Here Is Something New – Criticizing Guitar Players Is A Religion
Over at psychologicphilosopher blog we can find this doozy:
Many would attempt to argue that Atheism in and of itself is not a religion. However, those who argue this are either mistaken or not fully comprehending the definition of religion and Atheism. So lets begin by defining both terms. We can start with Atheism. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Atheism as, “a : a disbelief in the existence of deity,” or, “b : the doctrine that there is no deity.” Often times the word doctrine is used in reference to religion. Now that we have defined Atheism let’s look at the definition of religion. According to Merriam-Webster religion is, “an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods,” as well as, “an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group.” So contrary to what many believe religion and Atheism do not conflict. It is very much so the opposite. Atheism is a religion. A religion of the non existence of a deity. However, Atheists do believe in a higher power. They believe in the unchangeable laws that govern us: The Laws of Physics. So thank you all for reading and I hope to have enlightened you to an extent.
So, game over atheists, it’s a religion… except for one small part. Since atheism is not simply an interest nor a belief it must qualify as an activity according to ‘The Philosopher’
The trouble is that athesim is not an activity. Telling smug and uneducated believers that they are wrong IS an activity. So, ok, you got me. My religion is telling religiots that they are wrong and harmful to society. Our services are held every Tuesday between 2 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. local time. We meet in secret underground caverns of every major city around the globe. Remember, to get into the meeting the pass phrase is “I’m a dumb ass” … see you on Tuesday.
Of course, if we go to another definition of religion it all changes:
This time the ambiguity is gone. It’s no longer a case of simply doing something ‘religiously’ which is itself a conundrum. To do something religiously requires repetitive ritual so even the first MW definition doesn’t fit. It would be doing it religiously if every Sunday I picketed a local church and held signs. I don’t. Everything about my non-belief is ad-hoc. I don’t even blog consistently, never mind religiously.
If you haven’t figured out the title yet… criticizing guitar players is about as religious as criticizing religion. That’s what this blogger thinks. So hating on hip-hop or country music is a religion – don’t forget it.