Sunday, May 24, 2015

Behind the Trappings

Imputing a lack of "morality" to atheists is bigotry as vile as imputing a lack of "intelligence" to non-whites.

PZ Myers:

You know, you don’t have to believe in gods and ghosts to find meaning, values, tradition, consolation, community, and transcendence, right? No one is objecting to community or values. We’re objecting to the dishonesty of using community and values as excuses to prop up irrelevant falsehoods. The real problem isn’t that most atheists are ignoring the assorted useful cultural baggage that religion claims to own, but that religion is such an emotional issue that its proponents refuse to distinguish the important core of human values from the gaudy supernatural dressings that faith drapes over them.
As science fiction master Arthur C. Clarke put it: "The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion."

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