Atheism: A religion in itself?

1 Aug

An atheist is a person who simply denies the existence of God. Even in a country like Pakistan where a vast majority of the population is highly religiously conservative, atheism continues to slowly grow. In societies like these, most of the atheists decide to remain closeted because their lives would largely be at risk if they publicly announce their beliefs. However, in developed societies, such as Europe, being an atheist is usual practice now-a-days.

Atheism, in general, doesn’t sound objectionable but there always is an inevitable drawback of every belief, culture, society, or anything for that matter. In a normal society, you will find doctors, architects, lawyers, bankers, writers and many worthwhile personalities, but you will also find thieves, robbers, critics, pedophiles, sexists, etc. Similarly, there are a lot of atheists who will try their best to give you a headache, or according to them, try to bring you to the ‘right path’. In this post, I have tried to explain different kinds of atheists and their behaviour, based on what I have been observing lately.

Textbook Atheists – “I don’t believe in the existence of a god.”

The pure form of atheism, in my opinion, is when a person only minds one’s own business. “I don’t believe in a god, but I won’t force you to do the same.” Some of these atheists are closeted; others would openly express their views, but none of them would try to shove their belief down your throat. Even if they argue, they would try their best not to break the ethical barriers. These are the respectable people; the sort of people I would more than happily befriend. (P.s. I do have some atheist friends.)

‘Extremist’ Atheists – “There is no god! You just can’t prove it.”

Basically, atheism is NOT a religion, but some atheists treat it as one, without even realizing it. Most of them cross the ethical limits and clearly start insulting other faiths; some would do so to try to change your mind and turn you into an atheist too, others, only to ‘piss you off’ because you are a ‘bloody conservative’. They run after ‘logic’ so much, they don’t even realize they’ve broken their own logical boundaries. I call them extremists because just like the religious extremists, they are doing no good to humanity, only destroying it. Not to forget that they mostly spend their time surfing the internet, polluting websites like Reddit with their ‘pick up lines’ and anti-religious ‘comics’ that they take entire nights to figure out. Such type of atheism is totally unacceptable and should be strongly discouraged by every sane human being.

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5 Responses to “Atheism: A religion in itself?”

  1. sonachandi September 22, 2011 at 2:27 AM #

    I’ve seen both types of atheists mentioned in this post and agree with you on your “should be strongly discouraged by every sane human being” view.

  2. Sara Anwer Suliemen (@saranwerqureshi) November 28, 2012 at 8:09 PM #

    Thank you for writing this ..

  3. Pony Stark (@X420ade) November 28, 2012 at 9:13 PM #

    I’d recommend you to read about some prominent atheists and maybe some good material about atheism before thinking that atheism is any kind of belief. It’s a simple disbelief in any deity which simply says there’s probably no god. Also,you’d rarely find any atheist ‘trying to shove their belief down your throat’ because: 1. They don’t care what you do with your life. 2. They don’t preach by knocking on doors. 3. But mostly because they don’t have any belief in the first place.
    Your judgment only comes from ‘what you’ve been observing lately’. Seems like your observation needs some more observation. Good luck.

    • Aadil Aijaz November 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM #

      It’s true that you can come across a lot of great people who are/were atheists. My observation is based on most of the modern-day atheists. If I were to classify Muslims here, I’d criticize them the same way. Peace!

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