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Author Topic: Atheism: A religion?  (Read 17569 times)
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« Reply #29: January 12, 2009, 09:32:09 am »

There is a fairly strong argument for that being the case regardless of the status of atheism as a religion, or otherwise. When separation of the Church and State equals a state that proceeds from the assumption that there is no deity you effectively end up with public decisions made on the basis of atheist's belief rather than theist's belief.

Maybe if I give an example it would help.  In 1957, "In God We Trust" began to be printed on American money.  A lot of people would like to have that removed because they see it as uncalled for mixing of religion with state matters, a sort of proselytization by the government.  A fair number of religious people would like it removed because it is fairly offensive to mix God and money like that.  However, every time the change back is proposed, you get a big outcry from the religious right claiming that the atheist religion is being pushed. 

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