12 December 2008

The culture war for the White House

I am shocked to read this paragraph:

I see this financial breakdown, moreover, as being not merely a moral crisis but the monetary expression of the broader degradation of our values – the erosion of duty and responsibility to others in favour of instant gratification, unlimited demands repackaged as ‘rights’ and the loss of self-discipline. And the root cause of that erosion is ‘militant atheism’ which, in junking religion, has destroyed our sense of anything beyond our material selves and the here and now and, through such hyper-individualism, paved the way for the onslaught on bedrock moral values expressed through such things as family breakdown and mass fatherlessness, educational collapse, widespread incivility, unprecedented levels of near psychopathic violent crime, epidemic drunkenness and drug abuse, the repudiation of all authority, the moral inversion of victim culture, the destruction of truth and objectivity and a corresponding rise in credulousness in the face of lies and propaganda -- and intimidation and bullying to drive this agenda into public policy. [my emphasis]

So I look up what is militant atheism.
Today the term is sometimes used pejoratively by theists to describe people believed to campaign actively or outspokenly for atheism and against religion.

In that sense I believe I am a member of militant atheists. I am happy to take up challenges. Of course we atheists are peace-loving people and I won't engage in killing or harming any other beings. I will accept challenges to prove that your religion is a BIG LIE!

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