Monday, 1 August 2011

The religion of 'no religion'?

I drove past a billboard on Friday morning, on my way back from Doo Dah's sleep study. It was all of 7am I think and traffic on this busy Sydney road was already banked up, so I had plenty of time to read the sign and form an opinion.

Image from here
I am no Lordy. I support people who believe in God (or whatever name you choose to call your 'big guy in the sky'), but I am not one of them. The message of this campaign sparked my interest. I still write 'Catholic' in the "What is your religion?" box on a form but haven't stepped foot in a church since last century when the Pole was still in charge. Why do I do that?

But it just struck me as odd that there is a 'Foundation' for atheists. As a person who is just not into religion it has never been high on my agenda to band together with other like-minded people. That would seem like going to 'church' to me. The religion of 'no religion'.

Is it just me or does it strike you as ironic that there is an Atheist Foundation? Check out their website to form your own opinion about the work that they do.

14 comments:

Cate said...

Hmmm, must say, yes - just a little ironic - but then I do so love irony when it's done well :-)
xxxCate

Posie Patchwork said...

I'm not religious but i'm constantly being told i'm more of a Christian with generosity, advice, kindness, sharing & non judgement than anyone who goes to church, so go figure, i'm with you, just being a good person is enough of a religion to me!! I will be checking athiest though, i really don't have any religion, it's not important to me or whatever their foundation offers, i'm just all about raising free thinking, healthy, wholesome children, religion just isn't important to us. Love Posie

Good Golly Miss Holly! said...

Amen! Can I say that? ;)

I am not religious and yet I don't identify myself as an atheist either.

I respect everyone's decision to believe whatever they like but admittedly, I don't understand the need for an Atheist Foundation. Do people not believe that strongly that they need to band together with likeminded individuals? Are they trying to band together to convert the masses? Or are they perhaps rebelling amongst something that was possibly ingrained in them when they were younger?

*Shrugs shoulder*

Each to their own xx

Maxabella said...

I must say I am very surprised to hear you tick the Cathy box. I would not have suspected that! x

Sarah Mac said...

Love the idea that there's a foundation to promote the belief of not beliving. I may start one for celery!

Obviously I SHOULD take a look at their site first so I could make an informed comment but hmmm ......

Rhonda said...

I don't have an organized religion...I wouldn't exactly call myself an atheist...because I am open to the possibility that something MIGHT exist. I guess I'm more of an agnostic...but still I don't feel the need to get together with others to talk about my agnosticness.

joeh said...

You are 100% correct. Once athiests start to preach their belief in non-belief they become a religion of non-religion. I don't need any one to try to convert me to their religion, i certainly don't need someone to convert me into believing nothing.

I ask the athiests: Where did the first molecule come from?

Cranky Old Man

Megan Blandford said...

Hahahaha! So true!

I still tick 'Catholic' on forms too, even though I don't call myself a Catholic anymore. I guess old habits are hard to break.

Karen said...

Perhaps they are trying to take the apathy out of atheism? Trying to promote it as an active belief rather than a passive disbelief? Does seem curious, and expensive to fund an advertising campaign.

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

Hmmm. A group for non-believers. See, everyone is searching for something.

Sam-O said...

Total Oxymoron. An organised group that is anti organised groups...

Kirsty said...

Atheists might want to band together because they get persecuted for non-believing. You need to be very brave to say you don't believe in god in many circles, even in Australia. Saying such a thing might cause death in some countries. Whilst I don't want to join the group I do appreciate why they are there. It's also a kind of counter brain washing to the we've got the answer "its god". Why shouldn't there be a group saying there is none? Why do you still tick the box when you don't believe? I think they are trying to say its OK to not believe - you don't need to hide it. I'm third generation atheist and my grandpa used to hide with all the kids from the church do gooders when they came knocking at the door. Some people don't believe strongly for some very good reasons - religion hasn't done everybody well in this world. Having said that the site looks kind of kooky. I know many lovely religious people who I have no desire to convert but it's amazing how many people are offended when you say you are an atheist. I shouldn't have to apologise for it.

Kymmie said...

Ha! Yes!

Just last year a few of my friends went to see Richard Hawkins speak. They've read his book and think he is awesome. They came back and raved about how many people went, and how inspiring he was, and yadadadada... anyhow, these guys use to be big believers in God, and are now on the non-plan Plan. (And they're JUST as evangelical about their aethiesm as they were about their Christianity.)

I don't think they see the irony though.

Alice Becomes said...

I don't follow a particular religion. I tick "Church of England" - I am not sure why. But a fellowship for non-religious people? To promote atheism?

It's all just a bit too much for me.

Gill x

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...