Username9

Username9 wrote

If I have a choice in the matter, I plan to buy a surfboard, paddle out as far as I can until I'm too tired to paddle anymore, and then take a cocktail of drugs that will get me pleasantly high for my last few conscious moments until they make me unconscious and stop my breathing. Then the next big wave can knock me over into the sea so I can be fish food.

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Username9 wrote

To start with, it isn't up to atheists to "make their case". Rejection of someone else's unfounded beliefs does not require any justification or explanation. It's up to the mythology-believers to "make their case".

Full disclosure, I gave up on reading the article after the first few paragraphs of discussion about some Islamic poet. If the author's problem is with alleged bigotry in atheism and the author wants to be taken seriously enough to open a discussion, the author needs to stay on topic.

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Username9 wrote

fta: "As part of a settlement, the secretary of state has amended all of the voter registration forms to allow voters to avoid swearing a religious oath. The new “mail in” form provides a check box that says, “OPTIONAL: Because of a sincerely held belief, I decline to include the final four words of the oath above.”

Is that really good enough? Atheism is not a belief; it is a rejection of the assertion of existence of a god.

And even if we interpret "belief" as the belief that state and church should be entirely separate, it still is not just a "belief" but a guarantee under the US Constitution, so the god-related language should just be removed. Leave a little bit of space for religious extremists to write it in themselves, if they feel their own word is not good enough and they need to bring their god into it.

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