Wednesday, January 23, 2013

There is a simple answer to this stupid New York Times question


There is no Room for Debate. The prefix a- means not. Atheism is not a religion any more than asymptomatic is symptomatic, atonal is tonal, or amoral is moral.

And it's not a "belief system," either, any more than not seeing any evidence that unicorns exist is a branch of zoology.

As for awe, I marvel at everything from the back of my hand to pictures taken by Hubble. For meaning, I look everywhere, to science and art and my own linty navel. For comfort? Okay, yeah, I do occasionally get a warm fuzzy when realizing that I'm no longer in thrall to a set of superstitions that many in the Taliban GOP would like made mandatory. But far more often, I turn to beer and chocolate.

And kittens.

And nice people.

And books. And music. And ... oh, hell, there's a whole universe of comfort out there, too.

A link, if you absolutely must. But I will tell you this: there are as many charlatans among the faitheists as there are among the fundies.


TC said...

I don't know if your query was rhetorical or if you really sought an answer, but "hail from" undoubtedly come from the sailing ship days when ships passing at sea hailed to one another and their ports of departure and destination so that when they got to their destination they could let people know where such and such a ship was on a certain day. They had no radio telephones in those days so depended on other ships to "report" them. It has nothing to do with weather, but hail in the sense of "Hail fellow, well met".

Brendan Keefe said...

Thanks. See also.

M. Bouffant said...

Don't bother w/ meaning, your time is better spent w/ kittens.

Belief system in quotes indeed. And "faith tradition." Do they even realize how insincere & watered down those phrases make their superstitions look?

Brendan Keefe said...

Good points. But to be fair, those dilute phrases are due more to the faitheists. The True Believers just say belief and faith.