Critics of atheism like to say that atheism is a religion.
For instance, the anti-evolution Creation Ministries characterizes atheism as a religion. Following similar thinking, in January 2011, a high school physics and chemistry teacher filed a lawsuit in federal court against the The Blue Mountain School District in the Middle District of Pennsylvania for teaching evolution because he characterized the theory of evolution as the "religion of atheism" which violated Constitutional restrictions on government-sponsored religion.
Although not characterizing atheism as a religion, the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers has been asking that the military accept atheist chaplains so that military personnel without a religious background can get the same counseling services as everyone else.
Atheists take issue with the notion that "atheism is a religion," pointing out that atheism is simply disbelief in gods, not a philosophy or moral code. It does not have dogma or holy texts.
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Is atheism a religion?
- No. (91%, 83 Votes)
- Yes. (8%, 7 Votes)
- Not sure. (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 91