Yes, I know this is supposed to be a common myth about atheists. And several years ago, I would have agreed that atheism is not a religion. But things have changed with the New Atheism movement and it’s leaders, and the evidence increasingly indicates that atheism is becoming a new form of religion. Consider the following:
The cultish traits that are common among the New Atheists.
The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that atheism is a creed.
There is a push among the atheists to have atheist chaplains in the military.
Atheist parents send their children to atheist summer camps.
Atheists have become obsessed with representing themselves with symbols.
And now, of course, there are the growing number of atheist churches.
Just one example:
There was singing, reflection, fellowship and a roomful of nonbelievers. A movement dubbed the “atheist megachurch” has arrived in San Diego.
It is dishonest to deny you are a religion when you are busy planting churches!
As it stands right now, those who deny atheism is a religion can only appeal to ad hoc rhetoric, insisting, for example, that a religion must involve belief in the supernatural. But if we draw upon the manner in which atheists want us to take a more scientific approach, and consider the evidence, it increasingly looks like atheism has become a new, secular religion. Atheism is not a denial of religion. It has become a competing religion. Almost as if humans have been hard-wired to be religious.