I came across a Toronto Star letter to the editor, authored by Laura Leavens, entitled “Atheism A Religion, Too”. It reiterated an argument that I have heard a lot from theists:
“The average atheist, I dare say, believes in the power of intellect, often his/her own. So that’s his god.”
Normally I ignore statements as stupid as this, but I am locked out of my apartment at the moment and really need to vent. So here we go:
Ms. Leavens, yes I do believe in the power of my intellect. I believe in my freedom and ability to question and reason. I believe in my ability to think for myself. I know that I can develop premises and surmise conclusions. I have proven that I can test those conclusions, realize I am wrong, and draw more insights. Unlike your religious mind, which does not question. Nor does your mind think. It is trapped by the belief of an imaginary being, and your mind must fight to contort reality into a fantasy. You believe in something unreal, and therefore it appears to be mystical and miraculous. Your mind kneels down to this fantasy and you worship it. It follows that to worship something is to not question it, and that is something my mind cannot do.