception and memetic mind virus of religion with facts, proved theories, universal laws and, above all, reason.  Our training comes not at military camps, but in classrooms and Internet educational websites such as  Richard Dawkins’ “A Clear Thinking Oasis”, The Internet Infidel’s “The Secular Web”, and “The Atheist Alliance”.

Our inspiration comes not from the promise of some servile paradise, but from the wisdom of people like Bertrand Russel, Robert Ingersoll and Christopher Hitchens.  Our reference materials are not holy books written by ancient men who were ignorant of anything remotely accurate in the field of science, but from places like “The Skeptics Annotated Bible”, “God Is Imaginary” , “Fact or Fiction, What is Christianity” and “The Smithsonian Institute”.

The reason why many of us Atheists who quietly sat by the sidelines suddenly and in great numbers decided to put on the gloves and come out fighting is because those who believe have gone too far with their insistence that the rest of us just cannot be left alone, which is really all we wanted.

The Theocrats in the United States government want to interject Christianity into our way of life by enacting laws that favor Christians and discriminate against unbelievers.  There are many of them who would like to see the First Amendment remanded to remove the reference to religion, which was the will of Thomas Jefferson and our other founding fathers.  They would see Christian prayer reinstated in schools and would love nothing more than to reverse Roe v. Wade and make abortion a criminal activity. They are ignorant of history by insisting that we are a Christian Nation, which we are not.  They are sneaky, slippery eels who cannot be trusted and keep organizations like “The Freedom From Religion Foundation” and “Americans United for Separation of Church and State” extremely busy.

They accost us on the street, accuse us of all kinds of acts of evil and violence and condemn us to their hell, which is a whole other topic of psychotic delusion.  We are discriminated in almost every area of life and a survey have shown that we are the least trusted group of people in America, behind Muslims, Homosexuals and Sexual offenders.  We have to fight our way into acceptance in a society that has been victimized by religion, the largest hoax ever perpetrated in human history.

Our goal is to relegate religious belief and faith in supernatural gods to where they belong, on the library shelves next to the Greek and Roman mythologies that have long since been abandoned by their followers.  Our agenda is the promotion of Atheism as the preferred worldview through logic and reason, and to uphold science as the means and method of discovery and insight.  We want this for the sole reason that history has proven religion does not work because each has it’s own book that followers believe was written by the creator of the universe, and none of them are compatible with each other.  Each one of these religions teaches that they are the one, true way to what they understand to be the one, true god.  Each one of these religions teaches that all the other ones are at best wrong, but usually tagged as evil, and must be eliminated either by divine intervention or human intervention at the instruction of their holy book. There have been close to a billion people murdered in this world in our history in the name of one god or another and has to stop. Yes, religion has done much good in the world, but their good deeds are far outweighed by the the evil that has been perpetrated in the name of their gods. We cannot go on like this and expect to survive as a species.

So, we have joined the war.  We are 150-million strong and at least 20-million of us are now an active fighting force in the war to end religion on the planet earth.  We are armed to the teeth with reason, logic and scientific evidence and can debunk anything that is thrown at us from any religious nutjob from the local church member to the most powerful and educated Theologians.  We can do this because we are fighting with armor piercing facts as our ammunition against the soft underbelly of delusional religious belief and no matter how hard they fight against us, the real truth prevails every single time against religion because their entire house of cards are built on platforms of a non-existent mythical gods.

We will not go quietly into the night.  We will stand and be counted.  We will raise our voices of reason and drown out the deluded masses.  We will fight the good fight of reason and logic until real science is taught in every classroom, until the world stops raping our planet of natural resources and our planet is safe from the ecological disaster of global warming due to industrial pollutants and fossil fuels because the fundamental religionists do not care about our environment, since their god will return one day and give them a new heaven and a new earth.

We are the New Atheists.  We are militant and we will counter and debate you at every turn.  We will continue to flood the world with reason and continue to be more honest, ethical and moral than any group of believers.  We are your sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles.  We are your doctors, lawyers, managers, employees, friends and neighbors.  We are not going away and will continue to grow in numbers until we are the majority and the world is safe from the psychotic rantings, delusional screeching and wholesale death and destruction that religion has brought to humanity for the past five thousand years.

Get used to us…

  13 comments for “Militant Atheism: Why The Gloves Came Off

  1. ted bouklos
    April 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Love your article except i’m confused on why you used the Reason logo in the upper left hand of the picture. have i been making Atheistic beats this whole time? sweet! lol

    • April 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      Because Reason is the Reason for all Seasons, and you can quote me on that. 🙂 -AL

  2. J. Christ
    April 29, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Fuck yeah.

  3. Steve Fairbrother
    April 29, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Very well thought out. Religion has to be called to account for the world overpopulation. Many of our problems of pollution/climate change, resource wars, disease, and racism can be alleviated if there were not over 6 billion of us competing for natural resources. Every religion I know of promotes having more children, mostly so they have more subjects. An antiquated way of thinking that is destroying the one planet we all cannot live without.

  4. Brian
    April 29, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Honestly, I despise fundamentalism – wherever it is. In this case Aethism. I’ve said for years that fundamentalist aethism is no different then christian fundamentalism. IT’s two sides to one coin. what you wrote, is the same angst driven, ego driven, “i’m right, your wrong and stupid” mentality of the religious right wing. two sides of one coin.

    That said, you make an error. You said, that militant aethism has never done acts of violence. no guns. no bombs. Maoism? Soviet Union Communism? Marxism? You’re saying no acts of violence are being comitted by aethists?

    It’s a grevious error here. you’re assuming all wrongs lead to religion. I say all wrongs lead to fundamentalism, black/white thinking… just like yours.

    if you were a “i dont give a shit, let them be… let them live… i wont judge them.” you’d be a happier person.

    sadly every aethist i know is pent with rage, attrician, agression, hostility and ego. I sure wish I could meet one that level headed and kind. Of course I said that about Christians too… and that’s another hard one to find.

    • April 30, 2010 at 9:29 am

      Brian,

      Thank you for your input. Allow me to address a couple things.

      Firstly, our “I’m right and you’re wrong” is not ego driven, but there is a significant amount of angst in defense of the millennia of discrimination, torture and murder we’ve had to put up with by those who are suffering from the delusional mind virus known as religious belief. Besides, we are right and they are wrong.

      Your assumption that I made an error drew my attention until I say that you used political systems as an example instead of religious ones. If you scroll back a little in this blog you will find a piece I did that explains why atheism had little or nothing to do with Hitler, Stalin, Pol pot, etc. The acts of violence committed by these men were not because they were atheists, which they were not, but because they were psychopathic tyrants.

      Most of us who are Atheist Activists have spent years, even decades trying to “live and let live”, but that is a two way street, Brian. We’d be happy enough to be left alone, but the Religious Right, particularly here in the USA, will not leave us alone. This leaves us with two choices. To continue to be discriminated against or to push back. We’ve done the former for too long, and now it is the time for the latter.

      Our rage, attrition, aggression and hostility is well-founded.

      Thank you for your input. It is appreciated.

      Al Stefanelli

  5. April 30, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Amen! Hee hee!

    Nice blog Al. You forgot to mention WWGHA!

    Anyway, I can’t find any flaws in this piece. Well done!

  6. Steve Korbey
    April 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I’m an atheist.
    The ‘need’ for a belief is, in my opinion, a byproduct of being sentient, which is itself probably a byproduct of highly developed survival based evolutionary process.
    Organised religion is both a good way to get rich, and to brainwash whole populations.
    The freedom to think without boundaries is daunting.
    It is so much easier to adopt a ‘ready to wear’ set of values.

  7. Ben
    May 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Another great read! I admire your wit and wisdom. I look forward to your posts each time.

    • May 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

      Thanks Ben. I try to post every couple days, but real life gets in the way sometimes! -AL

  8. babrock
    May 6, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Right on dude. This seems rather similar in focus to something that Russel Blackford wrote recently. All of us should write out our reasons for our position. So as to be better understood. I donot understand why theists have trouble understanding this tho and need to have it explained to them

    • October 27, 2010 at 5:41 am

      and have it explained to them over and over again. I even get it from those who are religiously apathetic and have lost friends over it. It took me a while but people who dislike me for my lack of belief rather than accept that I am my own authority are not worth worrying about. They are a good reminder of why I write what I do and why it is important not to give up and hand the theists who would happily force everyone to abide by their delusional ‘values’.

  9. Sandman67
    May 6, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Al,

    well done my friend – you are a better, or at least more literate man than I. My writings on why I am an anti-theist and deconstructions of religions tend to turn more to mockery and outright abuse. Im a Brit so I take after Pat Condell.

    so next time someone asks what an atheist or anti-theist is Ill steer em here.

    Preach on brother!

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