As part of their culture war, Gnu atheists seek to convince the general public that religion is bad. Very bad. One of the weapons in their propaganda is to continually portray religion in a bad light. So anytime there is news of some religious people doing something bad or saying something bad, the Gnus like to showcase this. A steady diet of such cherry picking then becomes part of the propagandistic confirmation bias campaign. For example, this tactic is one of the major themes of Hemant Mehta’s blog (along with his “atheist as victim” stories”). Every month, the Gnu activist likes to post a video that compiles all the sensational news stories that put religion in a bad light. The videos are put together by one of his fans who runs a FB site called “Religion Hurts Humanity.”
But why judge religion in a vacuum? Why not instead balance the Gnu approach by showcasing the opposite of religion – secularism? Secular is defined as follows:
denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.
If someone is not religious, they are secular. A secular person leads a life where God and religion are simply not relevant. So the opposite of a religious lifestyle is a secular lifestyle. Behavior which does not involve religion or religious belief is secular behavior. That being said, in an attempt to further balance the discussion, why not borrow from the Gnu approach and focus on news that involves secular people and secular behavior?
So I will start a new on-going series that learns from the Gnu approach and showcases examples of secular behavior, secular thinking, and secular lifestyles to see if it truly represents a superior approach to life than the religious way.
Today, let’s begin with this recent news story that describes some rather horrific secular behavior.
Activists like Mehta ignore secular stories like this because they don’t have a religious angle.