Religion at work: is atheism a religion?

There are 4 comments on the Examiner.com story from Sep 4, 2013, titled Religion at work: is atheism a religion?. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

Nigel Barber, an Irish biopsychologist, predicts that by 2041 atheism will replace religion as the dominant belief - or lack thereof - in the world.

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“you must not give faith”

Since: Jul 12

Nottingham, UK

#1 Sep 4, 2013
"“Atheism is [the inmate's] religion, and the group that he wanted to start was religious in nature even though it expressly rejects a belief in a supreme being,” the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said."
No the inmate is as wrong as the 7th Circuit, he did not want to start practising atheism if anything he wanted to make a group that had atheism in it's religious like belief system. Atheism simply cannot be call a ideology it's only one answer to one question, an ideology on the other hand is a collection of many answers to many questions.
Amused

Lowell, MA

#2 Sep 4, 2013
Written by someone styled as a "workplace culture" examiner. The assertions as to what atheists believe indicate that whoever wrote this either has never done any research whatsoever on atheism, or has a severe reading comprehension problem.

"Atheists believe Heaven is available on earth for all to enjoy if they work together." I am not a spokesperson for all atheists, but I personally don't believe in the concept of heaven either as an afterlife paradise or as a paradise on earth which is attainable no matter how many people work at it. I've been on this forum for a few years now, and I don't recall reading a single post by an atheist suggesting belief in heaven.

By the way, if people are going to discuss court cases, it would be nice if they could give the names of both parties. Otherwise, it is very difficult to track down the case to read the entire decision. Makes it hard to know if the case holds what the writer represents, or if the writer is cherry picking or distorting the court's actual holding. I don't need blue book citation style, but party names are essential.

“Leave That Thing Alone!”

Since: Nov 07

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#3 Sep 4, 2013
Benjamin Frankly wrote:
"“Atheism is [the inmate's] religion, and the group that he wanted to start was religious in nature even though it expressly rejects a belief in a supreme being,” the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said."
No the inmate is as wrong as the 7th Circuit, he did not want to start practising atheism if anything he wanted to make a group that had atheism in it's religious like belief system. Atheism simply cannot be call a ideology it's only one answer to one question, an ideology on the other hand is a collection of many answers to many questions.
This is an old case. The guy simply wanted to start a discussion group of like minded individuals akin to the already existing religious groups that were allowed special privileges to meet in the prison system. He was denied simply because his proposed group wasn't religiously based. He took it to court to bring to light the favoritism shown to religious groups in the prison system. The eventual ruling was that his proposed group should not be treated differently than the religious groups that were granted special privileges to meet as a group of like minded people.
The religious nut-jobs jumped on that ruling and ran with it to argue that atheism is a religion as defined by the courts... of course they completely ignore the reason why... since lying is so much a part of the overly religious way of life, what's one more?

“you must not give faith”

Since: Jul 12

Nottingham, UK

#4 Sep 4, 2013
TerryL wrote:
<quoted text>This is an old case. The guy simply wanted to start a discussion group of like minded individuals akin to the already existing religious groups that were allowed special privileges to meet in the prison system. He was denied simply because his proposed group wasn't religiously based. He took it to court to bring to light the favoritism shown to religious groups in the prison system. The eventual ruling was that his proposed group should not be treated differently than the religious groups that were granted special privileges to meet as a group of like minded people.
The religious nut-jobs jumped on that ruling and ran with it to argue that atheism is a religion as defined by the courts... of course they completely ignore the reason why... since lying is so much a part of the overly religious way of life, what's one more?
Thanks for telling me I wish I had known that before I said the inmate was as dumb as the court. However the ruling was still put in the wrong way as I already quoted "Atheism is [the inmate's] religion, and the group that he wanted to start was religious in nature even though it expressly rejects a belief in a supreme being," The ruling did call Atheism a religion and the inmate's discussion group religious in nature it's clear why the religious jumped on it and sadly easier than usual.

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