Why are UFO Clubs, the Psychic Friends Network or the Flat Earth Society legal? For the simple fact that we don't have the right to regulate people's beliefs, only their actions. This is what the First Amendment is all about which is why I get so angry when Atheists say crap like this. It is bad enough to have to defend the First Amendment from Theists who want to force us to follow their beliefs, but then to turn right around and do the exact same thing to them, it is utter hypocrisy. I find it extremely arrogant and ignorant for someone to believe that their world view is the only correct one and all others are wrong.
Originally Posted by Bishadi
I'm going to stop here for a moment to make some clarifications. When I talk about an Atheist's beliefs, I am in no way suggesting that they are some kind of religion (we've had enough threads on that lately). What I'm talking about is their world view. How they see the universe. You see, there is really only two ways to see the universe. One, that everything is in the universe can be explained naturally without any supernatural agency involved, or two, that the universe can only be explained by the existence of a supernatural agency. That's it. Everything else is just detail.
Now, do you think for one moment that outlawing religion will make it go away? Christianity was once illegal. Did it make it go away? Even with the threat of torture and/or death, it didn't stop it. Hell, it ended up taking over the society that had made it illegal.
So it makes no sense to make religion illegal except maybe retribution for some past hurt that was inflicted upon you by a religion.
"Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man." - Bertrand Russell