I am a firebrand atheist roughly understood as outspoken atheism or “anti-accommodationism” atheism, which for most who don’t know is in contrast with quite personal atheism or atheist accommodationism often to a level of “anti-firebrand atheism” or unfavorable views towards the use of “anti-accommodationism” atheism. “Accommodationist” atheists in a general way are those who frown upon outspoken atheism or atheists who publicly attack gods or religious beliefs, most especially because they think people have the right to religious beliefs and believe firebrand atheism risks alienating so called open-minded liberal and moderate religious people, hinder support for separation of church and state, or other crucial matters of public policy. Keeping quiet about how stupid or discredited religion and gods are, it would be kind of like women or LGBTQI individuals who feel they are best keeping quiet about women’s discrimination or oppression are mocked in this country. To the thought of “accommodationism” atheist, I just say “NO” as I am a firebrand atheist and that is not to be against others choice of atheists styles. It is just my style and one I champion. According to an atheist philosopher Daniel Fincke “Anti-Accommodationism” is pro-philosophy. Anyway, I oppose anything even like religion including atheist church but that’s just me. Some with the accommodationist approach seem to champion religious freedom while not extending this believed equality to outspoken atheism as I have been chastised by such atheist accommodationists many times and thus there are those using this accommodationism in regards to the separation of church and state opposes the separationist approach which has been dominant in the courts. According to accommodationists, the First Amendment should be read much more narrowly than it has been in recent years. Some go so far as to argue that the First Amendment prohibits the government from doing nothing other than creating a National Church and everything else is permitted. Some “accommodationist” atheist may prefer to be “semi-accommodationist” only okay with opposition to the bad stuff religion does. During the early modern period, the term “atheist” was used as an insult and applied to a broad range of people, including those who held opposing theological beliefs as well as immoral or self-indulgent people. Atheistic beliefs were seen as threatening to order and society. Discrimination against out atheists, both at present and historically, includes the persecution of those identifying themselves or labeled by others as atheists, as well as the discrimination against them. As atheism can be defined in various ways, those discriminated against on the grounds of being atheists might not have been always fully what we now think of as atheism this included deism and pantheism. Atheism goes back as far back as 2,570 years ago where there is a conformation of doubting as well as atheistic thinking mainly by Greek philosophers. However, doubting gods is likely as old as the invention of gods which should erode the thinking that belief in god(s) belief is some “default.” Xenophanes who lived around 2,570 to 2,475 years ago is known for composing the first recorded atheistic critics, and famously stated “Men create the gods in their own image.” Xenophanes’ surviving writings display a skepticism that became more commonly expressed during the fourth century. The term athéisme (Atheism) was coined in France in around the 1500s to 1600s. The word “atheist” appears in English books at least as early as 1566. The word “atheist” being used as an insult has a long history and atheism was little more tolerated in the late 1600s, as indicated by the Enlightenment’s John Locke claiming that atheism was “not at all to be tolerated” because, “promises, covenants and oaths, which are the bonds of human societies, can have no hold upon an atheist.” The concept of atheism re-emerged initially as a reaction to the intellectual and religious turmoil of the Age of Enlightenment and the Reformation, as a charge used by those who saw the denial of god and godlessness in the controversial positions being put forward by others. The Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1588–1679) was “probably the first well known ‘semi-atheist’ (likely deism). Deism gained influence in France, Prussia and England, and held belief in a noninterventionist deity, but “while some deists were atheists in disguise, most were religious “. The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) was also accused of atheism (but was likely pantheism), and the British playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe (1563–1593) was accused of atheism and was murdered. Speaking of atheists getting killed or holding a fear of possible death, as of 2015, it was noted that 19 countries punish their citizens for apostasy, and in 13 of those countries it is punishable by death.
We need all forms of atheism but the most driving change happens with firebrand outspoken anti-accommodationism atheism as all are lives may depend on it.
By Damien Marie AtHope
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