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Isn’t it ironic?
I’ve heard people say Americans don’t get irony, and maybe that’s true. But I’ll go out on a limb and say, “A Reason to Hope” is an ironic name for an atheist conference that was canceled due to “lack of interest.”
A Reason to Hope for what?
Several atheists have told me that atheism is the “absence of belief.” If that’s true, what would be the subject of the conference? “Hello, fellow unbelievers. We are not believing here in the very same room.”
Then what? Cut to refreshments?
In reality, I think there are probably a lot of quiet atheists out there who really are just not believing. Those are not the kind of atheists who are busy arranging conferences or buzzing around like angry hornets annoying everyone.
Islam tells us to deal with atheists by saying, more or less, “you have your way and I have mine.” The problem is a lot of atheists are not content to do the same.
Feeling the Hate
Atheism tends to devolve into an obsessive hatred for religion. Eradicating other people’s doctrines becomes their de facto doctrine, which on the whole makes militant atheists a pretty unpleasant lot.
I’m glad their influence may be waning, primarily because many of them attack Islam.
Organizers planned the conference for February 2018. Bitter, nasty atheists, including Salman Rushdie and Richard “The Honey Defender” Dawkins, were apparently going to speak, along with some others described as “scholars.” Scholars of a non-existent doctrine? No wonder ticket sales were low.
The cancellation of a major atheist conference may not be a sign that organized atheism is dead. It does seem like a promising Reason to Hope.