Discussion by: SilverWun
How important do you think it is for groups to avoid the 'ism' mentality that so infects Theological Fundamentalism.
Fanaticism is alive and well in many 'Religions' because of doctrinal solidarity and destructiveness manifesting in behaviors motivated by accepted doctrines. Functionally, many other isms free of deities differ only in degrees of destructive practices.
Idealistic movements, especially in the form of political parties and national dictatorships have wrought atrocities in the advancement of idealistic causes comparable to the worst of the Inquisitions.
I've seen the blending of state sponsored/supported religious practices here in the US as a child. At about the same time school prayer was abolished, 'under God' appeared in the Pledge of Allegiance. The pledge exercise differs little from a prayer in that it is an act of worship and it alleges endorsement of a deity. Prayer was simply consolidated in an exercise of faith and loyalty to the state. The secular state stole organized religion's 'air time' and they've been sore about it ever since.
I think, for example, shoving chopsticks into the ears of children so they won't hear Imperialist Propaganda rivals the vile practices the Papacy and Caliphate. Conditioning school children to 'worship' political leaders by teaching them songs of praise for a Lenin, a Mao or an Obama is functionally as religious and dangerous as the Jesus loves me crap dished out in Sunday schools.
How can Atheism immunize itself from 'religious' coopting by politically motivated devotee's who wish to use it as a means of spreading idealisms that function like religions in almost every way; save absence of a deity or substitution of it by a 'man or woman of destiny'?