Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Two issues

  1. Because there are no gods, we believe religion consists of lies and bullshit, therefore we are atheists.
  2. Because religion, i.e. the sort of religion that depends substantively on the existence of God, is both false and harmful, we are anti-religious.
These two issues are largely separate. It's extremely important to note that we are atheists not because religion is harmful, but because there are no gods. Radiation is extremely harmful, but we don't therefore believe that nuclear physics is false.

Similarly, because the positions of stars and planets do not affect our character, personality, and behavior, we believe that astrology is bullshit. But because astrology is not particularly harmful, at least not directly (Pisces and Leos do not often murder each other because of their astrological signs), we aren't really anti-astrology.

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