Monday, August 22, 2005

Court rules atheism a religion

Well, duh! Actually this WorldnetDaily article (author not obvious to me) argues that it isn't. I went to Webster's online.

Etymology: Middle English religioun, from Latin religion-, religio supernatural constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare to restrain, tie back -- more at RELY
1 a : the state of a religious (a nun in her 20th year of religion) b (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance

In the strictest sense this definition does not apply, but our friends at Webster almost always have more than one.....
2 : a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
3 archaic : scrupulous conformity : CONSCIENTIOUSNESS
4 : a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Those sound like they all fit to me. Secular Humanism would actually be a better definition of most atheists' religion, but everyone has a set of beliefs irrespective of whether they come from a supreme being(s) or not.

The court ruling is interesting regardless of which side of this little argument you fall into..... and probably has serious implications if it is not overturned.


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