Every Christmas season, the Christophobic atheist activists go bonkers anytime some little town puts up a nativity scene to celebrate Christmas. The Freedom From Religion Foundation uses those Christmas celebrations as an excuse to get their local activists to set up an atheist sign with the hope of generating more controversy and publicity.
This year, Jerry Bloom won the Activist of the Year Award by a state chapter of American Atheists Inc. for putting up the FFRF sign.
Now, what catches my interest in the content of the sign. Here is what it preaches:
“There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that burdens our hearts and enslaves our minds.’’
Whoa! What’s this? For years we have been told atheism is simply lack of belief in God. But here we have atheist activists publicly proclaiming at least three beliefs:
- There is no God.
- There is only our natural world.
- Religion is a just a harmful superstition.
That’s a long way from “lack of god belief.”
In 2017, I think we need to look more closely at the definition of atheism. For the FFRF beliefs are not an aberration. While a very small number of professional philosophers might adhere to the “atheism = lack of god belief” position, I think we need to consider the possibility that, when it comes to internet atheists and atheist activists, the “atheism is just a lack of god belief” position is nothing more than a dishonest, rhetorical posture.
Instead, most of these atheists do indeed believe “there is no God” and thus atheism is a belief that God does not exist.