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Subject: Re: Separation of Church and State Date: 8/27/2003 9:33 AM
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Bon. No, atheism is not "faith-based." The very definition of atheism is an absence of faith in any supernatural being. The atheist sees no reasonable evidence that any god exists, so the atheist simply doesn't believe. How anyone can claim that involves faith is beyond me. You and i have faith. We make the extraordinary claim that an invisible, intangible being exists outside the confines of this universe, and not only that, but it cares about us and takes an interest in our everyday lives. We make that claim in spite of the absence of any objective, falsifiable evidence that can be scientifically tested. Thus we have faith. Those who choose not to join us in that belief are simply leaving faith at the door and choosing to accept only that which is based on objective evidence.

Atheism as a non-exclusive belief is not "faith-based". Atheism as an exclusive ideology is faith-based. As an ideology, actively promoting itself and seeking to exclude other belief systems, it can certainly do harm.

Ideology kills. That is just as true in a theocracy (inquisition Spain and modern Iran) as it is in an atheocracy (national socialist Germany and Communist China, Cambodia, USSR, Cuba, etc.).
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