Oh God: MSNBC Columnist says, ‘America needs a New Kind of Atheism’

Wallace White | August 3, 2022
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The left has been screaming “theocracy!” ever since the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, and ruled that prayer in public is not unconstitutional. Zeeshan Aleem of MSNBC is worried about the emerging Handmaid’s Tale state, and published a column August 1 urging for a “new style of atheism” in America in response to “radically reactionary” SCOTUS justices and Christ-loving patriots. 

The new political buzzwords of the day are “Christian nationalism,” “theocracy,” and “Christian fascism,” boogieman terms for those in support of life for unborn babies and the return of God back into American life. Aleem follows the same script in his condemnation of religion and his embrace of atheism. 

His “problems” in America, one “rooted in an excess of religion” and another in the “decline of religion.” You can see where this is going. 

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To the first point, he brings up the “not far-off specter” of “Christian theocracy,” citing the Dobbs decision and the ever-illusive “separation of church and state.” If someone could please point to me the amendment in the constitution that says “there should be a separation of church and state,” I would have your undying gratitude. He also laments “taxpayer dollars to be used to fund religious education” and “systematic assault on transgender rights.” 

Shouldn’t be surprised at his platitudes, given that he said his atheism skewed his reading “in a radically left-wing direction.” 

To his second point, he cites the decreasing rates of religion in America, but also admits that “A rapidly increasing share of Americans are detaching from religious communities that provide purpose and forums for moral contemplation, and not necessarily finding anything in their stead.” 

So religion is good, and you want to get rid of it. What does he want to replace it with? In his words, “communitarian Atheism.”

Whatever the hell that means.

Well, he does admit that atheists “flounder when it comes to thinking about how to meet human needs that are rarely supported by systems of secular life” and that atheists should “not just view their lives as defined in negative terms by the absence of gods, but in positive terms about the world as we believe it exists.”

Huh. Believe? He rejects belief in God but will quickly, blindly believing that human reason and observation are the only way knowledge about the universe exists and can be discerned. Atheism is not the lack of belief but the belief in a new god of empiricism and reason.

All in all, I think I’ll pass on Aleem’s “communitarian Atheism.” God trumps it in every way. 

 

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