As stated before, I demark a difference between atheism and Atheism. I see atheism as being a lack of belief in Gods, while Atheism is a belief that there are no Gods. For most information on why I feel I may make this distinction, see here.
There is a disturbing trend involving Atheism. It seems like every day Atheists are becoming more and more like a religion. Not a single, cohesive religion, but an annoying one none the less. I saw a billboard on my way to Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C., which said:
Can you be good without God? Millions are.
Now, I agree with the message. I also believe the companies and transit authorities who refuse to allow Atheist groups to buy ad space are wrong for doing so. However, I really wish Atheists wouldn’t advertise.
For one thing, it looks bad to religious people. I know, it shouldn’t matter, but it’s annoying when you see ads like this:
Atheists: you are dealing with an opponent who isn’t very bright. They take things way out of context, on a fairly regular basis. Putting up a sign suggesting people can be good without God serves no purpose beyond goading religious people. Showing kids in your ads even smacks of the emotional tactics of the religious. Why waste the money?
On top of all this, Atheists are organizing into groups that meet. Way to take away the best part of being non-religious: no stupid meetings. Sure, it all starts with “I just want my child to feel a sense of community…” and it ends with “You know what we should do? Let’s use our collective willpower to annoy people.”
Atheists have nothing in common. Instead, they merely share an aversion for something. I’m not going to explicitly say it [Godwin's Law], but what groups can you think of that met to discuss their dislike for other groups? How does that usually turn out?
It’s good to be part of a community, but it’s best to be part of the community. We are residents of towns and cities, citizens of states and nations, and members of the human race and planet Earth. If you crave something smaller, find a positive commonality, not a negative one. Get your kids into something constructive like sports, art, music, animal torture (er, hunting), anything but Atheism. If you take your kids to an Atheist group, you’re no better than religious people who isolate their children from those who think differently.
You can be good without God, but you sure don’t need God to be bad.