|Sent on:||Wednesday, June 20, 2012 9:53 PM|
This is a good blog post on the issue of what we non-believers should call ourselves. I've told friends that I personally prefer the term Freethinker. Here is what the post says about Freethought:
Freethought is an intellectual stance that says that opinions should be based on logic and evidence rather than authorities and traditions...The term has gotten popular recently in part because it is affirmative. Unlike atheism, which defines itself in contrast to religion, freethought identifies with a proactive process for deciding what is real and important.
Check out the reader comments, many of which are interesting and thought-provoking. Many speak about the tendency of humans to label one another. I really like this comment:
You can see what religion has done to the non-religious; put us on the defensive being afraid to say what we really believe. Unlike other European countries we are going through a time here in America similar in some respects to the inquisitions carried out by the Catholic Church. If you live in the south in the Bible belt you can be sure you're going to get into trouble admitting you’re a non-believer. I would say that non-believers are the new minority who are unjustly persecuted by believers. There will be a time when we are not looked down upon but it won’t happen soon.
I am posting this to the Discussions page in case anyone wants to comment on it.