Well an enjoyable discussion over lunch today brought up what I feel to be my central issue with atheism, which while nebulous during the discussion I pondered more on the wander back to my office. Its not necessarily that I feel its a wrong idea, but that they don’t take their ideas far enough, or that they get fixated on religion.
If you posit that belief in something in the face of evidence of the contrary is a bad plan. And you suspect if it occurs in people of low ethical standards this may lead to them imposing their beliefs on others forceably in the face of dissent (even if mostly ineffectively, low level, day-to-day oppression is still a pain in the arse, check your priviledge) then you need to apply this idea to all beliefs of all stripes.
Religion isn’t special, the cry that I’ve heard a lot recently is true, but neither is politics, geneology, alien abduction, pride in a place or group, rights and responsibilities or art.
The reason that people rag on Communist Russia as the poster child for why Communism is bad is the same reason that people rag on the Catholic church of Rome as the poster child for why Christianity is bad, its the most well known and easy target which has done the most obvious wrong. Once you start splitting hairs about one you need to split hairs about the other, most gestalt entities are actually made up of groups and sub-groups and sub-subgroups all doing slightly different things if you look close enough.
If the idea has occured that you should challenge everything for yourself, think about it and be open to changing what you do and what you think based on evidence you recieve from your own activities then this should apply to everything.
Actually having re-read that I think its just because I used to be an agnostic that makes me want to suggest everyone else doubt stuff.