Organized Atheism?

Another New York Times article, this time about a new phenomenon sweeping the nation. Apparently, atheist and humanist societies have begun sprouting up and, what’s so bizarre to me, organizing a movement of their own. Not that this has much to do with this course per sé, but I always thought of atheism as a rebellion against organized religion. It’s understandable that these people want to get together, but I think the existence and success of these groups shows a misunderstanding with humanism in general. Organizing atheism makes it a religion, and a religion that closely mirrors many sects of Protestant Christianity. Say what you want about the G-d aspect of it, but at the end of the day Christianity is a humanist religion–the problem is that it is an indoctrinated humanism, a proscriptive view of ultimate Good and Evil. By codifying and organizing atheism, you create yet another humanist religion, probably with some new traditions of its own. But what is the difference, really, between celebrating a pagan spring fertility festival and celebrating Easter? I guess this is my problem with a lot of liberal Western thought. If you identify a certain organized group as a problem in society, how is the solution going out and creating another organized group to counter it? But that’s what atheists seem to be doing now. Perhaps there is just something in human nature that makes them want to have a structured system of beliefs. Reason, after all, is the primary atheist deity. Maybe it should be expected that they would begin to truly worship it.

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