Thursday, 9 May 2013
Please, no 'atheist identity'.
I started reading this, but as soon as I came across the phrase 'my atheist identity', I gave up. If there is to be 'an atheist identity' then that is a backwards step for reason. If atheism is anything but a conclusion then it becomes a political platform that many won't want to support. If we really do want freedom of thought then we must not get in the way of even those we fundamentally disagree with identifying as atheist. There should no more be an atheist identity than a believer in evolution identity. It's both absurd and politically damaging to say otherwise. Reason, and the conclusions of reason, are for everyone - even sexists, misogynists, racists, homophobes.
Atheism should have no more of an identity than particle physics.