Atheism: (from thefreedictionary.com)
1. Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.
2. The doctrine that there is no God or gods.
Although I disagree with #2 above, that is, that there is any doctrine involved in atheism, the other is the essence of the meaning that I observe. There is no set of principles by which atheism is observed.
Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods. This does not include any other beliefs or personal preferences. This has no bearing on an individuals opinions or views concerning anything other than non-belief.
Being an atheist does not mean observing a set of views based on expectations of anyone whatsoever. It does not mean:
- … acceptance or support of feminist viewpoints
- … acceptance of “abortion on demand”
- … an individual desires the end of all religion
- … that an individual becomes an instant liberal
- … anything other than non-belief
It seems that a number, perhaps the majority, of atheists assume that to be an atheist you must observe and support the sexist and discriminatory set of views presented by feminism. It means no such thing. Yet, I have observed, most atheists parrot the talking points, the lies, of feminist doctrine. All of the reasons for the existence of feminism have been invalidated resulting in the conclusion that it now exists solely for the reason of garnering special privileges and considerations for women that are undeserved and that mock their stated goal of equality. If equality were their goal feminism would have disbanded years ago.
Abortion on demand cheapens life, making it disposable. This cannot be denied. It brings abortion into the realm of a contraceptive.
It is admitted that some people cannot live day to day relying solely on themselves. They need the crutch of religion to live day to day. For these weak individuals religion should remain available. However, religion should never be in control of government.
There are many conservative principles that can be held by atheists. Views on abortion as well as a myriad of other concerns are not written anywhere as a requirement of non-belief. There are, after all, liberal Christians. Why not conservative atheists?
All atheism means is: Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods, and nothing more. Whatever else a person believes or has opinions upon are unique to that individual. To deny this is to curtail freedom of thought. Make no assumptions.