Many people will often say that Atheism is a religion. But an Atheist will strongly disagree. They deny that Atheism is a religion. They tend to point to their lack of a written doctrine and the lack of a supreme being as proof. They say that “Atheism = No Religion.” And, to call it a religion would cause confusion.
But ask yourself “Why is it NOT a religion?” And “Why is it a religion?” Read the following facts and statements. Then you decide for yourself.
Quotes: Wikiquote (Associated with Wikipedia)
From an atheist:
Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color.
- Don Hirschberg, in a letter to Ann Landers
ATHEISM: A godless religion that retains all the dogmatic posturing of the faiths it so confidently denies, with few of the consolations.
The Cynic's Dictionary
Atheism, a religion dedicated to its own sense of smug superiority.
Stephen Colbert (satirist)
on The Daily Show
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
US Bill of Rights
The Supreme Court has said a religion need not be based on a belief in the existence of a supreme being. In the 1961 case of Torcaso v. Watkins, the court described "secular humanism" as a religion.
Kauffman (an atheist) submitted an official form titled “Request for New Religious Practice” in which he asked out form an inmate group interested in humanism, atheism, and free speaking.
Kauffman vs. McCaughty
The United States Court of Appeals
for the Seventh Circuit
It is difficult not to be somewhat jaundiced about our courts when they take clauses especially designed to protect religion from the state and turn them on their head by giving protective cover to a belief system, that, by every known definition other than the courts' is not a religion, while simultaneously declaring public expressions of true religious faith to be prohibited.
(The court’s ruling is) a sort of Alice in Wonderland jurisprudence.
Up is down, and atheism, the antithesis of religion, is religion…
Senior Trial Attorney
for the AFA Center for Law & Policy
about the above appeal No 04-1914
1. the doctrine or belief that there is no God.
2. disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.
Origin: 1580–90; < Gk áthe(os) godless + –ism
a suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it was used to form action nouns from verbs (baptism); on this model, used as a productive suffix in the formation of nouns denoting action or practice, state or condition, principles, doctrines, a usage or characteristic, devotion or adherence, etc. (criticism; barbarism; Darwinism; despotism; plagiarism; realism; witticism; intellectualism).
1. a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government: Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine.
2. something that is taught; teachings collectively: religious doctrine.
3. a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject: the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
1350–1400; ME < AF < L doctrīna teaching, equiv. to doct(o)r doctor + -īna -ine 2
Oddly enough, within the divisions of Christianity, their there is a new denomination called “Non-Denominational.” That means a church or “churches that have not formally aligned themselves with an established denomination, or remain otherwise officially autonomous.” (From Wikipedia) It has become so wide spread that many Christians consider a “Non-Denominational” church a “Denomination.”
Has Atheism fallen into a similar paradox ?