When it comes down to it atheist and antitheist do not adequately describe my opposition to gods and religions. Belief in god(s) and the subsequently spawned religions are simply the results of a type of thinking that propagates all of the magical thinking in the world. They are only symptoms of the real sickness: faith.
Faith is the unifying foundation of all theistic and religious belief. The common thread of faith in believers is what allows them to, when threatened with secularism and rationalism, band together and defend their position as if their individual faith traditions do not cancel each other out. And they do. They cannot all be right, but they can all be wrong. It is this wretched defense of faith that seems so cynical to me. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I am always suspicious when the disparate religions get together and defend each other. They use each other for the safety in numbers game, even though they think no one is correct but their specific theology. There is also liberal theology that lets every through the door to god because everyone is right and it’s just different ways of seeing things.
Except for non-believers.
Except for those with no faith.
“Those people” are lost and have their hearts closed.
They are arrogant to reject religious beliefs.
They are closed off.
They are “less than.”
They have no faith.
As if faith is an acceptable foundation that a grand universal truth exists and an excuse that extraordinary things require not one fucking iota of evidence, let alone extraordinary evidence. Not one! I am closed-minded? I am arrogant? You have got to be shitting me!
I could be called a-faithist or an anti-faithist and that would be accurate if not cumbersome. I will not respect the concept of faith and all the inanity that comes from it.