In a message dated 4/30/2013 1:22:03 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
[address removed] writes:
So, religion is not limited to the supernatural,
according to you. I say that religion by definition must have a
supernatural component. http://oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/religion
This is why I do not accept the claim that atheism is a religion. Of
course, I am open to being persuaded that I am wrong about this.
To call atheism or stalinism or any ism that does not include a
supernatural component a religion is (imo) to stretch the definition of religion
a tad too far! I personally do not consider atheism to be a religion. I do
resist efforts to invent atheist churches etc.
Besides, good rule of thumb: no funny hats, it's not a religion! lol