I’d like to propose that atheism is a religion or should at least be considered one for all practical purposes. One definition of religion from the Webster online dictionary is the second listed for the entry and states that religion is “a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices”. My observation is that many atheists practice their beliefs just as religiously as any organized religion.
An example of this comes from an article from the Blaze.com which starts with the following sentence:
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, America’s largest organization of atheists and agnostics, continues to use the legal system to purge the nation of references and symbols related to faith and religion
The article goes on to mention that this organization will hold its’ 34th annual convention thisweek.
So we have an organization which has beliefs about religious matters; it organizes, and it holds meetings. Someone might argue that these peoples’ belief about religious matters cannot qualify as a religion because they are denying the existence of God. Well, I would argue that since nothing can be scientifically proven via the scientific
method concerning the existence of God, that all belief on that matter must be taken by faith. An atheist believes by faith that there is no God. I believe by faith and my understanding of the creation that there is a God. We both exercise faith. We are both religious.
So an argument may be made that no religious symbols being displayed in order to satisfy the atheist religious beliefs, is a violation of my religious beliefs. We live in a land where the overwhelming majority of people at least say they believe in God. The vast majority of people are not offended by religious symbols displayed publicly.
The clear historical intention of previous generations was that religious symbols should be displayed in public places like state and federal buildings. It is a shame for atheists to win out in court battles whereby they have forced their religion of non-belief upon the great majority of believers.